Crimson Cage #1
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Crimson Cage #1

Writer: John Lees Artist: Alex Cormack Publisher: AWA Release Date: December 8, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 5
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Double double toil and rumble...Brace yourself for a No-Holds-Bard reimagining of William Shakespeare's Macbeth from the critically-acclaimed creators of Sink. New Orleans, 1984. Chuck Frenzy is the main event star of the local Louisiana pro wrestling territory, but yearns for something greater. A fateful encounter with a trio of terrifying beings in the Bayou gives Chuck a glimpse of championship glory beyond his wildest dreams...if he is willing to do something terrible to achieve it. Join writer John Lees (Hotell) and artist Alex Cormack (Sea of Sorrows) for a thrilling new vision of the classic tale of ambition and madness, startin more

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott Dec 3, 2021

    So yes, weve entered completely new territory for me. I think that only John Lees could possibly have got me excited about a wrestling comic, but this first issue has me completely hooked. Its thrilling, its tense, its horrific, and I genuinely couldnt have asked for more. I am going to have to do a lot of soul searching over the next couple of weeks as this has seriously shifted what I was going to put in my Best of 2021 list this year. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Spencer Perry Dec 8, 2021

    This trio are onto something special. Read Full Review

  • 10
    BGCP - Michael Lennox Dec 10, 2021

    If you want to get kids interested in Shakespeare what better than merging it with some of the greatest theatres of all time, American Wrestling. Lees knows both his bard and his squared circle and Frenzy is both a tragic and inspirational character and like Macbeth, the real architect of the saga is our very own Lady Macbeth Sharlene. Will we get an “out damned spot” moment in a future issue? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Joseph Gilmore Dec 8, 2021

    Overall, The Crimson Cage #1 is a great first issue. Great storytelling, wonderful character development and sets up the next issue brilliantly. Wrestling fan or not, The Crimson Cage #1 does a great job and will surely hook any reader. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Henry Finn Dec 13, 2021

    One of the best first issues of Upshot's premieres this year. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 8, 2021

    The idea of a pre-determined destiny playing out in a pre-determined sport is an interesting concept. That's what the elements of Macbeth brings to The Crimson Cage #1 but that juxtaposition isn't focused on enough in the debut. Instead, it feels like a normal story of greed with some supernatural elements that don't quite fit. There's something really close to being a hell of a read here but it dances around either its more interesting aspects or dives into them without much need for them. Read Full Review

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