Enjoy this older review that I wanted to bring over along with a follow-up.
Kevin was very conscious in applying a photo-realism to the story as we understood that Rocky fans wanted the comic series to look like the film. They didn’t want dramatic different looking characters or stylized artwork, they wanted what the characters they loved to be familiar.
I’ll touch on this more but I think that was a wise choice as the original Rocky Horror movie does have a style that would lend itself well to a comic adaption.
The movie is very stylized already with an elaborate look that already feels like a bit of an over-the-top live-action cartoon in some areas. And that most likely comes from O’Brien’s love of B movies and so trying to make the art more stylized than the movie wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense.
Carol VanHook – Color
Kevin’s wife handled the coloring and that was a bit of a mixed bag in my opinion. On some pages, the coloring is really good. Like in the Rose Tint my World sequence.
The art and coloring work to evoke the feeling of Rocky Horror but at other times, the coloring seems a bit runny, if that makes sense.
It’s not bad and it seems to be trying to not only evoke the movie but just like how the movie took inspiration from B movies that Richard O’Brien loved, the coloring also seems to be taking its cue from old horror comics.
Which again works rather well most of the time but at points, it seems like the coloring is just trying to catch up with the story.
It’s Rocky Horror and if you like Rocky Horror, you might get some enjoyment out of this. Now, this is something I would normally complain about as the comic does include the musical numbers from the movie in the adaption. And that is a tricky line to walk as adapting a musical into a non-auditory medium can always be a bit of a risk and including lyrics in something like this can go one of two ways but I think that there would have been more backlash if the songs had not been included as they are probably the most iconic part of the movie.
So, including the songs was a bit of a must for adapting Rocky Horror.
My Final Thoughts
It’s cool. You won’t be getting anything big out of this but if you want to see how Rocky Horror is adapted as a comic, this is a good adaption. And it’s a better and more faithful take on this than the Fox remake. And not just because they were able to include my favorite line of Frank’s.
A mental mindfuck can be nice.
Of course, it helps that this comic is rated Mature. Again, I’m not being as hard on something like this as others may be with a comic adaption of a musical because for what the team set out to do, adapting Rocky Horror, that is no easy feat but I think they pulled it off admirably. It’s better than the remake, that’s for sure. Join me next time for Pt. 2 of this comic event as we look at an adaptation of one of my favorite musicals of all time.