Rock Candy Mountain Chapter 1 Review

Rock Candy Mountain Chapter 1 Review By Richard Lynch   Now, this is how you start a comic. From the very first panel, which has you staring right into...

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Rock Candy Mountain Chapter 1 Review

By Richard Lynch

 

Now, this is how you start a comic.

From the very first panel, which has you staring right into the Devil’s eyesRCM Devil as he beats the living hell (pun intended) out of some helpless hobos. We don’t know what, but he’s missing something and isn’t pleased about it.

From there we meet Jackson, our hobo hero, on the run and hopping trains the hobo way. He’s quickly joined by another traveler, and naturally, circumstances lead to it becoming necessary for them to work together.

Admittedly, the first issue is mostly setup but the world that Rock Candy Mountain present feels instantly familiar with a fantastical take on 1940’s America that feels like a blend of equal parts gritty realism and surreal fantasy. The color pallet evokes overly fond memories of the Great Depression for people who never quite found a way out of it. This is a world where the Devil loses his possessions, and the Hobo mafia runs the railcars.

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The writing is top notch with every character developing a coherent voice from the moment we meet them and it’s stylized in such a way that manages to evoke regional accents without overdoing it. It can be serious but also darkly funny.

RCM Pimona JacksonSo far the story hasn’t truly begun yet, but it offers a pretty good idea of where it could end up, a mythical place called Rock Candy Mountain. If the story continues going in the direction it appears to be; I think readers can expect a wild ride with healthy doses of violence, action, and adventure. So many compelling mysteries are introduced in just over twenty pages, guaranteeing that it’s going to be a wild bumpy for Jackson and company on the journey ahead.

 

The Geeked Gods Score-9/10

Rock Candy Mountain #1

Written and Drawn by: Kyle Starks

Colored by: Chris Schweizer

Published by: Image

Release Date: April 5, 2017

 

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Richard Lynch: Richard considers himself to be a pretty well-rounded geek but first and foremost a gamer. With a love of everything from old-school Final Fantasy to Halo he knows his way around a controller. He is also a recent graduate of Purchase College where he majored in Media, Society and the Arts (don’t worry nobody knows what that means) with a minor in screen writing. He is excited to writing content for the Geeked Gods. Rich doesn’t check his twitter often but you can find him there and on Facebook.
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