WWE Superstars #10 | Writer: Mick Foley, Shane Riches | Artist: Paris Cullins | Colorist: Laurie E. Smith | Publisher: Super Genius | Price $3.99 | From my column at Forces of Geek.com
The second installment of “Legends” rolls on as this twisted, nightmarish, game show of combat seems to know no bounds. The Undertaker enters the fray and finds himself in a battle royal against virtually every giant that has ever competed in a WWE ring.
The 6’10 phenom is considered by many to be the greatest big man in the history of professional wrestling and this plays into the story to some degree as Diesel, Kamala, Earthquake, Yokozuna and others look to extinguish this myth.
Paris Cullins illustrated The Undertaker in his original garb which matches the Wild West setting of this brawl.
Shane Riches does a great job of keeping the story on track by not allowing the reader to be overwhelmed by the plethora of content by Mick Foley, who not only knows what wrestling fans want but has his pulse on what a general audience is looking for. The introduction of the half John Cena half Hulk Hogan androids was a clever plot device because it’s a prime example of what some fans love and others despise about wrestling.
While many feel Cena is a vanilla character that can’t wrestle, he is currently WWE’s biggest star is compared to Hogan than any other past performer. There is another half and half creation and I want to talk about it so bad, but explaining it won’t do it justice. It needs to be seen to be believed which is a credit to Paris Cullins for making these illustrations look as ridiculous as it sounds from the tongue and cheek perspective that wrestling is known for while carrying the menacing vibe the narrative requires.
Laurie E. Smith’s coloring supplements the illustrations by bringing to life the various futuristic war zones the wrestlers have to travel to. What makes this particular story arc so fun is that it speaks to every facet of wrestling fan whether they are longtime aficionados or that those who stopped watching at the end of WWE’s Attitude Era.
Legends has been consistently full of surprises with a fun set of characters leading the charge.
Score: 4 out of 5