Invasion From Planet Wrestletopia (Issues 1 Through 5) (COMIC REVIEW)

Wrestletopia #1 cover by SBI Press, review by Quick Lunch Break Reviews

From Suspicious Behavior Productions: “When a disgruntled professional wrestler declares himself “Galactic Champion of the Universe,” Earth is invaded by a planet of wrestling aliens who view it as an act of war!”

What I liked:

  • Sharp, funny writing enhance this loving homage to professional wrestling from the ’80s and early ’90s, tapping everything from the wacky story lines, promotional merchandise and even wrestling magazines.
  • Enough backstory to give the main characters some real depth.
  • Clever dialog, with some real zingers.
  • An art style reminiscent of Darwyn Cooke, with solid character designs, action that’s easy to follow and (most importantly) nailing the emotional beats the drama calls for.

What I didn’t like:

  • I’ve enjoyed every panel and every word balloon of this series, so no dislikes here.

Overall:

Nostalgia can be a double-edged sword, choosing to “just exist” within a memory instead of using it to tell a new story. Thankfully, this series is the latter. Well-told throughout, it appeals to my (and the creators’) love of wrestling without sacrificing its own integrity.

You can pick up the first five issues at Comixology.

Jose Zuazua is editor-in-chief of Quick Lunch Break Reviews. He has an associates degree in film production and has been published both online and in print for Los Angeles City College’s award-winning Collegian newspaper. He is also a news writer at DC Comics News. Jose is on Twitter and Instagram, and is also currently writing his first short novel.

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