NXT Takeover: The Blueprint #1 Review

by Nathan Koffler on September 05, 2018

Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Artist: Jake Elphick
Colorist: Doug Garbark
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Publisher: Boom! Studios

This new NXT Takeover series takes us on a nice trip back to 2012 to the beginning of NXT in all of its glory. Even more interestingly, we get to follow along on a tour of the NXT training facility with Dusty Rhodes as the tour guide. This setup couldn’t not be fun if it tried. 

Dennis Hopeless is a fantastic writer specifically when he writes different wrestlers’ dialogue. Sometimes wrestlers have such a unique way of speaking that I doubt that reading them speak in a comic book is going to be believable in my head. Hopeless always seems to capture the way these wrestlers speak perfectly and it makes reading their dialogue delightful because I can hear them clearly in my head. 

Dusty Rhodes had a very unique way of speaking and it is perfectly written out for this issue. Hopeless also captures Dusty’s lovely demeanor which makes following him around even more welcoming. We get to meet several WWE stars when they were in NXT perfecting their skills and developing their characters. This is always an amusing perspective because I enjoy seeing wrestlers that are great at what they do now in their early days hustling to become the amazing wrestlers and characters that I now love.

To further perfectly depict Dusty Rhodes, Jake Elphick remarkably illiustrates Dusty’s mannerisms and even his hilarious dance moves. Elphick also does a fantastic job at making the things these wrestlers do backstage look epic, from their arguments to their pancake eating. 

NXT Takeover: The Blueprint is an entertaining extra to have from WWE comics that contains a lot of heart. That essence is there because of how well Dennis Hopeless portrays Dusty Rhodes and the other hardworking young wrestlers. Everything about this issue is enjoyable and other wrestling fans will definitely appreciate it.

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