[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
A young fisherman once met with the Mother of the Ocean, and they fell in love. Later that fisherman, Giuseppe, and his son, Trout, were driven out of their harbortown by the enraged townsfolk. Now, Giuseppe and Trout are being thrown off a boat by a mutinous crew rebelling against their captain. The crew believes Trout to be the reason for the deadly storms falling upon their ship. Upon being expelled from the ship, malevolent forces conspire to capture Trout and use them for their ends.
Trout: The Hollowest Knock #1 continues the story started by Trout: Bits and Bobs. Giuseppe and Trout have been cast away by their hometown, and are now being threatened by forces beyond their understanding.
Admittedly, I’ve yet to read Trout: Bits and Bobs, but The Hollowest Knock kicks off a new story that’s fairly esoteric by nature that still fills in the reader on what they need to know about Giuseppe ad Trout.
It’s a strange story for sure, which seems par for the course from Troy Nixey. It’s an eldritch story built around what is, at its core, a father trying to protect his son from a world set against him. The mixture makes for a compellingly bizarre story that leaves you wanting to know where it will go from here.
Nixey’s artwork is the right level of surreal and even a bit ugly to make this all work too. His style is truly unique, and it suits this otherworldly and eldritch story perfectly. Trout and the other creatures that pop up in this tale look unlike anything you could see in another comic book. It looks great, and the color art of the talented Dave Stewart brings the aesthetic together perfectly.
Trout: The Hollowest Knock #1 is a strange, disquieting, yet compelling tale that finds Giuseppe and Trout damned and left to die by the world around them. The surreal story and art make for a truly grabbing tale and one worthy of a recommendation. Give this one a read.
Trout: The Hollowest Knock #1 comes to us from writer, artist, and letterer Troy Nixey, color artist Dave Stewart, ad cover artist Troy Nixey with Dave Stewart.
Final Score: 9/10