Monday, February 22, 2016

Nash #1 - Comics From The Basement

This week's Comic Book is Nash #1, from Image Comics in 1999

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Pro wrestling in the late-90s certainly led to a number of things, that in the long run for the industry itself none of which has been positive, however, since the WWE (then WWF) and WCW were so popular, a number of in-ring stars ended up getting their very own comic books. Now wrestlers in comics is not new, the WWF had a short run with Valiant comics in the early 90s, and WCW even had a full series with Marvel... but those comics did have something to do with wrestling. This week's comic, Nash #1 from Image Comics... does not.

PLOT: Set in an apocalyptic future (as if there is any other kind), a man name Cyrus Storm and his organization the Citadel control the world's food supply, the upper class live in domed cities and get food, and are rather content, the lower class live in the wastelands, scavenging for whatever they can find to survive... but their hope... a 7 foot tall vigilante named... NASH!

Writers: Kevin Nash - Yes... Big Sexy was involved with the writing process... which I have to wonder, since one would think his comic book counterpart's dialog would've been better than lines like 'No... No Today Cue Ball', and quips that seem like they belong in an Bruce Campbell movie. However as I said, Nash was just involved with the writing process as there is a second writer listed who also did the pencils, Marata Mychaels

Artist: I'm somewhat familiar with Marat Mychaels work in more recent stuff with Demonslayer, and I enjoyed the artwork on that... however in comparing Nash #1 which he did in 1999 with Demonslayer from 2005... Nash #1 certainly looks dull and flat.

Positives of the comic: This could also count as a negative, but the comic is filled with action, the first entire page of it gives a run down of the setting and situation, much like the opening crawl to like Star Wars, Judge Dredd, etc. The physical proportions of those seen in the comic is well done, because Kevin Nash himself is an actual giant at around 7 feet tall, and does end on a suspenseful note, with Nash being shot from behind following an long battle sequence.

Negatives of the comic: The artwork, in my opinion isn't that great... there is some weirdness with the faces, in several cases looking flat as if it was a concept sketch that was rushed along to get the comic out in time. There is a bit of here worship for Nash, with lines like "You're lucky to be alive! It wasn't Luck Uncle, it was Nash! Nash? THE NASH?!" and as said, 'it's filled with action', but not much actual story beyond the opening 'crawl'. And with there only being two issues in the series, there isn't much here to make one go check out issue two.

Oddness: There is a scene of Nash having relations with a blond, with the line 'I think the ground is moving'... followed by an explosion. Guess that's why they call him Big Sexy.

Recommendation: It's an interesting oddity, the set up is typical for a post-apocalyptic future, however, for it being issue #1, there just isn't anything here that one could sink their teeth into. If your a collector and a wrestling fan, I'd say track it down. But otherwise, it's just a comic from the 90s that probably is best left forgotten. At some point I'll track down issue #2.

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