Unfortunately for Rocko, the problem of unemployment is just as modern in 2017 as it was more than 20 years ago, when the cult classic Nickelodeon cartoon first premiered. The wallaby is as down on his luck as he’s ever been without a job, and though he allows a funky sloth by the name of Chalmers to move in with him to help pay the rent, he quickly learns that Chalmers’ nature is hardly sloth-like.
The absurdist humor based off of real life, relatable quandaries made Rocko’s Modern Life a hit in the ’90s, and the approach still manages to hold up today. It’s full circle for the character, who originally appeared in a comic book creator Joe Murray tried to publish in the ’80s before being shifted to animation – and the medium suits Rocko, Heffer, Filburt, and the rest of the residents of O-Town just fine. With writing by Ryan Ferrier (Regular Show) and art by Ian McGinty (Adventure Time), this book manages to be more than just a tribute to the source material; it adds to it and expands on the existing canon.
Though likely to appeal more to fans of the original animated series, the Rocko’s Modern Life comic book may be just the thing newcomers need to introduce them to the wild personalities that populate O-Town. And with the new film, Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling, set to premiere in 2018, the comic is just in time, too.