Writers & Creators: Matt Entin and Ed Kuehnel
Artist: Kendall Goode
Colourist: Joi Butler
Letterer: Sal Cirpriano
Design: Jimmy Presler
Publisher: Starburns Industries Press
The main event we have all been waiting for is finally here. In this sixth and final issue of the Invasion From Planet Wrestletopia mini-series we will finally see the epic showdown between Manifest Destiny and Rory Landell, in what is being described as the greatest sports entertainment spectacular. In the Galact-O-Massacre who will take home the title of the galactic champion of the universe and, more importantly, does this final issue provide a fitting conclusion to the series?
For those who haven’t been keeping up with this epic indie mini-series, it’s written and created by Matt Entin and Ed Keuhnel and focuses on a disgruntled pro wrestler who declared himself the ‘galactic champion of the universe’, thus inadvertently declaring war on a race if alien wrestlers. It’s been five issues since that pivotal moment and our characters have been on a long journey (mentally and physically) to get Rory for his final match against the nefarious Manifest Destiny who is looking to add earth to his long list of intergalactic conquests.
Writers Matt Entin and Ed Kuehnel have always been able to get the right mix of comedy, satire, and touching moments with each issue of this series, and #6 is no exception. The introduction done in the style of a pay-per-view spectacular really drives home the over the top and dramatic style of the final issue, as well as the overall series. It’s also these decisions that highlight the love the writers have for the wrestling era, which has always been a notable feature throughout the series.
Let’s face it; Wrestling has always been more entertainment than sport. From my early days of watching WWE with my older brother, I always remember the heavy focus on the over the top drama and the trash talking. This is something that has been mirrored within each issue. Though that is not say that this is all this series has to offer. Yes, the comedy and the satire has been a key defining feature, but there have also been some touching moments that have given us a view of Rory’s character underneath his ‘Rock n Roll’ persona he portrays in the ring.
We have watched as Rory began this series by driving not only his own career into the ground, but also that of those around him. Issue #6 has done an amazing job by showing Rory overcoming any obstacle in his way, such as a fresh betrayal from someone close to him, to finally showing up not just for himself but also the entire human race. If that isn’t a redemption tale done right, then tell me what is!
This supersized issue is not only the largest, but also the most action packed. With Rory and Manifest Destiny finally in the ring together there is plenty of wrestling action, but as this is the final issue I am quite conscious of giving too much away and spoiling how it all unfolds. I firmly believe you should be checking this out!
With all the action and wrestling moves in this issue, art team get the opportunity to absolutely shine and they absolutely run with it! Kendall Goode (art) and Jio Butler (Colours) work beautifully to play out the final match and make sure that it really delivers. The expressions of the characters may seem over the top caricature, but they really highlight our characters personalities. The final match itself is also full of the high flying wrestling drama you can think off. You can literally feel the energy radiating from the pages and when Rory finally makes it to the Sportatorium…..Well, he does so in true ‘Rock n Roll’ fashion and it’s definitely a moment worth waiting for!
Like many major headlining events, this issue has easily been the best of its run. It brings the saga to a fitting (and rather touching) conclusion. Will it be the ending most people have been looking for? I honestly have no idea, but without giving too much away the final panel adds a touching human element to the saga that I think was a fitting end to Rory’s journey and his legacy.
All I can say about Wrestletopia as a whole, is that it has been one hell of a ride and I have had so much fun with each issue. While there may only be six issues, trust me when I tell you that this is a series that has been created with a whole lot of love and heart that shines through in every issue. If you are looking for something that has fun, humor and a whole lot of heart, then do yourself a favour and pick up a copy. Trust me, you won’t regret it!