Repurposed For War – Trout: The Hollowest Knock #2 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Giuseppe awakens in his old home, now owned by his brother, Gasparo. All Giuseppe can think about is Trout, and he will do anything to find his son. Gasparo has converted the Lint family business into an oil refinery for the military’s drones. Gasparo doesn’t have any good plans for Giuseppe. Meanwhile, Trout is in the grips of the strange creature that claims to be linked to Trout’s subconscious, and the gods of the inky depths make their plans to capture Trout. 

Trout: The Hollowest Knock #2 cover by Troy Nixey and Dave Stewart
Trout: The Hollowest Knock #2 cover by Troy Nixey and Dave Stewart

Trout: The Hollowest Knock #2 finds Giuseppe’s life falling apart even further while his son is miles away and in the hands of mysterious forces.

The first half of the comic primarily consists of Giuseppe dressing down his brother for bastardizing the Lint family business for war and profit. It’s an enjoyable interpersonal conflict that finds Giuseppe standing up for himself, even though he’s powerless to stop Gasparo or his army.

The remaining half (give or take a couple of pages) focuses on the eldritch forces that want to use Trout for their own ends. They’re ominous, inscrutable, and intimidating. Their designs are bizarre and hard to parse out at times. In short, they’re damn cool, and I like them (even if I might have missed their name).

There’s also a glubbing and bubbling man in a scuba suit and top hat that follows Giuseppe without his knowing, and I look forward to discovering what he’s about.

Trout: The Hollowest Knock #2 art by Troy Nixey and Dave Stewart with letters from Nixey
Trout: The Hollowest Knock #2 art by Troy Nixey and Dave Stewart with letters from Nixey

Troy Nixey’s artwork continues to be the right mixture of bizarre, ugly, yet grabbing to make this story work. It’s a strange world with odd designs, and everything seems to flow and morph from panel to panel. Giuseppe and Trout look beleaguered and even endearing enough to stand out and be easily relatable to the reader. The monster designs are otherworldly and impressive too. Dave Stewart’s color art is sickly and alien, and it suits this story and the linework perfectly.

Trout: The Hollowest Knock #2 is another dreamlike and gripping issue for the Trout story. Giuseppe’s life falls apart while unknowable forces conspire to exploit Trout. The story and art are distinct, grabbing, and thoroughly enjoyable, and this comic gets a recommendation. Feel free to give it a read.

Trout: The Hollowest Knock #2 comes to us from writer, artist, and letterer Troy Nixey, color artist Dave Stewart, and cover artist Troy Nixey with Dave Stewart.

Final Score: 8.5/10

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