Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Joe Keatinge
Art: Nick Barber
Colours: Simon Gough
Lettering: Ariana Maher
Issue #7 of Ringside showed us how Davis, an old friend of main character Danny’s, has accepted to move to Florida to work as a trainer in a development territory linked to CMW, the wrestling promotion he is contracted to, despite the fact that he’s convinced he still has a role to play on the ring. He’s sleeping on the floor in a crappy single room, but he refuses to let his friends back home know.
Meanwhile, a newly bearded Danny Knossos accepted to work for mobster Eduard to help his friend Teddy, who’s in debt with the mob. What he ignores is that it’s all a ruse, and Teddy is working with Eduard to drag Danny into it. He starts working as a “no-questions-asked” night security guard in a mob warehouse.
Back in CMW, we find out that young Reynolds is finally getting a spot in the televised events, even though only as someone’s “acolyte” – but only because he’s sleeping with one of the writers. Who, however, just received an offer to leave wrestling to launch his own sitcom.
Issue #8 opens with a flashback to 1993, when a young Danny Knossos, in his character of Minotaur, is arguing with a man called Hank Grisson, who works on the creative side of the wrestling company, for some payment he thinks he’s due. He tries to find support from Davis, who is already a close friend of his, but Davis proves to be the voice of reason, persuading Danny to do his job even though the money seems to be late (if it will come at all).
Ringside seems to be adding more and more storylines to an already rich plate, risking to create confusion (and forcing us to write very long summaries!). I confide that Joe Keatinge will wrap everything up very nicely, but at the moment it’s challenging to remember who is doing what. Still, Ringside remains a very entertaining series. Some of the subplots may be missing for a month, but what is there is more than enough to make this an extremely good ride. And the atmosphere of every panel, given by a nervous-looking trait and perfectly chosen colours, adds a lot to the story.