Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Artist: Serg Acuna
Cover Artist: Dan Mora
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Release Date: January 18, 2017
By: Colin Ginter
Here we go, WWE Issue 1. Now while this site MOSTLY occupies superhero comics I could not pass up the opportunity to write about my other favorite thing, wrestling. WWE’s debut issue manages to combine the in ring and backstage antics and stories of the WWE along with the explosive dynamism of comic books; of course the real question is do they succeed? In a word, yes. I will however preface this by saying the comic details events in the WWE from mid 2014 to early 2015, so if you are not a fan of WWE this won’t make a load of sense.
We open the story from where the one shot picked up, its mid 2014 and Seth Rollins has just betrayed The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns) and in return for his allegiance, The Authority has practically handed him the vaunted Money In The Bank briefcase. Inside the case? A guaranteed title shot whenever Seth wants it; or at least that’s how he sees it. After a brief scuffle with old friend Dean Ambrose, Seth announces to Triple H his plans to immediately grab his title shot. Triple H unfortunately does not agree with the young upstart and informs him he will wait until he decides Seth is ready.
As the months go by Seth loses match after match to big names in the industry, Roman Reigns and John Cena shown as key opponents. However with each loss Triple H says Seth is getting closer and closer to the day he can cash in that case for the title. Eventually Triple H makes him a promise; if he can just beat Randy Orton at Wrestlemania, he’s allowed to cash in on his own time. Seth does come painfully close but in the end loses to Orton and Triple H says there will be no cash in anytime soon.
As Seth is busy feeling sorry for himself, a legend of the industry, and a personal hero to Rollins approaches him backstage. Shawn Michaels encourages Seth to be his own man, to make his own choices, and does he ever. Instead of waiting Seth takes his case and adds himself to the Main Event of the show, pinning Roman Reigns and snatching the championship from his former friend. As he revels in his glory he’s approached by Triple H who offers him congratulations. Seth believes he’s won the day but is rudely awoken as his boss slams him against the wall and warns him to never again defy orders like that.
That is where we end with issue 1. After months and months of preparing and training Seth finally has his big moment, he’s the champion, the greatest. Yet, because it was on his time and The Authorities, he may soon regret it.
All in all it was enjoyable read. As a fan of WWE it was both awesome but mildly frustrating. The awesomeness stems from the dynamic art style which effortlessly captures the intensity of a WWE match. As well as telling a story that goes beyond the ring yet still ties into real events. However the trouble with using history is that a few of the matches and moments we bear witness to are out of order or misused. I could chalk this up to a case of memory loss but some of it just seemed a tad off. But despite that minor complaint I wholeheartedly recommend BOOM Studios WWE to ANYONE who is a fan of the product on TV. This is an amazing debut and am only excited to see where this goes.