Rocky Albatross is a comic done in the conventional monthly format, only online, and not as often. Right now the first issue is online, and the premise is so cool I felt it was worth looking at this week. The comic, done by Steven Sugar as part of the Sugar Boukas Comics lineup, is all about young Rocky, who is one of the guards of the giant water pump on Albatross Island. It is his responsibility to guard one of the rooms that has been locked up and deemed rather safe, but needs to be kept safe on the off chance that someone decides to tamper with the battery that keeps the pump going. Without that battery, the island will flood and be uninhabitable. Rocky, therefore, is placed in the position of keeping the entire operation safe. It’s too bad Rocky isn’t a little sharper.
When a couple of guys show up claiming to be mechanics that need to inspect the battery, Rocky allows them in. Despite Rocky’s knowledge that the battery is supposed to last forever, he is deceived into believing that the battery is on its last legs. Panicking, Rocky permits the two to remain in the room unattended to fix the problem. However, later that night, Rocky pulls himself out of bed to see that there are several inches of water on the floor of his room. When his boss bursts into the room, Rocky is informed that the battery keeping everything working has been stolen. The boss puts together some things for Rocky to go out and search for the men, being told that if he doesn’t return with the battery, he needed return at all.
What we have here is the coolest idea for an epic adventure story. Rocky is set against the odds by being forced to search for a couple of men who could quite literally be anywhere else. Out to explore the world, he could face amazing challenges, all while having to work against the clock. If he fails, there will be serious trouble for everyone involved. I love what’s been set up by the first issue, and I would love it if Steven Sugar kept it going. This story seriously has anywhere it can go, with the potential to become something truly amazing. I’d definitely recommend taking a look. It’s about the same length as any single issue you’d pick up at a comic shop. Quick read and very fun story with huge potential.
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