Friday, August 18, 2017

Rasslin' with Comics: SummerSlam 2017 special

 WWE SummerSlam 2017 Special #1 ($7.99 Boom Studios)
Writer:  Various 
Artist:  Various

SummerSlam is WWE's biggest event of the summer, and Boom Studios is capitalizing with a special one shot comic book that celebrates the biggest party of the summer.
The one shot is made up of several small stories based on classic (and some not so classic) SummerSlam matches.  Each story has a different creative team. I'll break down my thoughts on each story then give my overall opinion. 

"I've wined and dined with Kings and Queens"
The story takes place during the SummerSlam 1990 match between Dusty Rhodes Vs. "Macho King" Randy Savage.  There was a lot of artistic license taken on this one.  A fan of Macho switches allegiances because, well because Macho was a jerk to him. My favorite part of the tale was that it featured the Philadelphia Spectrum, a building near and dear to my heart.

"In the Mandible of Madness" 
A cerebral tale of the very physical "Boiler Room Brawl" between between The Undertaker and Mankind.  This felt like a tale right from the 90's Chaos Comics Undertaker series, and that is a good thing.   Definitely the strongest tale in the comic.

"The New Day's Optimistic Odyssey part 5"
This had nothing to do with SummerSlam, but has been a tale running throughout the Boom WWE books.  It's an odd time travel adventure with New Day.  Funny, but out of place. They should collect this and release it.

"The Natural Disasters VS The Bushwhackers"
This one is a straight up comic strip. Very cartoonish art and silly tale of Luke and Butch crashing the victory party of the Natural Disasters.  It's pretty goofy but I liked it, especially the caricatures of the WWE Superstars.

"Give the Demon his due"
Seth Rollins is haunted by a Demon (King) on his way to the Universal Title Match at last years SummerSlam.  I really liked this one, I think Boom could make some really good supernatural comics with characters like the Demon King, Bray Wyatt and Undertaker.

Overall this book is a fairly good look back at SummerSlam.  Some of the choices were unusual but it made for a well rounded book.  Much better than the Wrestlemania special from last year.  I think the $7.99 price tag is a little high for it.  If you love comics and WWE, this could be a fun way to enhance this weekends event.

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