Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Artist: Serg Acuña
Release Date: 26th April 2017
Seth Rollins’ return at Extreme Rules 2016 was one of the standout moments in WWE last year as he rushed the ring and attacked Roman Reigns after the Big Dog’s successful WWE championship defence over AJ Styles. This comic tells the supposed kayfabe story of how Rollins made it from his hospital bed to the ring against the machinations of Triple H, an army of security goons and the various heels of the WWE locker room.
It’s an entertaining ride, with some genuinely funny characterisation – Rollins smoothly sliding over the hood of his sports car only to find it backed in by a lorry, or hiding in plain sight dressed in the New Day’s trademark dayglo merchandise for example – mixed with some moments that seems like they’re supposed to be cool one liners but just come across as really flat.
Acuña’s artwork does a good job of keeping the sense of movement going, with the action panels – Rollins on a motorbike, security staff getting washed along the hall and the backstage fight with Kevin Owens – all being impactful in exactly the way that was needed. There does seem to be some spotty approaches to drawing the human body, with Chris Jericho’s abs looking like a melted pile of plastic at one points and a few other examples of uncanny valley body position and proportion going on, which is all the more jarring as it’s not a consistent aesthetic throughout the strip.
The colours and letters do their job well, with a few standout moments as Rollins finally hits the ring and when he’s roaring his frustrations earlier on respectively.
All in all this is a fun strip which will amuse WWE fans of all ages, but especially the youth market that BOOM! Studios are obviously aiming at here.
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