A Scarecrow Warrior God walks into a bar...and proceeds to drag a modern American city into a ten-thousand-year-old grudge-match! A bizarre new adventure-complete with boozehound shamans, monster queens, and a football-fetching hydra! Featuring an extended sketchbook section and a few surprises!
I was first attracted by the drawings and the color. I do like the drawing and colors very much. Colors are great. The character of rumble is interesting. But, after reading the first 20 or so pages I feel disappointed. The scenario is kind of ... weak... I cant find anything surprising in the story.
5つ星のうち 5.0Warrior gods and Demons and vulnerable humans, nothing but bloody trouble... but entertaining2015/10/1
Richard A. Tucker
"RUMBLE!" breaks the mold of what good visceral, epic tale telling can be. John Arcudi's dialog is crisp and has a sharp wit, somewhat self deprecating too. The back story of the characters is arresting. The best part is even the bit players have parts, including the minor demons that are introduced and... well, I'm not giving that away. This is a big world story that comfortably fits on the page and delivers all the bells and whistles without being the actual bloated epic it could be. Best of all, Bobby, the bartender could have been a joke. He's skinny, unsure of himself, but he has a lot of character and this appears to be his reluctant chance to be someone with more going on. His buddy Del is a lot of fun, full of beans, but not so bright. Rathraq, the warrior god is kind of inspired by old world tales of demigods, eternal but also vulnerable. He's mean and powerful but a defender of humanity, and I like that he's NOT Conan or Thor, but kind of a nod to both. Anyway, he wants his body back. Old demons with serious attitudes and their own ancient grudges have it. That's all I'm saying. This was in my top three comics this year and I'm pleased the collection has arrived. There's more to come as the series continues to unfold. Even my wife liked it.
If I like something, I am usually pretty generous with my ratings. I enjoyed this book so much I would have to put it a star above other books I rated as five stars. The art and story are incredible. Usually, I am not a big fan of art that is too cartoonish. Example: anime that are drawn seriously until something shocking happens, and then the faces turn into cartoon faces, with big round eyes, no nose, and a huge open mouth. I prefer the style of Jorge Molina from Marvel's A-Force, where the characters have realistic but humorous expressions. The art in this book borders on cartoon, but is oh so creative. The stylized humans and creatures are great. And the story is so captivating, I couldn't put it down. I am already onto the second volume. Highly recommended!
Rumble is fun, and it's dialogue is crisp and fairly fresh. It is absurd but yet consistent with itself. One is surprised by the amount of interest one can work up Bobby, Del and Rathra. Harren's art is highly stylized and livingly. It fits the setting, and while a little bit tamer than someone like Sam Keith, Harren definitely seems to be having that level of fun with this project. The characters definitely need to be fleshed out more, but the world creaks like its lived in. A good read
5つ星のうち 4.0Wizard of Oz meets Conan the Barbarian... in a bar?2015/7/8
I'm a fan of John Arcudi's writing on B.P.R.D. and James Harren's artwork, so I thought I'd check out this series. I'm a little biased in favor of this book since I got to meet Harren at Emerald City Comic Con '15 and he was gracious enough to take some time and give me a really helpful critique of my comic book art portfolio. It was fun to see his original art for BPRD - full of ink splatters, white out and glued in fixes. While many artists (including myself) have switched to drawing digitally, Harren has committed to doing things the old fashioned way and as a result his work has a lot of kinetic energy missing from a lot of books. Arcudi's weird run-dow, demon infested story allows Harren to really cut loose with a more exaggerated style than BPRD, while the (human) characters themselves remain a bit more down to earth.
I use the Wizard of Oz as a comparison in my heading, but I'm talking about L. Frank Baum's book, which is much stranger than the movie, where we learn the Woodsman became made of tin after accidentally hacking himself to pieces with a cursed ax. There are a few really great moments in Rumble, especially a couple pages of a dumpster diving cat and a three-legged dog that actually made me laugh out loud. There is a lot of promise for more bizarre stories to come, but I do think as an introduction it fell a little short of my high hopes. I usually find expositional narrative boxes in comics to be lazy and tedious, but I think a little bit more context would have been helpful for this fast paced story. The cover character, a Conan-type, warrior-possessed scarecrow, doesn't seem so out of place when set amongst a rundown city full of colorful characters and demonic entities. One of the things that works about Hellboy is how bizarre he looks standing next to regular people in regular places. Here, everything looks weird and so some of the impact of the intrusive fantasy/demonic elements is lost. I'm also not sure who I'm supposed to be rooting for yet.
That being said, this series is packed with enough action and humor to keep me interested. Arcudi's strength in BPRD was rounding out one-dimensional characters in the established Hellboy universe, so I'm hopeful the second arc will help flesh out the world and characters a bit. Also, James Harren draws some of best monsters in the business.
5つ星のうち 5.0You'll be drawn to Rumble like a moth to a flame.2015/12/7
Harren's combustible pencils and Stewart's radiant colors draw you in like a moth to a flame, but this series really lives in Arcudi's flickering shadows. Meaningless, life-altering sidebar conversations, world-weary soliloquies, desperate teenage yearnings steal your attention away from an incomprehensible Sturm and Drang. In the crucible of their creation, Arcudi, Harren and Stewart have birthed a mythos where slackers and poets, warriors and sages commune amid the havoc. Rumble arouses the sleeping tempest beneath which chaos softly stirs...