Super Pro K.O.! Volume 2: Chaos in the Cage!
Wrestler Joe Somiano is having a hard time being patient; he wants the big career and the fan recognition now! He had a taste of success, but he didn’t break through overnight, and he’s uncertain what to do next. The advice he’s given, to forge his own path “and make an impact,” is sensible for both this field and that of making art (to which the reader can’t help drawing parallels), but following it is much more difficult than agreeing with it. Meanwhile, the bigger name wrestlers are battling in a steel cage match, and a new rival, Romeo Colossus, is astounding in his ego. Williams energetically captures the larger-than-life antics of wrestlers—modern superheroes with outsized images and exaggerated reactions. The subject matter and format make for a great combination, as the character’s signature moves are called out in huge special-effect lettering. The overstuffed panels are reminiscent of the glory days of Mad magazine, with gags and details in the dense backgrounds, while the simplified, cartoony style keeps the battles light and entertaining. Readers will finally get to see Joe get his chance in the promised Volume 3. (Nov.)