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Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode #42

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 42

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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
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Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 41

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 41

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 41Subscribe 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 #14, Grifter #14, and Ravagers #6, and Team 7 #2, as well as some other Wildstorm appearances in the new DCU 52.

00:00:35  – Ben welcomes everyone to episode #41 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.

00:01:09  – Ben gives plenty of Wildstorm related news as it pertains to the current books in the DCU.

  • Midnighter & Apollo will be two of several characters featured in a one-shot in February called Young Romance: A New 52 Valentine’s Day Special.  Peter Milligan is mentioned as one of the writer’s so we assume he’ll handle the Midnighter/Apollo story. No word yet on who will do the art for that particular story.
  • Even though we’re not going to be treated to a Wildcats title (yet), February does feature the debut of another Wildstorm character.  Team 7 #5 features the New 52 debut of Spartan!  And apparently features an appearance by Caitlin Fairchild according to the cover which shows her and her dad fighting Spartan.  Stormwatch #17 confirms the hard times Will Conrad spoke of in our interview with him last month as the solicit promises the end of Stormwatch headquarters (again) and the death of a character. All-Star Western #17 has a back-up story that features Jenny Freedom and the Stormwatch of the 19th century.
  • March sees the softcover trade release of The DC Universe by Alan Moore which features some of his Wildstorm work: original Voodoo mini-series #1-4 and Deathblow: Byblows #1-3.
  • This past month marked 20 years ago that Brett Booth was hired by Jim Lee. As a thanks to Jim, Brett posted a sweet Grifter sketch on his blog: http://demonpuppy.blogspot.com/2012/11/this-sketch-saturday-its-grifter-time.html
  • Once again, thank you to all our new Image Addiction listeners.  Our downloads have tripled since we became part of the Image Addiction podcast network!!

00:05:16 – Joe starts it off with the review of Stormwatch #14. Released on 11/07, written by Peter Milligan with art and cover by Will Conrad.

00:19:46 – Ben continues on the garbage of the new DCU with Grifter #14. Released on 11/14, written by Rob Liefeld and Frank Tieri, with art by Marat Mychaels and cover by Scott Clark.

00:28:08 – Joe reviews Ravagers #6. Released on 11/14, written by Howard Mackie with art by Ian Churchill and Tyler Kirkham with cover by Ken Lashley.

00:40:00 – Ben actually did a manageable job reviewing Team 7 this month with issue #2. Released on 11/14, written by Justin Jordan with art by Ron Frenz & Julius Gopez with cover by Tyler Kirkham and variant cover by Brett Booth.

00:59:34 – Joe gives an update on other Wildstorm related sighting and tie-ins from the other DCU 52 issue #14’s that have released last month.

  • 10/24 I, Vampire #13 – Stormwatch appearance (just barely, what was the point?)
  • 10/24 Savage Hawkman #13 – Pike appearance
  • 11/07 Animal Man #14 – Rotworld crossover, there are rotted versions of Hawk, Dove, Grifter, Deathstroke, and Hawkman, all believed to be a jab back at Liefeld for attacking Scott Snyder on his way out of DC. Epic!
  • 11/14 Legion Lost #14 – Ravagers appearance
  • 11/14 Deathstroke #14 – Pike shows up at end

01:07:40 – 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 12/05
    • STORMWATCH #15 Midnighter: enemy of Stormwatch? The manipulations of the Shadow Lords have turned members of the team against each other! Is this the beginning of the end as we saw it in issue #0?
  • For the week of 12/12
    • GRIFTER #15 Grifter and Voodoo vs. The Suicide Squad! Is Amanda Waller responsible for all the bad things that have happened to Grifter? Will he stop shooting long enough to learn the truth? Former Team 7 partners face off!
    • RAVAGERS #7 The return of Warblade and Rose Wilson! Can the team finally act like a team — and survive? Beast Boy deals with side effects from The Rot, and Caitlin asks Superboy the unthinkable!
    • TEAM 7 #3 From the pages of RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS, the mysterious Essence joins the team’s battle against the Heart of Darkness known as the Black Diamond! Before he was Deathstroke The Terminator, Slade Wilson was possessed by Eclipso! Is this the secret origin of a super villain? The secret history of the superhuman cold war is here!
    • LEGION LOST #15 The lost Legionnaires must decide if they are willing to sacrifice millions in order to save billions! Superboy and The Ravagers guest-star!
  • For the week of 1/2
    • THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN #15 “HAWKMAN: WANTED” continues! Hawkman is a fugitive — and everybody wants to kill him for his Nth Metal Armor. Good thing Carter’s always ready for a fight! Guest-starring Deathstroke! (More Pike?)

01:08:05 – 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 Only the Valiant podcast as they cover the re-launching of Valiant Comics which current titles include X-O Manowar, Harbinger, Bloodshot, Archer & Armstrong, and Shadowman.

01:08:58 – 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
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

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 40

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 40

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 40Subscribe 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 #13, Grifter #13, Team 7 #1, and Ravagers #5, as well as some other Wildstorm appearances in the new DCU 52.

00:00:35  – Joe welcomes everyone to episode #40 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.

00:01:00  – Joe gives plenty of Wildstorm related news as it pertains to the current books in the DCU after the news and announcements at the New York Comic Con a few weeks ago.

  • In January we will see the end of another wave titles and unfortunately, Grifter is on the hit list this month (announced on Joe’s birthday no less!) along with Blue Beetle, Frankenstein, and Legion Lost. Only two replacement titles have been announced so far debuting in February: Justice League of America by Geoff Johns and David Finch and Man of Steel by Scott Snyder and Jim Lee. Still two titles left to announce.
  • X-O Manowar writer Robert Venditti takes over Demon Knights with #16 and it fast forwards the title 30 years later. I asked Venditti on Twitter if we’ll see any of the Century Babies mentioned in Stormwatch #0. He said not right away but maybe down the line. Stormwatch #16 has Apollo and Midnighter duking it out on the cover?  Lover’s quarrel or Harry Tanner’s manipulations? The solicit reads “Don’t miss the stunning (and permanent) transformation of a Stormwatch member!”
  • Ravagers #8 brings new series writer Michael Alan Nelson (Fall of Cthulhu, 28 Days Later) with Ig Guara on art and features Rose Wilson and Warblade. The final issue of Legion Lost which is #16 will feature The Ravagers and Superboy. Team 7 #4 has the team facing Eclipso and reveals the secret origin of Deathstroke (fixing the zero issue?).
  • Interesting tidbit overlooked at NYCC, a Fan Q&A from comicsbeat.com has this to say: “Jim Lee has two Wildstorm properties reserved for him: W.I.L.D.Cats and Divine Right. Everyone keeps waiting for W.I.L.D.Cats to relaunch, and it certainly seems like the groundwork was being laid, but it seems unlikely that will happen until his run on the new Superman title with Scott Snyder is over.” (Is this spelling of Wildcats legit?)

00:08:09 – Ben starts it off with the review of Stormwatch #13. Released on 10/03, written by Peter Milligan with art by Will Conrad and cover by Guillem March.

00:24:59 – Joe reviews Grifter #13. Released on 10/10, written by Rob Liefeld and Frank Tieri, with art by Marat Mychaels and cover by Scott Clark and Andrew Dalhouse (notice the cover change from the solicit? I have a feeling we’ll be getting more of these until the title ends).

00:39:55 – Ben reviews Ravagers #5. Released on 10/10, written by Howard Mackie with art and cover by Ian Churchill.

00:54:47 – Joe gives his review of Team 7 #1. Released on 10/10, written by Justin Jordan with art by Jesus Merino and cover by Doug Mahnke.

01:05:03 – Ben gives an update on other Wildstorm related sighting and tie-ins from the other DCU 52 issue #13’s that have released this month.

  • 10/10 Deathstroke #13 – Zealot cameo, solicit promised info about Khera but changed with Liefeld’s departure. Voodoo writer Josh Williamson scripted this issue and says he’s doing #14 as well but I asked him on Twitter about Khera change and he said Liefeld gave it to him with Khera plot already gone. Instead we got a booty call.
  • 10/10 Superboy #13 – Fairchild appearance as Superboy hooks up with the Ravagers to tie in with Ravagers #5

01:06:15 – 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 11/07
    • STORMWATCH #14 Will Stormwatch’s battle with Etrigan the Demon expose them to the public? Will rival Harry Tanner’s plan to infiltrate the Shadow Lords lead to the team’s destruction? Plus, a former member returns!
  • For the week of 11/14
    • GRIFTER #14 Midnight in Paris! Grifter vs. Midnighter in the city where Cole was forced to kill his brother! Guest-starring Voodoo!
    • RAVAGERS #6 The team has risked everything for a dying member, but even with Superboy now leading them, their fates may be sealed. It’s only a matter of time before they fall, one by one, to the deadliest assassin.
    • DEATHSTROKE #14 Crossover with “HAWKMAN: WANTED!” Hawkman is a wanted fugitive with a bounty on his head — and Deathstroke aims to collect! Find out what the mysterious connection is between Deathstroke and Hawkman’s Nth Metal armor! (Is Zealot officially gone?)
    • TEAM 7 #2 The secret history of The New 52 is told here – with bullets! Set five years in the past, Team 7 races into the heart of darkness to stop the evil that the Black Diamond will unleash!

01:07:53 – Joe 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 as they just hit a milestone with Episode 75! Also check out the Only the Valiant podcast as they cover the re-launching of Valiant Comics which current titles include X-O Manowar, Harbinger, Bloodshot, Archer & Armstrong, and coming in November a new Shadowman title.

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/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

Ravagers #5

“Game Changer”

Writer: Howard Mackie
Pencils: Ian Churchill
Inks: Norm Rapmund
Colors: Hi-Fi
Letters: Dezi Sienty
Assistant Editor: Darren Shan
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover: Ian Churchill

(No Spoilers)

Picking up directly from where issue 4 left us, the group finally comes to some realizations that cause them to go from a group to a team. It’s good to have the creative team of writer Howard Mackie with artist Ian Churchill again. I feel the stronger issues of the title so far have been the ones with both of them on board. This narrowly beat out Stormwatch as my favorite book this month.

Ravagers has been a fun title since it launched in Wave 2 but has had some distractions. We’ve had other artists on the book in such a short time and while they haven’t been bad, they don’t come close to Ian Churchill. His art is one of the reasons I enjoy this book so much. He does a great rendition of each character and in this issue, he gets to have a little fun as we see the kids in normal clothes instead of their superhero costumes. It’s little details like this that always make me appreciate an artist more.

The zero issue last month basically just showed us the origin of Terra and Beast Boy since technically the “origin” of The Ravagers was revealed in The Culling crossover where the title sprang from. So while the zero issue was good, I was happy to get back on track here with the story. There’s some interesting character moments as we see the group starting to realize why they must band together in order to survive. Even Superboy who guest stars gets a little revelation which I wonder if it’ll be carried over into the “H’el on Earth” crossover happening in the Super titles.

Because the zero issue will be included in the trade, the first arc had to be wrapped up here. I kind of wish they would’ve had one more issue to focus on what they were setting up here because the ending seemed a little forced. Definitely a classic ending to a team book, but you could tell Mackie had to squeeze it in there for the trade.

Ravagers is such an under-rated book in my opinion. I’ve been having a lot of fun with it and it’s got a great creative team. Mackie always has me wondering where we’re going next and now that they team has survived their first arc, I’m anxious for the next one.

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