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Comic Book Review: WWE Heroes #3

June 7, 2010   ·   0 Comments

Throwing in the Towel

Comic Book Review: WWE Heroes #3

By Michael Campbell

 

 

 

WWE Heroes comic #3

 

 

  

Upon reading the first issue of WWE Heroes, I stated Essentially its a loud, swift, and easy read, that will probably hook the audience with its enthusiastic, over-the-top-tone.

I take that back.

 

Having read the third issue, I can confirm that my growing suspicions, which have mounted from the first issue, have been proven correct. This is a comic series completely out of touch with what its intended audience could possibly want. While its debut was somewhat zany and had a charm, thanks to its ludicrous pace and content, it has become mind-bogglingly dull since. It is also a series that will unfortunately not appeal to anyone who does not fall within those parameters. Worse still, if adhering to the WWEs own rules as to what is acceptable in the current PG era, this release is not actually a suitable product for its target readers.

 

Aside from those aspects, the third issue of this series is also a shoddily pieced together item. Actually, thats being kind. It really is a quivering lump of excrement. The plot has the evil Reverend Josiah holding the fans in the arena hostage, whilst forcing the superstars to engage in bouts. Except it takes the entire issue to build up one encounter (Big Show versus John Cena, John Morrison, Shawn Michaels, and Kane), which then lasts all of six pages. Then Chris Jericho returns from the dead as a guest referee. Prior to this, the superstars do NOTHING. They merely stand about in the squared circle staring at one anothers trunks. Occasionally, they bicker. Complimenting the dismal script though, is Andy Smiths disappointing artwork. Again, his work in the inaugural episode was much better. Here, many likenesses are truly abysmal (Kane looks much like Italian football referee Pierluigi Collina at times, while Mickie James has blonde hair, and John Cenas hairstyle changes from panel to panel), and in general, the art lacks detail or interest. Its just flat, and sloppy.

 

Exciting stuff this isnt. The wacky demonic aspects of WWE Heroes could work if the there was a degree of imagination and wit behind them, but there really isnt. They arent charming tales like Battlemania, or sheer perverse spectacles like the Warrior or Nash comics. Instead theyre dull and limp, and its for that reason I just cant foresee younger fans continuing to stick with the series. The book also has the sophistication of an evening with Roy Chubby Brown, and offers nothing to anyone beyond the age of ten.

 

It saddens me, because in the past Ive both enjoyed Andy Smiths Bart Spears-esque work, and the ridiculous Battlemania comics of the past. However WWE Heroes is a product that does no one justice, and is definitely one to avoid.

 

Thanks for taking the time to check this out. I welcome any and all feedback and I can be contacted on Facebook, or simply by emailing me at

 

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I look forward to hearing from you, and will be back soon!

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