Written by Ed “The Carnage Artist” Kuehnel and “Masculine” Matt Entin – Art by Dan “The Body” Schkade – Color Art by Marissa Louise a.k.a. “Col. Von Slamstein – Lettering by A Larger World Studios (The North Hollywood Nightmares) – Logo by “Lethal” Lindsay Seligman – Suspicious Behavior Press Edition Editor “Hangwoman” Mariah Huehners SBI Press Edition Editor “Berserker” Brendan Wright – Mini Macho’s Dialogue Edited by “Stray Cat” Dan Castro – Design by Fred “Dr. ShoNoLuv” Chao
Thanks to Suspicious Behavior Productions for the review copy!
Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia is a new comic from Suspicious Behavior Productions/SBI press, described as follows: A disgruntled pro wrestler declares himself the galactic champ of the universe, a planet of alien wrestlers views it as an act of war. When I read that, I thought “This sounds silly but kind of awesome.” I was right. This book is chock full of ridiculous goodness, starting with the wrestling nicknames given to the makers on the credits page.
I’m not a wrestling fan, but I know enough about it to appreciate the authenticity of the writing. The ‘hero’ of the tale is a wrestler named Rory Landell and his trash talk is both hilarious and reminiscent of the pre-match wrestling boasts I used to watch as a kid. I re-read those pages out loud using my best Macho Man Randy Savage impersonation and cracked myself up. When the story kicks off, Rory is hoping to make the turn from “heel” (bad guy) to champion and ultimately gains the attention of the aforementioned alien wrestlers. This issue is focused on establishing Rory’s character, with the aliens making enough of an appearance to foreshadow the grudge match to come.
In one scene, Rory’s girlfriend notes that his speech isn’t ‘family friendly’ and that is probably a fair warning for the comic as a whole. There are a fair amount of curse words and sexual references (but no nudity). This one is definitely geared towards adults, but it doesn’t take itself too seriously. The colors are bright and warm and the writing is over the top. Wrestling fans will certainly like this series, but non-wrestling fans will find a lot to like as well. I came into this issue not knowing what to expect and left interested in what happens next to ol’ Rory.
Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia is a six-issue mini-series created and written by Ed Kuehnel & Matt Entin of Suspicious Behavior Productions, the production company they founded in order to waste money. Social media is here: Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and Facebook.
Check back tomorrow for my thoughts on the 2nd issue of the series.
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