WWE Vol. 1
Written By: Dennis Hopeless
Artwork By: Dan Mora (Prologue), Serg Scuna (Issues 1-4)
Colors By: Doug Garbark
Cover By: Dan Mora
What You Missed
The Shield has been shattered. Seth Rollins saw to that; dismantling his former allies with a steel chair and boots to the skull.
Now he’s allied with the Authority and nothing will get in his way.
What a scumbag.
What You’ll Find Out
How does Rollin’s life change after joining The Authority? What happens when he achieves his dream and becomes champion? When it all comes crashing down, he’ll be forced to Redesign, Rebuild and Reclaim.
What Just Happened?
So I’m going to have to preface this with a couple notes. One, I’m a HUGE WWE fan and love how this ties into major characters and storylines from programming. Two, this is a 4 issue trade in one review so it’ll be a little condensed. Okay? Okay!
After demolishing his former brothers and setting out with the Authority, Seth Rollins wins a guaranteed championship opportunity. He spends months attempting to prove himself but Triple H insists he’s not ready to cash in his title shot yet. Finally he takes matters into his own hands and snatches the belt in the heist of the century at Wrestlemania!
For the next several months Seth is put through the ringer as his old Shield brethren (Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose) try and take his precious Championship. As if that wasn’t enough the Beast known as Brock Lesnar is hot on his trail as well. Fortunately thanks to some shrewd maneuvering (and lot’s of cheating) Seth escapes all these battles with his title intact.
By this point, he thinks he’s got it all, an easy life, the title and nobody on the mountain but him. He soon realizes that between press sessions, little sleep, matches, events and the like that maybe being “The Man” isn’t quite what he thought it was. In fact it crumbles around him when he blows his knee out overseas; he’s told he’ll need several months away to heal and is stripped of the title.
Sinking into a funk Seth mopes around for months. However at the sight of his old friend Roman Reigns holding the title he never lost himself, Seth has renewed vigor. He redesigns; coming up with newer, better gear. He rebuilds; training better than before to rehab his knee. He sets his sights to reclaim; the title he never lost.
As a WWE fan I LOVE this book. The art style is simple but it pops right off the page. The dialogue is true to the characters seen on TV and is more often than not funny and smart. But the best part is the peek behind the proverbial curtain.It takes WWE storylines and transposes them into the characters lives, making every onscreen moment more dramatic and personal. A beautiful and perfect fusion of WWE and comic books.