Saturday, August 02, 2014

Quick Comic Reviews - Andre the Giant: Life and Legend

I was a huge wrestling fan back in the day. I really got into it in the early 80's, just before the Hogan/Andre feud started. So I was very eager to read this book. It contained mostly stories that wrestling fans have heard in other arenas. In fact, the notes even indicate that they were stories taken from interviews wrestlers did. It didn't feel like the book really delved into who Andre was. There were some parts where they go over the pain that Andre was in, the health issues and surgery, and how uncomfortable he was living in a world built for people much smaller than him. Yet it always seemed to be glossing over things. The simpler artwork helped in some ways but I found some pages (seemingly more so early on in the book) had really bad layouts. And sometimes I found myself confused as to who was actually being depicted in a discussion as someone who was on the left in one panel suddenly was on the right of the panel seemingly facing the opposite way (lack of backgrounds in some of the discussion panels weren't helping there). Overall, I wasn't that impressed with this book. It definitely doesn't make my recommended reading list, even to wrestling fans. I wouldn't say to avoid it, but don't expect much out of it.

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