WWE #16 Review

by Nathan Koffler on April 19, 2018

Writers: Dennis Hopeless and Tini Howard
Artists: Serg Acuña, Kendall Goode, and Hyeonjin Kim
Colorist: Doug Garbark
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Publisher: Boom! Studios

WWE #16 continue to show how much determination Bayley has while also showing us why we love her so much. Bayley’s inner dialogue is exciting to read and makes me root for her the entire time. 

In wrestling, we have seen the good guy/girl fighting "The Man" from the bottom and succeeding several times. Sometimes it gets old and sometimes I still love it. Bayley is one of those characters that I am always excited to watch and never gets stale to me. Dennis Hopeless does well at taking the common David and Goliath story and still making it really awesome. Bayley’s freakout at her apartment with Becky is a great example of this. That moment was funny, real, and charming. 

To help capture that determination in Bayley and the reality of the comic book, Serg Acuña and Kendall Goode do a great job at showing us what that looks like. We also get to see the comic book battle between Bayley and Nia Jax, which was an exciting match to watch live. I specifically remember my wife watching it with me and nervously cheering for Bayley as she attempted to bring Nia down. The match is illustrated beautifully in this issue and manages to be really exciting and intense, just like it was the night of the match.

In the last two pages, we get the third part of “Though She Be But Little, She Is Fierce.” This short story at the end of these issues shows us just how amazing and intimidating Asuka is. This third part doesn’t have action like the other two did, but is very thrilling as we get a tiny glimpse into Asuka realizing she is destined for much greater things. These little excerpts slowly revealing this Asuka story are always beautifully illustrated and this issue’s is just as stunning. 

This issue has been one of the best ones of this series so far because it had pages of action and more pages of an entertaining story of Bayley fighting for her place. Bayley continues to be a compelling character to follow and Hopeless is doing a superb job of writing her. To add a little extra awesome to this issue, we get a dramatic excerpt of Asuka’s story at the end that is two pages of beauty.

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