WWE #8 REVIEW

Aug 24, 2017

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WWE #8
BOOM Studios

Written by: Dennis Hopeless
Art by: Serg Acunά and Doug Marbark
Letters by: Jim Campbell

It’s dark outside as the Wyatt Family chase Dean Ambrose and Sasha Banks. Erick Rowan is in the driver seat as Bray shouts commands at his troops and Luke Harper is by his side in another vehicle trying to run Dean off the road. Dean and Sasha maneuver through the booby-trapped road laced with swinging logs. The Wyatt Family soldiers attempt to thwart their arrival at WWE Money in the Bank pay per view. Sasha is behind the wheel as dean dumps a water out the window causing Erick Rowan to become distracted. As he tries to recover Luke Harper accidentally t-bones him causing both vehicles to become immobilized. Moments later, as Dean and Sasha are gloating they notice that Bray Wyatt, Patriarch to the Wyatt Family, is staring dead ahead at the in a tractor trailer.

Sasha and Dean go for it and Sasha slams their white monster truck into the tractor trailer. It peaks over the front and then its weight shifts the trailer off to the side of the road. They make it to the venue for Money in the Bank after outmaneuvering the Wyatt Family and a brief run-in by Charlotte Flair and Dana Brook. Dean runs into Brock Lesnar who tries to take him to Suplex City. But Dean outfoxes him and locks him in the back of a box truck that Lesnar had him cornered. Dean fights Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho and presumably more, but it wasn’t possible to infer who else. Someone wins, but I don’t want to spoil it.

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The story cuts away to Paul Bearer and the Undertaker making plans to face the Ugandan giant, Kamala in their historic Casket Match from the 1992 WWE Survivor Series.

Dennis Hopeless’ writing is done with wit and flair on this issue. The back and forth banter among all the characters seems like things the actual wrestlers would say if they were in an action movie or television show. The art, for the most part is spot on highlighting all the details of each character very well. Although, there was one shot of Dana Brooke that doesn’t conform to the rest of the book at all. It was as if it went from highly detailed penciling to an emoji for a face. There is also one shot of Bray Wyatt that I wasn’t sure if it was Bray or Braun Strowman. Serg Acunά and Doug Marbark’s art and colors, for the majority of the first half of the book’s story is above average, some panels bordering on terrific, especially shots of Sasha Banks. On the other hand, some of the characters look much younger than they are in real life. As if the artist made them all ten years younger than they are. The second story is a very brief synopsis of the Undertaker and Paul Bearer getting ready for his match at the 1992 Survivor Series. Great dialogue and illustrations by Lan Pitts and Kelli Williams, respectively.

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Serg Acunά and Doug Marbark’s art and colors, for the majority of the first half of the story, is above average, some panels bordering on terrific, especially shots of Sasha Banks. On the other hand, some of the characters look much younger than they are in real life. As if the artist made them all ten years younger than they are. The second story is a very brief synopsis of the Undertaker and Paul Bearer getting ready for his match at the 1992 Survivor Series. Great dialogue and illustrations by Lan Pitts and Kelli Williams, respectively.

BOOM! Studios does a great job giving the WWE licensed characters a great platform in the comics genre. The story was believable if you were thinking about how it may play out in a different genre such as TV or the movies. It was a joy to read and it sets up issue nine really well if they are going with the maxi series format.

 

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