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INVASION FROM PLANET WRESTLETOPIA #6 REVIEW – A Truly Royal Rumble (Kuehnel, Entin, Goode, Butler, Cipriano)

Thanks to Suspicious Behavior Productions for the review copy!

INVASION FROM PLANET WRESTLETOPIA is about a horde of alien wrestlers who invade Earth because a down on his luck pro wrestler used a pizza box as a championship belt and declared himself the Champion of the Galaxy during a promo speech. I’ve written a variation of this introduction in each review because it provides a pretty good idea about what you will get with this book. With this concluding issue, it appears as if this is the last time I’ll get to do so.  So, does Issue 6 provide a fitting end for this epic tale?

One thing that stands out about this series is its authentic treatment of wrestling. As the series progressed, it mirrored the rhythm of a professional wrestling pay per view, with a lot of build up, trash talking, and random attacks building up to the big match. Without being too obvious about it, this series did the same thing. After five issues of anticipation, the big match finally arrives, and it delivers.

This supersized issue has more wrestling action than any so far, and the art team does a great job of showing action and coming up with original moves that look like something we could see at Wrestlemania. The authenticity goes beyond that, nailing the lavish entrances, the wrestling play by play, and the ebb, flow, and drama of a major match. The highlight of the issue for me was Rory Landell’s speech. As I’ve done in the past, I reread it aloud with my best Macho Man Randy Savage voice. Trust me, it’s fun.

If you’ve enjoyed issues 1-5, you will enjoy this issue, as it provides a satisfying (and surprisingly touching) end to the saga. Like the headlining match of a pay per view event, this issue is the best one of the run. If you haven’t read the prior issues, knowing that there is a match between a washed up human wrestler and an alien, with the Earth as the stakes is probably enough background for you. While the wrestling violence isn’t inappropriate for anyone allowed to watch wrestling on TV, this book does have some curse words, so parents should take that into account.

Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia is being published by Starburns Industries Press! Find it here on Comixology

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.

Have you been reading this series? Feel free to chat with me on Twitter or leave a comment below!

Darren Shulman
Darren Shulman
Darren is a professional lawyer and amateur movie/comic/TV reviewer who is lucky enough to have found a wife who is into the same geeky things he is. Darren has been making the trip from Ohio to San Diego Comic-Con since 2009. Other interests include, in no particular order: monkeys, LEGO, dinosaurs, and playing basketball poorly.

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