Otaku USA Magazine
EXCLUSIVE REVEAL: Rick and Morty Comics’ Dragon Ball Z and Uzumaki Parody Covers

In an exclusive reveal at Otaku USA, Oni Press is sharing its upcoming Rick and Morty manga parody covers!

First up is Rick and Morty Meeseeks P.I. #1 Cover B, drawn by Marc Ellerby and parodying Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball Z.

The writer and main artist for this is Fred C. Stresing. It will hit stores on November 29, and Oni Press gave this description for the comic’s plot:

The remote to the interdimensional cable box has gone missing! Desperate to find it before Rick can berate him, Jerry enlists the help of Meeseeks, P.I., and the two set off to retrieve the remote, unraveling a massive interdimensional cable conspiracy hidden right underneath their noses!

Next up we have Rick and Morty #11, and its cover B is a parody of Junji Ito’s Uzumaki, drawn by Fred C. Stresing.

The writer for this is Alex Firer. It will hit stores on November 8, and Oni Press gave this description for the comic’s plot:

Our heroes and their foes have traveled through space and time, finally arriving at a distant planet on the edge of the universe. As Rick, Nunzumel, and the Goldenfolds fight over who can claim the planet and its abandoned space milkshake stand like a bunch of settlers, Morty and Noelle concoct a secret plan to leave those squares behind. But this long-dormant planet holds secrets of its own—slimy, stupid secrets!

VIZ Media publishes both the Dragon Ball Z and Uzumaki manga. It gave this description for the first volume of Dragon Ball Z:

Son Goku is the greatest hero on Earth. Five years after defeating the demon king Piccolo, he’s grown up and had a family–he’s married, and he has a child, Son Gohan. But what is the real reason for Goku’s incredible strength? A visitor from outer space arrives bearing terrible news–Goku is an alien, and the visitor, Raditz, is Goku’s brother! When Raditz turns out to be a ruthless killer, Goku must fight his incredibly strong brother to save his family and the entire human race. A surprising alliance may be Earth’s last hope: Goku will team up with his old enemy Piccolo…archenemies united to save the world!

VIZ gave this description for Uzumaki:

Kurouzu-cho, a small fogbound town on the coast of Japan, is cursed. According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but a pattern: UZUMAKI, the spiral—the hypnotic secret shape of the world. The bizarre masterpiece horror manga is now available all in a single volume. Fall into a whirlpool of terror!


Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, plus its sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.