Image Credit: WrestleCrate UK

I wasn’t aware of UK promotion TNT Extreme Wrestling prior to reading their comic Dead on Arrival #1, but in all honesty though it may have helped to place the characters of the featured wrestlers a little, it doesn’t seem to be entirely necessary to enjoy the comic.

In this opening issue the of a five part series, the promotion’s wrestlers are handcuffed and dropped – as in from a helicopter – onto a deadly island filled with sharp objects and deadly environments, forced to fight each other to survive.

If they don’t, whoever it is that’s in control has the power to explosively detonate them at will – so they genuinely have no option but to violently duke it out.

It’s a short, sharp, violent comic that gets right to the action with no messing about – and with plenty of coarse language. The concept is a sort of Escape from New York meets The Hunger Games, which is no bad thing. The participants aren’t given much chance for characterisation to feature, so perhaps prior knowledge of who’s who is helpful – there’s little in the way of identifying anyone by name or explaining their relationships to each other, but again I’d say that in a comic so laser focused on delivering sweary carnage and little else, it barely matters.

There’s some really neat touches in the art – and the cover is a lovely (is that the right word?) blood-tinged, painted illustration by the very talented DamianEd.

If nothing else, it has led me to do a bit of research and check out who TNT Extreme Wrestling are, so in that sense I guess it’s a job well done?

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