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Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode #43

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 43

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Show Notes:
Welcome to another episode of Wildstorm Addiction! Our resident Wildstorm experts Joe David Soliz & Benjamin Murphy review Stormwatch #16, Grifter #16, and Ravagers #8, and Team 7 #4, as well as some other Wildstorm appearances in the new DCU 52.

00:00:00  – Ben welcomes everyone to episode #43 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. (Surprised? We moved the intro music back a bit!)

00:01:50  – Ben gives plenty of Wildstorm related news as it pertains to the current books in the DCU.

  • Wiz Kids was very generous to Wildstorm fans over the holidays. Not only did we get news of Gen 13 Heroclix, but we’re also getting Ravagers Heroclix and three more WildC.A.T.s figures including Spartan, Void, and Emp. Check out the News section of our website for more details.
  • Still a rumor, but Bleeding Cool reports that Jim Lee will do a Wildcats title after his Man of Steel title with Scott Snyder ends.  This means it won’t be released until 2014.
  • In April, all New 52 issues will have fold-out covers.  The solicits only show the front cover and each fold out is supposed to reveal something shocking.  For example, Team 7 #7 shows Grifter, Deathstroke (in his modern costume), and Black Canary firing at something off screen.  The issue also promises a new team member who is making their New 52 debut.  Ravagers #11 has a similar cover with the team fighting something off screen and sports a cover by veteran artist Michael Golden.  Stormwatch #19 does not have a final cover yet, but one noteworthy bit of news about this issue is that veteran artist/writer Jim Starlin will be taking over Stormwatch with Yvel Guichet on art.  Starlin will provide art for the fold-out cover.
  • The trailer for Red 2 is online at comingsoon.net.  This is the sequel to the 2010 movie which is an adaption of the Wildstorm mini-series of the same name by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner.  (http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=98994 or http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8ntPbR_9A9Y) You can listen to an interview with Warren Ellis on a recent Nerdist podcast where he talks about the second film a bit. (http://www.nerdist.com/2013/01/nerdist-podcast-warren-ellis/)

00:06:31 – Joe starts it off with the review of Stormwatch #16. Released on 1/09, written by Peter Milligan with art and cover by Will Conrad. Is this title starting to lose it’s luster? We sure hope not! Help us Jim Starlin, you’re our only hope!

00:16:00 – Ben continues the final issue of Grifter #16 (FINALLY!!). Released on 1/16, written by Frank Tieri, with art by Marat Mychaels and cover by Scott Clark. Joe tries to make sense of it, but what’s the point really?

00:33:04 – Joe reviews Ravagers #8. Released on 1/16, written by Michael Alan Nelson with art by Ig Guara and cover by Patrick Gleason.

00:43:16 – Ben reviews Team 7 #4. Released on 1/16, written by Justin Jordan with art by Jesus Merino and cover by Tyler Kirkham. (p.s. – Joe has his OMG Train Guy moment at 45:57; you don’t want to miss it!)

00:56:41 – Joe gives an update on other Wildstorm related sighting and tie-ins from the other DCU 52 issue #16’s that have released last month.

  • 1/2 Savage Hawkman #15 – Pike appearance
  • 1/16 Legion Lost #16 – Ravagers appearance

00:58:00 – 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 1/30
    • THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN #16 “HAWKMAN: WANTED” crashed to its conclusion! Carter Hall can’t escape his past! Two worlds collide — with Hawkman caught in the middle! (last time we’ll see Pike?)
  • For the week of 2/06
    • STORMWATCH #17 Don’t miss this major turning point issue as everything changes! The death of a StormWatch member! The end of StormWatch headquarters!
    • YOUNG ROMANCE: A NEW 52 VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL #1 Romance is in the air in this very special Special! Wonder Woman consults Eros himself about her feelings for The Man of Steel. Barbara Gordon has always been too busy for romance, but could her role as Batgirl bring her back to the first guy she ever kissed? Following the events of “Death in the Family,” how can Catwoman ease Batman’s troubled soul? Aquaman makes waves as he treats his wife like a queen for a day. From the pages of STORMWATCH, Apollo and Midnighter celebrate Valentine’s Day separately but with each other in mind. Who—or what—stands between them? Dick Grayson and the daughter of Lucious Fox meet-cute! Plus: Perforated Valentine’s Day cards featuring the stars of these stories!
  • For the week of 2/13
    • RAVAGERS #9 As Thunder’s condition worsens, the rest of the team begins to wonder if Caitlin is helping him—or killing him!
    • TEAM 7 #5 The secret history of the DCU’s original Cyborg Program! Who is Spartan? And what is the threat of the Majestic Program? Slade Wilson takes his first steps down the path that will lead to his becoming Deathstroke!
  • For the week of 2/27
    • All-Star Western #17 Gather round for a lesson in the terrible secret history of Gotham City with Jonah Hex! Hex and Doctor Arkham are at the forefront as a disease threatens to destroy part of the city. The patient survival rate is looking pretty grim… Plus: In the backup story, meet Jenny Freedom and the StormWatch of the 19th century! (Jenny Freedom/Stormwatch back-up story)

00:59:38 – Ben gives a shout out to Chris Striker, of the TheAuthority.ws and Stormwatch.ws websites. Remember to visit The Higher Authority’s message boards Clark’s Bar to continue the Wildstorm integration discussions among long time Wildstorm fans at theauthority.ws. Be sure to 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.

01:01:32 – 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:
Joe: http://twitter.com/grifter78
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
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Grifter #16

g16coverwithlogo” The Last Grift “

Writer: Frank Tieri
Pencils: Marat Mychaels
Inks: Dave Beaty
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse
Letters: Taylor Esposito
Editor: Rickey Purdin
Cover: Scott Clark

(No Spoilers)

Well, the crazy ride that has been the Grifter title comes to an end. After many ups and downs writer Frank Tieri is pinned with the near-impossible task of making it all make sense. Thankfully, he was afforded one last issue to do so and I think he did decent job considering everything.

g16image1This series is like a beautiful vase that started with lots of potential but along the way was smashed on the floor, glued back together, smashed again, and glued together once again. You can site multiple sources for this title’s failure but I’m going to focus on what we actually got instead of what we could’ve gotten (since I feel that’s been discussed to death). Tieri took all the different ideas about Grifter’s origins and brings it all back full circle so he can at least give us an ending of sorts. When a title is cancelled, it’s always nice when editorial gives the creative team enough lead time to craft an ending.

g16image2The ending finally does answer the question as to what Grifter is and shows his true purpose against the Daemonites. It still makes sense with what came before and for that alone I applaud Tieri. Grifter has been dragged through the mud in-story and in the real world. His decision at the end of the issue is appropriate, all things considered. But they also leave it open for more stories that could either be addressed in Team 7 or the rumored Wildcats title that may be coming next year.

There’s not too much more to say about this title at this point. As I said before, we could easily debate all day long about what caused the series demise. But, what’s done is done. I’m happy that Grifter still exists over in Team 7 so at least he won’t be absent from the DCU (unlike poor Voodoo who has since disappeared).

Overall, definitely more frustrated about this cancellation than I was with Voodoo. Grifter has been and will always be a cool character (as well as my favorite, next to Batman). But as with any other character, if he’s not done right, he cannot have success as a comic. Grifter’s in the hands of Justin Jordan now over in Team 7. Here’s to hoping he’ll get better treatment there.

7 out of 10 (Above Average)

 

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode #42

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 42

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode #42Subscribe 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 #15, Grifter #15, Team 7 #3, and Ravagers #7, as well as some other Wildstorm appearances in the new DCU 52.

00:00:35  – Joe welcomes everyone to episode #42 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.

00:01:19  – Joe continues with plenty of Wildstorm related news as it pertains to the current books in the DCU.

  • Brett Booth continued his 20 years celebration since Jim Lee hired him at his blog by posting two more sketches after his Grifter pic we mentioned last month.  He posted a Taboo and Zealot sketch.  He also mentioned that he hopes to get Backlash introduced into the New 52 sometime in 2013.  http://demonpuppy.blogspot.com/2012/11/happy-sketch-saturday-its.html
  • March brings more Wildstorm goodness into the New 52 as Team 7 #6 features the debut of Ladytron!  The issue also mentions that Caitlin Fairchild will be showing up and there will also be a modern day story where Deathstroke is hunting down his former Team 7 teammates (the cover shows Grifter impaled by Deathstroke’s sword).  Stormwatch #18 features appearance by Zealot as the team appears to be fighting The Engineer and Deathstroke #18 features Warblade and The Ravagers and seems to tie-in with Ravagers #10 which also mentions Deathstroke.
  • March also sees the release of The Authority Vol. 1-HC collecting #1-12 which is all of Warren Ellis’ run, the solicit mentions Mark Millar, but his run didn’t start until #13.  (it’s odd because the Vol. 2 Stormwatch HC, which chronologically comes before these stories, has been pushed back to Summer 2013).
  • Finally, we got a super advance look at trades coming out next summer.  In May we get Grifter Vol. 2: New Found Power which collects #0, & 9-16 and The Ravagers Vol. 1: The Kids from N.O.W.H.E.R.E which collects #0-7.  In June we get Deathstroke Vol. 2: Lobo Hunt which collects #0, & 9-14 (which debuted Zealot). We also get double Stormwatch as we get the softcover release of Vol. 1 which collects Warren Ellis’ #37-47 and Stormwatch Vol. 2-HC which says collects #48-49 ( no #50 which is the last part of the Change or Die storyline?) and the second Stormwatch series #1-11.  In July we get Team 7 Vol. 1: Fight Fire with Fire which collects #0-7 and Superman Vol. 2: Secrets & Lies HC which collects #7-12 and the infamous Superman Annual #1.  August sees Legion Lost Vol. 2: The Culling which collects #0, and #8-16 and The Savage Hawkman Vol. 2: Wanted which collects #0-14 (debut of Pike).
  • And last but certainly not least, we got more good news from the Heroclix front. We’ll be seeing Gen 13 Heroclix some time in the near future. Wiz Kids released an image with a bunch of preview figures which included the prototype figures for all 5 original Gen 13 kids!

00:13:29 – Ben starts it off with the review of Stormwatch #15. Released on 12/05, written by Peter Milligan with art by Will Conrad and Cliff Richards, cover by Will Conrad.

00:32:38 – Joe reviews Grifter #15. Released on 12/12, written by Frank Tieri, with art by Marat Mychaels and cover by Scott Clark.

00:43:32 – Ben reviews Ravagers #7. Released on 12/12, written by Howard Mackie with art by Eduardo Pansica, Daniel Hdr, Geraldo Borges, & Ian Churchill and cover by Ian Churchill.

01:01:23 – Joe gives his review of Team 7 #3. Released on 12/12, written by Justin Jordan with art by Julius Gopez and cover by Tyler Kirkham; variant cover by Ivan Reis.

01:16:58 – Ben gives an update on other Wildstorm related sighting and tie-ins from the other DCU 52 issue #15’s that have released this month.

  • 12/12 Demon Knights #15 – Merlin changes into Adam One, we get info about Shadow Lords & beginnings of Stormwatch
  • 12/12 Legion Lost #15 – Ravagers appearance

01:18:00 – 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 1/09
    • STORMWATCH #16 Midnighter must die! The unthinkable happens when StormWatch’s mission to capture the renegade Midnighter turns into an assassination plot! Don’t miss the stunning (and permanent) transformation of a StormWatch member!
  • For the week of 1/16
    • GRIFTER #16 Last Issue! The conspiracy surrounding Cole Cash has unraveled and you won’t believe who stands at the center of it all!
    • RAVAGERS #8 Welcome new series writer Michael Alan Nelson (Fall of Cthulhu, 28 Days Later)! Rose Wilson and Warblade are hunting a rogue Ravager when it accidentally infects an entire community! What happens here will affect their future with the Colony forever!
    • TEAM 7 #4 At last, it’s the secret origin of Deathstroke! The team clashes with Eclipso and Slade Wilson! Witness the beginnings of the Black Room from Justice League!
    • LEGION LOST #16 Superboy and The Ravagers guest-star! In order to save billions of lives, the Lost Legionnaires must decide if they are willing to sacrifice millions when they detonate a bomb that will destroy the alien machine from Daggor! Plus, more on the origin of Harvest!

01:19:42 – Joe gives a shout out to Chris Striker’s Stormwatch site which is http://stormwatch.ws/ and remember to visit 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.  

01:20:52 – 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/grifter78
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.

Grifter #15

g15coverwithlogo“Suicide Isn’t Painless”

Writer: Frank Tieri
Pencils: Marat Mychaels
Inks: Dave Beaty
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse
Letters: Taylor Esposito
Editor: Rickey Purdin
Cover: Scott Clark

(No Spoilers)

With Liefeld’s influence gone, Frank Tieri is able to steer this book on a course even if it’s scheduled to sink with next month’s cancellation. But I was hoping for a strong finish for the series and everything seemed to be improved with this issue. Tieri has done his best to string together the mess this series has been so far and even Maraty Mychaels’ art seemed to be improved as well.

g15image1This book has been all over the place since Liefeld took over. I always had a feeling that most of the books missteps were due to his influence and this issue proves it. Frank Tieri takes over solo writing duty here and it shows. For once there was a clear narrative to the story and I liked the “Then” and “Now” structure he laid out. It gives us a nice peak into Amanda Waller’s history post-Team 7. It also shows that because of her position in the government, she has her hands in many different aspects of the DCU. This includes information on her former Team 7 teammate, Grifter.

g15image2The ironic thing is Grifter has been put through the wringer in his title, both in the real world and in the comic world. In the real world he’s been the victim of bad editorial decisions which led the title having no established foundation. In the comic world, Grifter has been jerked around and lied to by just about every person he’s encountered. It has led to some confusion in-story but with the revelation Tieri gives in this issue, it shows why Grifter as a character has been so screwed-up.

I’m actually excited to see how Tieri ties is all up. I learned recently that #15 was originally going to be the last issue. But thankfully, someone in DC’s offices had mercy and allowed next month’s issue to give the title a proper ending. For the first time in months, I’m excited for the next issue of Grifter, even if it’s the last.

7 out of 10 (Above Average)