Writer: Matt Entin, Ed Kuehnel
Artist: Dan Schkade
Colorist: Marissa Louise
Letterer: Dave Lanphear
Publisher: Starburns Industries Press
Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia might be something you’ve never heard off but should be right at the top of your comedy/action comic lists of 2019 and for a good reason. Matt Entin along with Ed Kuehnel under the name Suspicious Behavior Productions has produced something that genuinely intrigued me, made me laugh and left me wanting more.
Invasion from Planet Wrestetopia revolves around the story of a dissatisfied wrestler named Rory Landell who declared himself ‘galactic champ of the universe’, without realizing that aliens listening to the broadcast 15 years later will take this as a challenge.
Rory Landell, a then young and ambitious wrestler is looking for his own “turkey farm” (you’ll need to read the comic to get that) but in the 15 years that have passed since he declared himself a galactic champion, he ran into some rough patches that forced him on the opposite road.
Fast forward to today, Rory is a drunk fighting small fights as living his life on a day to day basis looking for his next job (wherever he can get one) and just when luck finally ran out and he gets kicked from his last opportunity, the alien force of wrestlers invade the world and they are looking for him to set things straight.
If this is not enough of an intriguing start then I don’t know what will ever be. Entin and Kuehnel made sure that they deliver a great story and along with the likes of Marissa Louise, Dan Schkade and Dave Lanphear they’ve created a masterpiece.
Obviously (if you knew me in real life) I know nothing about wrestling and I was initially worried that there are going to be references that I wont get. Most of the comedy comics I had the chance to read in the past failed in the likes of references that many people wont get which made me have bitter memories.
What made me open this book is the art which looks fantastic right from the front cover till the last page Dan Schkade (Battlestar Galactica: Gods & Monsters) has made it possible for a no-wrestling fan want to open a wrestling comedy/action comic book with a single glance.
Marissa Louise (Hex Wives) gave her unique palette touch on the series and since I did fall in love with her work on Hex Wives it wasn’t that difficult to identify.
Hint: I believe she loves purple! (I do too!)
Another great key component in the comics is their right choice for a letterer. I can’t stretch enough the importance of a great letterer in a comic. Dave Lanphear brings this comic home using a perfect combination of fonts at the right times. Nothing makes a comic worse than not being able to read it properly. A good letterer can emphasize just on the right words to make emotions work properly. Anger, love, sadness everything comes out with the right font used at the right time.
To conclude this lengthy praise of Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia (and really you have to excuse me but I really loved the comic and the work the creatives have done) this is something that will proudly sit at the top of my favorite action comedy series and it should be at yours as well.