It’s one of the most durable licenses in comics: the WWE. And this time, Boom! is doing the honors, as revealed in the LA Times with a John Cena illo by Jamal Campbell.
“Here at Boom! we’re thrilled to be a part of WWE’s return to the comic book medium,” said Boom! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “The WWE Universe is a passionate fanbase, and we aim to provide them with the comic series they’ve always wanted — a series featuring their favorite Superstars and storylines, a series that highlights the incredible history of the brand. An authentic series that matters.”
IGN has more details on the line’s debut at SDCC with a set of six, one-page comics entitled “WWE: Then. Now. Forever” that sell for $5:
Each of these comics will feature a pinup illustration on one side and a one-page “info-comic” on the reverse side that explores that wrestler’s background and history in the ring. Three of these comics will focus on current wrestlers (Now), two will focus on retired favorites (Then) and the final comic will spotlight a legendary member of the WWE pantheon (Forever).
Rob Guillory drew The New Day tag team, who will appear at the Boom booth. The info comics are drawn by drawn by Daniel Bayliss, colored by Doug Garbark and lettered by Jim Campbell. More will be revealed at a panel in Room 7AB on Saturday, July 23.
Previous WWE/F comics have come from Valiant, Image, Chaos, Titan, Papercutz and many more. While these Boom books look lively, if you want to read something before then, we recommend the excellent Headlocked series which features realistic stories, often written by actual wrestlers; and the truly gonzo WWE Superstars by Mick Foley.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.