Roshambo

What if every decision – big or small – was decided by rock, paper, scissors?
Not just on Earth, but in the known universe?
Enter Roshambo, a trio of schoolkids (Ro – rock, Sham – paper, and Bo – scissors) who are granted their powers by an alien after they are transported to his world.
It is on his world that the threesome learns that the “game” of rock, paper, scissors has altered history, from Adam and Eve to Christopher Columbus to 9/11.
The three are typical kids – they desperately want to buy the latest video game (“Death Mama 9”) and are looking for a way to skip school to get it.
Not only do they employ rock, paper, scissors to settle disputes, they have power to summon rocks, manipulate paper, and actually cut things with super-powered scissors. Ro wants to exploit his powers and those of his compatriots for financial gain while Sham wants to do good deeds.
Now, what would a comic book with heroes be without a villain?


Luckily, we never find out as the dastardly deed-doing Hopscotch hatches a diabolical scheme to pilfer that same game from the Better Bargains store.
Michael Dismuke (called the “wordist” on the masthead) and Susan Cheng Tsui (“drawist/ABCist”) have clearly had a lot of fun with this title.
There are many jokes where we find their tongue tucked neatly in the cheek.
There’s also self-referential and self-deprecating humor on almost every page, making it a quick, enjoyable read. Also, there are a lot of fart references.
As silly as the dialogue is, the plot is solid and the pace is quick. Not a page goes by where the reader doesn’t crack a smile.
Cheng Tsui’s work (all in black and white) looks like it was created to match Dismuke’s words. Every page is crisp and appealing.
One of the best aspects of Roshambo is that it is appropriate for all ages. Again, the broad humor will appeal to young and old alike.
According to the postscript, Dismuke reveals that he came up with the idea for Roshambo at San Diego ComicCon 2007 and it took him four years to find Tsui at an APE convention in San Francisco in 2011.
So, as old as this book is, it ages well.
Now that the origin story of Roshambo has been told, it’s time to read the further adventures of the tiny trio of do-good-niks!