The first issue of Do A Powerbomb was a brilliant – and surprisingly heartfelt – riot of colour and action, set primarily in the world of professional wrestling; albeit with a supernatural twist towards the end.
Lona, daughter of famous, late wrestler Yua Steel Rose – who died in the ring many years ago – has been trying to make a name for herself as a wrestler, despite the concerns (and against the advice) of everyone in her life. She’s been made a seemingly impossible, implausible offer that’s nonetheless almost too good to refuse – enter a deadly wrestling contest for a chance at resurrecting her long lost mother. Will she go through with it though?
Despite a bit more exposition in this issue – only noticeable because it has to be reeled off by a specific character – Do A Powerbomb #2 is still a brilliantly compelling, darkly humourous read. Daniel Warren Johnson turns in another spectacular series of pages art wise, as well as pulling double duty with the script.
Even if you’re not a fan of wrestling, the very human story at the core of the series – Lona trying to live up to her mother’s legacy and perhaps even getting a chance to be reunited with her – should resonate; the hard hitting action in the ring also gets more brutal than may be expected from the usual notions of wrestling as it’s commonly thought of.
I’m genuinely – and hugely – enjoying Do A Powerbomb so far; it’s a wonderful idea, in a brilliantly realised setting, with a number of relatable characters despite its fantastical fantasy/sci fi backdrop. There’s another killer twist this issue too, which sets us up for a very interesting third chapter.
It’s well worth checking out; I’m comfortable in giving Do A Powerbomb the highest of recommendations.
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