From Divas To Superstars – Women’s Wrestling Evolution Kicks Off In WWE 14

by Brendan M. Allen

The top-secret story behind Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, and Bayley kicking off the Women’s Evolution that changed the WWE Universe forever begins in this issue! Plus, don’t miss the first chapter of a four-part backup story from Tini Howard (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink) and Hyeonjin Kim (Sisters of Sorrow) chronicling the rise of WWE Superstar Asuka!

Women’s professional wrestling has come a long way from seedy circus sideshows and burlesque houses. From Laura Bennett to Cora Livingstone, Mildred Burke to Madusa Miceli, Trish Stratus to Beth Phoenix, there has always been one top draw for every era. What makes the current era of women’s professional wrestling unique is that there is an insanely deep pool of talent. There isn’t one woman at the top of the mountain. There are four, the “Four Horsewomen” of NXT.

The story neatly weaves between television storylines and the reality of how these four ladies solidified their friendship while growing as performers and athletes together at NXT’s Performance Center before they were called up to the big leagues. Somehow, Dennis Hopeless balances kayfabe and reality in ways that are believable and entertaining. He has a great understanding and respect for the industry, and it comes through in every chapter.

Serg Acuna nails the likenesses and action sequences. One of my favorite interactions in this chapter features Dusty Rhodes, doing what Dusty did, inspiring young talent to make their mark on the industry. It can be insanely difficult to hit likenesses, especially with someone as universally recognizable as The American Dream. Everything from Rhodes’ expressions and posture to his deep forehead scars, is all spot on.

The backup story by Tini Howard and Hyeonjin Kim features the emergence of Asuka in NXT, who would go on to become the longest reigning NXT Women’s Champion in the title’s history.

WWE #14, published by BOOM! Studios, released 21 February 2018. Written by Dennis Hopeless, illustrated by Serg Acuna, color by Doug Garback, letters by Jim Campbell. Backup story by Trini Howard, illustrated by Hyeonjin Kim. Covers by Dan Mora, Adam Riches, Brent Schoonover, Daniel Bayliss, Audrey Mok, and Xermanico.

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