Glorious Wrestling Alliance

Ultimate Championship Edition

  • Interest Level: Grade 9 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

Step into the ring at Glorious Wrestling Alliance, the universe’s least-professional wrestling company. The Great Carp, an amphibious wonder, is feeling the weight of his championship. Miranda Fury has donned a mask to smash wrestling’s glass ceiling. And Gravy Train is desperate for a new gimmick, but it’s hard when you’re shaped like a giant gravy boat.

Collected in colossal full color for the first time, Josh Hicks’s cult-hit comic covers identity, anxiety, and leg drops. In this hilarious love letter to the surreal theater of pro wrestling, the insecure grapplers of GWA lock up, throw things, throw each other, and occasionally curl up into little balls.

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Interest Level Grade 9 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Graphic Novels, Young Adult
Copyright 2021
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™
Language English
Number of Pages 112
Publication Date 2021-10-05
Text Type Fiction—Humor
BISACS YAF010130, YAF059000, YAF058220
Dewey 741.5/9429
Dimensions 6.5 x 8.75
Lexile 510
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Original artwork, and Reviewed


Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“Josh Hicks has created an epic story that will entertain wrestlers of all ages.” –Children’s Literature

AIPT Comics

“[A] delightful story about characters beating their self-doubt with metaphorical steel chairs. It’s a mix of silly fun with gentle introspection. Wrestling fans will get a superkick out of this.” – AIPT Comics

School Library Journal

“This campy graphic novel is a knockout.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“Spine-crushing fun.”—Kirkus Reviews

Christopher Daniels

“Josh Hicks does a tremendous job satirizing professional wrestling in Glorious Wrestling Alliance. Every facet of pro wrestling, from art to ego to commerce, gets a shot at the title with Josh’s witty dialogue and vibrant art! A very funny and entertaining read!” —Christopher Daniels, All Elite Wrestling

Kieron Gillen

“Imagine an epic wrestling match between the lust for life of Scott Pilgrim and the comic self-loathing of BoJack Horseman where we’re all winners.” —Kieron Gillen, writer of The Wicked + The Divine