Book Review: Lucha Libre: Heroing's a Full Time Job (Tips Appreciated)

Lucha Libre: Heroing's a Full Time Job (Tips Appreciated)

I've no idea why this isn't the winner for 2008 Eisner Awards for humor publication - it's just a nominee. This book is hilarious. I enjoyed it tremendously.

The series was originally published in France. Now it's published in English by Image Comics - thanks, good choice. The series is written by Jerry Frissen and illustrated by five artists (for this volume), namely Bill, Tanquelle, Fabien M, Gobi and Nikola Witko.

There are four stories collected in the book. They are not connected but they feature a bunch of funny losers wearing masks which I thought were pretty cool - I feel like wearing one now. The characters are really wonderful, nicely designed and well developed, mocked as ladies everywhere they go because of their delusional dedication to fighting injustice.

The stories are interesting and fun. Dialogues are real funny and consist of bickering over mundane stuff. "Kidnapping? Great! Something's finally happening on this island!" is how one character puts it when the job comes knocking on the door. The storytelling was done so well that I didn't quite notice they were drawn by different artists. The art is very stylized and beautiful. It really brings out the mood of the place.

I really love the characters in the book, not just the mask-wearing ones. There are the were-wolves who are addicted to stealing car stereos, a French gang called Les Formidables with cheesy fight moves, a group of five ninja girls who looks tough but are actually quite useless and the fat one is always drawing attraction from guys, a monster that looks like someone at the circus dressing in a badly made dinosaur suit, and a party of other strange characters. Nothing is quite as it seems. Nothing is predictable.

This is a book of fun and adventure. Highly entertaining. Highly recommended.

5 out of 5 stars.

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Thanks for this review,

Thanks for this review, Parka ! I'm a big fan of this series (and since the beginning) and unfortunately, you may know that it was canceled last year, here in France.
Jerry Frissen (the writer) is now preparing a new series with Sean Galloway (from Spectacular Spider-man tv show) and the artists have lots of projects you'll surely find interesting : https://www.catfishdeluxe.com/
Enjoy. ;)

This is a really great

This is a really great graphic novel, portraying the best side of lucha libre. The story is fun, at times silly, and just great art. It reminds me of the classic lucha libre films mashed up with Hammer Horror werewolves plus some Japanese giant robot/monster movies.

I hear there are other stories, that have yet to be translated and brought over to the US. That would be great to see more from this series!

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