A tale of wrestling for old fans and new ones.
Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia #1
Writer: Ed “The Carnage Artist” Kuehnel & “Masculine” Matt Entin
Artist: Dan “the Body” Schkade
Colors: Marissa Louise AKA “Col. Von Slamstein”
Letters: A Larger World Studios (The North Hollywood Nightmares)
Editor: “Hangwoman” Mariah Huehner
Design: Fred “DrShoNoLuv” Chao
Publisher: Suspicious Behavior Productions
Rory Landell is one of the top wrestlers in the AWF with plans set to become the World Champion. But when those plans don’t come to fruition, he changes the script and claims the title of Galactic Champion of the Universe. Unfortunately for him, he’s not the only one who has a claim to that title…
Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia is a wrestling comic that treats the concept of wrestling in an interesting way. Rather than do what the current WWE Comics are doing and treat the World as one defined entirely by wrestling, it acknowledges that the wrestlers are people and how the industry works. How easily plans can shift on a dime but at the same time being fun and over the top. Like having an actual bear as a wrestler.
The art is very stylized but not in a way that is unpleasant to look at. All the characters have very defined feature and no two people look the same. It uses a lot of warm colors and dramatic lighting to set a tone. The backgrounds aren’t always the most detailed. However, it uses clever positioning, coloring, and stylized shading to get the most out of panels. Giving it a less is more feel. You can clearly follow the wrestling and if you’re knowledgeable enough, be able to tell what move was being used. The only visual issue I noticed was on one of the first pages where the text felt a bit flat and pasted on.
The strongest point is definitely the writing. Both outside the ring with characters being themselves but also whenever someone cuts a promo. Like the designs, no two characters talk and carry themselves the same way.
This is a fun comic for any wrestling fan. While having basic wrestling knowledge will help a lot, the story stands on its own for any to enjoy.
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