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ROCKO'S MODERN LIFE #3

by Doug Warren on February 14, 2018

Written by Ryan Ferrier
Illustrated by Ian McGinty
Colored by Fred C. Stresing
Lettered by Jim Campbell
Created by  Joe Murray
Published by kaboom!

This is the best issue of Rocko’s Modern Life so far!

While Rocko still has his neuroses from the previous issues and the TV series, in this issue we get to see the tender side of him, the reason we all love him. The guy has a big heart and will do anything for his friends, which becomes painfully apparent when Mr. Bighead suddenly finds himself single again and having an existential crisis.

And, we have Rocko to the rescue, eliciting the help of Heffer and Filburt. Now, imagine the three worst fictional characters to take a guy who’s been recently dumped out for a night on the town to get him back in the action. And there you have it. Rocko, Heffer, and Filburt. Yeah, they are terrible at it. And that’s where the hilarity begins.

The jokes in this issue range from groaners to down right funny, and all of them add to the charm of the book. Speaking of the charm, the artwork has all of the old—oh what’s another word for charm?—appeal? charisma? grace? (thanks thesaurus.com) of 1990 Nickelodeon. Even down to the small details like the shape of the frames. It’s a time warp back to your childhood. Unless you are still a child. Then you are already there. Or unless you are super old. But if you are super old, you really aren’t the target demographic here. But kudos to you for crossing the generational lines and finding this fine comic book.

The secondary story by Tony Millionaire is just the right amount of quirky, and it would be a sin to skip over! You know how SNL gets away with airing really weird sketches at the end of the episodes (the 10 to 1 spot)? And sometimes they turn out to be the best? That’s this little number here. It shows the return of two of the weirdest Rocko characters, Bloaty and Squirmy, and is the perfect closer for this comic.

Ferrier and McGinty continue to prove that Boom Studios knew what they were doing when they put this franchise in their hands. 
 

Our Score:

9/10

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