Author Archives: Joe Soliz

Grifter in Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox Blu-ray/DVD

Well this was something we thought was near impossible here at Wildstorm Addiction!  When we first heard they were making an animated adaption of this story, we thought the chances of Grifter making it in were slim to none.  Well, thankfully the director is a Grifter fan and he pushed for Grifter to make an appearance.

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Flashpoint was the story that brought Wildstorm into the DCU New 52. It featured a mini-series called Lois Lane and the Resistance.  Grifter played a part in the story as he helped Lois fight the Amazons who had taken over Europe.  It’s so cool that we get to see Grifter in animated form again after all these years.  Even if it is a cameo.  Be sure and pick up the movie when it comes out July 30th!

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And as a bonus, check out this cool animated gif.

Stormwatch #22

sw22cover“Unforseen”

Writer: Jim Starlin
Pencils: Yvel Guichet
Inks: LeBeau Underwood & Juan Castro
Colors: Richard & Tanya Horie
Letters: Taylor Esposito
Editor: Harvey Richards
Senior Editor: Brian Cunningham
Cover: Jim Starlin

(No Spoilers)

This new incarnation of Stormwatch continues this month but the story is still a bit simplistic.  The inclusion of Lobo was already an odd choice and his part in the story takes a predictable turn here.  The only saving grace about the issue is the choice Jenny Soul makes at the end which rings of Warren Ellis from original Authority run.  Other than that, I’m still worried about this title.

The opening situation with Lobo seemed very forced, but the same can be said about the inclusion of Lobo in this title period.  The ruse The Kollective uses against Jenny is not very convincing.  I cannot believe that Storm Control would let her take the action she did.  I know we don’t know the character that well yet but the way he deals with Lobo at the end of this issue should show that he is a man who plans ahead.

It’s nice to have an incarnation of Apollo and Midnighter that’s closer to their originals, but I still feel like they’re holding back with these characters.  Their place in the DCU needs to become more cemented.  In fact, I can say the same about Stormwatch in general.  If this team is going to work in the DCU they need to have some interaction WITH the DCU.  This is part of why I don’t like them being out in space because the potential for them to run into other DCU characters diminishes.  Especially considering that major players like the Green Lantern Corps are currently occupied with their own crisis.

Guichet’s art has been ok but something in this issue made it look a little off.  I don’t know if it was the inkers or what but I did not enjoy the art.  I’m not even liking Jim Starlin’s covers either.  Overall, this book feels out of place, as if it belonged in the 1980’s.  Sorry if that’s harsh but I’m tired of seeing the Wildstorm characters treated this way.

Well, the solicits for October do show Stormwatch #24 with no Final Issue tag attached so that’s good.  So we know we’ll at least make it to issue #25 which for a Wildstorm title is a milestone in itself.  Honestly, I just hope Stormwatch survives to see another creative team change.  We need a stronger artist and something that will get this team interacting with the DCU if the title is to survive.

6 out of 10 (Slightly Above Average)

Rainmaker debuts in the New 52

rainmakerLast month’s The Movement #2 saw the debut of one of our favorite Gen 13 kids, Rainmaker.  It was just a cameo but this month’s #3 sees her in full action.  While it has been discouraging that a lot of the Wildstorm presence has diminshed in the New 52, it’s good to see we’re getting some nuggets here and there.  It’s also not surprising because writer Gail Simone did a stint on Gen 13.  For those hungry for some Wildstorm stuff, be sure and pick up the latest issues of The Movement!

Stormwatch #21

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Writer: Jim Starlin
Pencils: Yvel Guichet, LeBeau Underwood, & Juan Castro
Colors: Richard & Tanya Horie
Letters: Rob Leigh
Editor: Harvey Richards
Senior Editor: Brian Cunningham
Cover: Jim Starlin

(No Spoilers)

Stormwatch has been through a lot of changes lately, but it doesn’t seem that the changes are helping the title as intended.  What began as a potential for an interesting new start for the team, is quickly devolving into traditional superhero fare.  I fear the title may not survive past Villains Month in Sept.

This title does not feel like Stormwatch anymore.  I thought the space story could be interesting but I can’t help feeling like I’m reading an old Guardians of the Galaxy from the 80’s.  I’ve never liked this old style-writing and story-telling.  It was fine for the time but I think modern comics have us spoiled now in that respect.

The story just seems so basic.  I have yet to find anything about the story that excites me.  I feel like they included Lobo simply to keep him in use.  And the new bad guys called The Kollective explain why they chose Lobo as their herald and I just don’t buy it.  I just feel like we’re going beat per beat in this story with no surprises or twists.

The art is not horrible but it’s way too simple for me.  Again, another aspect that makes it feel as if this book is stuck in the 80’s.  Stormwatch was born in the 90’s and the original incarnation of the team represented that for better or worse.  When the 90’s came to an end and we entered the 2000’s the team changed again and matched the time.  Even the first incarnation with the New 52 seemed to fit more in this universe than this team feels right now.

Unless something drastic happens, we may be on the verge of losing our last Wildstorm title.  There’s no Stormwatch book listed for Villains Month so already that’s not a good sign.  So we may be coming back in Sept. to discuss the end of the book is how it looks right now unless a miracle happens.

5 out of 10 (Average)