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Ides of Blood #3

“Fangs, Romans, Countrymen” (No Spoilers)

Writer: Stuart C. Paul
Pencils: Christian Duce
Colors: Christian Duce
Letters: Johnny Lowe
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Shannon Eric Denton & Scott Peterson
Cover: Michael Geiger

This comic is kicking major @$$!!! It’s so refreshing to be reading a creator-owned work that this hitting it on all cylinders!

One thing I instantly appreciated about this issue is that I was able to finally grasp which characters were present and what their names were. Don’t misunderstand; this was not by Stuart Paul’s error in earlier issues at all. It’s just that this is such a dense comic I was getting lost with all the characters presented. Plus the fact that some of the Roman names of people and places are hard to pronounce here. But Paul does a great job of allowing us to recognize each of the characters and their roles now. For example, Anthony, the former friend of our main character Valen’s shows how truly brutal he can be. The opening scene between Anthony and Valen’s was highly cringe-inducing.

Remember how I’ve described this as Gladiator with vampires? Well, Stuart Paul is taking that premise and had so much fun with it in this issue. Imagine the scene with Russell Crowe in Gladiator where he first fights in a match and the colorful characters he’s matched up against. Now imagine those opponents are monstrous that are super strong and super fast. That’s the setting for the awesome battle Valens has during the course of this issue. Artist Christian Duce does an incredible job of illustrating some of these creatures and making an extremely action-packed and intense confrontation.

Stuart Paul has also done an excellent job of creating great dialogue and this issue is no exception. I did notice that Paul had more fun with the dialogue this issue. It seems as if he’s getting more comfortable in telling this story and how each character delivers their lines. The great dialogue mixed with amazing action made this one of the most fun reads I’ve picked up.

Even though the news of Wildstorm shutting down is sad, it’s great to see such a superb comic being one of the last to be printed under the imprint. Both Stuart Paul and Christian Duce are going to be sought after creators from here on out. And for those of you who are not checking out Ides of Blood now, you will be when these two guys make names for themselves. Mark my words!

9 out of 10 (Excellent!)

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 15

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 15

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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 9th and 15th 2010. Reviews including Welcome to Tranquility: One Foot in the Grave #3, Dv8: Gods and Monsters #6, Ides of Blood #2, and X-files/30 Days of Night #3.

00:00:35 – Joe welcomes everyone to Episode #15 for the weeks of September 9th and 15th 2010.

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

00:01:08 – Ben reviews Welcome to Tranquility: One Foot in the Grave #3 (of 6) written by Gail Simone, with art by Horacio Domingues, and cover art by Neil Googe.

00:10:00 – Joe gives his take on Welcome to Tranquility: One Foot in the Grave #3.

00:16:25 – Joe gushes over Dv8: Gods and Monster #6 (of 8 ) written by Brian Wood, along with art by Rebekah Isaacs, and cover by Fiona Staples.

00:22:43 – Ben gives his take on Dv8: Gods and Monster #6.

00:27:24 – Ben once again tells you about the dense Ides of Blood #2 (of 6) written by Stuart C. Paul, art by Christian Duce, and cover by Michael Geiger.

00:38:23 – Thank goodness Joe can step in and fill in all of the details I glossed over about the intensely dense Ides of Blood #2.

00:45:34 – Joe reviews X-files/30 Days of Night #3 (of 6) written by Steve Niles and Adam Jones, along with interior art by Tom Mandrake, and cover by Andrea Sorrentino.

00:54:54 – Joe gives you both the print and digital Wildstorm Releases for the weeks of 9/9 through 9/15.

00:56:44 – Ben 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.

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Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 14

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 14

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Welcome to another special episode of Wildstorm Addiction! Our resident Wildstorm experts Joe David Soliz & Benjamin Murphy talk about Ides of Blood on an exclusive interview with Stuart C. Paul.

00:00:34 – Ben welcomes everyone to Episode #14. He introduces Joe and our special guest for the evening, Stuart C. Paul, writer of Ides of Blood.

00:00:48 – Joe welcomes Stu and thanks him for being on our show.

00:01:16 – [WA – Ben] This is your first comic, correct?  Other than a few tv shows have you ever worked in any other forms of media?
00:01:44 – [Stuart] I should say this is my first published comic. I did work for another company which had the intentions of turning comics into feature films for Hollywood. Other mediums have been scripts for television and anything else you can think of that needs to be written.

00:03:00 – [WA – Ben] How has the transition been writing for a television shows versus writing for comics?
00:03:07 – [Stuart] It’s been freeing being able to be very descriptive for the artist versus writing for the screen where the director has his own idea of the look and feel.

00:04:38 – [WA – Joe] What made you decide to venture into the world of comics?
00:04:42 – [Stuart] I came in because of screen-writing experience and then fell in love with comic medium.

00:06:39 – [WA – Ben] Who are some of your influences as a writer?
00:06:50 – [Stuart] Some of my influences were Stephen King, and Neil Gaiman who got me reading comics. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was a favorite because I really liked the story-telling. Some of my favorite movies include Sergio Leon’s The Good Bad and Ugly, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Christopher Nolan’s Memento and Inception.

00:11:16 – [WA – Joe] Where did the inspiration for Ides of Blood come from?
00:11:22 – [Stuart] I was thinking about genre stuff and thought vampire stuff was boring so I wanted to make them interesting. Julius Caesar came to mind and it was not done to take advantage of market. For the most part I felt vampires were presented as really stupid but there were a few movies I liked such as Salem’s Lot, Nosferatu, Georege Romero’s Martin. I have to say I hated The Lost Boys though.

00:18:05 – [WA – Ben] For a period piece like this, what kind of research did you have to do?
00:18:20 – [Stuart] I did lots of Roman research. I read the Handbook: Life in Ancient Rome and The Assassination of Julius Caesar, as well as other classic works. The Dacian culture was tough to find research on.

00:21:32 – [WA – Joe] How did you get hooked up with artist Christian Duce for this project?  What about cover artist Michael Geiger?
00: 21: 42 – [Stuart] Shannon Eric Denton hooked us up. He’s from Uraguay and he’s emailing everything. We’ve never met. Michael Geiger and I have also never communicated but he has done beautiful covers.

00:27:12 – [WA – Ben] Was Ides of Blood always going to be the first story you wanted to work on or were there other projects you wanted to get made before?
00:27:44 – [Stuart] I knew Ides of Blood would be first out. I did have a project called Dying Breed but that didn’t pan out.

00:31:59 – [WA – Joe] Does Ides of Blood end with the potential for a sequel?  Regardless, do you have any other projects in the pipe you can talk about?

00:33:18 – [Stuart] The beginning of this answer edited due to series ending spoiler. It definitely has sequel possibilities. I want to go to Egypt and do a Cleopatra story. I do have another project in the works called Bushido 44 but it doesn’t have a publisher yet (Wildstorm, you listening?).

00:37:33 – [WA – Ben] Are you familiar with Jim Lee’s Wildstorm Universe of characters and titles? Are there any characters in the Wildstorm Universe that you’d like to write?
00:37:48 – [Stuart] I’ve read the early Wildcats stuff as well as Alan Moore’s run. I’ve also read some of The Authority. (Joe mentions Stormwatch to Stu because of his interest in Deep Space Nine)

00:40:27 – [WA – Joe] Fun Question! Two-part question.  We already covered your favorite T.V./movie about vampires, but what’s your favorite movie or T.V. show depicting ancient Rome?
00:40:50 – [Stuart] I thought Rome on HBO was a masterpiece. I like Stanley Kubrick Spartacus. (Joe prompts Stu to mention Gladiator)

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

Contact info:
Joe: http://twitter.com/grifter78
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Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 12

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 12

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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 11th and August 18th 2010. Reviews including Gen 13 #37, Welcome to Tranquility: One Foot in the Grave #2, The Authority: The Lost Year #12, Dv8: Gods and Monsters #5, Ides of Blood #1, and X-files / 30 Days of Night #2.

00:00:35 – Joe welcomes everyone to Episode #12 for the weeks of August 11th and 18th.

00:00:57 – Spoiler alerts warning, but all the written Wildstorm reviews at site are spoiler free unless otherwise noted.

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

  • Thanks to the X-nation podcast and the Image Addiction podcast for running our 30-second commercial during their latest episodes (X-nation Ep. 2 & Image Addcition Ep. 24)  You can find X-nation at www.culturalwormhole.com and Image Addiction at www.imageaddiction.net both are linked from our site
  • Also quick shout out to all you Tool fans from toolband.com and toolarmy.com who came en masse to check out our X-files/30 Days of Night #2 review (Adam Jones of Tool helping with writing), hopefully you’ll give this episode a try when you see we’re covering #2 tonight
  • New books coming in Nov.  ASSASSIN’S CREED: THE FALL #1 (OF 3) Written by KARL KERSCHL & CAMERON STEWART; Art and cover by KARL KERSCHL & CAMERON STEWART, VICTORIAN UNDEAD II: SHERLOCK HOLMES VS. DRACULA #1 (OF 5) Written by IAN EDGINTON; Art by DAVID FABBRI; Cover by RYAN SOOK, WILDSTORM PRESENTS #1 Written by GEOFF JOHNS, ED BRUBAKER, BRIAN AZZARELLO, JUDD WINICK and others Art by DOUG MAHNKE, AMANDA CONNER, BRIAN STELFREEZE, JASON PEARSON, GEORGES JEANTY and others; Cover by JIM LEE 96 pages $7.99, WORLD OF WARCRAFT: CURSE OF THE WORGEN #1 (OF 5) Written by MICKY NEILSON & JAMES WAUGH; Art by LUDO LULLABI & TONY WASHINGTON; Cover by JOHN POLIDORA, TWO-STEP TPB Written by WARREN ELLIS; Art by AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI; Cover by AMANDA CONNER collects 3 mini series originally published through WS’s imprint Cliffhanger in 2004 and it’ll have Ellis’ script for #1 included all for $19.99

00:04:39 – Ben reviews Gen 13 #37 written by Phil Hester, art by Cruddie Torian and Saleem Crawford, and cover art by J. G. Jones.

00:12:59 – Joe gives his take on Welcome to Tranquility: One Foot in the Grave #2. Written by Gail Simone, art by Horacio Domingues, and cover by Neil Googe.

00:22:28 – Ben reviews the final issue in the series for The Authority: The Lost Year #12. Written by Keith Giffen and Grant Morrison, interior art by Jerry Ordway, Kevin Nowland, and others, and cover art by Gene Ha.

00:30:04 – Joe tells us all about Dv8: Gods and Monsters #5 written by Brian Wood, art by Rebekah Isaacs, and cover by Fiona Staples.

00:38:17 – Ben gives his thoughts on the new creator owned series, Ides of Blood #1. Written by Stuart C. Paul, art by Christian Duce, and cover by Michael Geiger.

00:50:05 – Joe reviews the fantastic X-files / 30 Days of Night #2 crossover. Written by Steve Niles and Adam Jones, art by Tom Mandrake, and cover by Andrea Sorrentino.

00:59:37 – Ben gives you both the print and digital Wildstorm Releases for the weeks of 8/11 through 8/18.

  • For the week of 8/18
  • New digital comic offerings (courtesy of comixology.com) $0.99-$1.99
  • Ex Machina #4 &5
  • Supernatural: Origins #5 & 6
  • Supernatural: Rising Son #1
  • The X-files #4 &5
  • Planetary #10 & 11
  • Gen 13 #27 & 28
  • Stormwatch PHD #19 & 20
  • The Authority #7 & 8
  • Wildcats #6 & 7
  • NOTE: First arc of World’s End storyline in these titles in now complete

01:02:57 – 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:
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.