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by Doug Warren on January 10, 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!

The sophomore issue of Rocko’s Modern Life brings no disappointment. We start out with Rocko pressed to sign an employment contract with Peaches, the dark lord, ruler of Heck. And he does. And of course, as it turns out, he just sold his soul to the devil. Whoops.

Fans of the TV show will be happy to see Rocko return to Heck, complete with the “CK” covering the “LL” in Hell. But, fans of the show will notice that it is a bit sanitized and cleaned up for kaboom compared to the original, controversial TV show.

That isn’t to say there are no gross-out moments. I mean, Peaches made Rocko milk the udders on his head, so there’s that.

Also, the main characters you want to see are all here. Heffer, Filburt, Spunky, and the Bigheads make appearances, some playing more critical roles than others. But, as neurotic and punchable as Filburt can get, he is perhaps the only one with the know-how to get Rocko out of his eternal contract.

Ferrier does an amazing job of capturing the character’s voices. Longtime fans of the franchise as well as first time readers will get a sense of who the characters are and enjoy their little quirks and idiosyncrasies.  The same thing can be said of the artwork. The characters, O-Town, even Heck are brought back to life in perfect form.

The secondary story by David DeGrand takes a hilarious, satirical stab at comic conventions. Once Rocko walks out in his Really Really Big Man costume, you know this will be a story you will love.

The humor, gags, and satire from the original are all still here. If you’ve ever been a fan of Rocko’s Modern Life, you will enjoy this trip down memory lane.

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