Comic Book Review: WWE #2
The WWE is a place full of larger than life characters and even bigger athletic feats. The fandom is vocal (for good and bad) and extremely loyal to the characters they love. So far, “WWE” has pulled the curtain back on the action and given us a further examination of the main players that’s helped enhance actual television storylines. “WWE” #2 continues to be more of that while maintaining a certain sense of humor that you need to have when dealing with professional wrestling.
Seth Freaking Rollins is now the WWE Champion and that makes him “the man”. He’s the face of the company and everyone else is gunning for him. On top of his new role, there is tension between he and Triple H because of the way Seth took it upon himself to cash in his Money In The Bank briefcase. Tensions are rising and Seth is working harder than ever to keep his position but things go terribly wrong one night and it changes everything for Seth.
The thing about “WWE” the comic book series is that we’ve seen this storyline play out on TV. We know that Seth gets hurt and misses months of action. What we don’t sometimes get on TV is a logical progression of this. In a short promo, we can only learn so much about motivations and desires because at the end of the day, the wrestling is what matters the most. “WWE” #2 makes Seth Rollins’ rise and fall feel much more emotional and raw. Hopeless gives these characters the extra dimensions we don’t get to see on TV and that’s what makes it such a worthwhile read for WWE fans. Taking the TV storylines and placing them in a real life, out of the ring scenario allows for so much character exploration and opportunity to play up some of the more humorous aspects of the wrestlers. For example, Triple H becomes a kind of corporate overload with a dash of Don Corleone thrown in. He’s got his fine tailored suits, his pun-tastic yacht and lots of power he can use to help Seth Rollins and Hopeless gets to explore this in an almost cartoonish way that really works in the context of professional wrestling. Seth’s injury has even more impact because we get to see it through his eyes after seeing all that he’s gone through and it’s just something you can’t really capture on TV. There are no surprises in how the actual plot develops – you’ve seen it on TV – but that doesn’t make any less of a fun read.
As someone with a huge crush on Seth Rollins, I completely love how Serg Acuna draws him. Seth Rollins is someone who wears his emotions on his face without much effort and Acuna is able to capture all of that. He gets sneaky Seth, mischievous Seth, determined Seth and every other Seth face. Acuna has done his work on studying how these characters behave and react because his Paul Heyman feels just as bombastic and his Triple H still has those subtle nods to “The Game” but firmly keeps him in his Authority role. Acuna’s wrestling is dynamic as it is true to each wrestler and contains a lot of movement. These aren’t just posed action figures but actual fighters. My biggest nitpick continues to be the use of blank backgrounds as it can kind of take the action out of the moment by removing the visible setting. Garbark’s colors are at their best when he’s working with in ring sequences. He’s great at making light work for him and nails the big arena vibe.
“WWE” continues to live up to expectations. This second issue continues to move us through Seth Rollins’ story at a very nice pace and offers us an examination of these characters we don’t get on TV. As a fan, I’m so glad that BOOM! is not wasting any opportunities here.