RUST VOL. 3: DEATH OF THE ROCKET BOY
Written by Royden Lepp
Art by Royden Lepp
Published by Archaia Entertainment
Release Date: May 14, 2014
The release of this volume has been a long time coming for fans of this series, and I am happy to report that it does not disappoint. Lepp’s storytelling is as strong as ever, weaving mysteries all the way back from the first volume through this collection, increasing the drama and tension as some long simmering plot points start to come to a head. He has built a very rich world that is very comfortable to return to. It is a hard world to make much of a life in, and is the perfect backdrop for the story of these characters. Jet is a character in search of family & normalcy, desperately trying to escape his past and, perhaps, his destiny. Roman is a confused man, unsure of his role in a world that is changing, feeling he should keep things the way they’ve always been, whether or not that’s what he or his family truly want. Every single character in this story is at a crossroads, on the precipice of making decisions that will forever change the course of their lives. Over the course of the two volumes I’ve grown quite close to these characters and Lepp continues to flesh them out even more in this volume. Their conflicts, even in extraordinary situations, are natural and relatable. As the pressure of each independent situation mounts it is interesting to see how the characters deal with the adversity, especially considering the events Lepp is building for them. Everything will be coming to a head in the next volume and this one builds the tension for the home stretch of this story brilliantly.
Lepp’s artwork is strong throughout the collection, consistent with his work in the other volumes. The world he has built is rich, his characters expressive, and his storytelling is strong. He let’s his visuals do much of the talking, and it works. His unique style suits this story perfectly and he does an excellent job of capturing the heart of the prairies. The Taylor’s farm looks like any of a thousand on the prairies, and Lepp’s skilled execution of the location provides the perfect backdrop for the story to leap from. His action is dynamic and he uses Jet’s unique status as a man and a machine for maximum visual impact. His visuals provide a very ominous feeling of what is yet to come in this story, and I’m excited to see how he intends to close this story out.
Rust is one of the best all-ages stories to be crafted in the past decade. This series (and volume) is truly all-ages, as kids and adults alike will be drawn in by this story. Lepp is a skilled storyteller who is putting together a fantastic journey that is definitely worth your attention. Each volume has been fantastic and Death of the Rocket Boy primes this series for a great conclusion. This adventure story has a lot of heart and I highly recommend you give it a shot.
The Verdict: 10/10