A Review From Christopher Franey
Here it is the big show, ultimate viewing pleasure…the conclusion. This is going to be the big dramatic slam-down for the big belt. I have to say this had a couple of tear jerk moments and some moments of WOO-ing which made this a fun conclusion. This was a great ride and really hit some nostalgic moments which was the overall joy of this; like it reminded me of Saturday Mornings watching Wrestling on the USA Network which was fun. So, let us talk about this conclusion!
I enjoyed the introduction to the issue done in the style of a big Pay-Per-View spectacular with the awesome graphics and amazing title of “Galact-O-Massacre.” The commentators of Leo Sullivan and “Mondo” Larry Hondo were fun and had some witty liners in there that kept a smile on my face. The shout outs to audience members was a fun “take me back” of famous people. Yet the first heart ache comes at us early as we revisit last issues cliffhanger with Dominatress colliding with Don and flying off the train. Sadly our time with Don is cut very short and I had high hopes for him, but it was a tough moment for Rory and a sobering one too.
Kendall Goode really got to shine this issue with all the moves as there was so much wrestling go on between characters and the action was in for the counts too. We could see all the punishment that Rory went through to make it to the arena. Friendships were really tested and I was very shocked by who betrayed Rory…honestly I wouldn’t have guessed; which made for a nice reaction. In the end it comes down to who stands by you and luckily Rory has friends that did stick with him. Luckily they make it to the arena for the big show.
With the opening of the show we are treated to Macho taking it out on some of the Wrestletopians and doing it with some slick moves, the man is quite the dynamo. When Rory does make it I did have to laugh at how he suddenly has quite the set of abs, but that’s all in the fun of this comic series. I do appreciate Rory’s smack talking at the start that was quite the string of words and rhymes. Sure enough this was a battle for the ages with Rory and Manifest Destiny…and it will keep you in suspense as there are moments where one is in control and then loses it all while wrapped up in some amazing art.
I don’t want to spoil too much of this since it is a conclusion but I will say that this story was well worth the time. I’m not much of an idie comic person but this was just the right amount of fun between my superhero comics. This comes from a creative team that has heart and laughs with just the right story for all of us to be entertained. So be sure to check out their series on Comixology with the conclusion, part 6, this August 12, 2020. This mini-series was created and written by Ed Kuehnel & Matt Entin of Suspicious Behavior Productions and you can find their social medias here with these links: Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook. You can also find this issues artist, Kendall Goode, on twitter and as always remember to…GEEK OUT!
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!
A Review From Christopher Franey
Alright sports fans we are back for round three of Wrestletopia and some more layers are peeled back and we discover that love isn’t lost. The issue opens with the Wrestletopians busting into Dick Drasin’s office and destroying his pricey doors; something I enjoyed about this issue was how Dick kept mentioning the price on “fancy” things which I found to be a funny tick of his throughout. Manifest Destiny and his crew come in to set things up and get “Rock ‘N’ Roll” Rory Landell for their showdown. This was fun to see that Dick could hold his own and also has quite the tolerance since the Wrestletopians are very much into destruction of his office items. Now both sides have come to an agreement for this intergalactic faceoff for the Galactic Belt and lucky for the world it will be Pay-Per-View too!
In the end it will be a 70-30 split in revenue in favor for the Wrestletopians but at least Dick got merchandising and home media rights. Then we are taking back to Rory’s situation in which he was captured by rogue wrestlers from space; still Wrestletopians I just wanted to try something different. So they manage to take down Rory and are going through his stuff when we get to see “Mini Macho” take on the thugs and this is a great moment to show off Dan Schkade’s layouts as the wrestling action is very on point and features astonishing moves. Luckily Don, Rory’s former manager and mentor, frees him and the three now have to get to St. Paul.
Before the scene change we see Rory collect his personal things and he has a folded up poster of himself and Linda, aka “Spanish Rose.” So it doesn’t look like she was forgotten which is great as I would love to see what happened to her after Rory left. Next we head over to an emergency summit of world leaders and they come to a conclusion that only other wrestlers can stop the Wrestletopians. This is so much fun as we get to see these nation based wrestlers be featured and defended by their representative and this is probably the most functional I’ve seen the U.N. be in order to help the world; you’ll enjoy their wrestle free for all. I also really enjoyed the two reveals this issue, the first being the secret origin of “Mini Macho” which was just positively inspiring and well laid out on the page too.
The second review was finding out who “you know who” was from issue two; Adrian Polaris, the speaker for Manifest Destiny, reveals himself and the others with the mark of the New Zodiac who wish to dethrone Manifest Destiny. They figure if they can prevent Rory from making it to the match they can get their own ringer in to win, who would happen to be “Sunny” Jim Cooley, “the Peach Blossom Playboy.” Remember when I mentioned that Dick has a strong tolerance? Well it is proven as one of the wrestlers grabs him by the…you know, his namesake. So Dick and the New Zodiac have formed an alliance…looks like we might be gearing up for a three way match.
Again I strongly recommend this series, it is such a fun comic and a great mood booster as it will have you laughing at the situations and how wild they get. Inspiring moments help to keep you rooting for Rory and the action is just on point. Ed Kuehnel and Matt Entin have crafted a fantastic adventure with lots of layers that keep unraveling with each new issue, can’t wait for the next! Also read the wrestler bios as the end of the issue, great humor and insights. This mini-series was created and written by Ed Kuehnel & Matt Entin of Suspicious Behavior Productions, the production company they founded in order to waste money, find them on social media with links here: Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook. Also find artist Dan Schkade on Twitter and Here
Chris’ Comic Book Corner: Invasion From Planet Wrestletopia #2 Review: The Challenger Has Shown Himself!
A Review From Christopher Franey
We are back for round two of ‘Wrestletopia’ by writers Ed Kuehnel and Matt Entin along with artist Dan Schkade with colors by Marissa Louise. This issue is going to open with a heck of a gut punch to the feelings; I’ve been reading comics for quite a while and every now and then you run across something so sad that it hits hard…the Death of Gwen Stacy was a sad moment, Batman getting his back broken was just so horrible to watch, and now I can say Rory Landell’s childhood was just some pure sadness. That opener with his parents was a hard pill to swallow and it does build on why Rory went into wrestling and also serves as a “secret origin” to the shirt Rory wears too.
After the flashback/nightmare that Rory has, the scene is shifted to an observatory and we get to see what the local workers are seeing; just something that hits the imagination hard and fast…a steel cage…built around the world! It makes so much sense but it is just wild and crazy; I can’t wait for you to see that visual it is the best. We are then taken to Don, Rory’s friend/manager/mentor, and he is having a fun time with his lover (don’t worry it is tasteful) when they start catching the news and we have our first public sign of the invasion as Manifest Destiny starts laying down the words pretty heavy and calling out Rory for the galaxy championship. I really enjoyed as Manifest was going on with his smack talk that the other “Wrestletopians” were invading Earth at famous landmarks it was hilarious to see F.B.I. agents taking on wrestlers at the White House.
In this issue we are treated to a new character, Mini Macho; it turns out he is also looking for Rory and it appears they have wrestled in the past. If you also in this and last issue you find that Rory has knee problems and it seems that Don was able to fix that, but the two aren’t together right now. We are treated to Rory taking on some of the “Wrestleopians” which looks to drive to a meeting for a future issue as Rory is taken down. Make sure to read the extra material at the end of the issue as there are some clues in there.
Dan Schkade does a fantastic job on his layouts for the issue; he has a way with having his figures more in dynamic ways and it displays some great action scenes. I have seen Dan’s art before in Will Eisner’s the Spirit Returns from Dynamite comics so Dan is an artists who can draw a hero who gets beat on but never quits, so this is perfect for the story of Rory. Ed and Matt’s story is fascinating and with issue two they do a great job of peeling back layers; with Rory’s past and then the current situation with Manifest Destiny. Mystery is also involved as some of the “Wrestleopians” mention taking Rory to someone else so that should be interesting to find out later. These two writers also bring the humor along as the characters are great with their loud boisterous ways and the feelings creep in as well with the flashbacks to young Rory. Get ready for a slam-down on your heart strings, brother!
So do yourself a favor and check out issue two as it keeps the flow going and is building to a galactic showdown that keeps your inner wrestling fan wanting more. This mini-series was 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.