I was overjoyed when I found out that wrestling comics were out there, including WWI #24. I know it sounds ridiculous to think that there wouldn’t be wrestling comics, but it’s hard to imagine people taking wrestling serious. Growing up, admitting you liked wrestling was met with such negativity that I had to tell people I no longer watched it. But now, I’m proud to call myself a wrestling fan and I’m pumped to read comics about it.
WWE #24 is the continuation of the WWE comic series from BOOM! Studios that is written by Dennis Hopeless, illustrated by Serg Acuña with coloring by Doug Garbark, and letters by Jim Campbell. Many WWE fans will be familiar with this comic’s story since it covers the feud between Shinsuke Nakamura and AJ Styles that started off towards the beginning of 2018. It starts off with Shinsuke Nakamura watching AJ’s match against Brock Lesnar that took place at Survivor Series in 2017. After the match, Styles and Nakamura reminisce about the last match they had against each other in 2016 at the New Japan Pro Wrestling PPV Wrestle Kingdom 10. They both want to fight each other one more time, which leads Nakamura to win the 2018 Royal Rumble match. Since the winner of the match gets a championship opportunity at Wrestlemania, he declares that he wants to face Styles for the WWE Championship.
What follows is their match at Wrestlemania 34, including the low-blow that Nakamura gave to Styles. It also covers the rest of their feud, including some backstage segments that no other fans saw. It perfectly encapsulates what their entire feud and also gives us a possible explanation as to why Nakamura did what he did. Towards the end of the issue, there’s a small story about the strong friendship between Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax. That story was written by Bill Hanstock, illustrated by Kendall Goode, and lettered by Jim Campbell.
I’m not sure what better way to describe how I felt about the Nakamura vs Styles feud. Their match at Wrestle Kingdom 10 was phenomenal, pun intended, and it was one of my favorite matches of 2016. I had such high hopes that their feud would grow stronger and spent days just hyping up how amazing their first match was going to be. But as soon as Nakamura gave that low-blow to Styles, I could already tell where this was headed. Seeing Nakamura as a heel character in NJPW was always great. Seeing it in WWE didn’t capture that same quality of greatness. Their feud dragged on way too long an didn’t bring anything quite exciting in my opinion. Here’s a perfect way to just sum up how I felt about their entire feud.
However, this comic made me completely rethink the entire feud. Fans only get to see a part of their feud and we can be quick to just rush and make opinions. It reminds that there’s a lot more to wrestling than what fans see. This comic does a perfect job at reminding me why I love wrestling and why I should be proud to be a fan. I’ll surely be tunning into more of these comics. Overall, I’m very happy that I was able to read this comic. Regardless of how I felt about having to revisit the feud, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I’m happy that wrestling comics are still being made and that it’s finally getting the recognition that it deserves.
BOOM! Studios’ WWE #24 comic will be available on January 2, 2019 wherever comic books are sold.
Regardless of how I felt about having to revisit the feud, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.