Chris’ Comic Book Corner: Invasion From Planet Wrestletopia #1 Review: Get Ready For Thrills And Spills, Brother!
A Review From Christopher Franey
Straight out of Starburns Industries Press comes an invasion of wrestlers that is just a fun dynamic comic to read. While I was reading issue #1 I felt that same energy, excitement, and hyperbole of the WCW/WWF on Saturday mornings as a kid and it was a fantastic revisit to those days. The story by Ed Kuehnel and Matt Entin is a nice mix of nostalgia, romance, and hard knocks that puts “Rock N Roll” Rory Landell’s journey on our radar. Rory starts off as the young up and comer who is going to be the champion; luckily he has a great woman in his corner to motivate and inspire him, but sadly to Rory that isn’t enough…those dreams of being the champion are all he sees. Even the advice he gets from his manager, “Mr. Don Fong Wong”, isn’t enough to stop this head strong wrestler from pursuing the championship. We are introduced to a character that is just tragic enough that you feel for him but you know he can’t be helped until he wants it; very nice opener for the inaugural issue.
To add to Rory Landell’s problems he is going to be bypassed as the new American Wrestling Federation champion in favor of “Boy Scout” Bob Schultz keeping his title for those higher pay-per-view ratings. With this bombshell happening Rory decides to bite the hand that feeds him and during his pre-wresting interview Rory declares himself the “Galactic Champion of the Universe” and I love how that statement will come back to haunt him. Remember earlier how I mentioned nostalgia, well that works perfectly as the story opens back in 1999 and then flashes back to 1984 which would be when Rory makes his bold declaration and those galactic claims finally make it to Planet Wrestletopia fifteen years later. So not only is Rory having a hard time on Earth his problems are about to go universal.
I really enjoyed the dialogue and humor in this first issue as it plays perfectly to the troupes of televised wrestling; all the extravagant build up and multiple use of “brother!” The characters interacted perfectly to establish a history and you do feel for Rory’s girlfriend, Linda, and Mr. Don Fong Wong as they really care for Rory but their hopes for Rory are dashed. The issue does leave you wanting more as we are barely introduced to Manifest Destiny but it will be very exciting to see him go up against Rory, who is currently a washout. If you enjoyed The Wrestler movie then you are going to enjoy this lighter look at a lost hero’s path as it keeps the drama but has just the right amount of laughs to entertain.
The art by Dan Schkade is great as his style is perfect for these larger than life characters but not unbelievable as well. Dan has fantastic layouts for the wrestling scenes that keep the action moving and also provide the slapstick to make it happen. I also appreciate the way the characters aged and retained their look as well; you can see they have been weather by life but you know who they are. Dan’s art is also enhanced by Marissa Louise’s colors and she brings an amazing palette that takes the wrestling ring to the farther corners of the universe and makes that spandex look heroic.
So if you are looking for a great escape and fun time then I would highly recommend this six issue miniseries for you. Comics are always fun but they are even better when you find independent stories that are made with creators who are doing it for the passion and fun of it all; so head on over to Comixology and check out Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia #1.
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, Facebook.
A Review By Hidai Moya
Marginally better than the main game, this DLC has a more interesting plot with an improved sense of urgency than Syndicate’s original story.
With Jacob Frye gone missing, & Jack the Ripper on a murder spree, Evie Frye must find her brother & uncover the identity of one of histories most famous killers.
New combat mechanics are introduced in the form of fear gas, Indian impalement spikes, & brass rings which you can beat your opponent to a pulp with. The new fear system allows you to scare off multiple opponents as they witness you impaling one of their comrades. It’s a welcome change to Syndicates bland combat. Surprisingly you also get to play as Jack the Ripper himself too in a couple of sequences.
Although I wasn’t as satisfied with the end of the story, it is definitely a step up from Syndicate’s uninspired campaign.
A Review By Hidai Moya
In this DLC, Napoleon Bonaparte begins his rise to power by seeking a piece of Eden buried somewhere in Royal necropolis of St. Denis. You must find it before he does by exploring its deep labyrinth of tombs & catacombs underneath the town.
St. Denis is a burnt out worn out locale whose beautiful monuments have seen better days. It’s gloomy atmosphere contrasts perfectly with the bright elegance of Paris.
Dead Kings introduces a new enemy type in the form of tomb raider gangs who bunch up on you like ants, but thankfully the game gives you a Guillotine Gun, the 18th century version of a grenade launcher, to combat them all at once (also introduced are some of the best cosmetic outfits of the game).
Continuing with inspiration from Alexander Dumas swashbuckler stories this is a solid spin off tale that adds more depth the world Unity.
I really thought it ended well & gave Arno a good send off.
A Review By Hidai Moya
Ditching the historical realism of the Peloponnesian War, this DLC ventures fully into Greek Myth across 3 dazzling realms: Elysium, Hades, & Atlantis.
Atlantis being the highlight of the 3 with its stunning architecture & waterways make it one of the most beautiful locales of the entire franchise.
Each realm tells its own story, the weakest being the 1st chapter but by the time we get to Hades & Atlantis the story becomes far more rewarding. New powerful Isu enemy types provide more challenging combat especially since we get to unlock new Isu enhanced abilities that truly make you the feel like a Demi God in a fight.
Admittedly its weakest point is the modern day stuff but ignoring that, fighting enemy outposts across gorgeous backdrops from Greek Myth is very epic & tons of fun.
It’s AC at its most fantastical.