Author Archives: Joe Soliz

Summer hiatus for podcast

gen13v1Well, if you’ve listened to Ep. 47 then you know that we’ve decided to take a hiatus from doing the podcast for the rest of the summer.  DC has reduced its Wildstorm-centered titles down to only Stormwatch.  We figured it wouldn’t be worth recording a monthly podcast about one book.  Plus, we’ve been going at the podcast pretty strong since we returned in Fall 2011 with the debut of the New 52 so it’s a nice time for a break.

While we are disappointed that we’re once again back to morning the characters of the WSU, it’s times out right as both Ben and I have seen an increase in both our jobs and family-life.  We intend to return in Sept. to discuss whatever event DC plans to do and also to discuss the first full arc of the rebooted Stormwatch at that time.  Until then, we will continue with the written reviews for the Stormwatch title.  We hope everyone has a great summer and be sure to subscribe to our iTunes feed so you’ll get a notification when we return.

Ravagers #12

r12cover“The Man Who Killed The Ravagers”

Writers: Michael Alan Nelson & Tony Bedard
Pencils: Diogenes Neves
Inks:  Vicente Cifuentes & J.P. Mayer
Colors: Tony Avina
Letters: Dezi Sienty
Assistant Editor: Ricky Purdin
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover:  Ken Lashley

(No Spoilers)

Another one bites the dust as this title too comes to an end.  Under the new creative team, the title did remain interesting.  It also left things very opened ended so we’ll see what DC has planned for this group in the future.

r12image1The final issue reads like the final act of a movie.  We have a huge confrontation between the Ravagers and Deathstroke which ends up being really cool.  Because it was basically a final battle issue there’s not too much to elaborate on other than enjoying the fight.  Diogenes Neves got to finish off the art on the issue solo and he does a good job with the fight scenes.

More than anything, the title seemed to be setting up for another possible book.  I am glad that the ending wasn’t so clean and left it open-ended.  It just elevated the threat and showed that the bad guys really know what they’re doing.  It’s nice to have bad guys who are not totally incompetent.

r12image2I’ve mentioned before that Ravagers seemed like a strange experiment for DC.  It was a brand new title, bearing a varaiton of the codename Deathstroke’s daughter used pre-New 52 which was compromised of one part Teen Titans, one part new characters and a dash of Gen 13 and Doom Patrol thrown in for good measure.  Much like an experimental recipe, it’s possible this combination of flavors was never going to taste good to fans.

Overall, Ravagers was always enjoyable because it was so different.  But I guess it was probably too different for long time fans who really just want the classic Teen Titans to be re-assembled. If that is what they wish, they’ll appreciate the tease at the end of the issue.  Until then, The Ravagers will just have wait on the sidelines.

7 out of 10 (Above Average)

Team 7 #8

team7n8cover“Mission 2.4: The Doom That Came to Kaizen”

Writers: Justin Jordan & Tony Bedard
Pencils: Jesus Merino
Colors: Nathan Eyring
Letters: Carlos M. Mangual
Assistant Editor: Rickey Purdin
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover: Gary Frank

(No Spoilers)

After much build up since the cancellation announcement, the title has a nice wind down here.  Jordan does his best to answer as many dangling plotlines as he can with the space allotted.  In the end, it’s a decent ending to a title that was cancelled way too prematurely.

team7n8image1Team 7 has been the surprise hit of the cancellations (if that makes any sense).  It seems that once Jordan got past the initial arc, he found more freedom to tell a great and epic story.  Repeatedly it’s been said that if he had been allowed to lead with this story, the title might have survived.  For old Wildstorm fans, this quickly became the book to follow as Jordan jam-packed it with classic Wildstorm characters.  It was nice to see these characters in action again.

team7n8image2The biggest tragedy is probably the fact that one of Wildstorm’s greatest villains, Kaizen Gamorra, will get benched along with all the other Wildstorm characters from this book.  He was always a get villain in the old Wildstorm U and would easily be someone who could take on the Justice League.  The other character who undoubtedly will get benched is Majestic.  The origin they picked for him in the New 52 is really odd but aside from that, he looked like his old self.  So much potential is lost here with these characters.

There’s not too much to say about this issue other than I think Jordan wrapped it up to the best of his abilities.  The ending promises “The end of Team 7 for now…” but I doubt DC will be using this team any time soon unless it’s in flashbacks.  Overall, it was nice to have the team in the DCU while it lasted.  Team 7 was always a finite concept but I just wish Jordan would’ve had more time to tell stories in the New 52’s past.

7 out of 10 (Above Average)

Stormwatch #20

sw20cover“Away”

Writer: Jim Starlin
Pencils: Yvel Guichet & Jonas Trindade
Colors: Richard & Tanya Horie
Letters: Taylor Esposito
Editor: Harvey Richards
Senior Editor: Brian Cunningham
Cover: Jim Starlin

(No Spoilers)

After a strong initial showing for the new creative team last month, the title begins to waiver a little too early for my tastes.  Although the inclusion of Lobo is interesting, it seems a little odd that Stormwatch has essentially become Star Trek with superheroes.

sw20image1It seems all the Wildstorm titles met their end in space.  Voodoo headed out into space and got cancelled and so did Grifter (sort of).  Only Team 7 didn’t resort to space as a new setting for the story but apparently that’s a moot point since that title was cancelled anyway.  I’m hoping the Stormwatch title won’t end it’s time in space as well.  For some, the classic feel Starlin brings may be a welcome change of pace and something that many feel is sorely missed in modern comics.  But honestly, other than a select few classic stories, I’m not a fan of classic comic books.  There’s just something very dated about that style of story-telling to me.

I will say I like this mixture of characters.  It’s good to have Apollo and Midnighter back in their original costumes.  I never knew Lobo’s origin so I’m not sure how much this one deviates from it (if at all).  I also hope that the villains of the story can convince me why Lobo is a good choice for their master plan.  It just seems to me that beings who can alter space and time would not seek out someone like Lobo.

sw20image2I’m really trying to hold back criticism on where this story is going because we’re only two issues into the arc.  But when you have an enjoyable first issue and the second starts slowing things down, it’s hard not to worry.  It just seems that this book has turned into Green Lantern Corps because I feel a lot of the DC space stuff is handled there.  Stormwatch seems to work better when they’re behind the scenes.

I’m hoping the title gets back on track next month because I’d hate to see the last Wildstorm title die.  But we all knew this was DC’s Hail Mary play for the title.  Let’s see if they score a touchdown after all.

6 out of 10 (Slightly above average)