Monday, May 11, 2020

Rasslin' with Comics: Rey Mysterio!

He's the most famous masked wrestler of the modern era, and one of the most famous Luchadores of all time, he's Rey Mysterio and it's very appropriate that he now has his own comic book!

Rey Mysterio #1 is a part of Masked Republic's series of "Luchaverse" comics.  The line is a shared universe featuring many legendary Luchadores including Konnan, the Lucha Brothers and of course Rey.  I picked up the first four comics in the series, at the time of purchase the Konan comic hadn't released yet.  I will be picking that book up soon so I can review the whole series. Currently you can purchase all five titles as well as very cool collected issues of the original one shots.  As a much appreciated bonus, Masked Republic upgraded my Lucha Bros. comic to the variant addition as a thank you for purchasing all four.

The comic establishes Rey as the current in a long line of legendary Mysterios who are champions of the people, trained to battle a great evil that is set to return.  To prepare for this, Rey and a group known as "The Ambassadors are on a quest to find the mask of the first Mysterio, a mythical object that is needed to battle the returning evil.  Along the way we get a glimpse at Mysterio's training, battles with undead killer cat people, and quite possibly the coolest priest of all time, a priest who happens to be  well versed in submission wrestling. 

I loved the world set up in this book, there is a craziness that hearkens back to the classic Lucha movies featuring the likes of Santo and Blue Demon.  I'd LOVE to see the Luchaverse turned into a movie.  And let's face it, Rey Mysterio should've already had a series of Lucha movies. I can't be the only one who wants to see Rey give a 619 to some Alien Vampires.

This comic book came out before Rey returned to the WWE in 2018, so I hope that doesn't ruin plans for future stories.  That would be a shame, because there is a fun world set up here and I'd love to see Rey play a big part in it.

Being part of a shared universe, there are references to the other heroes in the line, as well as the undertones of a bigger story we have yet to uncover.  All of this adds to the fun of the book.  I'm looking forward to the others in the series.

If you like Rey Mysterio, Lucha Libre or Lucha movies, pick up this book, it's worth the read for sure.


You can purchase the comics at the Masked Republic Luchaverse  website.  


Rey Mysterio #1 $3.99
Chido Comics/Masked Republic
Story and Script: Mario Lopez & Ivan Plaza
Art: Ben Harvey

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