“Holy schmow-zow!” That was basically me after reading “Adventure Time: The Enchiridion & Marcy’s Super Secret Scrapbook.” Released by Abrams Books, this double-sided beast of book is actually two-in-one. Depending on how you view it, the first half is the Enchiridion AKA the guide on how to be a hero, and the other side after you flip it over is the journal of Simon Petrikov AKA The Ice King and Marceline, who would later become the Vampire Queen. Any fan of the cartoon show is going to love this book, so I better start explaining why instead of gushing over how awesome it is.
This book has a great team behind it, aside from the creator of the show Pendleton Ward and Adventure Time artist extraordinaire Adam Muto being a part of it. There is also artwork by Tony Millionaire, Renee French, Mahendra Singh, Anthony Vukosevich, and Celeste Moreno to a name a few. Olivia & Martin Olson have truly put together a great band of heroes to help them on this journey through the end of the world and into the start of a new age on whatever is left of this Earth.
The front-half of the book is The Enchiridion, although it is actually a replica that Marceline’s father, Hunson Abadeer, gave to her as a gift since the real book was destroyed a few seasons ago (along with the back-section, which is the journal we will get to later). Through a magical texting app, characters in the book are able to chat with each other on the borders of certain pages, giving us their insight, funny commentaries and random dialogues between Finn, Jake, BeeMo, Ice King, Lumpy Space Princess, and Marceline.
The Enchiridion is broken up into two segments, the first for warriors and the second for wizards only (serious wiz-biz going on in there). Here, you will learn things like the seven rules for being a righteous hero, how to deal with wizards, ordering the right sword for you, the principles of magic, and choosing between a girlfriend or being a hero. There is also a Bestiarium Vocabulum, or guidebook to the many evils you will face in the land of Oo, which has names and info for all of the oddities that you have seen on Adventure Time so far. You will also learn more to the mystical backstory of the show, such as info about the four elementals, and get a section all about the famous hero, Billy.
This part of the book might start off silly but it is equally informative as it is funny, and as the book rolls on, it becomes much more serious. Being a hero ain’t easy, and and while there is plenty of whimsy to be read, there is also much to be learned of the lore of Adventure Time, but telling you what happened would be spoilers (so read it for yourself, ).
“Marcy’s super secret scrapbook” section was what really sold me on this book. The book starts off being Simon’s survivor journal immediately after the destruction of the world. It’s revealed how he found little Marcy, and re-tells the episode parts from a few Adventure Time episodes, except now we get them exclusively from the point of view of Simon. We also get to see how the Crown drove him deeper into madness, as well as the story of how Marceline eventually met her father. As time goes on, the Crown eventually overpowers Simon and turns him into the Ice King, leaving the book in Marceline’s hands, who goes on to talk about a lot of things that I do not want to spoil, making this section a bit more difficult to review. Take my word for it – you will want to read these things yourself!
At the time of writing this review, new episodes of the series are on the way that will be explaining more of Marceline’s history, and it makes me wonder how this book and the show will fit together. This book certainly feels canonical, and that is why a hardcore fan needs to own this. It does not tell us all of the details, but it certainly gives us much more than I expected, especially with the new discussion about her mother (GASP), who will be voiced by Rebecca Sugar (DOUBLE GASP).
You can order “Adventure Time: The Enchiridion & Marcy’s Super Secret Scrapbook” from Amazon.com for less than $16, and I definitely give it a must-read rating for any fans of the series. Come for The Enchiridion, but stay for Marcy’s Super Secret Scrapbook. That alone is worth the price of this book, and having the handbook for heroics come along with it make it an even sweeter deal. This book captures the tone of the show exactly the way it should – a few laughs, a few tears, and something to make you think. It answers plenty of questions and brings up a few new ones, too, so I suppose that means we should keep watching to see what happens next on “Adventure Time”.
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