REVIEW: ‘Invasion From Planet Wrestletopia,’ Issue #2

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Last week I wrote a review for the first issue of the Invasion From Planet Wrestletopia comic book series, which you can check out here.. The main premise of the story revolves around a wrestler who declares himself the “Champion of the Universe” at a live event. Now in  Invasion From Planet Wrestletopia #2, the broadcast manages to reach a ship that belongs to the Planet Wrestletopia, where the supposed “Galactic Champion” Manifest Destiny sees this as an act of war and leads an invasion on Earth.

 Invasion From Planet Wrestletopia #2 picks up immediately after Manifest Destiny’s declaration of an invasion on Earth. It deals with the consequences of Rory Landell’s promo. Manifest Destiny sends out his challenge to Rory on live TV, which Rory’s former manager Don happens to stumble upon while watching TV with his wife. He goes to look for him but he’s not the only one. We are also given a bit of backstory on Landell and what inspired him to become a wrestler. It also shows the relationship between his parents and the environment he grew up in. I’ll get into why this is my favorite section later on in my review.

This issue continues with paying homage to the glory days of wrestling. In this particular instance, it’s done with Manifest Destiny’s promo.

This promo instantly took me back to the days when The Rock or Stone Cold were still wrestling full-time. The promos that they would cut always managed to not only pump the crowd up but the effect these promos had made them memorable. Ask any avid wrestling fan to tell you about a promo cut by either of them and they’ll instantly be able to tell you at least 3. Aside from the promo, the storyline of a wrestler declaring themselves the best and another wrestler having their ego hurt over this is always a storyline that adds the most intensity. When these two wrestlers fight, I expect them to go all out.

I mentioned earlier about Rory’s back story being included in this issue. Without getting into spoilers, it demonstrates the hardships of being a professional wrestler. Whether it’s being far away from one’s family or the dedication one has to put in, being a wrestler isn’t an easy feat. Big names in the wrestling business have talked about the hardships of being on the road and what effects it has on them. One of those big names is former wrestler and Hall of Famer, Shawn Michaels. He discusses this at great length in his book Heartbreak & Triumph: The Shawn Michaels Story. Even if you aren’t a wrestling fan, I highly recommend reading his autobiography.

The issue continues to include elements of humor, which helps it not seem as if it takes itself too seriously. The elements of science fiction (i.e. the way the invasion occurs) really surprised me. I definitely didn’t think it would play out the way it did, but now that I’ve read it, the plan makes perfect sense. The costume designs for the wrestlers are simple yet they add a sense of nostalgia. Manifest Destiny’s headgear reminds me of the mask that Mankind (Mick Foley) used.

I wasn’t quite sure where this story would go from its first issue, but I’m really enjoying what’s been released. Like I said in my previous review, this is for both wrestling and non-wrestling fans alike. It’s shorter than the first issue, but it also doesn’t seem like it dragged on. I was engaged from the very first page and the ending left me wanting more. I’m looking forward to any future releases of this series.

Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia  #2 is on sale now wherever comic books are sold.

Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia #2
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TL;DR

I wasn’t quite sure where this story would go from its first issue, but I’m really enjoying what’s been released. Like I said in my previous review, this is for both wrestling and non-wrestling fans alike. It’s shorter than the first issue, but it also doesn’t seem like it dragged on. I was engaged from the very first page and the ending left me wanting more. I’m looking forward to any future releases of this series.

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