I don’t know if you’ve noticed this before, but there are a few parallels between professional wrestling and superhero comics. Both feature larger than life characters that are often adorned in bright colors and logos. They can both also feature epic tales of good versus evil. But what happens when the two worlds collide? Well, we somewhat had a taste of that when WWE Hall of Famer and New York Times Best-Selling Author Mick Foley teamed up with Papercutz to pen a comic based on the characters of the WWE. But now it looks like another former WWE Superstar will try his hand at comic book writing in 2015.
As Team Cena and Team Authority assemble to face off at WWE Survivor Series on November 23rd (which you can watch for free on the WWE Network), Marvel Comics has recently brought together a team of heavy hitters for ‘Thor Annual’ #1 in February. In addition to blockbuster writer Jason Aaron, up and coming writer Noelle Stevenson of ‘Lumberjanes’, and ‘Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman’ artist Marguerite Sauvage, the House of Ideas has summoned ring warrior CM Punk to pen a story for the former God of Thunder.
After leaving the WWE Universe earlier this year and trying his hand at a number of different things like red carpet hosting at the AP Music Awards at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Comic Con correspondent for the Nerdist, the longest reigning WWE Champion of the modern era will debut in the Marvel Universe alongside fellow Marvel newcomer Rob Guillory, the artist behind Image Comics’ ‘Chew.’ with a story about Thor trying to prove his worthiness of Mjolnir by attempting to drink all of Asgard and Midgard under the table. In an interview with Marvel.com, the Straight Edge Superstar talked about how exactly that would all play out:
“So the idea was, let’s do a story about young Thor as kind of a brash, bratty teenager who’s like, ‘I’m totally worthy of this hammer. My dad’s full of [expletive]. I don’t know why I’m not ‘worthy’ of the hammer. Look at all this cool stuff I did.’ And it’s more or less like a drinking story. He’s gonna be sitting around with a few choice characters from the Marvel Universe, and they’re all gonna be drinking, and Thor’s gonna basically be complaining about essentially why his dad won’t give him the keys to the car.”
While this may be Punk’s very first comic book story ever published, he’s no stranger to Marvel or its expansive stable of characters. Besides borrowing the Thing’s battle cry of “It’s clobberin’ time!” whenever he makes his way to the ring, Punk wrote the introduction to the hardcover edition of ‘Avengers vs. X-Men.’ As a lifelong fan of comics, obviously all of this is a dream come true, but he hopes to keep to keep going until they let him write one character in particular:
“In my mind, for some odd reason, I’ve just got this Punisher story in my head, and I think it’s super, super awesome. I can read Jason Aaron’s Punisher and everybody else’s [take on the] character and it’s good, but I think that my Punisher story is pretty badass. So everything I do for Marvel is going to be leading up to, ‘Please just let me write my Punisher story.’ So until they let me do that, you’re gonna get all kinds of other stories about all kinds of other characters until they satisfy this need I have to write Frank Castle.”
They don’t call him the Best In The World for nothing, so hopefully Punk will excel in comics as he did in the ring so that he can achieve that goal. Until then, check out the cover to ‘Thor Annual’ #1 by Rafael Albuquerque below:
What do you think about CM Punk trading in the GTS and the Anaconda Vice for the Marvel Method? What do you think the Voice of the Voiceless will have to say when he takes hold of the God of Thunder in ‘Thor Annual’ #1? Do you anticipate any of his signature pipe bombs being dropped in the pages of Marvel Comics? Let us know in the comment section.