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Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 16

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 16

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 16Subscribe to the show: RSS Feed | iTunes

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Show Notes:
Welcome to another awesome episode of Wildstorm Addiction! Joe David Soliz and Ben Murphy bring you Wildstorm reviews for the weeks of September 22nd and 29th 2010. Reviews including Garrison #6 (of 6), Wildcats #27, and Wetworks: Mutations (One-shot).

00:00:35 – Ben welcomes everyone to Episode #16 for the weeks of September 22nd and 29th 2010.

00:00:46 – Spoiler alerts warning, but all the written Wildstorm reviews at site are spoiler free unless otherwise noted.

00:00:57 – Ben drops the big Wildstorm news bomb…

  • Wildstorm closes it’s doors: DC ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES BI-COASTAL REALIGNMENT STRATEGY; MULTI-MEDIA AND DIGITAL BUSINESSES RELOCATE TO LOS ANGELES WHILE DC COMICS PUBLISHING TO REMAIN IN NEW YORK CITY and A message from Jim Lee and Dan DiDio, DC Comics Co-Publishers. “After taking the comics scene by storm nearly 20 years ago, the WildStorm Universe titles will end this December. In this soft marketplace, these characters need a break to regroup and redefine what made them once unique and cutting edge. While these will be the final issues published under the WildStorm imprint, it will not be the last we will see of many of these heroes. We, along with Geoff Johns, have a lot of exciting plans for these amazing characters, so stay tuned. Going forward, WildStorm’s licensed titles and kids comics will now be published under the DC banner.”
  • 00:02:31 – Joe and I try our best to refrain from cursing this news.
  • 00:03:25WILDSTORM PRESENTS: PLANETARY – LOST WORLDS #1 is coming in Dec.  It collects the stories from Planetary/The Authority: Ruling the World one-shot and Planetary/JLA: Terra Occulta.
  • 00:03:42 – Trades coming in Jan. include Sparta U.S.A., Fringe: Tales from the Fringe, and the Telara Chronicles.  Gears of War: Book Two HC is coming in Feb.
  • 00:04:14 – Joe has something to say about the interesting choices Wildstorm has made in printing these trades especially when they knew ahead of time that the imprint was going to be dissolved.

00:06:03 – Joe tries to review Garrison #6 but we both get sidetracked with the Jeff Mariotte Gen 13 novels that no one has ever read, but hey you can get them cheap on ebay!

00:08:55 – Joe for real this time reviews Garrison #6 (of 6) written by Jeff Mariotte, with art and cover by Francesco Francavilla.

00:12:09 – Ben gives his take on Garrison #6 and the blockbuster series as a whole.

00:13:26 – Ben catches you up on Wildcats #27 orchestrated by Adam Beechen, with art by Tim Seeley and Andy Smith, along with cover art by Chris Sprouse & Karl Story.

00:23:32 – Joe lays down his thoughts on Wildcats #27 and it’s rush to the end trying not to let the news tarnish this awesome title.

00:30:02 – Joe reviews Wetworks: Mutations written by Kevin Grevioux and Christopher Long, art by Julius Gopez, and cover by Brandon Badeaux. Bare with Joe for almost five minutes here as he gives you a great rundown on Wetworks history from beginning to end from his point of view.

00:44:28– – Ben laments this one-shot, yes we asked for it, but now its just a tease that will never be fulfilled.

00:48:47 – Ben gives you both the print and digital Wildstorm Releases for the weeks of 9/22 through 9/29.

  • For the week of 9/29
  • New digital comic offerings (courtesy of comixology.com) $0.99-$1.99
    • Ex Machina #10 & 11
    • Red #1-3
    • Supernatural: Rising Son #6
    • Supernatural: Beginning’s End #1
    • Gears of War #5 &  6
    • Telara Chronicles #0 FREE
    • Victorian Undead #4 & 5
    • Welcome to Tranquility #4 & 5

00:51:52 – Joe gives you are contact info which you will find below and says good night.

The opening and closing music is “Universal Domain” by Dreamline which can be found at http://www.musicalley.com.

Contact info:
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Email us at wildstormaddiction@gmail.com.

Garrison #6 - Cover

Garrison #6

Garrison #6 - CoverWriter: Jeff Mariotte
Pencils: Francesco Francavilla
Colors: Wes Hartman
Letters: Johnny Lowe
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Shannon Eric Denton
Cover: Francesco Francavilla

(No Spoilers)
Where Sparta U.S.A. frustrated the heck out of me, in the end Garrison was successful in underwhelming me.  I tried to give this book the benefit of the doubt but ultimately it was just your average comic.

Garrison #6 - Image 1Did we get more fun Francesco Francavilla art?  Absolutely!  Plus we get some great action scenes but that’s something that this series has delivered since the beginning.  It’s the story that really made me lose interest.  We got Garrison’s origin last issue and it wasn’t a very original idea.  In this issue we do get a neat little addendum to his origin but much like Sparta U.S.A. it seemed like too little too late.

To me an average comic is one that’s entertaining but is usually forgettable.  Garrison unfortunately falls under that category.  I never got invested in the characters and the story progressed in a very predictable way.  I think I had my hopes set high because I have enjoyed Mariotte’s work in the past.  So I was surprised that he didn’t take any chances with this mini-series and take this character in a different direction.

With the shutdown of the Wildstorm Imprint, Garrison will be one of the last creator-owned titles Wildstorm ever prints.  With such an event, I just wish we would’ve gotten a better story.  But at least we’ve still got two more creator-owned titles that are wrapping up under Wildstorm’s imprint that I am thoroughly enjoying.

5 out of 10 (Average)

Wildstorm Addiction - Episode 13

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 13

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Show Notes:
Welcome to another review packed episode of Wildstorm Addiction! Joe David Soliz and Ben Murphy bring you Wildstorm reviews for the weeks of August 25th and September 1st 2010. Reviews including Garrison #5 , Wildcats #26, and The Authority #26.

00:00:35 – Ben welcomes everyone to Episode #13 for the weeks of August 25th and September 1st.

00:00:54 – Spoiler alerts warning, but all the written Wildstorm reviews at site are spoiler free unless otherwise noted.

00:01:06 – Ben dives right into the latest Wildstorm news:

  • 00:01:08 – Steve Niles’ next Wildstorm project is called Lot 13 and it’ll be with artist Glenn Farby.  No release date has been given yet but there’s preview art at Wildstorm’s blog The Bleed.
  • 00:01:23 – Ethan Van Sciver’s character Cyberfrog returns in a mini-series called “Cyberfrog: Blood Honey” Sciver will do the covers and write it.  Artist yet to be named.  Originally featured in two issues published by Hall of Heroes in 1996 and ten more released by Harris Comics in 1997.  Sciver also said he has several unannounced projects at Wildstorm besides this one with the first to be announced at New York Comic Con in Oct. Reference: http://www.comicbookresources.com
  • 00:02:26 – Joe gives a shout out to Richard at The Hobby House in Kingsville, Texas for hooking him up with a ton of old Wildstorm stuff.  They are located at 822 E King Ave, Kingsville, TX.
  • 00:03:09 – Joe also wants to thank X-Nation for running our commercial on Ep #3 which you can download at http://www.culturalwormhole.com.
  • 00:03:19 – And finally big thanks to James Nadiger from the Wildstorm Resource Wiki for sending me a box of WS goodness that included some cool Gen 13 trades, the Wildcats and Planetary action figures

00:03:59 – Joe reviews Garrison #5 (of 6) written by Jeff Mariotte, along with art and cover by Francesco Francavilla.

00:08:54 – Ben gives his takes on Garrison #5, and it isn’t all Hollywood gloss and polish, but more tropes and cliche’s abound.

00:11:54 – Joe tells us all about his current favorite title, Wildcats #26 written by Adam Beechen. Art by Tim Seeley and Andy Smith, as well as cover art by Howard Porter, Allen Martinez and Wes Hartman.

00:22:08 – Ben agrees completely with Joe on this one, you better be reading the Wildcats, you don’t want to miss it!

00:24:56 – With a little prodding Joe tells listeners to go check our our new Suggested Reading page on the website, made especially for those wanting to get into the Wildstorm Universe.

00:25:55 – Ben gives his thoughts on the action packed sci-fi twist on The Authority #26 written by Tom Taylor, and art by Al Barrionuevo. Along with a cover by Chris Sprouse and Karl Story.

00:34:02 – Joe has some thoughts on the Authority #26.

00:38:58 – Ben gives you both the print and digital Wildstorm Releases for the weeks of 8/25 through 9/1.

  • For the week of 9/1
  • New digital comic offerings (courtesy of comixology.com) $0.99-$1.99
  • Ex Machina #6 & 7
  • Supernatural: Rising Son #2 & 3
  • The X-files #6
  • Planetary #12
  • Gen 13 #29
  • Stormwatch PHD #21
  • The Authority #9
  • Wildcats #9
  • Starcraft #1-7, #1 is FREE
  • Gears of War #1-2
  • Kane & Lynch #1
  • Welcome to Tranquility #1 (Volume 1, 2006)

00:41:38 – Joe gives you are contact info which you will find below and says good night.

The opening and closing music is “Universal Domain” by Dreamline which can be found at http://www.musicalley.com.

Contact info:
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Wildstorm Addiction: http://twitter.com/wildstormaddict
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Email us at wildstormaddiction@gmail.com.

Garrison #5

Writer: Jeff Mariotte
Pencils: Francesco Francavilla
Colors: Wes Hartman
Letters: Johnny Lowe
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Shannon Eric Denton
Cover: Francesco Francavilla

(No Spoilers)

Alright, we got a little more with this issue than last. There wasn’t a single explosion in this issue but there was a great hand-to-hand fight at the beginning. But thankfully fighting is not all we get in this issue as we finally get some revelation here.

When I started reading the issue and the fight began to run long I was afraid we wouldn’t have room for much else. Don’t get me wrong, it was an awesome fight but this series has been leaning more towards action than story since the beginning so while I was expecting it, I was also hoping for a little more substance too. Francavilla continues to deliver some awesome fights and is still finding new and interesting ways for Garrison to finish people off. Then afterwards we get a pretty funny scene of Garrison and Agent Bracewell in a plane that I thought was amusing but again I thought we were running out of comic too quick to fit in more story.

Thankfully, by the last third of the issue we finally get an answer to the origin of Garrison. It’s not really an original origin and it’s kind of what I anticipated all along but it’s passable. It makes sense with certain real world concerns but as far as comics are concerned, it’s not an idea we haven’t seen before. And I don’t mind revisiting old ideas but I do like them to have some sort of cool new spin on them (see Ides of Blood).

I’ve already talked at length about the comparisons to a summer blockbuster movie and you could almost keep a checklist of the cliché’s here. This includes the one we get at the very end of the book which I could see coming a mile away. Again, not necessarily a bad thing but it does kind of take the suspense out of the story.

I am still enjoying this comic but I was kind of hoping they’d try something new with the story. I anticipate next issue we’ll get at least one more good fight and probably a happy ending but regardless I’m still interested enough to see how it all ends. I just wish Mariotte had taken more chances with this story.

6 out of 10 (Slightly above average)