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Review: WWE #3

I’ve really been looking forward to this issue. With New Japan’s Cup tournament happening right now and its G1 Climax coming soon, Lucha Underground’s first two seasons are now on Netflix, and WWE’s WrestleMania in just a few weeks? There’s a lot of wrestling floating in my periphery. And the story covered in this BOOM! Studios ongoing comic series is a pretty emotional one. I had to see what would happen to fill in the kayfabe gaps of what I already knew.

The story of the rise and fall of Seth Rollins continues in WWE #3 and picks up where everything began: the dreams of a kid following the action of the ring on TV and wanting to be there. It makes what comes directly after, the lowest low of his career after having flown so high and been at the top of the game, hit even harder.

Just as before, events partly follow life and kayfabe with a little bit of invention for the bits no one could ever really know for sure. Unlike the first two issues, however, there’s a lot more to work with in terms of invention. Even then, the moments and WWE_003_PRESS_7events shown make sense within the context of kayfabe, the shown-to-be-true story of wrestling life and writer Dennis Hopeless weaves it well again.

This issue is a bit slower than the previous ones but the slower pace is what best serves the action. We see how Rollins lands on the motto of “Redesign, Rebuild, Reclaim” and picks himself up following the blues that always seems to come from recovery. We see the beginnings of Seth’s new climb and his struggles, all illustrated and emoted beautifully by Serg Acuna with colors by Doug Garbark. I’m pretty sure I fall a little more in love with it each issue.

The extra story here, “The Brawler and the Beast,” makes me want a full ongoing (or at least a short run) penned by Tini Howard. Depicting how Finn, a wrestler traveling alone through the Irish countryside late at night, gains the power of the Demon King Bálor he so often shows off in the ring. I’m not entirely sure if it was meant to but I definitely read the whole thing to the tune of “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” and it was great. It may have only been two pages, but I’m definitely craving more with this entire creative team, including the artists of the main issue.

Story: Dennis Hopeless, Tini Howard Art: Serg Acuña
Colors: Doug Garbark Letters: Jim Campbell
Story: 9.0 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy it if you’re into or interested in WWE pro wrestling, this one’s a doozy.

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review