It’s time for issue 4 of Invasion From Planet Wrestletopia! This series has been an absolute blast so far, mixing sci-fi silliness and old school wrestling with style. Did this issue continue that trend? Let’s find out!
- IFPW Issue 4
- SBI Press
- Story: Ed Kuehnel & Matt Entin
- Art: ‘Backwoods’ Kendall Goode
- Colours: ‘Lucious’ Jason Lewis
The cover this month is by ‘The Mayor of Fist City’ Marissa Louise. I’m loving these wrestling style names in the credits, by the way. Anyway, it’s set up like an old wrestling poster, showing some of the key players and announcing matches and the issue title at the bottom. Great stuff; it looks good and fits well with the overall aesthetic of the series.
The story is trucking along nicely too. The issue is full of the usual nods to the wrestling of years gone by, and that’s gonna be a delight for long term fans of the sport. There were some other nice things on show too, including an attack at a theme park that almost felt like a scene from a zombie apocalypse movie.
Our main protagonist, Rory Landell, is still a grumpy, washed-up veteran right now. We do get to see a little bit of growth though during his conversations with Linda. He may not be the hero that the world needs, but there are the scraps of a regular human being in there somewhere. I suspect he’ll need that to rise to the top if he’s going to be worthy of the main event spot he’s now being thrust back into.
As always, there’s some cool bonus content too. This time, we’re starting off with an advert for gear to be used if Rory should lose his apocalyptic battle. The prices are modern, but the feel is gloriously vintage. Then, we get a split page. One part shows an obituary for Boris Yeltsin, who died during a confrontation with one of the alien wrestlers. The other shows a panel from the next issue, revealing that Rory’s troubles are far from over.
In all, this was probably my favourite issue of the series so far. We got all the over the top wrestling action that the series excels at, and pushed the story and characters forward a little too. IFPW is bright, well-paced, and chock full of a healthy mix of sci-fi silliness and wrestling fun. 5 out of 5.
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