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Wildstorm Addiction Podcast Episode #45

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 45

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast Episode #45Subscribe 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 #18, Ravagers #10and Team 7 #6, as well as some other Wildstorm appearances in the new DCU 52.

00:00:00  – Ben welcomes everyone to episode #45 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 Jill Johansen a.k.a. Raye from Clark’s Bar. Jill is one of the regular’s at Clark’s Bar and is one who gets some great in depth discussions going on at the boards. She’s also really good at keeping up with posting news and she is an avid Apollo and Midnighter fan. Jill, gives us a quick background on why and when you started following Wildstorm.

00:02:08  – Ben continues with plenty of Wildstorm related news as it pertains to the current books in the DCU.

  • Our podcast is 3 years old! It’s hard to believe it’s been 3 years since we started out at the Comic Addiction and they let us spin off into our own podcast. Thanks to our podcast “fathers” Chris Partin and Michael Smith who still host the Image Addiction podcast.
  • Artist Scott Clark passed away. He came on with the launch of the original Stormwatch in 1993 and was heavily associated with Wildstorm over the years. Most recently we covered his work on the Grifter title. He was only 43.
  • Inker Dave Beaty, who we interviewed a couple of months ago, has come to our Grifter Facebook page and offered to add some behind the scenes material.  He recently added a couple of Scott Clark’s sketches for the book.  Find the Grifter fan page on Facebook and follow it so you can check it out.
  • Superman: Unbound releases on DVD & Blu-ray on May 7th and it has a preview of the next DC animated movie, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. Grifter had a small role in the comic story Flashpoint so whether or not he’ll get a cameo in the movie remains to be seen.
  • Newsarama reported that there will be a Planetary Omnibus, a comprehensive collection of the Warren Ellis/John Cassaday series that will include the core series as well as Planetary: Crossing Worlds. No release date announced yet. (thanks to John Pannozzi from Clark’s Bar for the info)
  • Kurt Busiek’s Astro City returns with a new ongoing series in June. While not a Wildstorm Universe title, Astro City did make its debut under the Wildstorm imprint and had several mini-series afterward.
  • Brett Booth snuck a picture of Backlash on the cover of Nightwing #21, where Booth will become the regular artist.
  • And finally the DC Heroclix: Teen Titans set is out and we have first looks at some of Ravagers and Gen 13 figures in the news section of our site. Be sure to check those out if you haven’t already.

00:08:00 – Our guest and friend of the show, Jill Johansen, starts it off with the review of Stormwatch #18. Released on 3/06, written by Peter Milligan with art by Will Conrad and cover by Ken Lashley and Matt Yackey.

00:22:42 – Joe reviews Ravagers #10. Released on 3/13, written by Michael Alan Nelson with art by Ig Guara and Diogenes Neves, and cover by Ken Lashley.

00:38:15 – Ben gives his review of Team 7 #6. Released on 3/13, written by Jesus Merino and art by Pascal Alixe, Cliff Richards, Gui Balbi & Juan Castro with cover by Gary Frank,  Cam Smith, and Brad Anderson.

00:51:55 – Joe gives an update on other Wildstorm related sighting and tie-ins from the other DCU 52 issue #18’s that have released this month.

  • 2/28 All-Star Western #17 – Stormwatch backup story
  • 3/13 Deathstroke #18 – No Teen Titans nor Ravagers appearances (mention of John Lynch)

00:56:53 – 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 4/03
    • STORMWATCH #19 Team StormWatch is lost in a dimension shift—so what team will rise and take their place?
  • For the week of 4/10
    • RAVAGERS #11 The latest creature to escape from N.O.W.H.E.R.E. brings death to The Ravagers—but is it animal, vegetable or mineral?
    • TEAM 7 #7 What new member, who threatens to tear the team apart, is welcomed into The New 52?
    • DEATHSTROKE #19 Which teens are the only ones deadly enough to stop Deathstroke?

00:58:42 – Ben 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 amongst 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 And get twice the Valiant coverage now with our friends of the show from the Only the Valiant podcast at http://www.onlythevaliant.com and our friends over at www.culturalwormhole.com and their Valiant Future podcast. Joe guest-hosted Ep. 4 last month and will be on the upcoming Ep. 5 as well.

01:01:03 – 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:
Jill Johansen (Guest Host): www.kentauroi.com where you can check out her artwork and her upcoming webcomic.
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 at wildstormaddiction@gmail.com.
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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.

Joe will be at Pax East in Boston, Massachusetts March 22-24 helping to promote his friend’s upcoming video game Mech Knight Chronicles which is frm Dinosaur Games. They can be found at www.dinosaurentertainment.com.

Ravagers #10

r10cover“Women & Children First”

Plot: Michael Alan Nelson
Dialogue: Tony Bedard
Pencils: Ig Guara & Diogenes Neves
Inks: Norm Rapmund & Vicente Cifuentes
Colors: Tony Avina
Letters: Dezi Sienty
Assistant Editor: Ricky Purdin
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover: Ken Lashley

(No Spoilers)

With the news of the title’s cancellation hanging over the issue like a gloomy storm cloud, the latest outing for the new creative team was not as strong as it had been in previous issues. There were some nice twists and turns in the issue but overall the disarray in DC’s editorial department seems to have caught up with this title.

r10image1After praising writer Michael Alan Nelson for his inaugural two issues, a strange decision was apparently made with this issue. Nelson is only credited for the plot but Tony Bedard is credited for the dialogue. Now, I’ve seen this before in the Grifter title but there I understood it because Liefeld has his attention split between several titles and needed Frank Tieri to help with dialogue. But here, I’m at a loss why they’d split the writing duties. It may be that they had already informed Nelson about the title’s cancellation at this point and had him start working on his next assignment: Supergirl. But I guess we’ll find out next month if the writing duties are split again.

Now, Bedard’s dialogue wasn’t horrible, but I could tell a difference between his style and Nelson’s. There were also several strange story choices here. They had an interesting revelation for one character that I thought was kind of neat. But then we get the return of another character with a very clean, straight-forward explanation. It almost felt like DC told them, bring this character back as quickly as possible and don’t worry about the explanation. It was just a very weird moment that seemed to come out of left field. There are two characters who start a relationship that I thought was kind of cool as well.

r10image2The artists are also split in the issue. Now Guara’s and Neves’ styles are not too drastically different so to have the two different artists wasn’t visually jarring. But I have to wonder are most modern artists just not able to keep monthly schedules anymore? The solicits do mention Deathstroke and he does appear some here. Deathstroke #18 was originally supposed to tie into this issue, but has since had its story (and cover) changed. More strange last minute changes by DC.

It’s a shame this title is on its way out but if you don’t give a title a chance to get its footing, what else do you expect? Hopefully these last few issues will be enjoyable at least. In the announcements of the cancellation it was mentioned that we’d find out more about Rose Wilson and Fairchild. I look forward to what that is and if it’ll lead to a new book.

7 out of 10 (Above Average)

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast Episode #44

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 44

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast Episode #44Subscribe 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 #17, Ravagers #9and Team 7 #5, as well as some other Wildstorm appearances in the new DCU 52.

00:00:00  – Joe welcomes everyone to episode #44 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 our first of hopefully many, “Friends of Wildstorm” episodes where we bring on a lifelong or recently converted fan of the Wildstorm Universe. They hash out the recent news, issues, and give us their reviews right along side of us. There is no better way to start off this inaugural endeavor than by starting it off with thee O.G. Wildstorm fan himself, Chris Striker. Founder of theauthority.ws and stormwatch.ws fansites, as well as the numero uno hangout for Wildstorm fans far and wide, the Clark’s Bar comics forum.

00:02:16  – Joe continues with plenty of Wildstorm related news as it pertains to the current books in the DCU.

  • First up, the original Stormwatch #1 launched 20 years ago in 1993. Happy Anniversary to our favorite protectors of the planet!
  • Jim Starlin revealed his gatefold cover for April’s Stormwatch #19 and it lived up to it’s WTF certified status (which is what all the covers for April were marked as). There is an alternate version of Apollo and Midnighter (whether or not these are the actual Wildstorm versions remains to be seen but their costumes are a dead ringer) and we get the New 52 debut of Hellstrike. We also get a male Engineer and a new century baby called Jenny Soul. Three other new characters are the identified as Storm Control, the Forecaster, and Starlin’s own creation called The Weird. Source via: ComicBookResources
  • And if that’s not enough Stormwatch for you, All-Star Western #20 has another Stormwatch back-up. Be sure to pick up All-Star Western #17 on February 27th to see the first Stormwatch back-up!
  • And now after all of the good news, we’re here to turn it around and continue the crotch kicking that has become the norm as a regular Wildstorm fan…
    • Not one, but TWO titles are being cancelled with Team 7 and Ravagers in May! Talk about WTF!! I guess I jinxed us when I said we were going to be the Stormwatch podcast. BUT the Team 7 #8 solicit released a spoiler when it mentions Majestic as one of the characters that parts ways with the others in this issue. Deathstroke is also being cancelled but issues 18, 19, & 20 will feature the Ravagers. DC Comics Editor-In-Chief Bob Harras: “We have plans. We have Beast Boy in there, we have Terra, you’re going to see them in other titles in upcoming months. Caitlin Fairchild, you’re going to learn things about her — so again, not to sound like a broken record, but these characters will be ongoing. We have interesting things planned for them, and I think some of them will be very surprising.”
    • The Wildstorm Resource Wiki is dead for now.  It was shut down on us with no warning and the creator James has tried to contact Wetpaint with no luck.  Their could be a variety of reasons why they shut us down, we could have been using too much space under the free service, Wetpaint also just got bought out and seems to have been re-branded as a TV-only Wiki.  Whatever the reason, the chances of us recovering the Wiki are slim to none at this point. (GRRRR!!!! We may be able to scrape it by hand from the wayback machine… Let’s go troops we have some work to do! Last snapshot was in July of 2012) http://web.archive.org/web/20120721014549/http://wildstormresource.wetpaint.com/

00:08:39 – our guest and friend of the show, Chris Striker, starts it off with the review of Stormwatch #17. Released on 2/06, written by Peter Milligan with art and cover by Will Conrad.

Gen 13 The Unreal World (1996) Ravagers #9

00:17:48 – Ben reviews Ravagers #9. Released on 2/13, written by Michael Alan Nelson with art by Ig Guara and cover by Ken Lashley.

00:30:03 – Joe gives his review of Team 7 #5. Released on 2/13, written by Jesus Merino & Nei Ruffino and Pascal Alixe & Nathan Erying with cover by Gary Frank & Cam Smith. (MAJESTIC destroyed an entire country!?!?! Are we going to get to see him?!?!)

00:48:22 – Ben gives an update on other Wildstorm related sighting and tie-ins from the other DCU 52 issue #17’s that have released this month.

  • 2/06 Young Romance: A New 52 Valentine’s Day Special #1 – Apollo and Midnighter, “Seoul Brothers”

00:49:17 – 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 3/06
    • STORMWATCH #18 The team battles one of their own for their very survival! The relationship of Midnighter and Apollo hits a rough patch when the Amazon-like Zealot joins the team!
  • For the week of 3/13
    • RAVAGERS #10 Someone claiming to be Terra’s brother comes to the team. Unfortunately, Deathstroke the Terminator isn’t far behind him! The Ravagers are having serious trust issues already, so a visit from the world’s deadliest assassin certainly won’t help!
    • TEAM 7 #6 In the tale from the recent past, Team 7 is on a mission to rescue Caitlin Fairchild when a team member dies! And in the present day, Deathstroke hunts down his former Team 7 partners! But why?
    • DEATHSTROKE #18 Finally! Deathstroke vs. The Teen Titans! You want more? You got more, as The Ravagers join the fight!

00:50:01 – 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 amongst 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 And get twice the Valiant coverage now with our friends of the show from the Only the Valiant podcast at http://www.onlythevaliant.com and our friends over at www.culturalwormhole.com and their Valiant Future podcast. I guest-hosted episode #3 last month and will be on the upcoming episode #4 as well.

00:00:00 – 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 at 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.

Joe will be at Pax East in Boston, Massachusetts March 22-24 helping to promote his friend’s upcoming video game Mech Knight Chronicles which is from Dinosaur Games. They can be found at www.dinosaurentertainment.com.

Ravagers #9

Ravagers #9

r9cover“Fathers”

Writer: Michael Alan Nelson
Pencils: Ig Guara
Inks: Norm Rapmund
Colors: Tony Avina
Letters: Dezi Sienty
Assistant Editor: Darren Shan
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover: Ken Lashley

(No Spoilers)

We’re treated to a quick wrap-up of the events from last issue as the new creative team of Nelson and Guara deliver another solid issue of Ravagers. Unfortunately, this comes on the heels of the announcement that the title will be cancelled soon. So despite being a good issue, it was hard to keep that knowledge from dampening my enjoyment.

r9image1I raved last month about how writer Michael Alan Nelson and artist Ig Guara were a breath of fresh air for this series. Well, that fresh air was quickly overpowered by the stink bomb news that Ravagers is ending with issue #12. I seem to recall DC doing something similar with the first round of New 52 titles that were cancelled. How they justify putting a new creative team on a book which is normally done to increase sales and then turn right around and cancel the book is beyond me. DC has been making a lot of questionable decisions across the board lately. But, let’s focus on the goodness of this issue.

Nelson set-up a story that is almost like superhero horror. I hesitate to use the word horror because it’s not the story elements that remind me of a horror movie, but more the setting. It’s a small town with a local sheriff who is trying his best to deal with the terribly unfortunate circumstances that are happening in his once quiet town. I like how when the Ravagers showed up, instead of getting caught up in yet another superhero battle, the sheriff takes command. It’s funny to see everyone’s reaction to this and left it open for some great character interactions.

r9image2Speaking of the characters, last issue Nelson portrayed Rose Wilson as being a little bit softer and even though Warblade addressed it in story, I still questioned it. Here it’s clear that Rose’s personality is softer and it’s the only complaint I had about the book (which to me is minor compared to all the other goodness we got). I can understand some of Rose’s points in the story but I think she wouldn’t been more harsh in how she handled them.

Overall, another good issue from the new creative team. Looks like we’ll only get three more from them until the end. But so far, they’ve proven that they will be really good ones!

7 out of 10 (Above Average)