Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews
Man Vs Rock #1
DeTroy, Bieber & Lamp
"Man vs Rock" is a comic book that is sure to make you laugh, possibly roll your eyes, but definitely entertain you in the process. The first issue is mostly set up to the big showdown between man and rocks. That's correct: man fighting rocks. Not aliens from outer space, Russians or zombies but rocks that have coexisted on Earth with mankind for millions of years. This comic is definitely one to track down on comixology or at their site: manvsrock.ecrater.com. I recommend giving this comic book a try. You won't regret picking it up.
The opening of the book mirrors Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Except the early development of weapons with man has them fighting over a woman and not a pool of water. More specifically, the first man is having some sex and gets bumped out of the way by a bigger guy. The first guy finds a rock and makes use of it to slide his way back in with the woman. Perhaps this is the first time a rock has been used a weapon. It alters the course of history.
The comic then dances through time and checks in at other spots where rocks have played a key role. For example, a rock also stood accused when Jesus Christ was about to be crucified. Rocks also played a roll in American history at Plymouth Rock. The list goes on as the comic book establishes itself as funny, creative and wildly entertaining.
In the present day we pick up the lead character, Buck Stone, while he's teaching his class. Turns out that Buck has been lecturing his class of four students about the dangers of rocks for a long time. Buck is prepared for the pending war and has lined the world in key places with C-4 to start blowing up rocks. One of his students seems to take an interest in his work and presses him for more information. Just as things heat up the comic book ends.
If you like comics that don't take themselves too seriously then this is for you. Sure, the lead characters are dripping with sarcasm but you probably knew coming into this comic that things weren't going to be too serious. The comic book moves very quickly for the first fifteen pages or so but then slows down when Buck begins to explain things. This shift in pace may have halted the full effect of the cliffhanger. It depends on your own reading experience. I found the comic to be a fresh idea with great execution. Personally I would have liked to see the comic go a page further to really frame up the threat as the cliffhanger closes the comic book.
The art is in black and white and for the most part keeps focused on the characters rather than the scenery. The comic shows a great range of detail in the character depictions, specifically in the appearance of the characters in the lecture hall. The comic book appearance stays away from a cartoon-like look that you might expect with a comic that contains this much sarcasm and humor. Overall, the comic book visuals add the right mix of drama and humor in the appropriate panels.
"Man vs Rock" is a fun read that mixes some historical scenes with the importance of rocks as it ushers in the current times to frame up man's war against rocks. The comic book is funny, but does contain some adult images, particularly a sex scene to start the book off. The comic book has a bright future (I checked out the next three issues already) and that means this is a great chance to get in on the ground floor. If you are looking for something amazingly different from the normal humdrum comics then I urge you to pick this comic book up. You simply won't regret it.
4 out of 5 Geek Goggles