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Stormwatch #21

sw21“Trust”

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)

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 47

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 47

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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.
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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.

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)