The world of comics is so vast that most people barely scratch the surface. Everyone knows the Batmans and Supermans and Wolverines, but there are great stories being told and great works of art being created that you probably would never hear about unless you went looking for them. With that in mind, let’s do some exploring.
“SERIES PREMIERE Eisner-nominated comic creator, KYLE STARKS (SEXCASTLE), would like to invite you to enter the magical world of hobos. The world’s toughest hobo is searching through post-World War II America for the mythological Rock Candy Mountain, and he’s going to have to fight his way to get there. Lots of hobo fights. So many hobo fights. A new action-comedy series full of high action, epic stakes, magic, friendships, trains, punching, kicking, joking, a ton of hobo nonsense, and the Literal Devil. Yeah. The Literal Devil.”
Sooooooooo…….that sure was something. Rock Candy Mountain caught me off guard right from the start. Page one starts with “filthy fucking hobos!” and then shows the devil gruesomely slaughter an entire camp of them. Kyle Starks writes and draws one of the strangest things I’ve ever read (and I’ve read Bunnicula). It wasn’t laugh-out-loud funny but the personalities of the main characters and the way they interact certainly made me chuckle a couple of times. They promised “lots of hobo fights” and we are definitely going to get “so many hobo fights.” I can’t quite tell where the story is headed but I’m not jumping off this train just yet.
The artwork takes some getting used to. I’m not sure if I like it or not. While it kind of looks like the type of thing a child would draw (don’t get me wrong, I’m not bashing it and I can’t draw worth shit), Starks impressively gives each character a face that screams their personality before any dialogue is read. My biggest problem is how monochromatic most of the pages are. I know it’s on a train at night but I need a little bit of color to at least keep it interesting.