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Ringside, Vol. 1: Kayfabe

(Ringside #1)

3.24  ·  Rating details ·  247 ratings  ·  43 reviews
RINGSIDE is a series set within the world of professional wrestling, written by JOE KEATINGE (SHUTTER, GLORY, TECH JACKET) and drawn by acclaimed illustrator NICK BARBER, combining the ensemble drama approach of THE WALKING DEAD with interconnected rotating perspectives akin to "The Wire." RINGSIDE explores the relationship between art and industry from the view of the wre ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published June 21st 2016 by Image Comics
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Sam Quixote
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Dan “The Minotaur” Knossos is a retired wrestler looking for his estranged ex-boyfriend Teddy, a search that takes him down into the depths of the criminal underworld…

Joe Keatinge is an inconsistent writer who can sometimes produce a good comic but Ringside, Volume 1: Kayfabe is one of the bad ones. A wrestling comic about over-the-hill wrestlers sounded interesting, and the concept still might work with a better creative team, but Ringside doesn’t.

The stoic old tough guy who comes to town to
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
This is not just about wrestling. Like all great literature, it covers the human condition in all its glory and shame.
Aug 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, comix, wrasslin, fiction
Retired wrestler Dan “The Minotaur” Knossos receives a call from an ex-boyfriend in trouble. Flying back to the US from Japan, Dan soon learns that Teddy is in deeper than expected and Knossos may have to sacrifice everything just to pull him out.

Ringside combines two of my favorite things: professional wrestling and crime fiction/noir. How could I not love this? Truth be told, while I feel like this series has a lot of potential going forward, I felt like the first volume could have been a lot
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comixology
Ringside is a comicbook that gives us the story of two wrestlers, and this is a review of the first trade of the opening arc appropriately titled in the pro wrestling business term, "Kayfabe".

The two wrestlers in this story are Daniel Knossos, a former professional wrestler and his former contemporary, Davis. Make no mistake, Dan is the main character here, Davis is an ancillary character at best, but the pro wrestling industry story is told through his own arc within the main story.

Still, this
Skye Kilaen
The gay noir pro wrestling comic I never knew I needed, but fell in love with anyway. Retired wrestler Dan Knossos, who was known as The Minotaur, flies back from Japan to the U.S. when he gets a call that his ex-boyfriend is in trouble. Teddy, an addict, is in hock to some very bad dudes for lots of cash. Dan's long-ago guilt for abandoning Teddy to try for success in pro wrestling won't let him walk away from a situation in which there are no good solutions. His personal story trying to save T ...more
Aldo Haegemans
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
It helps I’m a wrestling fan for me to appreciate this book more. There are insider terms that are funny for those Who understand the business. May not be for every one. I do think the story is deep enough for casual readers Who are Looking for a New comic.
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Pro wrestling can’t love you back.

Combining the worst, most destructive parts of Hollywood and pro-sports, it’s a 25 hour a day job. You’ll travel 50 weeks a year, frequently while injured, or you don’t get paid. It’s physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausting and you’ll be lucky to burn out by 40.

But you know this all, already. You saw Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler.

The first volume of Ringside, Image’s ongoing wrestling themed title, shares more than a passing similarity to the 2008 Oscar
Jesse A
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good 'Southern Bastards' feel to it. ...more
Wayne McCoy
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
'Ringside, Volume 1' by Joe Keatinge and Nick Barber takes place inside the world of professional wrestling and gives it a bit of a noir twist.

In this volume there are three different stories that interweave and share the world of wrestling. In one plotline, an older wrestler takes a younger one under him and shows him how things work. A second, and somewhat minor in this volume, story involves management of the wrestlers and a new writer who has come on board. In one, an aging wrestler who went
Quentin Wallace
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've never read a graphic novel quite like this one. It deals with the world of professional wresting, but the REAL world of pro wrestling. There's no superheros here, just guys working together to put on great shows.

Having studied some of the way pro wrestling really works, I saw a lot of things that were familiar to me. The meeting of the writers where the owner (basically Vince McMahon) dresses down the writers is something I've heard about numerous times. One of the writers says something l
Alex Sarll
I've long said that if I ever got into a sport it would likely be wrestling, because it's so close to comics. Joe Keatinge has seen that too, but taken it a step further, seeing the parallels behind the scenes in both businesses - the shoddy treatment of veterans who built it all up, the suits hooked on safe retreads of old stories, the kids burning to be into an industry that'll likely break them even if they do succeed. And yet he still loves them both. So with debut artist Nick Barber, who ha ...more
Jul 25, 2016 rated it liked it
When I saw Joe Keatinge was writing a new book, I had much higher expectations than the book achieved. Shutter is one of my favorite comic books on shelves today. This book is about the hidden side of wrestling. What goes on behind the curtain so to speak. The story moves at a snail's pace. The main character is a washed up wrestler who's had some kind of falling out with the top wrestling company. By the end of the book, you still don't really know what's going on or why Dan has come back to th ...more
Jock O
Jun 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting take on the business as its viewpoint focuses more on the drama in the wrestler's lives outside the ring rather than in the ring. As the story progresses, I believe we'll get more of a taste of the in ring / business side of the drama as the young buck upstart makes his move up in the organization (CMW). Lastly, I'm impressed with its use of homosexuality within the culture yet without carrying a harassing tone regarding it. It's refreshing to read a story about revealing wrestler's ...more
Dec 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
meh. VIRGIL is a much better gay revenge fantasy. There is NO WRESTLING which is too bad, and the art leaves ALOT to be desired.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
The writing in this is so fresh, original, and real. And I don't even like wrestling. ...more
Bryson McCheeseburger
Jul 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
I am the biggest wrestling fan out there and I was so excited to get this graphic novel and see someone finally put wrestling together with comics the right way. Well, I was wrong. If you are looking for a wrestling story, go somewhere else. It's very slow, very drawn out, very very dialogue based... and very boring. I could barley make it through the book. I love IMAGE Comics and all the alternate titles they have, but this one should have been left on the shelf. ...more
Paul Allard
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Wrestling and bloody violence – not brilliant

This comic collection deals with the world of wrestling and the fate of washed-up wrestlers at the end of their working life. It also looks at the underside of the profession. With numerous flashbacks which are unexplained and sporadic, this is an unsatisfying and confusing mess. If flashbacks are going to be used, at least label them as such. I'll read Volume 2 and hope that it's better organised and better-illustrated as well.
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I thought this book (and series) was okay although not anything near a favorite of mine. It was interesting, the story follows a retired wrestler and the interactions he gets into that come form being a part if the wrestling world. Here's what I dint quite like about it though, Dan (the main character), finds himself interacting with a new person after another and that acts as a hinge to keep the story going more than anything else. We keep being introduced to new characters left and right and n ...more
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Ringside is a wrestling story that actually happends... outside the ring. It goes around the ups and downs of a retired wrestler and a fresh young promise with self confidence problems.
Really liked the story, but the art could have been so much better. A few panels were nice and ok, and the best one was the cover.
Ian Morales
Nov 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Ringside was not what I expected. It is a crime noir graphic novel series set in the world of professional wrestling. The characters and background story are well layered with surprising twists and turns in each chapter. This quick read was a great first installment to the series which I plan to continue reading.
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
The story postures like it's got a ton of interesting information to reveal...but I'm not sure that it delivered any.

That said, it's nice to read a comic that rewards me for knowing wrestling's carny language.
Shaun Stanley
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not at all what I thought it was going to be. More of a crime story that revolves around some “washed-up” older wrestlers. It’s a slow moving story where the first arc doesn’t answer man questions. Curious to see where it goes though.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is not good. The art is rudimentary, the dialog is stilted, and the plot is hard to follow. Points for queerness, but this comic doesn't have much else going for it. ...more
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great mix of storytelling using the backdrop of professional wrestling right, getting the details perfect as well as telling a good story.
John Shaw
An intensely personal look into the world
of professional wrestling by going behind the curtain
and looking at the lives of the people
who combine violence and showmanship
into an art.
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
Ringside, Volume 1 by Joe Keatinge et. al. is a free NetGalley ebook that I read after getting home from a week-long road trip in early June.

When its synopsis read that it had the drama of The Walking Dead, I entered this comic with trepidation. It turns out that such trepidation is very well-founded. Each cell seems to drip with dialogue where its speakers avoid eye contact, dipping or tilting their heads, instead, to reminisce in the past or scoff at the present, plus added reference to milita
Jul 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Three stars and no more for a book that could have been quite a bit better – the artwork for one could have gone a great deal further in differentiating both the characters to make us care, and all the different time zones and flashbacks. The world of wrestling seems to be evoked very well, but of course that's only a front for the darker stuff – the washed up chap coming back from Japan with regret that he left his best friend, who's in trouble; the newbie being shown the ropes quite literally; ...more
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
The best crime noir are set against a backdrop that makes the story stand out. That's what Ringside does so well. Obviously well versed in the world that takes place behind the curtain of professional wrestling, Joe Keatinge uses that world to spin a yarn that feels like a spiritual cousin to the work that Ed Brubaker and company did with stories like The Fade Out and Fatale. It certainly isn't a book for everyone and "smart marks" will get the most pleasure out of the little nods woven into the ...more
Jul 14, 2016 rated it liked it
There aren't many wrestling comics as far as I'm aware so I had to give this a try, and it was pretty good. It feels more like a crime story with a wrestling background though but, with that said, the wrestling is pretty integral to it (particularly for understanding the characters) and I'm not sure how big the appeal would be to non-fans. I read it as singles so I'm sure I'll get more out of it when I read the trade, but it was an interesting setting and different enough from anything else I've ...more
Roberto Diaz
Nov 24, 2016 rated it liked it
For fans of crime/noir and the wrestling bussiness, this is a kind of slice of life narrative of the misadventures of people in the pro wrestling bussiness, from the begining of the dream of becoming a larger than life character to the audience, to the realization that only a couple few are chosen to that spotlight, to what's left after you wretled your last match. If you have no deal with the industry or wrestling bussiness, this will be just another indie book, but if you grew up with it, this ...more
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