Glow Comic from IDW Shines on Page

Glow, the Netflix series based on the real life Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling is on break right now. However, we are not without their hi-jinx, thanks to the Glow Comic from IDW, which tells a new story. Now, adaptations like these often leave me cold because the translation from screen to page doesn’t always work.

The picture shows the cover for the first issue of the new Glow Comic. Featured are the cast of characters in all their glory.
Glow #1 written by Tini Howard, Art by Hannah Templer, and Colors by Rebecca Nalty. Click image to enlarge.

In this case, however, the creative team behind the comic does a fantastic job of capturing the spirit of the show and characters’ voices. Sure, it is not the same as watching the show, but comic book Glow is better than none at all.

Ruth, as always, is the character that shines the most. She has the perfect mix of sincerity and gumption that makes for a sympathetic and pathetic character. Additionally, she often tries to get thing s done, but usually just makes them worse.

The first example of Ruth’s over-zealousness is when she goes into Sam’s office to make sure that the team really has a free weekend. Unbeknownst to her, Sam is sleeping in the office. He wakes up, catches her, and then announces that the team has a weekend gig.

Sam is quite often the equivalent of human garbage, and that characterization continues. Not only will the ladies not earn any money for the weekend job, they actually have to pay him money for the privilege of going. Unless, of course, they want to lose their jobs.

A page from the glow comic that demonstrates how awful Sam can be. The picture shows a promotional poster and the ladies arguing about the money.
Sam showing he is awful. Words by Howard, art by Templer, Colors by Nalty, and letters by Christa Miesner. Click image to enlarge.

Glow Comic Ladies Raise Money

The need for 75 dollars each is the inciting incident for this issue as the women must raise the money or risk losing their jobs. Raising money is not a new concept for the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.

In order to raise cash, Ruth and Debbie don their wrestling outfits and try to solicit cash from passerby. Debbie isn’t into it at first, but Ruth tackles her, starting an impromptu wrestling match on the street. As you might expect, they get the money.

Other schemes include Melrose, Beirut, and Fortune cookie making and selling pot brownies. Britannica enters a barroom quiz contest, in which she does horribly.

The rest of the team also manage to raise the money, and the team is ready to go to the big event.

The picture shows Britannica getting every answer wrong as she tries to earn money by answering quiz questions. Bash looks on in confusion.
It’s an easy joke to make, but it lands anyway. Plus, the art is so cute and whimsical that it assists with the laugh. Click image to enlarge.

Why Should You Read Glow?

You might be asking yourself why you should read this comic. The answer is simple: it’s fun to read and pleasure to look at. The art has a manga feel to it, which some people don’t like. Those people are wrong, but I digress. The look of the artwork helps capture the silly spirit of the source material, and the bright crisp colors pop on the page.

Every element of this issue works well together. The creative team clearly knows what they are doing. Plus, there is an ominous cliffhanger that sets up the next issue.

If you need more GLOW in your life (and who doesn’t?) pick up this comic.

Have you read it? Got something to say? Leave me a comment.



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2 thoughts on “Glow Comic from IDW Shines on Page”

  1. Your review has me interested in the comic, however the mention of the comic having a cliff hanger ending makes me want to wait for the trade.
    I fear it’s a knife’s edge that I live on. I want to buy comics in trade paperbacks because I think they’re a better value and don’t leave me hanging as much =BUT= comics won’t survive until issue #6 unless people are buying the individual issues.
    Thanks for the review.

    1. I hear you on the trade vs individual issue. Trades are superior in every fashion. I wish American comic companies could find a way to make releasing arcs as trades instead of singles viable. TKO Presents is working on that, and I hope they are successful because that would be a step in the right direction. Treat comics as books, giving them prestige as well as making it easier for collectors and readers. It could also help publishers.

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