The talented crew over at Mad Cave Studios have once again given us a great new title to preview. Over The Ropes is a pro wrestling mini-series coming in December.
The current title holder, and head of the Wrestling organization, is Ricky Radison. Ricky is getting older and set to retire. The championship belt is to be passed to Radison’s son. The son is a bigger jerk outside the ring than in.
His attitude gets him into some trouble and he’s unable to compete in the championship round. Jason gets a once in a lifetime opportunity, though not in the way he ever wanted or expected. His ‘opportunity’ comes with strings attached. Strings Jason doesn’t want, so he cuts them. This leads the reader into a nice cliffhanger of things to come.
It’s the ‘outside the ring antics and drama’ that really drive the story of the comic forward. It provides the emotional backbone mirrored in the bright lights and tights of the entertainment sport. The protagonist even has inner monologues about people always reminding him that wrestling is ‘fake’. He talks about the storytelling aspect and the drama of it all. That’s what he loves so much about it. This line is one often expressed by true fans.
When it comes to Mad Cave, if you’ve been paying attention (you should be), the name means quality. We have reviewed a fair amount of Mad Cave titles on our site and they have all been something special. The artwork, writing, styles, layouts, and techniques are all the same high standard of quality. Even more impressive, Mad Cave does this without any two titles feeling the same. They have a brand and they have standards but they also have great diversity.
If you’re a wrestling fan, definitely check out Over the Ropes. Even if you aren’t that into wrestling this looks like a promising under dog story. It’s an underdog story where it looks like the underdog gets his shot in the debut issue, but it also leaves you with some hefty questions.
Read the official Over the Ropes press release below:
Writer Jay Sandlin and artist Antonello Cosentino collaborate to explore the world of indie
wrestling in the golden age of the sport, the 90’s. Over the Ropes is an underdog story of
staying true to oneself in a world where ring personas often time bleed into reality. Sandlin and
Cosentino craft a tale in which finding one’s true self may mean crafting a larger than life image
inside of the ring.
Set in a fictional world, Over the Ropes dives into sports entertainment’s biggest era. A young high-flyer named Jason Lynn goes off-script in a match to win the world title and sets the Southern territory on fire as the face-painted wrestler, Phoenix. In Over the Ropes, Jason’s battles in the ring are only outperformed by his struggles outside of it. First dates. Crooked promoters. Cage matches. Factions and families. No matter what problems smack him with a steel chair, Jason lives by his catchphrase: “I. Will. Rise.”
“On the surface, Over the Ropes may seem like another Saturday morning wrestling show, but in reality, it’s about the underdog in all of us fighting and clawing for one moment in the spotlight. The characters grew out of my desire to write the kind of wrestling story I gravitated to the most; where the predetermined nature of in-ring action and backstage drama blends with shades of reality until the two are indistinguishable.”
– Jay Sandlin
Pre-Order Over the Ropes now! The 5 issue mini-series debuts this December!