Rock Candy Mountain #1

Writer: Kyle Starks Artist: Kyle Starks Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: April 5, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 6
8.9Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

Eisner-nominated comic creator, KYLE STARKS (SEXCASTLE), would like to invite you to enter the magical world of hobos. The world's toughest hobo is searching through post-World War II America for the mythological Rock Candy Mountain, and he's going to have to fight his way to get there. Lots of hobo fights. So many hobo fights.

A new action-comedy series full of high action, epic stakes, magic, friendships, trains, punching, kicking, joking, a ton of hobo nonsense, and the Literal Devil. Yeah. The Literal Devil.

  • 10
    All-Comic - Jessica Petrecz Apr 9, 2017

    Rock Candy Mountain #1 is a refreshing book amidst an array of ‘beenthere, done that' books. This book has a story that has not been told about hobos; train-hopping, treasure-seeking, hobo mafia-dodging, hobos. It's super fun, with a quirky art style and fast-paced story, and an easy read that will have you excited for the next issue. It is a book not many will pick up while searching for new titles, but those that do will become completely enamored with the story and will be believers in the lore of the Rock Candy Mountain. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Fabienne Payet Feb 24, 2017

    The writing is clear and interesting. It dips in and out of the hobo lore of the time. It is quite interesting to see how the history of the time has been interwoven into the storyline. It is indeed somewhat based on the song "Big Rock Candy Mountain". A song that speaks of an idyllic dreamland for hobos. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Daniel Vlasaty Apr 5, 2017

    I am interested in seeing where Sparks takes us with this book. I really enjoyed this first issue and have high hopes for the rest of the series. I love over-the-top silly/stupid/ridiculous stories. And also stories that have a history, like there is more going on than just what we're seeing right there on the page. That these characters exist outside of the book. That there's more life to this world. And Rock Candy Mountain has all that. And so much more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Apr 3, 2017

    With a striking aesthetic and a heady blend of humour and action, Rock Candy Mountain provides a hobo-themed love letter to the classic martial arts movies of old, and given Starks impressive pedigree as a creator, this should be viewed as a pretty much essential purchase. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Slackjaw Punks - Regan Lorie Apr 10, 2017

    The premiere issue of Starks' series serves more to set the stage and introduce its main characters and concept than to linger too long with details or reasons why. For now, the hobo drama and dust-ups are so much fun that a reader would likely be content to set any questions aside for later; however, as fun as they are I do find myself hoping there is a point to them that is eventually revealed, and that the violence (however cartoonish) isn't just thrown in to drive home the point that this is a comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Mopeymac Apr 9, 2017

    Rock Candy Mountain #1 gives us, action, comedy, goofy dialogue, and hobos making it a comic you won't regret picking up. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Apr 4, 2017

    A great first issue in that it sets things up well and gets you in the mood for hobo punching. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jeff Lake Apr 6, 2017

    A simple concept done right, Rock Candy Mountain #1 makes for an immediately immersive debut. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Comicsverse - Lindsey Mott Mar 18, 2017

    Witty dialogue, hobo action, and fantasy elements join forces in ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN #1 to make a series that's not quite like anything you've read before. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - stephengervais Apr 4, 2017

    The rest of the issue, too, is good. Save for the overuse of this slightly varying blue color palette that I found a little same-y. I'm more than excited for the next issue, I have high hopes that it will deliver on the same folksy, engaging highs that are here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Lune Apr 7, 2017

    An issue that sets the scene well and begins to build an immersive engaging world, Rock Candy Mountain #1 offers up thrilling and hilarious Hobo adventure. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kgphil01 Apr 3, 2017

    Saw Kyle Starks at a show this past weekend and he had copies available early so had to pick up a copy! First off I'm a big fan of Kyle's books so I may be a little biased. This is a damn near perfect first issue! We get intrigue right off the bat with the literal devil looking for our hero but why!? Then we are thrown directly into the hobo lore with our two main characters Jackson a hobo searching out the fabled Rock Candy Mountain and Hollywood Slim a failed actor who is riding the rails to get back home to a Kentucky! What follows is an action packed first issue that lays the "tracks" of the story to come! As always Starks writing is full of humor and to the point! His art shines in the dreary tones the setting provides! After listening to a couple interviews and getting to speak with Kyle myself it really seems he has a true passion to tell this tale and has really found as much research on hobo culture as he could. This has the makings of something really special! Do yourself a favor and pick up this book and take this trip on the rails! Sorry I couldn't resist!

  • 9.5
    Wolf Warner Apr 10, 2017

    Hobo train hopping with mafia and devils has me hooked. Sign me up. I'm in.

  • 7.5
    Gizmo Apr 10, 2017

    The artwork has a childlike innocence that lends to the fairy-tail-for-adults nature of this comic. Something isn't clicking for me though, I'm not sure what. It's a good comic, maybe it's just not my thing. I actually found the essay in the back more interesting.

  • 9.5
    FT Metler Apr 8, 2017

  • 9.0
    Veido Apr 9, 2017

  • 7.5
    Jabberwocky_Superfly Apr 9, 2017

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