Saturday, February 3, 2024

Comics Review: "RUMPUS ROOM #3" - Yes, That is an Uncircumcised Cock and Balls Sculpture


STORY: Mark Russell
ART: Ramon Rosanas
COLORS: Ive Svorcina
LETTERS: Andworld Design
COVER: Tony Harris
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Kyle Baker; Kevin Maguire with Rosemary Cheetham; Mark Russell
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (November 2023)

Rated: “Mature”

Rumpus Room is a five-issue miniseries from AWA Studios.  It is written by Mark Russell; drawn by Ramon Rosanas; colored by Ive Svorcina; and lettered by Andworld Design.  The series pits a group of prisoners against their jailer, a billionaire who needs their organs and fluids.

Rumpus Room introduces Bob Schrunk.  He is a tech billionaire, collector of bad art, and sufferer of a terrible skin condition.  That condition can only be treated by a special face cream that comes from deep in the bowels of his “Rumpus Room.”  Enter Erica Hernandez.  She is looking for her missing sister, Olivia, who apparently worked for Schrunk's company – not that he'd care.  Erica is about to discover the awful truth.

Rumpus Room #3 opens after Bob's successful meeting with the board of directors of his social media company, “Krympt.”  They bought his bullshit, but it's all part of the game, Bob tells his corporate lawyer, Frank.

Meanwhile, back in the Rumps Room, Erica discovers that her fellow prisoners have created a hierarchy based on longevity that keeps them safe.  However, that grand bargain keeps the newcomers in danger of becoming the key ingredient in Bob's special face cream.  So Erica decides that it is time to take on the status quo, even if that means she has to go it alone.

THE LOWDOWN:  AWA Studios' marketing recently began providing me with PDF review copies of their comic book publications.  Rumpus Room #3 is a recent acquisition.

Writer Mark Russell has made this – the middle issue – the quiet-before-the-storm of his narrative.  It's all downhill from here or uphill, as the action may have it.  If anything, Russell has made it clear to me that this series has more bad guys and victimizers than good guys. 

Artist Ramon Rosanas' storytelling remains funny and droll, with a bag full of imaginative surprises.  Rosanas never takes the story where I think it will go even when I think it is giving me hints.  The art combined with Ive Svorcina's eerie bright colors make for some bizarre storytelling.

Rumpus Room #1 and #2 were quite good.  This third issue proves that this series is something else.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Mark Russell's unique brand of comic books will want Rumpus Room.


Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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