Adventure Time Vol. 1
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Adventure Time Vol. 1 (Adventure Time book 1; issues 1-4)

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  4,166 ratings  ·  160 reviews
It's ADVENTURE TIME! Join Finn the Human, Jake the Dog, and Princess Bubblegum for all-new adventures through The Land of Ooo.

The totally algebraic adventures of Finn and Jake have come to the comic book page! The Lich, a super-lame, SUPER-SCARY skeleton dude, has returned to the the Land of Ooo, and he’s bent on total destruction! Luckily, Finn and Jake are on t...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by KaBOOM!
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Smile by Raina TelgemeierThe Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian SelznickBone, Vol. 1 by Jeff SmithDiary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff KinneyAmulet, Vol. 1 by Kazu Kibuishi
Best Graphic Novels for Children
115th out of 492 books — 521 voters
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeThe Book Thief by Markus ZusakHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. RowlingThe Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Fantastic Dads and Father-figures
408th out of 574 books — 681 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Jim
Oh my goodness!

When I was young, I tried several times to read comic adaptations of my favorite cartoons. After being disappointed with the Simpsons and Animaniacs comics, I was a little hesitant getting into Adventure Time, even with ALL-TIME-FAVORITE-COMIC-MAN-AND-CLASSY-DOOD RYAN NORTH at the literary wheel of this COMIC BOAT.

The most impressive feat is the combination of sticking to the Adventure Time delivery and flow while maintaining a very Ryan Northian voice. Heck, there were panels (th...more
Amal El-Mohtar
Full disclosure: narrative-wise this is probably a 4, but it's Adventure Time, which means my youngest brother adores it, and I am therefore full of love for it via him while I'm reading, and it's just so relentlessly fun, and the absurd sillyness doesn't stop it from having cool female characters who talk to each other about stuff that isn't male characters, and Jake and Finn's friendship is just super adorbs and I love it, what can I say. And this is even without the hilarious bottom-of-the-pa...more
Ottery StCatchpole
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Andrew
What Time is It?

This compilation of the first four issues (and some bonus material) of the Adventure Time comic book series is phenomenal! If you're a fan of the Cartoon Network hit series then you'll feel right at home as the characters from the Land of Ooo are ready to take you on all-new adventures. These comics aren't adaptations of Adventure Time episodes, they are original stories penned by noted comic author Ryan North. North doesn't miss a beat as his plots, characterizations, and dialog...more
Melissa
May 05, 2013 Melissa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Melissa by: Laksamee
I've never seen the tv show, but after reading this I definitely have to! I just can't decide who my favorite character is. All the princesses are great in their own way. Jake is fantastic with his shifting into just what Finn needs at any given time - even a jet that shoots missiles! The friend who recommended it commented that they drop subtle hits that the world as we know it had been destroyed by some nuclear explosion, but that it was subtle enough that children watching the show probably d...more
Christine
This collects the first four comics put out from Kaboom! and places it neatly in one volume. This also includes all the variant/alternate covers for the comics as well as a little blip about how a panel goes from script only to the finished project, which is kind of interesting to see.

I enjoyed this rendition of the show in written form. I felt that they really (mostly) kept to the actions and styling of the characters. The little footnotes and foot panels were also quite entertaining to read, t...more
Charles
Stuff I Read - Adventure Time Vol 1 by Ryan North Review

As a huge fan of Adventure Time without a television and without AT&T Uverse, my options for getting the actual show are basically waiting until it comes out on DVD. And to put that in perspective, the Season Three DVD just came out. That's a long wait to get my fix of Adventure Time, which is why I was so excited to learn that BOOM! was coming out with an Adventure Time ongoing comic. And, first volume in hand, I have to say that it li...more
Ellen Lee
this was HILARIOUS and the art was so good omg i love adventure time. ok so basically (view spoiler)...more
Richard
What time is it?! ADVENTURE TIME COMICS REVIEW TIME!

I picked this up because I adore Adventure Time and thought it would be fun to read the comics that followed our mathematical heroes Finn and Jake in the magical land of Ooo.

The first volume spins the tale of how The Lich uses a bag with infinite space to suck up Ooo with a plan to then toss it into the sun and destroy everything once and for all. The story was good for the most part, though after the few heavy Lich episodes in the show, I've f...more
DC
(The edition is hardbound, has a lot of covers within its pages, and includes an additional nifty little comic about how the creators made this great book.)


This super-ace edition of the awesome adventures of our favorite pals (*singsong voice* Jake The Dog and Finn the Human) is a great foray into the wonderful world of Ooo. We see the gang (from BMO to PB to LSP to Ice King to Marceline the Vampire Queen) go off against the EVIL Lich in an attempt to, well, what else, save the world!

The story's...more
Andrea
Dec 29, 2012 Andrea rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: ages 8 & up
Recommended to Andrea by: Rachel
Shelves: manga-comics
This was my first introduction to the "Adventure Time" series, and it was pretty fun. I had seen Jake and Finn floating around the internet, and thought I would see what inspired such devotion among fans. Mostly, it's really funny. I love the way the characters talk, and Finn's enthusiasm is energizing. It's also really creative, but logical creativity (not just randomness), and I like how the characters are kind and positive to each other. I can't say I'm a huge fan of the art style, but for th...more
Kat
I enjoyed reading the graphic novel. It was very cute, funny, and the artwork was very colorful. My only problem is that I don't watch the show, so I didn't know much about any individual character. I thought maybe this would be a way to get into the cartoon, and while that may be true...I should have just started watching first! But if you're a fan of the show, know someone who is, or have kids; this graphic novel is for you! lol
Kathryn
'fore I start, let me just say I do enjoy the show. I've seen a few episodes and I like it.

I can't say as much for the comic, however. Ryan North does a fair job, I suppose, but it just doesn't have the same punch with the jokes that the show does. It's not that it's too rude, immature or anything - it's just not that funny.

The art's pretty dang good, though!
Spoonbridge
On the advice of a friend, I recently watched the First Season of Adventure Time on Netflix and I became quite engrossed in the show, I must admit, soon obtaining as many of the DVDs as I could. I guess I have a soft spot for whacky kids cartoons with inside jokes for adults, it might be a side effect of growing up with the likes of Freakazoid and Rocko’s Modern Life, but anyway, the series’ weirdly retro post-apocalyptic fantasy drew me in pretty quickly with its nostalgic non sequitur humor an...more
Chris
Art is great but I feel like Ryan North doesn't really get how characters actually speak in AT. There is just so much expository text that gets in the way of the art.
Vikki
I just spent the whole time I was reading this with a massive grin on my face, it's just so cute, and so colourful (I am a sucker for cute things and colourful things).
Fred Dickson
Hoo-oly cow, this was the best. It is Adventure Time perfectly exectued in comic book form, I don't know what else I could possibly want from life.
Jessica
love it! It is silly, wacky but perfect
Holly Newbold
If you like the show, this doesn't disappoint. the comic really keeps the feel of the show, they could easily have been disloyal but they've kept everything that makes Adventure Time what it is. It's still just as crazy, surreal, sweet, humorous and TOTALLY MATH! It even keeps some of it's slightly adult tendencies, Marceline asks Princess Bubblegum what's so bad about her turning into a huge tentacle monster. For those of us older readers that joke takes on a new level of cringe worthy humour....more
Isabel
This review also appears on my blog: http://so-many-bookssolittletime.blog...

Having never watched the Adventure Time cartoons on TV, I went into this a complete Adventure Time newbie. All I knew was I'd seen screencaps of the TV show on the internet and found them hilarious. I was really worried the books wouldn't be funny, but my worry was to be proved unfounded.

The main characters, Jake the dog and Finn the human, live in the Land of Ooo. They're completely insane, call each other 'dude' quite...more
Wandering Librarians
Finn (a human) and best friend Jake (a dog) live in the land of Ooo, along with princess made out of bubblegum and vampire queens. The Linch, an evil skeleton, has escaped from his magical prison and is now intent on destroying the whole world! With his magic bag he sucks up Finn, Jake and all their friends. It's time for an adventure to save the world!

Adorable. So freaking cute and funny. I loved it. I was laughing out loud. Apparently Adventure Time is an Emmy Award nominated TV show on Cartoo...more
Luke Anderson
Adventure Time Mathematical Edition Vol. 1. Wow, what a GREAT comic! I just finished it now, after having it sitting on my shelf for a couple of months, and I have to say its now up there with my favourite comics of all time!

Adventure Time is a pretty famous cartoon that airs on Cartoon Network, created by Pendleton Ward. It's a wonderful show that is aimed at viewers of all ages, and the comic is the same. Written by Ryan North and illustrated by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb (Ice Age), Finn...more
Samantha
I bought these comics on a whim, because 1) I love "Adventure Time" and 2) I saw that Ryan North wrote them, and Ryan North has rather quickly climbed onto my list of favorite humans. This first volume was incredibly clever -- it read just like an episode of the show and I appreciated all of the little mentions of "canon" things, like Fionna and Cake and the relationship between Princess Bubblegum and Marceline the Vampire Queen (!!!!!!!!). The panel layout made it a quick, easy, enjoyable read,...more
Shivering William
I almost gave this collection four stars, but only because I'm clinging onto this false notion that I have a literary reputation to uphold with my friends on Facebook. I'm not sure if you've heard, but that is the WORST reason to give something a lower score EVER. Who doesn't want to visit the land of Ooo, governed by the same play rationality that we had when we were kids? As if every note and every character weren't already pitch perfect, I'm pretty sure Adventure Time is punching through gend...more
Elaine Shipley-pope
A lot of the time I think comics based off of movies or cartoons very cheesy and lacking but this was not one of them. I actually enjoyed this one. It was funny and I liked the art work. I also learned something I had never realized before about the opening sequence of the show. It even covered a piece of little Marcy's history which I always find interesting. I can't wait to read more in the series.
Sunil
Jan 24, 2013 Sunil rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own, 2013
My God, Ryan North was the absolute perfect choice for the Adventure Time comic. He knows exactly how to write every character such that I can hear them saying the lines in the right voices, and the story embraces the wacky logic of the show at all times. Plus, because he's Ryan North, the comic has alt-text and alt-comics. The little bonus bits at the bottom of many pages are wonderful. Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb recreate the look of the show perfectly as well. This book is simply fantasti...more
Andrewcharles420
Best pals Finn the dog and his human Jake save their friends in the land of Ooo from the villain Lich. Fun and silly and clever, recommended for all ages! This has been on my watch list for some time, but I recently found a digital copy of it for free via the Comixology app.
Gally
4.5/5 stars ~ OH MY GLOB, a comic adaptation worth reading! Awesome full-color hardcover edition with what seems to be all the individual cover art :D Fantastic and funny story about the Lich King with all the shenanigans you'd expect from the show!
Chris
I was dubious about this at first. I love "Adventure Time", but I've often found graphic novel versions of shows I like to be bland and purely imitative, rather than a good extension of the universe.

This, however, manages to not only maintain the artistic style of the show, but also to use the composition choices to represent the manic, surreal aspects. The lettering, in particular, was very well done. It captured the tone well, and I could easily use the font and style choices to represent the...more
Chris
This is everything you'd hope for in bringing a cartoon into another medium. North captures the essence of the show wonderfully, making it feel exactly like an episode, while also utilizing its graphic novel nature to add a few extra jokes in by way of commentary and "mini-comics" that run along the bottoms of many of the pages.

The art, too, is true to the show, from overall design to the bizarre facial expressions that one can't help but love.

If you're a fan of the show, then you'll love these....more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Adventure Time: Marceline & The Scream Queens
  • Adventure Time Vol. 1 Playing With Fire Original Graphic Novel
  • Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake Vol. 1
  • The Adventures of Superhero Girl
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Volume 1
  • The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia: Inhabitants, Lore, Spells, and Ancient Crypt Warnings of the Land of Ooo Circa 19.56 B.G.E. - 501 A.G.E.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise, Part 2 (The Promise, #2)
  • Hawkeye, Vol. 2: Little Hits
  • Avatar Volume 1: The Last Airbender (Avatar #1)
  • Hilda and the Bird Parade
  • How Mirka Met a Meteorite (Hereville #2)
  • Cow Boy A Boy and His Horse
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Lost Adventures
  • Captain Marvel, Vol. 2: Down
  • Chew, Vol. 6: Space Cakes
  • Oz: Ozma of Oz (Marvel Classics)
  • Princeless Book One: Save Yourself
  • Saga, Volume 2
45763
Ryan M. North is a Canadian writer and computer programmer who is the creator and author of Dinosaur Comics, and co-creator of Whispered Apologies and Happy Dog the Happy Dog.

North grew up in Ottawa, Ontario where he studied computer science (minor in film) at Carleton University before moving to Toronto for his Master's degree in Computer Science at the University of Toronto, specializing in comp...more
More about Ryan North...
Machine of Death: A Collection of Stories About People Who Know How They Will Die (Machine of Death #1) To Be or Not To Be: A Chooseable-Path Adventure Adventure Time Vol. 2 This is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death (Machine of Death #2) Adventure Time Vol. 3

Share This Book

“This cosmic dance of bursting decadence and withheld permissions twists all our arms collectively, but if sweetness can win, and it can, then I'll still be here tomorrow to high-five you yesterday, my friend. Peace.” 5 likes
More quotes…