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REVIEW: Can’t Keep The Man Down in WWE #4

 
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Overview
 

Story by: Dennis Hopeless, Ryan Ferrier
 
Art by: Serg Acuña, Clay McCormack
 
Colors by: Doug Garbark, Dee Cunniffe
 
Letters by: Jim Campbell
 
Cover by: Dan Mora
 
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
 
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3/ 5


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Raves


Interesting side story headlined by the Wyatt Family; on-point illustrations by artists

Rants


Somewhat bland final installment of the Seth Rollins-centered story arc of the series


To sum it all up..

The saga of Seth (Freakin’) Rollins, as written by Dennis Hopeless, comes to a close (for now) in BOOM! Studios’ WWE #4. After being barred by Triple H from setting foot inside the arena, Rollins goes past every obstacle set in his way and makes a surprise return from injury at Extreme Rules, attacking Roman […]

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Posted April 25, 2017 by

 
FULL REVIEW
 
 

The saga of Seth (Freakin’) Rollins, as written by Dennis Hopeless, comes to a close (for now) in BOOM! Studios’ WWE #4. After being barred by Triple H from setting foot inside the arena, Rollins goes past every obstacle set in his way and makes a surprise return from injury at Extreme Rules, attacking Roman Reigns after the latter successfully defended his WWE Championship against A.J. Styles.

The story does its job in highlighting the final step in reclaiming his spot at the top of the WWE ladder and solidifying his eventual feud with Triple H, but the general vibe I got while reading the issue was a mix of a finale and an epilogue. While the previous issues highlighted the rise and fall of Seth Rollins in an engaging fashion, Issue #4 didn’t exactly bring anything new to the table. However, what they lacked in storytelling for this issue, they somehow made up for in the artwork. Serg Acuña had some crafty ways to illustrate Rollins’ “crossfit ninja” evasion tactics against the army of security guards pursuing him all over the arena. I also liked Rollins’ choice of vehicles in the issue (I have a soft spot for muscle cars and sport bikes).

As for the side story, this time it’s a first-person look at Bray Wyatt, along with Randy Orton and Luke Harper, welcoming the reader (in the form of a passerby who entered the Wyatt Family Compound) “home”. Though not as chilling as an actual Wyatt Family promo seen on TV, the writing by Ryan Ferrier and the illustrations by Clay McCormack captured that ominous vibe in the comic. Also, the idea of reading the story from a first-person POV was intriguing for me. If ruining one’s eyesight wasn’t an issue, I would recommend reading this with minimal lighting for that “ghost story” feel.

WWE #4 didn’t have as much wow factor or memorable moments as its preceding installments. As a finale of the arc centered on the feud between Seth Rollins and Triple H, it was slightly above average. While I’m sure it wouldn’t be the last we’ll see of Rollins or Triple H in the series, I’m glad that the arc will be set aside for now to put others on the forefront. With BOOM! Studios already teasing that the next arc will focus on Dean Ambrose, I can only look forward to what they’ll have in store for the next few issues.

 

Photos courtesy of BOOM! Studios/WWE.com


Emjay Lapus

 
Emjay wears multiple hats -- communications specialist, aspiring Power Ranger, wrestling fan, sneakerhead, comic book reader, member of the Grizz Nation, part-time musician/full-time music lover, Grove Street OG, occasional photo/video editor (mostly memes), and protector of Earthrealm.


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