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Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 50

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 50

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Show Notes: Welcome to a another episode of Wildstorm Addiction, two months in a row! Our resident Wildstorm experts Joe David Soliz & Benjamin Murphy review Midnighter #2 (2015).

00:00:40  – Joe welcomes everyone to episode #50 and gives the obligatory spoiler alerts warning (but really if you haven’t read any of these issues, you didn’t miss anything this past year). Remember, all written reviews on the website are spoiler free and usually get posted within a day of print release (Joe’s not doing anymore written reviews, for shame!).

00:01:06  – Joe continues with some SDCC “news” and follows up on some great listener mail.

00:04:01 – Listener Mail from 2014!!!

00:09:33 – Ben reviews Midnighter #2, released on July 1 and written by Steve Orlando with art by Aco, cover by Aco with variant cover Kevin Wada.

00:23:27 – Joe gives an update on other Wildstorm related sighting and tie-ins from the other DCU 52 issues for the past month. Zilch!

00:25:06 – Joe gives a run-down on the upcoming books and character appearances  in the new DCU June 2015 relaunch. Remember, all these books are available digitally the same day as the print release at the DC section of www.comixology.com

  • For the week of 8/05 – MIDNIGHTER #3 – Midnighter’s up against Multiplex, the man with the power of infinite self-replication—in other words, all his dreams are coming true! Infinite clones mean infinite bones to break…
  • For the week of 9/02 – MIDNIGHTER#4 –  Grayson and Midnighter—reunited at last! Granted, it wasn’t Grayson’s idea, and yes, technically Midnighter might have kidnapped him. And, uh, brought him to Moscow to fight a herd of feral vampires. Maybe this reunion is getting off on the wrong foot…
  • For the week of 10/07 – MIDNIGHTER #5 – Grayson and Midnighter have finally cornered the man selling the tech that was stolen from the God Garden! Unfortunately for them, he’s saved all the best toys for himself! Somebody’s not leaving Russia alive

00:27:44 – Ben gives some quick shout out’s to the new Facebook version of the Clark’s Bar: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1036575389702716/.  Get twice the Valiant coverage now with our friends of the show from the Only the Valiant podcast at http://www.onlythevaliant.com. We also want to mention our friends over at www.culturalwormhole.com and their Valiant Future podcast where Joe has been a regular co-host for over a year now.

00:28:33 – Ben continues with the contact details as shown below.The opening music is “Universal Domain” by Dreamline which can be found at http://www.musicalley.com.
Contact info:
Joe: http://twitter.com/joedavidsoliz
Wildstorm Addiction: http://twitter.com/wildstormaddict
Post your comments for each episode on the wildstormaddiction.com!
Email us: wildstormaddiction@gmail.com (Reinstated, bring on some new listener mail!).
Facebook Fan Page: Wildstorm Addiction Podcast Fan Page
Our show is now on Stitcher! Listen to us on your iPhone, Android Phone, Kindle Fire and other devices with Stitcher. Stitcher is Smart Radio for Your phone or tablet. Find it in your app store or at stitcher.com The latest episode is always available for you- no syncing needed… and no memory or storage wasted! Stitcher SmartRadio- The Smarter Way to listen to radio.

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 49

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 49

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 49Subscribe to the show: RSS Feed | iTunes

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Show Notes: Welcome to a brand new amazing yet one year late episode of Wildstorm Addiction! Our resident Wildstorm experts Joe David Soliz & Benjamin Murphy review Midnighter #1 (2015) and discuss the completion of both Future’s End and Convergence events, as well as some other Wildstorm appearances in the DCU (no longer the New 52).

00:00:01  – Ben welcomes everyone to episode #49 and gives the obligatory spoiler alerts warning (but really if you haven’t read any of these issues, you didn’t miss anything this past year). Remember, all written reviews on the website are spoiler free and usually get posted within a day of print release (Joe’s not doing anymore written reviews, for shame!).

00:01:42  – We’re back yet again after an entire year in the making! Ben continues with a paltry amount of “Wildstorm” related news collected over the past year’s time, if that’s what we’re calling it these days.

  • The Divine Right Hardcover scheduled for a Dec. 2014 release never happened. Instead they released a massive 400 page softcover(paperback) edition. This is a great way to catch up on Max’s story if you’ve never gotten the chance to read this title and it’s crossover event into Gen13 and Wildcats.
  • The Authority Heroclix came out in the next set, DC Heroclix: The Flash. Ben went crazy and somehow got them all. Some are very common and cheap (Jack Hawksmoore, Swift, Apollo, and The Doctor), some are not too bad (Midnighter), and others are a bit too pricey (Jenny Sparx, The Engineer).
  • The podcast is now five years old, but we haven’t yet cracked the 50 mark! Sounds a lot like some Wildstorm titles…well most Wildstorm titles that I know of.

00:03:47 – Joe reviews the first issue of an old Wildstorm character in a solo title spun out of the Grayson series, Midnighter #1, written by Steve Orlando with art by ACO and cover art by ACO; variant cover by Bryan Hitch(The original Authority artist).

00:19:11 – Ben gives an update on other Wildstorm related sighting and tie-ins from the other DCU 52 issues within the past year. Big thanks and shout out to John Pannozzi from Clark’s Bar (now on Facebook only) for helping us keep up with these appearances!!!

  • Future’s End #0,1(FC),3-4, 7-10, 13, 15, 17-18, 25-27, 32-34, 36 (FC) – Grifter appearances (FC = Front Cover)
  • Future’s End #1, 12, 16, 24-25, 32-37 – Apollo and Engineer “Stormwatch” appearances, The Engineer gets “hacked” yet again
  • Future’s End #1, 9 – Midnighter appearances
  • Grayson #1, 2, 4, 5, 6 – Midnighter appearances; introduced to the “God Garden” and the Gardener (new character that created the Midnighter), Grayson #4-5 had appearances by Apollo as well
  • Convergence #0 – WildC.A.T.s (1992) #1 cover art shown in the Who’s Who in Convergence back pages; this team is never shown in any of the other Convergence titles (cut yet again or more to come post Convergence?)
  • Convergence #1 – Shows original Gen 13 team in Telos’ convergence “matrix city viewer”
  • Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle #2 – Divergence: Midnighter “Sneak Peek”, 8 full pages of Midnighter preview, all new content not repeated in Midnighter #1…more of a prelude than a preview.
  • Convergence #7 – Apollo and Engineer “Stormwatch” appearance
  • Convergence: Aquaman #1-2 – Deathblow appearances
  • Convergence: Superman The Man of Steel #1-2 – Gen 13 appearances
  • Convergence: Shadow of the Bat #1-2 – Wetworks appearances

00:29:12 – Ben continues by giving a run-down on the upcoming books and character appearances  in the new DCU June 2015 relaunch. Remember, all these books are available digitally the same day as the print release at the DC section of www.comixology.com

  • For the week of 7/01 – MIDNIGHTER #2 – Marina Lucas woke up this morning as a suburban martial-arts instructor…but when God Garden tech unexpectedly falls into her lap, she’ll end the day as the deadliest woman on the planet! That’s bad news for her – and worse for the Midnighter!
  • For the week of 8/05 – MIDNIGHTER #3 – Midnighter’s up against Multiplex, the man with the power of infinite self-replication—in other words, all his dreams are coming true! Infinite clones mean infinite bones to break…
  • For the week of 9/02 – MIDNIGHTER#4 –  Grayson and Midnighter—reunited at last! Granted, it wasn’t Grayson’s idea, and yes, technically Midnighter might have kidnapped him. And, uh, brought him to Moscow to fight a herd of feral vampires. Maybe this reunion is getting off on the wrong foot…

00:31:02 – Joe gives some quick shout out’s to Clark’s Bar. Which the original message board has ceased to exist. But Clark’s Bar the FB group is alive and well with our 11 members https://www.facebook.com/groups/1036575389702716/.  Get twice the Valiant coverage now with our friends of the show from the Only the Valiant podcast at http://www.onlythevaliant.com. We also want to mention our friends over at www.culturalwormhole.com and their Valiant Future podcast where Joe has been a regular co-host for over a year now.

00:33:21 – Joe continues with the contact details as shown below.The opening music is “Universal Domain” by Dreamline which can be found at http://www.musicalley.com.
Contact info:
Joe: http://twitter.com/joedavidsoliz (I have changed my Twitter)
Wildstorm Addiction: http://twitter.com/wildstormaddict
Post your comments for each episode on the wildstormaddiction.com!
Email us: wildstormaddiction@gmail.com.
Facebook Fan Page: Wildstorm Addiction Podcast Fan Page
Our show is now on Stitcher! Listen to us on your iPhone, Android Phone, Kindle Fire and other devices with Stitcher. Stitcher is Smart Radio for Your phone or tablet. Find it in your app store or at stitcher.com The latest episode is always available for you- no syncing needed… and no memory or storage wasted! Stitcher SmartRadio- The Smarter Way to listen to radio.

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 48

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 48

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 48Subscribe to the show: RSS Feed | iTunes

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Show Notes: Welcome to a brand new amazing yet one year late episode of Wildstorm Addiction! Our resident Wildstorm experts Joe David Soliz & Benjamin Murphy review Stormwatch #21-30 and Future’s End #0-1, as well as some other Wildstorm appearances in the new DCU 52.

00:00:00  – Joe welcomes everyone to episode #48 and forgets to give his spoiler alerts warning (but really if you haven’t read any of these issues, you didn’t miss anything this past year). Remember, all written reviews on the website are spoiler free and usually get posted within a day of print release (really Joe?).

00:02:12  – Joe continues with a pale amount of Wildstorm related news collected over the past year’s time.

  • We’re back! After a longer hiatus than anticipated but probably a much needed one for the both of us. Stormwatch #21-30 other Wildstorm appearances in the DCU New 52. (SPOILERS WARNING)
  • Divine Right: The Adventures of Max Faraday issues up at comixology.
    Deathblow Deluxe Edition Hardcover just released in March with the softcover coming in Jan. 2015. Collects #1-12 plus story from Darker Image #1. Also Divine Right Hardcover scheduled for Dec. 2014. DC gearing up to use these characters somehow?
  • More Wildstorm Heroclix in the recently released Superman and the Legion of Superheroes set which includes a Daemonite, Helspont, Mr. Majestic and Ladytron. AND The Authority is coming in the next set, DC Heroclix: The Flash on Oct. 15 (my bday, thank you Wiz Kids!). So far only a pic of Midnighter has been released.
  • The podcast is 4 years old!
  • Future’s End News: Well, in five years’ time, Stormwatch is still called Stormwatch, not The Authority and they have a couple of new members. Via – Bleeding Cool
  • The Movement canceled ending with issue #12 in May, featured Wildstorm character Rainmaker.

00:07:18 – Ben starts our final yearly wrap up of Stormwatch run from issues #21-30 mostly written by Jim Starlin with art by Yvel Guichet except for #30 which was written by Sterling Gates with art by Jeremy Roberts. We touch a bit on what Jim Lee had to say in an interview from CBR about the state of the Wildstorm characters and their misses and misses in integrating into the new DCU.

Jim Lee’s comments on state of Wildstorm from CBR- “We like to say we’re finding our way. [Laughs] I think when we started the New 52, we had a bunch of Wildstorm characters in there, and they were really being handled by New York editors. They would often ask me, “Do you like this take? Do you think this is cool?” And my response to them was, “Look, I want your take on the characters. We spent many years doing our take on the West Coast and I’d love to see them through the filter of the New York office. You guys deal with these iconic characters like Superman and Batman. Where do characters like Grifter and some of these other WildC.A.T.S. or former Gen13 members — where do they fit into this mythology, how do they fit in?” Like everything you do creatively, there were some hits and misses. That said, I think we’ve held back on a couple of franchises like “Gen13” and “WildC.A.T.S.” and that’s something I want to be more directly involved with. When the time comes, we’ll put those out and hopefully, Wildstorm fans will be happy.”

00:17:52 – Joe touches on the Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox animated movie which features a great representation of Grifter. Grifter hasn’t been seen on the small screen for almost 15 years!

00:18:20 – Joe covers the Free Comic Book Day Future’s End #0 and the now weekly issues #1 written by Brian Azzarello. Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen with art by Patrick Zircher (did Shadowman for Valiant) and cover by Ryan Sook.

00:29:28 – Ben gives an update on other Wildstorm related sighting and tie-ins from the other DCU 52 issues within the past year. Massive thanks to Titan from Clark’s Bar for helping us keep up with these appearances!!!

  • All-Star Western #17-20 – Stormwatch backup
  • Superman #27 – Helspont cameo at the end
  • Red Hood Outlaws 14, Superman 27, 29 – Various Helspont appearances
  • Movement 2, 3, 4, 8 – Gen 13’s Rainmaker
  • Suicide Squad 23, Birds of Prey 25 – Gen 13’s Lynch appearances
  • Batman/Superman 8, 9, Worlds’ Finest 20, 21, Birds of Prey 24 – Kaizen Gamorra appearances (as Regalus, Kaizen merged with a Team 7 character)

00:33:30 – Ben continues by giving a run-down on the upcoming books and character appearances  in the new DCU relaunch. Remember, all these books are available digitally the same day as the print release at the DC section of www.comixology.com

  • For the week of 5/07 FUTURE’S END #1 –  Grifter appearance
  • For the week of 5/14 FUTURE’S END #2 –  No confirmed appearances
  • For the week of 5/21 FUTURE’S END #3 –  No confirmed appearances
  • For the week of 5/28 FUTURE’S END #4 – Stormwatch appearance

00:35:17 – Joe gives some quick shout out’s starting with Chris Striker’s The Higher Authority’s message boards Clark’s Bar to continue the Wildstorm integration discussions among long time Wildstorm fans at http://theauthority.ws.  Also check out our friends of the show, the Image Addiction podcast as they cover new releases from Image Comics and The Savage FINcast as they cover The Savage Dragon. Both can be found at http://www.comicaddiciton.net. Get twice the Valiant coverage now with our friends of the show from the Only the Valiant podcast at http://www.onlythevaliant.com. We also want to mention our friends over at www.culturalwormhole.com and their Valiant Future podcast where Joe is a now a pimpmacdaddyregular-host. Finally check out our buddy Chris Arrant over at www.comicbookresources.com.

00:38:27 – Joe continues with the contact details as shown below.The opening music is “Universal Domain” by Dreamline which can be found at http://www.musicalley.com.
Contact info:
Joe: http://twitter.com/joedavidsoliz (I have changed my Twitter)
Wildstorm Addiction: http://twitter.com/wildstormaddict
Post your comments for each episode on the wildstormaddiction.com!
Email us: wildstormaddiction@gmail.com.
Facebook Fan Page: Wildstorm Addiction Podcast Fan Page
Our show is now on Stitcher! Listen to us on your iPhone, Android Phone, Kindle Fire and other devices with Stitcher. Stitcher is Smart Radio for Your phone or tablet. Find it in your app store or at stitcher.com The latest episode is always available for you- no syncing needed… and no memory or storage wasted! Stitcher SmartRadio- The Smarter Way to listen to radio.

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 47

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 47

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 47Subscribe to the show: RSS Feed | iTunes

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Show Notes: Welcome to another episode of Wildstorm Addiction! Our resident Wildstorm experts Joe David Soliz & Benjamin Murphy review Stormwatch #20, Ravagers #12and Team 7 #8, as well as some other Wildstorm appearances in the new DCU 52.

00:00:00  – Ben welcomes everyone to episode #47 and gives his spoiler alerts warning. Remember, all written reviews on the website are spoiler free and usually get posted within a day of print release. This month on our “Friends of Wildstorm” series, where we bring on a lifelong or recently converted  fans of the Wildstorm Universe, we have Titanthrope (who asked that his identity remain confidential) and is a regular at Clark’s Bar and one of the last die-hard Wildstorm fans next to Joe, myself, and Chris Striker.

00:05:42  – Ben continues the slowing Wildstorm related news as it pertains to the current books in the DCU.

  • The only news for us is that we have decided to take a hiatus for the summer. Now that we’ll only have one title to review we just thought it would be a good time to take a breather (we only do 1 show a month as it is now right? Such pansies!!). As of now, Stormwatch #23 is solicited for August with No Final Issue tag (thank God!). The rumor is that this year’s New 52 September event will be villains month where the villains will take over each title for the month. I’m putting my bets on it being Lobo and also possibly being the final issue of Stormwatch. Maybe the BleadingCool “Max Faraday” trademarking rumor will spice things up a bit. But at this point I’d say that’s a stretch and can easily be peddled as Jim’s pet project, not Wildstorm specific.

00:09:25 – Joe starts our final monthly reviews off with the holdout title of Stormwatch issue #20. Released on 5/01, written by Jim Starlin with art by Yvel Guichet and cover by Jim Starlin.

00:18:35 – Our guest and friend of the show, Titanthrope, keeps it going with the review of the final issue of Team 7 #8. Released on 5/08, written by Justin Jordan with art by Jesus Merino with cover by Gary Frank.

00:26:57 – Ben gives his review of the final issue of Ravagers #12. Released on 5/08, written by Michael Alan Nelson & Tony Bedard with art by Diogenes Neves and cover by Ken Lashley. (Rant much Ben? Dude you need some pills or something!) The Authority baddie we were referring to was Seth, not Zed.

00:43:33 – Joe gives an update on other Wildstorm related sighting and tie-ins from the other DCU 52 issue #20’s that have released this month.

  • 4/24 All-Star Western #19 – Stormwatch backup story (according to solicits, appears to conclude in July’s issue #22)
  • 5/08 Deathstroke #20 – Last Issue: John Lynch and Majestic appearances to help end this title

00:47:01 – Joe continues by giving a run-down on the upcoming books and character appearances  in the new DCU relaunch. Remember, all these books are available digitally the same day as the print release at the DC section of www.comixology.com

  • For the week of 6/05
    • STORMWATCH #21 While searching for the truth about the Kollective, the team runs straight into the arms of Lobo! (Subsequent issues usually scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month. Pick them up and join us at the end of the summer to discuss!)
  • For the week of 5/22
    • ALL-STAR WESTERN #20 And in the backup story, a never before seen Stormwatch team takes the spotlight!

00:49:50 – Joe gives some quick shout out’s starting with Chris Striker’s The Higher Authority’s message boards Clark’s Bar to continue the Wildstorm integration discussions among long time Wildstorm fans at http://theauthority.ws.  Also check out our friends of the show, the Image Addiction podcast as they cover new releases from Image Comics and The Savage FINcast as they cover The Savage Dragon. Both can be found at http://www.imageaddiciton.net. Get twice the Valiant coverage now with our friends of the show from the Only the Valiant podcast at http://www.onlythevaliant.com. We also want to mention our friends over at www.culturalwormhole.com and their Valiant Future podcast where Joe now guest-hosts.

00:51:28 – Ben continues with the contact details as shown below.The opening music is “Universal Domain” by Dreamline which can be found at http://www.musicalley.com.
Contact info:
Joe: http://twitter.com/joedavidsoliz (I have changed my Twitter)
Wildstorm Addiction: http://twitter.com/wildstormaddict
Post your comments for each episode on the wildstormaddiction.com!
Email us: wildstormaddiction@gmail.com.
Facebook Fan Page: Wildstorm Addiction Podcast Fan Page
Our show is now on Stitcher! Listen to us on your iPhone, Android Phone, Kindle Fire and other devices with Stitcher. Stitcher is Smart Radio for Your phone or tablet. Find it in your app store or at stitcher.com The latest episode is always available for you- no syncing needed… and no memory or storage wasted! Stitcher SmartRadio- The Smarter Way to listen to radio. (p.s. – We have two regular subscribers to the Stitcher feed. Glad I set this up!!)

00:53:10 – Joe will be at the big anime convention in Dallas called A-kon, May 31-June 2 helping promote my friend’s upcoming video game Mech Knight Chronicles which is from Dinosaur Games.  They can be found at www.dinosaurentertainment.com. We also got green-lit on Steam so if you have a Steam account please vote YES for us! http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=137877429 Joe_and_the_sword He’ll also be helping run the Icebreaker panel for newbies to the con.  We will also be doing a panel called Cosplay Combat where cosplayers can battle each other using giant D&D dice a friend of mine makes.  Dinosaur Games should also have a booth but I’m sure we’ll be carrying the giant sword prop from the game so it should be easy to spot us.