A More Innocent Interpretation: GLOW #2

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling have competition, and they’re real wrestlers. These real wrestlers aren’t happy about going into the ring with performers either, and they make sure the Gorgeous Ladies know it. Ruth isn’t deterred from making new friends though, and Carmen finds a peer among the other wrestling groups. Melrose finds muscular men to whom she can give her attention. All of this is leading to the big showdown in the ring!

GLOW #2 cover by Hannah Templer
GLOW #2 cover by Hannah Templer

GLOW #2 finds our heroines squaring up with real wrestlers, and no one is particularly happy with the arrangement.

The comic does a good job of capturing the personalities of the characters from the show, with the possible exception of Tammé–though she does have a head injury in this issue.

The conflict of them having to deal with trained wrestlers is an interesting one, and it has a lot of potential in the issues to come.

If I were to have a main complaint about the GLOW comic, it would be that it’s a bit too saccharin compared to the Netflix series. The streaming series is gritty and deals with problems like infidelity, betrayal, poverty, sexism, racism, drug addiction, and more. The comic is so innocent by comparison that it’s almost jarring when a character drops an f-bomb.

Things are always going to be changed in adaptation, and there is something charming with these cute and cartoonish versions of the characters. That said, I can’t say it’s better or even on par with the show.

GLOW #2 art by Hannah Templer, Rebecca Nalty, and letterer Christa Miesner
GLOW #2 art by Hannah Templer, Rebecca Nalty, and letterer Christa Miesner

Hannah Templer’s artwork also works the “cute” angle pretty hard, with the GLOWs almost looking like chibi anime characters at times. It doesn’t look bad by a longshot, and it jives well with the tone of the dialogue and overall narrative. Rebecca Nalty’s color work is good too, as it works with the purple-centric 80’s palette of the show.

GLOW #2 is a charming and fun adaptation of the Netflix series, even if the tone and themes are quite different from what we see in the show. It’s a solid comic, and, despite my trepidations, I can give it a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.

GLOW #2 comes to us from writer Tini Howard, artist and cover artist  Hannah Templer, color artist Rebecca Nalty, letterer Christa Miesner, and variant cover artists Nicoletta Baldari and Jenn St-Onge.

Final Score: 7.5/10

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