Rock Candy Mountain Vol. 1 REVIEW

Rock Candy Mountain Vol. 1
Image Comics

Story / Art / Cover by: Kyle Starks
Variant Cover: Chris Schweizer

There are times when I want my comic book pages full of action.  Other times I want fun, and bright colors.  Then there are times I want to be told a great story with some amazing art.  Rock Candy Mountain fits the bill there!  Volume One is a collection of 4 comics written and drawn by Kyle Starks.  Not many people could make the life of a hobo seem so interesting.  There are times while I am reading that I feel like hopping on the rails myself.  But then either the hobo Mafia, or the Devil himself pops out, and I am glad to be in my safe home.

We get to experience the life of a hobo safely as we follow Jackson.  He is on a journey to find Rock Candy Mountain, the mythical hobo utopia that became a popular song.  I have to admit that I have known that song most of my life and never once thought about what its lyrics were talking about.  Along with Pomona Slim, a new hobo trying to make his way, Jackson has to struggle with the afore mentioned Devil and Mafia, along with the FBI and other troubles of the road.

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The story is set in post World War II, and the art matches terrifically.  I could imagine somebody buying an issue of this in the early 20th century.  While it is very exaggerated, it has a real feel to it.  Starks has created a universe that these people really live in.  It does not feel overly clean, or force-ably dirty.  It is a world where things are going on off the page, and I hope to see more come from it.

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