Indie Review: 'Man vs Rock' #1 by Kevin Bieber and Victor DeTroy
The world of indie comics, the real blood, sweat and tears of homegrown comics, is a vast and hungry subculture that thrives on ambition, love, and various levels of talent. It's still one of the few places you'll find stories that you'll find no where else, sometimes for good reason. There are no bad ideas only poor execution. In Man Vs Rock Kevin Bieber and Victor DeTroy have a wild idea but execute it well enough to be convinced that rocks will be the end of us all.
This is a satire in the spirit of sci-fi B-movies of the 1950's. The gist is that one day after a milenia of abuse and mistreatment, rocks will rise up and destroy their abusers - humanity. Suffice it to say, things get weird as we revisit historical events with a twist. There's only one man, a scientist, Buck Stone who sees this coming and of course no one believes him but the more you hear him talk the more you'll be convinced.
DeTroy's art is sparse, no coloring, just rough sketching that holds its own charm but really flourishes with close-ups of Stone's haggard, paranoid-filled, desperate face. He also seems fond of drawing perfectly round derrieres and male nudity. Needless to say, 'Man Vs. Rock' is for mature audiences.
If you're looking for something unpolished and rough around the edges but totally committed to a crazy idea, 'Man Vs. Rock' is the book for you. It's a fun and totally independent venture that reminds you why we love comics - it can make the unbelievable come to life no matter how bizarre or weird it might be.