Monday, December 21, 2015
Comic Book Review: Ringside #1 - Image Comics (2015)
Art by Nick Barber
I have been looking forward to checking out "Ringside" as I am a fan of professional wrestling as well as comic books. I didn't read any previews prior to picking up the first issue so I had no idea what I was going to be getting into. I was happy to find out it is looking at professional wrestling more-so from the backstage perspective.
The story centers around Dan Knossos. Dan is a retired professional wrestler who was known as "The Minotaur." Dan had been in Japan training younger up and coming professional wrestlers. He is now back in the United States as he has business that needs to be handled.
The first issue of "Ringside" is a nice introduction to Dan. He's a man who is well known inside the business of professional wrestling. He has friends that he is able to meet and get rides around town as needed. We also get to see some backstory and why he doesn't always like to remember his "Minotaur" days. Dan also has a place to stay with a young woman friend who is confined to a wheelchair.
Dan is back because he heard from someone named Teddy who is apparently very close to him. Dan goes on the search for Teddy but is met with someone else and this someone does not want Dan around. Dan is met with a pipe wrench and a beating from a group of men and is told to leave town and forget about Teddy.
Dan goes back to the friend with whom he is staying and it looks like he has no plans of leaving town.
This was a very good first issue and I'm looking forward to seeing where the story goes from here. I like that it's not just about professional wrestling comic but it still includes plenty of violence. If you're looking for a comic book series to get started on, this would be a nice one to start on as the series is just getting started. Even if you are not a professional wrestling fan, this is a cool and brutal book.
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