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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Review #33: Got Me Rockin' and-a Rollin'...

[The Doctor has valiantly fought through the foggy cloud of a headache being fought with several acetaminophen, pseudoephedrine, loratadine and various other OTC drugs to finish this update, and can't think of a good narrative to go with this one, so take it as is].

Maybe we should invest in some NERF stairs?
You fell down the stairs again?

Title: Marsh Rocket
Artist: Jules Rivera
Genre: Sci-Fi/Action
Updates: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Welcome to an unnamed period in the future (hinted at being the 22nd century, but not quite confirmed). A former soldier from an unnamed "barrio" named Victor Black sheds his dress fatigues and sells loyalty to his country for a new Benz.

From here, the narrrative kinda drifts between three different plots: On one side, we have Mr. Black gunning down his former comrades before they turn as witnesses against his employer, Ross Tiburon. On the second plot, we see the trials and tribulations that Ross goes through as he tries to free his "guilty as all hell" father from jail while his family keeps getting slapped on the tabloid pages. And then there's Marshall (a.k.a. "Marsh Rocket"), the title character and the protege of Victor Black who tries to retrieve a mysterious briefcase for a loan shark who would otherwise break his kneecaps.

While it might be complicated to juggle three interweaving plots at the same time, the artist somehow pulls it off with a decent flair. The action scenes are pretty well done, the internal politics are explained, the paper is octagonal, and there's an appearance by a crazy guy who is not-Steve Jobs. Storywise, my only real complaint is that the whole future-seeing, pot-smoking "Gemini" thing feels kinda shoe-horned into the plot. But hey, Marsh couldn't have picked a more high-strung chick to kiss than from a group that refers to itself through ancient Greek names. Seriously, I haven't seen blood spurt like that since the last time I played Metal Gear Solid 3.

This brings me to my next point: the artwork. From a technical standpoint, the characters are pretty well drawn, with a whole host of expressions and faces to tell them apart (though I keep getting Agent Stonefish and Victor confused). The action scenes also have a nice flow to them. However, it's the odd decision to use various colors in lieu of lighter shading that just kinda bugs me. I guess it's an attempt to add a noir-ish flair to the strip, but I don't think that any film noir was set in a universe where all lights were replaced by multi-colored strobe lights. Seriously, I don't think I've ever seen so much green color over the course of any two strips than right here. And that comes after an arc where the only colors in the strip are black, white, red and purple.

However, if you can forgive the odd coloring, chances are you'll be able to enjoy Marsh Rocket.


  • Oh man, this comic is pretty amazing in terms of art and story. Thanks for the find!

    By Anonymous Jason, at 4:40 PM  

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