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Team 7 #7

team7n7coverwrap“Mission 2.3: Majestic”

Writers: Justin Jordan & Tony Bedard
Pencils: Jesus Merino & Pascal Alixe
Colors: Nathan Eyring
Letters: Rob Leigh
Assistant Editor: Rickey Purdin
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover: Ken Lashley

(No Spoilers)

Normally when a title is announced for cancellation, it’s hard to get excited about any remaining issues. But Jordan has made these last issues of Team 7 absolutely incredible! The tag team of Merino & Alixe continue to deliver on the art side and the introduction of an old Wildstorm character (spoiled by the title of the issue) make this series so much fun now even here at the end.

team7n7image1Jordan has teased inserting Majestic into this title since the beginning. The way he was created here in the New 52 is a little odd but I was at least happy to see him in a version of his classic costume. We also finally get back to Gamorra Island and its dictator leader Kaizen Gamorra who was one of the top villains in the old Wildstorm U. Here, they do well to insert the ongoing mystery of Pandora and her Box into the mix. I hope it leads some to try the issue when they find that connection here with the impending Trinity War crossover.

team7n7image2We also finally get an explanation as to why Steve Trevor hadn’t been present in the book until now which is ironic because he’s one of the characters in the modern New 52 who kept referring to the team. His insertion is quick but done in a way that makes sense considering Jordan only had a handful of issues left to bring him on board. We also get an explanation of Black Canary and how she got her powers which had a surprising link to an old Wildstorm U concept.

I can’t help but repeat, of the titles slated for cancellation so far, this one bums me out the most. It should have at least been given up to issue 12 before they decided to cancel it. Jordan has really hit his stride with the title, but it’s obviously too little too late. Well, if the momentum keeps up like this, the series will at least end on a high note next month and will make picking up the trade that much more satisfying for those who were trade-waiting.

8 out of 10 (On its way to greatness!)

Team 7 #6

t7n10cover“Mission 2.2: Birth of a Superman”

Writer: Justin Jordan
Pencils: Pascal Alixe, Cliff Richards, Gui Balbi, & Juan Castro
Colors: Nathan Eyring
Letters: Rob Leigh
Assistant Editor: Rickey Purdin
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover: Gary Frank

(No Spoilers)

Wow! I am so bummed this title is ending. Jordan kicked it into high gear last issue and keeps the momentum going here. We do get rotating artists once again but the story kept me so intrigued I didn’t notice it as much (even though there were 4 different artists). He also continues to give some truly oh **** moments that I absolutely love.

t7n10image1Damn you DC for ending this title so early! Jordan is taking these final issues of the series and going for broke! First up, he has a character die that makes no sense because that particular character exists in the current New 52. So I can’t wait for him to explain that one! It’s also a no-brainer that with the title ending, some of the characters I expected to die have started, but then there’s others that are dying and they haven’t shown up in the present New 52. Which means their death may be permanent (well, as permanent as comic deaths can be). It’s this beautiful confusion that makes this issue so great because Jordan has presented so many questions I want answered!

t7n10image2I also love the horror movie feel Jordan went with for this storyline. It’s creepy and also sets up for some gruesome moments for some of the characters. It also has a cool re-imagining of a character who was an old Superman villain (I won’t spoil who it is, but it is very creepy and cool). The characters that are surviving all this are truly earning their bad-ass status.

The ending was a little confusing but I think it was meant to be to get to the shocker of which character makes their New 52 debut at the end! Of all the series that have been cancelled since the New 52 started, this one has kept me excited even with the news of the cancellation. That to me, is great story-telling! Take us out with a bang Mr. Jordan!

9 out of 10 (Excellent!)

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.

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Team 7 #4

t7n4coverwithlogo“Black Diamond Probability- Mission 1.4: The Possession of Slade Wilson “

Writer: Justin Jordan
Pencils: Jesus Merino
Colors: Nathan Eyring
Letters: Taylor Esposito
Assistant Editor: Darren Shan
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover: Tyler Kirkham

(No Spoilers)

Wow! Justin Jordan has really hit his stride with this title. He wraps up the first arc in grand style as we get an action packed thrill ride for the introduction of Eclipso into the New 52. Even Jesus Merino seemed to be on his A-game. This title is like G.I. Joe with superpowers and so far and it’s been great!

t7n4image1I’ll start with Jesus Merino’s art. I wasn’t too crazy about it in the opening issues of the series. But here it just seemed so much better. He hasn’t drawn the last couple of issues so I think all he needed was that extra time. You can tell even with his opening shot of Eclipso which I swear for a second reminded me of Brett Booth’s version of the character. Although to keep in line with the rest of the New 52, this seems to be a younger version of Eclipso.

And I love the way Justin Jordan writes Grifter! THIS is the Grifter I wanted in his solo series! Everything Grifter did in this issue is exactly how’d I’d picture him reacting to the situation. As much as I hated that Grifter’s solo series got cancelled, I am thankful that not only is the character still active in this book, he’s also in the hands of the an awesome writer. Thank you Justin for redeeming one of my favorite characters!

t7n4image2This really is a great issue all the way around. At first I was perplexed by the choice to add the character Essence to this story but as it unfolded I could see why they chose her. I also liked how the team finally came together and showed why John Lynch had faith in this group. Speaking of Lynch, there are ties to the Justice League Black Room (not a spoiler, it’s in the solicits), as well as the beginnings of Slade turning into Deathstroke, and finally we get a tease about something called the Majestic Project. Old Wildstorm fans will know why that’s relevant and we’ll see if Jordan takes that idea in the direction we’re all hoping.

t7n4image3

This title has not just found its footing…now it’s sprinting! It was kind of a shaky start coming out of Zero Month and the constant change in artists, but for those who’ve held on, I hope you enjoyed the outcome as much as I did. And if you jumped off, at least finish this storyline. It’s only issue 4 after all. And next month, we get the introduction of another Wildcat into the DCU as we get Spartan! As if I needed more reasons to love this book!

9 out of 10 (Excellent!)