WWE #1

Writer: Dennis Hopeless, Ross Thibodeaux Artist: Rob Guillory, Serg Acuna Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: January 18, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 4
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BOOM! Studios is proud to present the most authentic line of ongoing WWE comics. Each issue will feature your favorite Superstars in stories that go beyond what you've ever seen on TV. The first story arcs detail the "Breaking of The Shield." Seth Rollins. Roman Reigns. Dean Ambrose. Together they formed The Shield, one of the most dominant factions in WWE history-until the ultimate opportunist Seth chose to betray the group at the behest of Triple H, the "King of Kings" who has cemented himself as the authority in control of WWE. Now, eager to prove himself, Seth is on the hunt for the WWE Championship, a journey that will send him on a coll more

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - Patrick Ross Jan 17, 2017

    There are some oddities (why is Triple H eating a chicken leg before his fight against Sting at WrestleMania 31?), and some minor quibbles (even in the fantasy land of comic books, the Curb Stomp is whitewashed from the record books–this time retconned into a Pedigree), but all in all, WWE #1 is a great comic book for wrestling fans, and a great wrestling introduction for comic fans. And as someone who's both, it's a must read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - C.K. Stewart Jan 17, 2017

    WWE #1, from the start of Hopeless' tale to the end of Thibodeaux, is an engaging issue that fleshes out the on-camera characters of these superstars with relatable motivations while embracing wrestling's' unusual quirks and showcasing the physical skill required to put on these matches night after night. It's an excellent licensed adaptation all around, and absolutely one of the best wrestling comics to date. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Colin Ginter Feb 16, 2017

    All in all it was enjoyable read. As a fan of WWE it was both awesome but mildly frustrating. The awesomeness stems from the dynamic art style which effortlessly captures the intensity of a WWE match. As well as telling a story that goes beyond the ring yet still ties into real events. However the trouble with using history is that a few of the matches and moments we bear witness to are out of order or misused. I could chalk this up to a case of memory loss but some of it just seemed a tad off. But despite that minor complaint I wholeheartedly recommend BOOM Studios WWE to ANYONE who is a fan of the product on TV. This is an amazing debut and am only excited to see where this goes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Heroes Direct - Dan Hanson Jan 18, 2017

    WWE #1 also gives us our first look at behind the scenes with the WWE superstars after match's and recaps all the way to that memorable night at Wrestlemania 31 where Seth Rollins won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. This is an absolutely fantastic first issue with the storyline flowing perfectly from scene to scene. It's safe to say that we are excited to see what is installed in the rest of the series from BOOM! Studios. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Allie Bustion Aug 23, 2017

    The next arc, starting with the Roman Empire, will be about the final member of the Shield: Roman Reigns. Im definitely looking forward to where this one will go, considering Romans tumultuous relationship with the crowds and the events that came to pass with Money in the Bank 2016. If you want spoilers and context, check out that pay-per-view. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Multiversity Comics - Jess Camacho Jan 19, 2017

    "WWE" #1 is a strong start for the kind of wrestling comic book I've wanted the WWE to commit to for years. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 18, 2017

    WWE fans and newbies alike will find plenty to like in BOOM's new series. This first issue pays loving tribute to the source material while striving to add new depth to iconic wrestlers like Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. It's not as visually dynamic as the Then. Now. Forever. #1 special, but it still has its moments in that regard, too. Heck, this series is worth reading just for the lovably goofy backup storyline. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jan 18, 2017

    An impressive start for WWE #1 as well. If you've been following a lot of BOOM! Studios' licensed books up to now then there wasn't much to fear about how this first issue would turn out. This was the right creative team to make sure of that too. The name of the game is entertainment, and this was entertaining from start to finish. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin Jan 23, 2017

    On the whole it's a clean win for WWE #1, and good enough to make readers want to tap out for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Brett I Jan 18, 2017

    This comic managed to capture the mythos of a misunderstood and sometimes hard to grasp medium of professional wrestling. As a comic fan, Im hooked by the story and characters. As a wrestling fan, these athletes always have my attention. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kristopher Grey Jan 27, 2017

    If you are not a current WWE fan, reading the one-shot from last November is necessary. It provides background of The Shield and destruction of the faction. Also, its just damn good to read and look at. As a hardcore wrestling and comic book fan, spending my money on a kayfabe WWE comic after already loving the one-shot was one of the easiest decisions this week. It is all-ages friendly, even with all the punches, suplexes, and knees to the face (at least no violence a child wouldnt already see on the televised shows). The ending set up some good major conflict for issues to come. Im interested in seeing how far they stick with Rollins story arc, and when/if they will jump to a new wrestler. Both the one-shot and issue #1 have been remarkable. There are other WWE comics, but these monthly releases will prove to be the most remarkable. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Wesley Messer Jan 18, 2017

    Now it is time for the wrap-up to this WWE Comic adventure.Here's one thing to note, if you're not a WWE fan you may not get a lot out of this. That being said if you're curious about WWE and aspects of the product, I say give this a shot. If you're already a fan, I can recommend it fairly easily. It's not perfect, but for the most part, it is fun. It's one of the better WWE comics I have seen in a long time and I look forward to seeing how it develops in the months to come. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerds On The Rocks - Jan 23, 2017

    Nothing wrong with the book, but it really doesn't excite no take enough creative liberties to be fun. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Kieran Fisher Jan 19, 2017

    In summary, WWE #1 is well worth a read if youre a wrestling fan or even mildly intrigued by its shenanigans. And its much better than Monday Night Raw, so youd be better off just reading this as opposed to watching three hours of that every week. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Flickering Myth - Luke Owen Jan 18, 2017

    Who is this comic for? Outside of children WWE's biggest demographic – and the ones with the most cash to burn – are the diehard fansin their 20s and 30s. WWE #1isn't really made for children, but it doesn't appeal to the diehard fans either.The artwork is great and all, but you would have to be a serious fan of WWE to go out of your way to check this out. It's good and there is some room for growth in future issues, but this is just an average outing for the time being. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jan 18, 2017

    I skipped the backup story because I didn't find it to be that funny the first time. It's a squandered potential and frankly a page filler. I won't be back to check out future issues. This concept doesn't interest me, and if it does for some reason interest others, then it's likely that they're blind loyalists to the WWE brand and that the content inside never mattered, to begin with. For me, I love comics; I enjoy wrestling, but I will always need a story to care about inside my comics, not just branding and a pretty cover. Read Full Review

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