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Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 48

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 48

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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.
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Stormwatch #23

sw23“Memories”

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

(No Spoilers)

Stormwatch begins to gain some decent footing with this issue.  After this reboot of the title seemed to grow very tired very quickly, this issue slows down a bit and gives us lots of info about certain members of the new team.  It’s still not perfect, but it’s a step in the right direction.

sw23image1The change in Midnighter’s origin is a little disappointing.  His original origin just didn’t seem as cliché.  But as far as the fight scenes and even his internal monologue, it seems this Midnighter is more what people wanted in the New 52.  We also gets glimpses of Storm Control’s past and some info on Hellstrike’s powers.  It’s interesting that the characters in the book know they’re not the original.  This could lead to some great plotlines if the creative team keeps on this path.

I’m still not crazy about the art and the inclusion of Lobo hasn’t added any weight to the book…yet.  He seems to be the focus of every solicitation so far so I hope he becomes very relevant to the team.  I just hope the team has more interaction with the rest of the DCU than just Lobo and the occasional reference to the Justice League.

The book will be gone for a month during Villain’s Month but will be back with #24 the following month.  I would’ve liked to have seem them do something with the villains from Stormwatch but the reboot is still to fresh and the villains not well-known enough to carry their own book.  I’m just happy it’s still not cancelled.  You gotta take your victories where you can.

7 out of 10 (Above Average)

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)

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)