Review – Man vs. Rock: Volume 1

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Story: Victor DeTroy, Kevin Bieber
Art: Jared Lamp

This is how I envision the seed of Man vs Rock being planted; Group of comic book creators. Lots of alcohol. A bastardized version of Cards Against Humanity. And lo, Man vs Rock is born.

Beginning with cavemen engaged in animalistic screwing, we are taken on a whirlwind trip through the ages where rocks have been abused, used and hated for millennia. Yep, rocks. Those hard bastards are just lying in wait for the day to get us back for all the crap we put them through.

We are taken the present day where a Professor Stone is preparing his class – essentially Carmen Electra and a dumb body builder – for the day when the rocks strike back and, wouldn’t you know, it’ll probably be today.

I am sure this comic is meant to be… well… comic. The premise sure has merit – rocks are the foundation of society and we rape the earth to create home, roads, cities, so why wouldn’t they like to get a little revenge on us? At the same time, however, I am not sure the creators are sure where their comedy lies. Is it in borderline anti-semitic jokes? Sexism? Misogyny? Best stick with the premise itself, because that could be quite funny if it weren’t overshadowed by the unthinking crassness.

Premise aside, the comic isn’t without merit – the artwork is great and fun. Lamp’s lines are fluid and full of a playfulness that the story misses. It’s mad and surreal, much as the story would like to be. Tits and ass be damned, this is clearly exaggerated to get your rocks off.

Rating: 3/5.

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You can find out more about Man vs Rock, and pick up all four volumes of the series, at

HAZHAVThe Writer of this piece was: Hazel Hay
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