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.
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.
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.
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.
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