WWE #17 Review

by Nathan Koffler on May 09, 2018

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

Bayley has been my favorite superstar to follow in comic book form so far. Dennis Hopeless makes her so real and relatable which only makes her more loveable. This issue wraps up Bayley’s time in NXT by showing her two matches with Asuka and the time in between. That was an exciting and sad time when watching WWE as a Bayley fan which makes seeing Bayley handle the defeat behind the scenes really interesting. 

The issue is formatted in a way that makes it flow really smoothly. We start with the big championship match with Asuka, we then see Bayley leading up to the rematch with Asuka, and then we see the lead up to the tag-team match with Sasha, which was Bayley’s first time appearing on Raw. Every part of these events were exciting when they were happening and Dennis Hopeless along with artists Serg Acuña and Kendall Goode make them exciting to read about in comic book form.

Acuña and Goode have been great in these Bayley issues by providing so much emotion in the artwork alone. In the times that we see Bayley struggling to motivate herself after defeat, we don’t just read it, we clearly see those emotions in Bayley and her surroundings because of their artwork. The action scenes are not just regular comic book wrestling action scenes, but the artists show us Asuka’s fierceness and Bayley’s desperation in those moments. 

This issue is also the wrap up the great mini story “Though She Be But Little, She Is Fierce” by Tini Howard and Hyeonjun Kim. This story that has been told in 3 or 4 page increments over the last few issues has been amazing, It’s impressive that Howard and Kim have been able to make these short installments over four months consistently exciting. The ending of their telling of Asuka’s road to Raw ends in dramatic fashion with a run in backstage with Alexa Bliss. Seeing that meeting along with Asuka’s badass response to Alexa made me overjoyed but also sad, because these two will not be also telling that story.

Once again, this team of writers and artists have added to the collection of amazing issues with another fascinating look at Bayley and Asuka’s stories. The way both stories wrap up is satisfying and entertaining with plenty of passion, drama, and emotion sprinkled throughout. This issue is a great comic book as it is extremely fun and an easy read. Any wrestling fans at any age will definitely enjoy it.

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