Vreckless Vrestlers #1


By Lukasz Kowalczuk, translated by Aneta Kaczmarek (Vreckless Comics!)
No ISBN

I started out a little bit after the last Ice Age, making minicomics, collaborating on fanzines and concocting stripzines with fellow outcasts and comics addicts. Even today, seeing the raw stuff of creativity in hand-crafted paper pamphlets still gets me going in ways that threatens my tired old heart…

Thus whilst this place is generally all about big old fancy books and such, when Vreckless Vrestlers #1 arrived in my reviews pile I just couldn’t resist spreading the word…

Concocted and crafted by Polish cartoonist Lukasz Kowalczuk, the narrative concept is breathtakingly simple and irresistibly compelling: a temporally-transcendent fight-promoter is abducting the greatest warriors from all time and space to fight in his Professional Interdimensional Wrestling League – brutal gladiatorial contests with only “One Rule – No Rules!”…

This particular 20 page, 210 x 150mm flip-book fight-fest features a mutant mash-up starring Crimean Crab vs. The Eye on one side whilst the obverse highlights another blistering battle in Vegan Cat vs. Flatwoods Monster

Complete with combat stats for each contestant, these are manic, eccentric all-out clashes riotously reminiscent of Johnny Ryan’s Prison Pit, unmarred by subplot or subtext, delivering lots of spectacular primal monster-hitting-monster action with oodles of juicy, oozy, gory sound effects and no tedious dialogue or badinage to slow down the horrific bone-crushing action…

Each black-&-white issue (limited to print runs of 200 in English and Polish) comes with all sorts of extras like promo cards, collectible stickers – and mini-album – and can be obtained by contacting www.vrecklessvrestlers.tumblr.com, www.fb.com/vrestlers or Lk@tzzad.pl.

Daft, thrilling, madcap and wonderful, if you need a little break, or contusion, or abrasion, this might be the very remedy…

…And if you’re irresistibly wedded to the future, Vreckless Vrestlers is also available on ComiXology and at Streets of Beige so there’s no reason to grab a ringside seat in the comfort of your own cosy crash-pad, dude……

© 2014 Lukasz Kowalczuk. All rights reserved.