Not long ago, Phil Brooks—better known to the world as wrestling superstar and former WWE Champion CM Punk—was one of the hottest performers in the Sports entertainment industry. His famous ‘pipe bomb’ style of promos had him nipping at John Cena’s heels as the top act in the industry. Fans chanted his name at arenas around the world. And then he walked away from it all. Unhappy with some off-screen aspects of WWE politics, and suffering some long-term injuries, Punk left the lucrative profession. Despite the fact that fans continued to chant for him months after his departure, he seems resolute about not coming back to the squared circle.
So what’s he been doing lately? His most recent project is writing for Marvel Comics, as the scribe for Thor annual # 1. Working with artist Rob Guillory, Punk is trying his hand in a field he’s long been a fan of. CM Punk is a confessed comic lover. He ‘borrowed’ this catch phrase “It’s Clobberin’ Time” from the Thing, and remodeled his look to resemble Wolverine. He met Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso at the San Diego Comic Con.
Punk talked to Marvel.com and WWE.com about how this came about…“I wound up talking to Axel Alonso and it was always kind of like,’Yeah, yeah. We’d love to have you do something! We’d love to have you do something.’ And you know, I was always just so busy. I think I just pestered all the right people and the right things kind of popped up. How exactly it came up, I can’t really, exactly remember. I can’t remember who said, ‘Hey. Wanna do Thor?’ You know what I mean? That pretty much blew my mind. I have to say, it’s been a long process.”
He also discusses how wrestling prepared him for this new endeavor; “I think I’m more suited for it just because I’ve been reading comic books my entire life. Wearing tights in front of thousands of people and kind of, almost play-acting, I think down the road, it might give me some sort of insight depending on what kind of characters I’m writing and what the story is, but I’m not really sure it prepared me so much for being able to script a comic book. I’m definitely prepared to fall flat on my face, I think. If anything, wrestling got me used to understanding that failure is part of a process, and the only real failure is if you don’t try. Like I could be nervous and bite my fingernails, worried that I think my book is gonna be a piece of crap, but I could be not doing it, and that would be the true failure.”
As for the storyline, Punk revealed in an interview that it’ll be about a teen Thor, who is anxious to convince his father Odin that he’s worthy of carrying the magic hammer mjolnir which was created for him to wield one day. Punk will portray Thor as a brash, bratty teenager, who is angry that his dad is not yet allowing him to carry around the weapon he will one day become so linked to.
After this, Punk is also interested in writing a Punisher story.Whether or not this is the beginning of a new career for Punk, it should be interesting to see the result of his first attempt as a comic author.