Monthly Archives: September 2010

Garrison #6 - Cover

Garrison #6

Garrison #6 - CoverWriter: Jeff Mariotte
Pencils: Francesco Francavilla
Colors: Wes Hartman
Letters: Johnny Lowe
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Shannon Eric Denton
Cover: Francesco Francavilla

(No Spoilers)
Where Sparta U.S.A. frustrated the heck out of me, in the end Garrison was successful in underwhelming me.  I tried to give this book the benefit of the doubt but ultimately it was just your average comic.

Garrison #6 - Image 1Did we get more fun Francesco Francavilla art?  Absolutely!  Plus we get some great action scenes but that’s something that this series has delivered since the beginning.  It’s the story that really made me lose interest.  We got Garrison’s origin last issue and it wasn’t a very original idea.  In this issue we do get a neat little addendum to his origin but much like Sparta U.S.A. it seemed like too little too late.

To me an average comic is one that’s entertaining but is usually forgettable.  Garrison unfortunately falls under that category.  I never got invested in the characters and the story progressed in a very predictable way.  I think I had my hopes set high because I have enjoyed Mariotte’s work in the past.  So I was surprised that he didn’t take any chances with this mini-series and take this character in a different direction.

With the shutdown of the Wildstorm Imprint, Garrison will be one of the last creator-owned titles Wildstorm ever prints.  With such an event, I just wish we would’ve gotten a better story.  But at least we’ve still got two more creator-owned titles that are wrapping up under Wildstorm’s imprint that I am thoroughly enjoying.

5 out of 10 (Average)

Wildcats #27

“Bad Medicine 1 of 4: The Broken Heart of the World” (No Spoilers)

Writer: Adam Beechen
Pencils: Tim Seeley
Inks: Andy Smith
Colors: Carlos Badilla
Letters: Wes Abbott
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Jim Chadwick
Cover: Chris Sprouse

Well, it’s no secret that I write this review within a day of hearing about the demise of the Wildstorm imprint. So needless to say, it made reading this bitter-sweet. It was a really good issue but now more than before do I really feel like I’m reading about the end of the world.

The reveal of who Aeon may seem to most that it came out of left field. But one thing about World’s End is that it definitely has catered to long-time fans. Even after hearing the villain’s true name, it was a little insert a few panels later that solidified for me who it really was. Since we already got to see many of the major Wildstorm villains appear in World’s End I had no idea who this might be. I was a little underwhelmed but I think it’s cool that Beechen took something left over from a past Wildstorm book and decided to use it here.

There are some great fights in the issue but we do have a few quite moments between the characters. These interactions in quieter moments do have a more somber feel for me now since I know the appearances of all these characters are now numbered. But, like I said, there are plenty of nice Easter eggs for longtime fans.

The villain’s plot is definitely interesting. I’m not sure if we’ll ever really get to see what he’s talking about when he explains his motives but who knows. We do have 3 issue left after all.

The twilight of the Wildstorm Universe is upon us and I for one am going to savor every last moment of it. It was an exciting issue but I wasn’t blown away by it. Either that, or I’m still reeling from the news. Regardless, I look forward to seeing how this all wraps up.

7 out of 10 (Above Average)

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 15

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 15

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Show Notes:
Welcome to another awesome episode of Wildstorm Addiction! Joe David Soliz and Ben Murphy bring you Wildstorm reviews for the weeks of September 9th and 15th 2010. Reviews including Welcome to Tranquility: One Foot in the Grave #3, Dv8: Gods and Monsters #6, Ides of Blood #2, and X-files/30 Days of Night #3.

00:00:35 – Joe welcomes everyone to Episode #15 for the weeks of September 9th and 15th 2010.

00:00:46 – Spoiler alerts warning, but all the written Wildstorm reviews at site are spoiler free unless otherwise noted.

00:01:08 – Ben reviews Welcome to Tranquility: One Foot in the Grave #3 (of 6) written by Gail Simone, with art by Horacio Domingues, and cover art by Neil Googe.

00:10:00 – Joe gives his take on Welcome to Tranquility: One Foot in the Grave #3.

00:16:25 – Joe gushes over Dv8: Gods and Monster #6 (of 8 ) written by Brian Wood, along with art by Rebekah Isaacs, and cover by Fiona Staples.

00:22:43 – Ben gives his take on Dv8: Gods and Monster #6.

00:27:24 – Ben once again tells you about the dense Ides of Blood #2 (of 6) written by Stuart C. Paul, art by Christian Duce, and cover by Michael Geiger.

00:38:23 – Thank goodness Joe can step in and fill in all of the details I glossed over about the intensely dense Ides of Blood #2.

00:45:34 – Joe reviews X-files/30 Days of Night #3 (of 6) written by Steve Niles and Adam Jones, along with interior art by Tom Mandrake, and cover by Andrea Sorrentino.

00:54:54 – Joe gives you both the print and digital Wildstorm Releases for the weeks of 9/9 through 9/15.

00:56:44 – Ben gives you are contact info which you will find below and says good night.

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X-files/30 Days of Night #3

(No Spoilers)

Writer: Steve Niles & Adam Jones
Pencils: Tom Mandrake
Colors: Darlene Royer
Letters: Ed Dukeshire
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Ben Abernathy
Cover: Andrea Sorrentino

The nightmare for Agents Mulder and Scully continues as the threat increases substantially in this issue. Niles and Jones have gone from making this feel like an X-files episode to feeling more like an X-files movie.

The layouts and the pacing take on more of a widescreen feel in this issue. Mandrake’s art seems to be getting better and I like some of the huge establishing shots he illustrates. Plus, like I’ve mentioned before, we don’t have a particular vampire character we’re following so Mandrake takes the vampires we do see and seems to give us only teases of them. Whether it’s in shadows or close-up shots, he truly gives them a beast-like quality. This is a departure from the way Niles has presented them in the past which was a mixture of the human and animalistic traits. But again, I think it’s the lack of a main vampire character (so far) that drives this notion.

The characterization is still spot on as Mulder continues to insert humor even in the most dire situation while Scully is ever the skeptic as the unexplainable happens around her. They also get into a pretty intense action scene towards the end. It’s not something I’m used to seeing with them but the unexpectedness of it added to the suspense.

The story is still moving along nicely. We didn’t learn as much as I would’ve liked this issue but we traded that for a great action scene. I think what made it more suspenseful is that I’ve been wondering how Mulder and Scully will survive against such a dangerous foe. I got a taste of that here.

The series is continuing to be a great read each month. I’m confident that the remaining issues will be just as enjoyable. Niles proves time and time again that he knows how to write a good comic. Now with Adam Jones providing some insight, it appears the two work really well together. A solid read each month and one that is worth checking out if you still haven’t.

8 out of 10 (On its way to greatness!)