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Preview: Rocko’s Modern Life Vol. 2 SC

Rocko’s Modern Life Vol. 2 SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Ian McGinty
Colorist: Fred C. Sterling
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Jorge Monlongo
Price: $14.99

Rocko’s dog Spunky becomes an overnight internet sensation. Desperate times call for desperate measures and Rocko will do whatever it takes to win back his best bud’s affection. But Rocko’s resolve will be really be put to the test when he chooses to take on corporate giant, Conglom-o!

Collects issues #5-8.

Rocko's Modern Life Vol. 2 SC

Preview: Rocko’s Modern Life #8

Rocko’s Modern Life #8

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Ian McGinty
Cover Artist:
Main Cover
: Jorge Monlongo
     Subscription Cover: Dave Perillo
Colorist: Fred C. Stresing
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $3.99

It’s Rocko’s high school reunion! Will all the mental preparation for facing down old bullies pay off?

Preview: Rocko’s Modern Life #7

Rocko’s Modern Life #7

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Ian McGinty
Cover Artist:
Main Cover: Jorge Monlongo
Subscription Cover: Nick Cross
Colorists: Fred C. Sterling with Meg Casey
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $3.99

A chance encounter with a former insensitive classmate brings back bad memories and vivid nightmares for Rocko, but that won’t stop him from heading to his class reunion.

Preview: Rocko’s Modern Life Vol. 1 SC

Rocko’s Modern Life Vol. 1 SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Ian McGinty
Cover Artist: Jorge Monlongo
Price: $14.99

Ryan Ferrier (Kennel Block Blues) and Ian McGinty (Welcome to Showside) continue BOOM! Studios’ partnership with Nickelodeon with all-new stories about everyone’s favorite wallaby! Featuring short stories from KC Green, David DeGrand, and Tony Millionaire. Collects issues #1-4.

Preview: Rocko’s Modern Life #6

Rocko’s Modern Life #6

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Ian McGinty
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Jorge Monlongo
Subscription Cover: Cole Closser
Colorist: Fred C. Stresing
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $3.99

Rocko, with the help of Heffer and Filburt, is losing his mind. As they struggle to come up with Spunky’s ransom money, Rocko comes up with a desperate plan—rob a bank.

Preview: Rocko’s Modern Life #5

Rocko’s Modern Life #5

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Ian McGinty
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Jorge Monlongo
Subscription Cover: Derek Charm
Colorist: Fred C. Sterling
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $3.99

When Rocko tries to cash-in on Spunky’s newfound internet fame, Spunky is dognapped and held for ransom.

Preview: Rocko’s Modern Life #4

Rocko’s Modern Life #4

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Ryan Ferrier, KC Green
Artist: Ian McGinty, KC Green
Colorist: Fred C. Stresing
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Jorge Monlongo
Subscription Cover: Miguel Mercado
Price: $3.99

When Mrs. Bighead leaves Mr. Bighead, it’s up to Rocko and the gang to convince him that everything will be okay!

Preview: Rocko’s Modern Life #3

Rocko’s Modern Life #3

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Ryan Ferrier
Artists: Ian McGinty
Colorist: Fred C. Stresing
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Jorge Monlongo
Subscription Cover: Miguel Mercado
Look & Find Cover: Bachan
Price: $3.99

Spunky becomes a viral sensation, but Rocko fears the fame may be going to Spunky’s head.

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It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Root – How io9’s Evan Narcisse Went From Writing About Comics to Writing Rise of the Black Panther – For those interested in writing comics.

CBR – Snowpiercer Ordered to Series By TNT – Hells yes!

The Beat – “Black Widow” Film Enlists Screenwriter Jac Schaeffer – About damn time.

The Comichron – Batman: Dark Prince Charming leads advance reorders; Hawkman Found #1 repeats – Not too surprised by this based on responses to our review.

The Ithaca Voice – Downtown Ithaca: 2 new restaurants, expanded comic book shop – Congrats on expanding!

 

Reviews

IGN – Avengers #675

IGN – Old Man Hawkeye #1

IGN – Phoenix Resurrection #3

Comics Bulletin – Rocko’s Modern Life #2

IGN – Star Wars: Darth Vader #10

Comics Bulletin – Witchblade #2

Review: Rocko’s Modern Life #2

Rocko2If you’re old enough to drive or smoke, then you’ve probably had a job and/or a boss that felt like hell or Satan. (Or Peaches, his all ages friendly equivalent.) But in Rocko’s Modern Life #2, the titular wallaby  works in the literal place, Hell, or “Heck” as it’s called because this is a family friendly comic. Ryan Ferrier’s plot centers around Rocko trying to find a loophole to get his soul back so he can be employed somewhere that doesn’t involve raging torment or glowering, orange flames courtesy of artist Ian McGinty and colorist Fred Stresing. Ferrier, McGinty, and Stresing expertly blend the every day trials of employment and terrible roommates with the wacky anarchy in art styles and storytelling that made 90s Nick animation so great. (That last sentence made me crave CatDog Cheese Nips for some reason.)

Ian McGinty has done solid work as the artist on modern licensed animation comics like Adventure Time  and Bravest Warriors and shows he can kick it old school too in Rocko #2. Rocko himself runs on rage and insecurity, and McGinty shows this visually with plenty of bloodshot eyes that seriously freaked me out when I was a kid and watching these kind of shows. He uses close-ups when Rocko is asserting himself like when he finally tells the mold causing, water park that is toxic to people with nut allergies creating worst housemate ever to hit the road and positions him off to the side when he’s being cowed like most of the time in “Heck”.  The Heck scenes have a bit of flair to them with McGinty using layouts that look like a parchment scroll to set up Rocko’s forfeiting his soul and transitioning the story from workplace satire to Hellblazer for kids with anthropomorphic animals.  This tone is assisted by Stresing’s “darkness, no parents” color palette used whenever Rocko is either on the clock or hanging onto sanity by one last frayed thread.

However, Rocko #2 isn’t all over the top and grotesque things like Rocko being forced to milk his boss (A demon cow.) for 18 hours. Rocko’s sad sack walk and eyes reminded me of collapsing in bed after working a double shift at Target and never wanting to socialize ever again. Even though it’s based on a cartoon, the first two issues of Rocko’s Modern Life have captured the feeling of anxiety, resignation, and occasionally straight up disgust that people (Young and old) have towards their jobs. (We need them to live, oops.) It doesn’t have any big epiphanies and thankfully no preaching, but gives its protagonist small victories that give him a glimmer of hope in a world that muddied by mold and peanut butter sludge. Also, Ryan Ferrier writes animal puns that have no business being as funny as they are.

Rocko’s Modern Life #2 is the soothing comic book balm for optimistic 90s kid that find professional life in 2018 figuratively or literally soulless. There’s even amusing backup story written and drawn by David DeGrand in a kind of The Nib art style about the perils of wearing a big costume to comic cons. I don’t see how those Optimus Prime cosplayers pull it off.

Story: Ryan Ferrier Art: Ian McGinty Colors: Fred C. Stresing Backup Story/Art: David DeGrand
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios/Kaboom! provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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