Chris’ Comic Book Corner: Invasion From Planet Wrestletopia #5 Review: Follow The Turkeys And Don’t Trust The Egg Salad
A Review By Christopher Franey
We are back for the penultimate chapter of Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia and this issue takes a deep dive into the ego of “Rock N Roll” Rory; so clear the couch and be glad you’re not on the clock for this look inside. Last issue left us with a cliff hanger of Rory and his group all being captured somehow and things looking bleak. This issue starts with Dick Drasin making an offer to the captured Rory, but luckily Rory says no. This is nice because it isn’t as clear cut…maybe Rory had a change of heart or maybe he is backing away like he always does, great moments of a flawed hero. Plus it really shows that Dick Drasin does live up to his first name quite nicely.
The scene shifts from Rory and goes back to the strip club and we see that most of the group is being put in sleeper holds, but luckily the Wrestletopians forgot about Linda and does she save the day. Then like a domino effect one by one they get free and manage their escape. Again Kendall Goode delivers on the action; to be perfectly honest this issue really brings the action as we are treated to quite a few matches both physical and beyond. We also see that Rory manages to escape his trucker trap, so now all the heroes are free but they are not together.
When we go on Rory’s journey I like how at first there are some random turkeys but they are not just random; they wind up leading us to Jay Warcloud, who has been mentioned a lot in this series so he is a much welcomed character in this motley crew. The comedy really kicks into overdrive as Rory starts eating Warcloud’s food and intakes a lot of peyote. I have to laugh at the page where Rory begins his “trip” as those are some massive pupils and the leftover food on his chin paint Rory in quite a light.
Once we are inside Rory’s trip is it quite the mind screw as Rory is tossed into a five way smack down for the gold in EGOMANIA. I love the use of the other wrestlers being other forms of Rory; we are treated to “Mr. Number One,” “Testosterone Poisoning,” “Liquid Courage,” and the most heart breaking of all, “The Masked Menace.” I really love how Ed Kuehnel and Matt Entin use the Egomania as a device for Rory to face himself; what he does, his piss poor actions, and his past. Brilliant story device that goes deep in character yet also delivers on the comedy by being framed in a wrestling match. That moment when Rory takes on the Masked Menace and discovers who he is will hit you…in a good way.
This issue did a great job to set the stage by reuniting the group, having Rory face himself and getting himself together as best as he can, and the group is on the way but they wind up in quite the encounter with the Wrestletopians and this will have a major cliffhanger that will leaving you wondering about Don’s fate; which is a bummer because he and Rory just made nice together. Very much looking forward to that concluding issue from this creative crew.
Make sure to check out this miniseries as it is a fun independent comic read with great love for wrestling, comic books, and video games as this issue showed; this mini can be found digitally on Comixology. This mini-series was created written by Ed Kuehnel & Matt Entin of Suspicious Behavior Productions and can find their social medias here with these links: Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook. You can find this issues artist, Kendall Goode, on twitter here. Geek out!
A Review From Christopher Franey
Here we are at part 4 of Invasion and wow is there some movement with Rory and his gang trying to get to St. Paul and the Wrestletopians getting in the way. With this new issue there is a new artist, Kendall Goode, and he does a great job of keeping the style and tone of the book consistent with the previous issues. Which I highly appreciate as with comics sometimes creative teams change and it can be very drastic to the story; character voice switches or the art can be inconsistent with what was established, please don’t confuse that with all styles have to match. The humor and action is much alive in this issue as we march on to the final showdown, so let us take a look at the issue.
To start I enjoyed the cover and what a great way to help people keep a track of previous characters, new characters, and also some of the Wrestletopians; plus in that video game style that was a great reminder to the Nintendo 64 wrestling games of yesteryear. The theme also works with the story inside as well, which is a great bonus. We pick up with Rory, Don, and Macho after the car accident of last issue and luckily they are all fine and start heading into the closest place of business which happens to be a water park called, Duke City Sunsplash. Kendall does a great job with the action scenes and takes full advantage of the location to craft some great and funny scenarios; plus with Ed Kuehnel and Matt Entin, the writers, they create some funny dialogue with the pool water jokes.
Luckily at this water park this leads to an encounter with “Fatback” Billy Mangrum, wrestling team Three-D, and Linda. Linda looks very different from last we met here and this helps to build a mystery on what happened to her these last 15 years; which I hope we get more of outside of her conversation/argument with Rory. One of the best moments is the “secret origin” of Three-D; which was a three man team working for Maximum Brutality Wrestling and consisted of Daryl, Derek, and Dennis and as Derek tells us, “but, man…just because you got chemistry in the ring…doesn’t mean you got chemistry outside it, ya know?” I really appreciate the gag they crafted and also how they played it in a series of threes all to a background of Dennis building himself up, hilarious moment.
We are treated to a pay-per-view commercial of the upcoming “Galact-O-Massacre” that will settle who is the Galactic Champ and also showcases how much of a heel Dick Drasin is. Rory and his crew manage to keep moving along but their pit stop doesn’t end well with Daryl and Derek running into the Smoking Guns club which looks to be quite adult. I love the layout of this as the club sign is very feminine yet when the rest of the crew gets inside they are treated to the strippers they might not want, enjoyed the reaction panel. The club scene works perfectly to get a moment alone with Rory and Linda which leads to another argument and Rory going off on his own and also putting the rest of the team at a relaxed manner which made it easy for them to be put into sleeper holds.
The issue leaves us with a worried sense as Rory’s crew has been captured and things are not looking good for Rory and Linda. Rory continues to distance himself which leads him into a trap as well, so now he is in the possession of Dick Drasin which might stop Rory from making it to the match or worse. Overall another fun chapter in Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia and does excellent with humorous introductions and situations along with drama and suspense that leaves you wanting more. Make sure to check out this miniseries as it is a fun independent comic read with great love for wrestling, comic books, and video games as this issue showed; this mini can be found digitally on Comixology. This mini-series was created written by Ed Kuehnel & Matt Entin of Suspicious Behavior Productions and can find their social medias here with these links: Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook. You can find this issues artist, Kendall Goode, on Twitter as well. Geek out!