WWE Comics Issue 5
This comic starts a new arc and represents a little bit of branching out from the first four issues which were about Seth Rollins’ rise and fall. The issue starts with Dean Ambrose after his Asylum match with Chris Jericho. Since I really haven’t gotten a clear image from WWE about who Dean is supposed to be, the opening dialogue does a lot of work to create a voice I wouldn’t mind hearing more from him: just a normal guy, not a genetic freak or authority golden boy, just someone who’s gotten the absolute tar beaten out of him and keeps going. It works throughout the issue as he’s confronted by Brock Lesnar after trying to steal the alternator from his car and helping Sasha Banks fend off a backstage attack from Charlotte Flair.
A weird note that I must have missed because I haven’t watched that much of wrestling at this time period but Charlotte’s main dig against Sasha is that Flair is genetically superior and that Sasha has bad genes which I guess if WWE is ok with spousal abuse and sexual assault, they’re ok with old fashioned Aryan eugenics as well.
Ambrose proceeds to steal the alternator from Lesnar who is drawn so well here, just this tower of hate and violence who takes an axe to Dean’s car because Ambrose calls it by name. Dean snaps and beats Lesnar with the alternator and drives off only to have his car break down and receive a ride from Sasha, ending the issue.
The short piece at the end is Kofi and Big E fighting random unicorn incarnations with Xavier in the wings for…..some reason? It’s not really explained and feels like it’s a part of a larger story that hasn’t been shown yet. Easily the weakest of five books so far.
It’s a decent enough issue to set up both potential friendships (that I don’t think were ever manifested in the shows) and rivalries between people you normally wouldn’t see in matches against each other. It, again, does a better job at setting these stories than WWE has been (something you’ll hear repeated again and again in here, I’m sure). It’s easy to see in this issue why Dean and Brock, both fetishizing their beloved cars, getting into a massive brawl because of their automotive fixations. Seeing this little bit of Charlotte, I really can’t get behind the glamorous Nazi bloodline gimmick, especially in the current political landscape and am confused as to why it was introduced at all other than to give Sasha a great chance to shine. It’s a fun issue, well-drawn if sounding a little too similar to Seth Rollins in terms of pacing and monologue tone.
Written by: Aaron Dawson