COMIC TITLE: Ringside #1 (2015)
Nick Barber, Simon Gough– Artist
Joseph Keatinge– Writer
November 25, 2015
As you all know I am always looking for the next interesting comic book that catches my attention and I was looking for a specific one today. You see last night, Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks successfully promoted and produced their very own pay per view entitled All In. So to help celebrate the success of the greatest independent wrestling show ever put on, I wanted to read a wrestling related comic book from an Indy comic book company and I found one from Image Comics. With that being said, the comic book that I chose for today is Ringside #1 which was written by Joseph Keatinge (Batman & Robin) and it was illustrated by Nick Barber (Motormouth and Killpower) and Simon Gough (G.I. Joe: Snake Eyes). The comic book follows a man named Dan who used to be a legendary wrestler by the name of the Minotaur. Well, when he was in his prime, he was the man behind the costume, but that is all behind him now. Dan is just a trainer in Japan who gets an alarming phone call that makes him travel back to the states to take care of some old unfinished business that may lead him down a road he won’t get out of.
I definitely like how different this comic book is to the WWE comic book that is put out by Boom! Studios. While there are elements in the comic book that deal with the harsh realities of the wrestling business, it’s not the main focus of the book. The Main focus of the book is Dan’s mission to correct a situation that alarmed him enough to want to travel back to the states. While the wrestling topic is a prototypical story of the veteran who feels that the young gen just doesn’t get it as far as the wrestling business is concerned so he just warns him to be smart. Yes it’s a typical angle, but I am OK with it because again it’s not the main focus of the book in general. The writer does a great job leaving us with a moment at the end when you can’t help but quote Good Ol’ JR in saying that, “Business has picked up.” The artwork is pretty good and I say that because it does it’s job and the panels are easy to follow along with so you shouldn’t have any worries. I definitely look forward to checking out more issues of the book so if you’re a wrestling fan then give it a shot. Otherwise, check out my grades below:
Character Representation: A
Entertainment Value: A