Indie Comic Review: Man Vs. Rock – Buck Stone Origins! | FanboysInc

Indie Comic Review: Man Vs. Rock – Buck Stone Origins!

By Jeff Ayers

Writer: Victor DeTroy and Kevin Beiber

Artist: Jared Lamp


The epic battle between humanity and rocks continues in Issue #4 of the independent comic, Man Vs. Rock.  Rude, crude and in your face, this issue picks up with the main character, aptly named Buck Stone, as he is still trying to rid the world of the most villainous and despicable rocks around! But finally, we get some back story on just who Buck Stone actually is, or do we? I reviewed Issue 1 way back in May, and if you want to catch up on the series head over to Man Vs. Rock.

The issue opens up with Buck daydreaming about a simpler time, a time when he was still at home with his wife and baby, reading an issue of Geology Sluts. Yet, things aren’t exactly what they seem, as everyone else in the world is rocks!!! He wakes from that dream, and is then thrust into a flashback to his childhood, to explain to his companion just who he is. That story could be taken as truth, or fiction, but only Buck Stone knows for sure.

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He was born in England, as the royal baby and part of the plot between Kate Middleton and Prince Charles. But he is then shipped to America, rather rudely I might add, and he ends up crossing the Atlantic to be found by a nun, who takes him to an orphanage. It should be noted that this isn’t just Buck’s origin story, but also Charles Manson’s as well, which is super weird and awesome. The flashback goes on to show Buck trying his hand at acting and singing, but failing at both, so he settled for academia, getting his awesome degree in geology. Sure, there might be some timeline problems and some weird information in there, but Buck Stone is a weird guy with a crazy backstory, just get over it!


The “Best There Is”: DeTroy and Beiber do another excellent job of writing a weird, funny and extremely vulgar story that is entertaining to read. Coupled with the furious art of Lamp, the issue is barely contained in the panels it is confined to. We get action, suspense and comedy all packed in a full issue, complete with present day Buck and his companion Luke meeting up with Jackie for the first time. Who is Jackie you might ask? Well, she is Luke’s old flame, and a former student of Buck, just “killing rocks and working on her rap album” same as everyone right?

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The “Isn’t Very Nice”: This comic series now boasts a web series to go along with it, which can be found on the Man Vs. Rock website. That is all fine and dandy, but how come this hasn’t been picked up be Netflix or HBO yet? The world needs to be educated about the harmful and dangerous rocks out there, and no one better to do it than Buck Stone, as portrayed by The Rock (too perfect of a casting choice?) or someone equally as talented. Get on it, networks, and get this story out to the masses!

FBI Score: 9 out of 10. Seriously, head over to the website today to start your journey with Man Vs. Rock. The amount of times I laughed uncontrollably at how vulgar and obscene the story is cannot be quantified because there were just too many. Not a single one of us are prepared for the oncoming onslaught the rocks will one day dish out on the unsuspecting masses, but this book can help you prepare.

Jeff Ayers

Both my parents instilled in me at an early age the awesome power and incredible wonder of the written word. My father sat with me when I was four years old and taught me to enjoy reading with classic comic strips like SPIDERMAN, PEANUTS, B.C. and, later, CALVIN AND HOBBES. My mother exposed me to such classics of literature as Poe, Tolkien, Stoker and Doyle, and I started my own comic collection with allowance money from mowing lawns. I liked Wolverine before it was cool, I watched as Superman died and returned, and huddled under the covers as I turned the pages of SANDMAN. Reading is like oxygen to me, and all genres and formats are welcome and devoured equally. I am the co-host of The DW and Incredible Jeff Show, CEO of Permian Productions, and a reviewer at Graphic Novel Reporter. I am 34 and live in scenic Saratoga Springs New York, where I haunt coffee shops and dive bars and the best comic shop anywhere, The Comic Depot.

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