Review: WWE #5

I don’t often read summaries of upcoming comics. I try to pick out what I’ll read and review based on previous experience and the cover. And Boom Studios’ WWE has had semi-unrelated covers before. After the last issue I was fully expecting to come back to the conclusion of Seth Rollins’ arc that would lead him up to now. To say I was a little surprised to open up and find the start of an arc about Dean Ambrose would be an understatement. A surprise but not an unwelcome one.

For those that don’t know, the Lunatic Fringe Dean Ambrose is one of the two members of the Shield that Seth Rollins stabbed in the back to make his frantic scramble to the top. That’s something neither Dean nor Roman Reigns have ever forget or totally forgiven in the kayfabe storyline on TV. Dean is the most obvious about it when their paths cross. As far as personality goes, Dean has a penchant for not staying down, hardcore matches with few rules that stretches back to his start with indie promotions and being the relatable everyman. It’s something that’s become core to his character and, as a result, this arc.

Just as before, writer Dennis Hopeless weaves a story the pulls the actual events and kayfabe of WWE on the night of Extreme Rules 2016 with Dean Ambrose front and center as we transition away from the story of Seth Rollins. Dean does what he does best and makes some questionable decisions that leave him on the bad side of one Brock Lesnar. You’ve probably heard of Brock Lesnar even if you don’t follow wrestling or haven’t for a long time. Within WWE, he tends to be a silent angry force that leaves destruction in his wake with Paul Heyman as his advocate and mouthpiece.

I’ve said this in my reviews before and the creative team here hasn’t changed. Artist Serg Acuña and colorist Doug Garback are still two great tastes that taste great together and Jim Campbell’s lettering is a great way to top it all off. The backfill this time is a continuation of the New Day’s antics through space and time. If you look closely, you might find a few good references in there.

Yet again, this is one I would pick up even if you aren’t a wrestling fan. Especially with a new arc starting up, you don’t need to have watched the events unfold on TV and pay-per-view to enjoy this.

Story: Dennis Hopeless Art: Serg Acuna Color: Doug Garback
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.25
Recommendation: Buy if you’re into late nights, questionable decisions, and back alley fights.