Adventure Time: Beginning of the End #2 Review: Heartwarming and Heartbreaking

Adventure Time: Beginning of the End #2
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Writer: Ted Anderson, Artist: Marina Julia, Color Artist: Whitney Cogar, Letters: Mike Fiorentino, Cover by: Victoria Maderna, Variant Covers by: Diigii Daguna; Corey Booth Designer: Michelle Ankley, Assistant Editor: Michael Moccio, Editor: Whitney Leopard, Adventure Time created by Pendleton Ward, Special Thanks: Marisa Marionakis, Janet No, Curtis Lelash, Conrad Montgomery, Kelly Crews, Scott Malchus, Adam Muto, and Cartoon Network, Publisher: Boom! Studios, Release Date: Out Now, Price; $3.99

Finn is still trapped within the realm of Chronologius Rex, and the god of all-time begins showing Finn the people he has encountered, failed, and lost in the span of his career as a hero. Meanwhile, Princess Bubblegum, Jake, and BMO begin building their time machine to save Finn. They need the help of everyone in Ooo to finish the machine. Can they save Finn from oblivion?

Adventure Time: The Beginning of the End #2 cover by Victoria Maderna
Adventure Time: The Beginning of the End #2 cover by Victoria Maderna

Adventure Time: Beginning of the End continues to impress me with how heavy its themes are. Finn is forced to confront the people he’s failed, and not all of them are so forgiving. He even must face that he simply can’t help everyone, and that aspirations of being a hero may be misguided entirely.

Beginning of the End #2 balances out these weighty ideas with a genuinely endearing mission on the part of Jake and Princess Bubblegum, as everyone who Finn has met works together to free the young hero from the grasp of Chronologius Rex. It’s enough to defrost even my jaded heart, if only a little.

Adventure Time has always been a more mature children’s show in terms of themes and concepts, but Beginning of the End has taken it even farther. It’s succeeding in this ambition too.

Adventure Time: Beginning of the End #2 art by Marina Julia and Whitney Cogar
Adventure Time: Beginning of the End #2 art by Marina Julia and Whitney Cogar

Marina Julia’s recreation of the Adventure Time art style continues to impress, especially with the updated details given to PB, Marleen, and Finn. Chronologius Rex himself still has a wonderfully bizarre and surreal design, and he has an otherworldly air about him that still feels distinctly suited to Adventure Time. Whitney Cogar has a grasp on the anarchic color palette of this franchise and puts it to good use in this comic.

Adventure Time: Beginning of the End #2 once more impresses me with the intelligence of its storytelling and the maturity of its themes. It has the air of a franchise reflecting upon its career and what it has accomplished. It’s a great read and easily worthy of a recommendation. Give it a read.

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About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.