Thursday, 14 April 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: Damnation - Wrestling


Damnation - Wrestling was written by Brentt Harshman and illustrated by Rees Finlay. It was released as part of the Damnology Vol 1 collection and can be found on Drive-Thru Comics.

The story opens with a flashback, An as of yet unseen narrator explains that wrestling has always been in their life from day 1, flashing back to their grandfather being a gator wrestler in the 60s and then their father being a heel in AAA Luchador wrestling back in the 80s and into the 90s. The flashback continues, explaining that the narrator's grandfather bought a farm in southern Florida that was home to a family of gators. 

In 1978, the narrator's father left Florida, stowing away on a boat and headed to Mexico City, That's where he fell in love with Professional Wrestling. He worked his way up the ranks and became the masked wrestler, being one of the top villains in |Mexico in the 80s and 90s. The narrator's father was murdered in a back alley in the 1990s after a fan accused him of cheating, taking the whole working angle seriously.

It's revealed that the narrator is the daughter. Even though she's smart and intelligent, she admits that wrestling's in her blood and can't get away from it. She takes over her father's mantle under a sleazy booker and wrestles for money, mainly against men.

The comic is short and sweet, it tells a fantastic story that doesn't deviate from it's pace and it feels natural. The art may not be to everyone's taste, but remember this is an indie comic. It has some great production values and really does stand out as a stand-alone story as part of the Damnation series.