On the cover of issue one of â€˜The Mighty Riffâ€™ an annoyed woman of color with purplish hair, an anxious-looking robot, someone with green hair holding a scepter and an exhausted dog surround a heavyset man wailing on a guitar. All of this seems to be happening on a moon rock. That woman with the purple hair is Trish who seems long suffering, especially since sheâ€™s selling merchandise in the rain where there are no people in sight. Riff is in Vegas and heâ€™s failing miserably as a rocker. Overweight and out of touch he rescues a musical relic from going in the dumpster. But thatâ€™s only the beginning.
As Uncle Dean (Riff), his niece Trish and the old Jukebox he salvaged are caught in a rainstorm, something mysterious happens. They end up in space, Trish is still annoyed and the jukebox gains its voice and a potty-mouth attitude. Meanwhile, traveling through space can be treacherous, but when the now Jukebot covers its nonexistent eyes youâ€™re going to be in for an unusual ride. This first issue of the indie-comic is enjoyable. Where else can you read about talking with tripped out oversexed hippies at a Michael McDonaldâ€™s in another dimension? The puns donâ€™t stop there. Thereâ€™s the son to the evil queen Otto Tune who alongside his mother is out to control a music-related universe. Thereâ€™s even a bit of Shakespeare-type drama as the son maybe plotting to overthrow his mom. Riff is there to save this universe. A rocker on his last legs, heâ€™s been given a chance to be a star and a hero in this unusual, funny place.
In this dimension Bea Bounce (pronouncing Bounce with an accent mark over the e) is a minion of Queen Drooping Molly whoâ€™s out to control this world. Under a maniacal spell, Bounce sings off key and grows tremendously. With no seemingly clear plan that will work in Trishâ€™s eyes, somehow good rock-music prevails. â€˜The Mighty Riffâ€™ written and illustrated by Brian Coles may visually remind you of â€˜Phineas and Ferb.â€™ With a mixture of the absurd and hope, Riff and his crew just may save this universe. And as independent comics go this one is of high quality digitally. It also has a quick, cohesive pace which youâ€™ll appreciate as a reader. Youâ€™re going to look forward to the second issue. Will Riff save this rock-music dimension one villainous underling at a time? Itâ€™ll be fun to find out, especially if there are more puns involved.