Do A Powerbomb! #1 ADVANCE REVIEW: Wrestling w/ legacies & necromancers in over-the-top 1st issue

Writer, Artist, & Creator: Daniel Warren Johnson; Colors: Mike Spicer; Letters: Rus Wooton.

Do A Powerbomb! #1 from Image Comics is a genuine love sonnet to wrestling that manages to balance over-the-top intensity with down-to-earth intimacy. . . while also adding a Necromancer!

Cover by Daniel Warren Johnson

Lona Steelrose wants to be a wrestler. She wants nothing more than to stand in the ring, to feel the thunder of a hungry crowd cheering her name as she churns that storm into a story. Wrestling is storytelling, a style of storytelling that consists of finely-tuned combat choreography, stage presence, and a trusty gimmick. There is an art to the performance, in channeling a crowd's thunder into meaning. She has the heart, but only one thing keeps Lona from shining: the looming shadow of her mother, the greatest wrestler ever to grace the ring.

Daniel Warren Johnson's art is astounding in this book. Big events carry with them the supercharged atmosphere of a crowd excited, an almost palpable electricity in the air. Johnson captures this idea with his raw and frenetic line work that creates a visceral tautness to each subject, as if everything we see is saturated with power. Characters aren't given much in terms of facial expression with this artistic style, which did take me aback initially; however, now I believe that to be the point. Energetic lines and an abundance of larger panels and splash pages point to grand motions as storytelling tools, mimicking the very same principal in wrestling.

Mike Spicer's colors and Rus Wooton's letters are sly accomplices in this book. The colors are vibrant, while lettering boasts sharp angles and non-uniform fonts; all of these succeed in establishing an exciting tension. Spicer adds a lot of depth to his more subdued colors that layer sinister undertones under some of the more emotional moments (and that's all I'll say there to avoid spoilers).

In terms of curating a poignant mood and establishing a layered atmosphere Do A Powerbomb #1 is all raw creativity and talent. The story promises some interesting spectacles ahead, and I'm telling you now that I'll be in the front row to see it all unfold. I invite you all to grab yourself a copy of this book when it releases Wednesday, June 15th. Grab it from YOUR LOCAL COMIC BOOK SHOP or from Image Comics' website here!

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Austin Kemp read Batman #315 (Batman vs Kite Man) when he was 5 years old, and hasn't stopped reading comics since. Austin is a college writing teacher and has a masters degree in Comics Studies. Austin and his partner, Savanah, live in Massachusetts with their master, a cat named Chaplin.

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