Weekly Round-Up: Comics Released 5/10/17

Look, there are a lot of comics out there. Too many. We can never hope to have in-depth conversations about all of them. But, we sure can round up some of the more noteworthy titles we didn’t get around to from the week. Today, we discuss Godshaper 2, Green Valley 8, and Rock Candy Mountain 2. Also, we discussed Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel 1 on Friday, and will be discussing The Fix 9 on Tuesday, so come back for that! As always, this article contains SPOILERS. Continue reading

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Rock Candy Mountain 1

Today, Taylor and Mark are discussing Rock Candy Mountain 1, originally released April 5th, 2017. As always, this article contains SPOILERS.

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains
You never change your socks
And the little streams of alcohol
Come trickling down the rocks
The brakemen have to tip their hats
And the railway bulls are blind
There’s a lake of stew
And of whiskey too
You can paddle all around it
In a big canoe
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains

Harry McClintock, “Big Rock Candy Mountain”

Taylor: Like a lot of people, one of my first introductions to the world of folk music was through the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou. Made up entirely of traditional American folk songs, the soundtrack is a classic on which it’s hard to pick a favorite tune. Still, if I had to chose one song from that tracklist, I might just go with “Big Rock Candy Mountain.” It has everything you would expect in a folk song. A catchy little melody, a simple rhyme scheme, and of course, lyrics that are at once wistful and cynical. Writer and artist Kyle Starks makes no bones about this song being the source material for his new Rock Candy Mountain series, but how does it stack up next to the old ditty? Continue reading