Invasion From Planet Wrestletopia #2
Written by: Matt Entin and Ed Kuehnel
Art by: Dan Schkade and Marissa Louise
Published by: Suspicious Behavior Productions

Reviewed by: Ryan McLelland

I enjoyed the first issue of Invasion From Planet Wrestletopia (you can read that review by clicking here).  There was a ton of exposition in that first issue and now, with issue #2, we finally get to a whole bunch of crazy fun.  This series, as a whole, can be wonderfully described as “The Wrestler meets Galaxy Quest”.  It is such a crazy adventure and one gigantic steel cage match that I’m glad to be a part of.

So after thinking that some nobody has declared himself the greatest wrestler in the galaxy, the wrestlers from Wrestletopia have made their way to Earth to prove, once and for all, that THEY are the greatest wrestlers in the galaxy.  To make sure that no one can escape?  Or perhaps just for glitzy show?  They put a steel cage up.  AROUND THE WHOLE PLANET.  It is quite ingenious.  It made me giggle quite a bit.

Now everyone is looking for ex-wrestler Rory Landell – the man who declared himself once “the best wrestler in the galaxy.”  The off planet wrestlers and those close to Rory race to find the man who may end up saving (or destroying) the Earth as we know it.

Rory?  He’s doing what he’s great at.  What is that?  He’s at the bar drinking!  What else is an old, rundown wrestler supposed to be doing?  Unfortunately, as the players all come closing in, Rory is unaware of the danger he is truly in.

As I said previously, the first issue of this book had a ton of exposition.  We were introduced to Rory and his world and I really thought that writers Matt Entin and Ed Kuehnel missed a great opportunity for the readers to get to know these bad guy wrestlers from space.  The first issue only brought them in at the end which was weird considering the first issue’s page count.

That is all rectified here.  The baddies have arrived and the reaction of everyone on planet Earth is hilarious.  I found myself moving quickly from panel to panel, page to page – often giggling to myself as I watched the reaction from those on Earth wondering what the hell is going on.  I imagine Mean Gene Okerlund out there watching the television, seeing these invaders from Wrestletopia, and smiling.  Bet that would drag that man out of retirement.

Beyond the plot, the art is still really great thanks to the art team of artist Dan Schkade and colorist Marissa Louise.  The last issue also looked wonderful and these two have a great time bringing the vision of Entin and Kuehnel to life.  I really love the evil alien wrestlers costumes and overall design of the comic.

It looks like a showdown is coming for issue #3, one that I can’t wait to read.  This second issue vastly improves on the first – which is saying something as the first issue was pretty well done.  But Invasion From Planet Wrestletopia #2?  I say it is a must read.  Any fan of indie comics, wrestling, sci-fi, or just fun comics in general will really enjoy this series.  I know I can’t wait to see what happens next.

RATING: A

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