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Wildcats #26

“Desert Storms” (No Spoilers)

Writer: Adam Beechen
Pencils: Tim Seeley
Inks: Andy Smith
Colors: Carlos Badilla
Letters: Wes Abbott
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Scott Peterson
Cover: Howard Porter & Allen Martinez

Wow! If you are a long time Wildstorm fan like me there are a ton of references and appearances in here that will make you giddy! Much like Christos Gage did in his run, Adam Beechen is finding great ways to incorporate old characters we haven’t seen in years.

Beechen is still juggling several stories but for the most part we get two stories here with two distinct themes. One is the more epic story involving the mysterious character Aeon and the majority of the other heroes. But the second is a more personal story as Warblade takes the nurse who helped him when he was wounded and they go to Earth to find her family. In the midst of all the grandness of the Aeon story, the Warblade story is more down to Earth and very human. I hope your heart is prepared for the outcome.

The only story Beechen throws our way and then moves on is Majestic’s story. But even then it’s a teaser showing us that his story is about to move into a whole other level. The rest of the stories seem to begin separately but then they all converge with the Aeon story. And boy does Beechen give us a huge tease with Aeon! But he doesn’t stop there! He attaches an awesome cliffhanger associated with Aeon AND we get another second cliffhanger as we finally see what John Lynch and Team 7 are up to.

Tim Seeley continues to give us great renditions of the Wildstorm heroes. One subtle thing that Seeley is doing a great job with is the facial expressions of the characters. This is especially true with the Warblade story. The emotion is already bursting through in the dialogue and the situation but Seeley makes sure we see it on the heroes’ faces as well. This is a small detail that could easily be overlooked but to me it’s the sign of a truly great artist because it shows me he’s working well with Beechen and bringing the script to life.

I had to bump up my rating for this one because I loved everything that Beechen packed into this issue. I didn’t feel like any part was slow and the emotions displayed here were genuine and believable. Things are getting worse for our heroes but the ironic thing is that makes it better reading for us fans.

9 out of 10 (Excellent!)

The Authority #25

“This is Gonna Suck” (No Spoilers)

Writer: Tom Taylor
Plot Assist: Adam Warren
Pencils: Al Barrionuevo
Colors: Eltaeb & Mayor
Letters: Wes Abbott
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Jim Chadwick
Cover: Howard Porter & Allen Martinez

Don’t let the title of the issue fool you. It does everything BUT suck! But rest assured, Tom Taylor finds a clever way to present the title too. I personally thought it was hilarious how he did it.

After the events of the last few issues I figured things would show down a bit here and I was partially right. Taylor does take the first half to the issue to fill us in on the mystery of Jack’s secret weapon. There is also time to get genuine reactions from the other team members concerning Jack’s weapon. Each of their reactions makes perfect sense and you’re either going to feel really sorry for Jack at the end or hate him for being such a jerk. I personally felt sorry for him.

I liked how even characters like Freefall and Rainmaker stood for what they believed in during this issue. Since they’re obviously the youngest of the team, it seems as if they’ve just been doing what they’re told. But of course that required some trust on their part that those in authority (no pun intended) were trustworthy. But after recent events, they have every right to question that and I loved that about them in this issue.

Taylor also continues to interject great science fiction into run, even mixed with a little science fact (well, hypothetical fact but certainly not straight up fiction). Barrionuevo gets to draw some incredible widescreen shots that have made for some breath-taking moments in this run. Just when I think Barrionuevo’s art is getting a little too dark for my tastes, he reminds me that he’s just setting the mood for the interior shots. Because when we see exterior shots of The Carrier and all the bright vibrant colors of the things they’re discovering, you’ll see the strength of Barrionuevo’s artwork in full force.

But the creative team’s not done with us yet. As the solicits reads “The Carrier appears to finally be approaching its ultimate destination”. Taylor not only gives us a cool little twist at the end but also leaves us with a great cliffhanger!

We’re rolling the down the second half of this creative team’s run. It’ll be a race to see who has the bigger finish in December, The Authority or Wildcats. Regardless, I can tell you it’s going to be one hell of a race!

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