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Stormwatch #10

“Digging Up the Past”

Writer: Peter Milligan
Pencils: Ignacio Calero
Inks: Sean Parsons, Mark Irwin, Andrew Pepoy, Sal Regla & Walden Wong
Colors: Guy Major & Pete Pantazis
Letters: Rob Leigh
Assistant Editor: Sean Mackiewicz
Editor: Pat McCallum
Cover: Miguel Sepulveda

(No Spoilers)

Milligan’s second issue of his Stormwatch run takes a surprisingly slow turn. While we do get some interesting revelations about Stormwatch’s past, I wasn’t expecting a slow paced issue so soon in his run. Plus, as much as I liked Ignacio Calero’s art during Paul Jenkins’ short two-issue stint, I felt it wasn’t as strong in this issue.

We actually get a double-dose of Milligan’s Stormwatch in the DCU this month. Besides this issue, Stormwatch appears in Red Lanterns #10 (also written by Milligan) and acts as a continuation of the events in Stormwatch #9. Between the two issues, I actually preferred the Red Lanterns issue. But since we got two Stormwatch helpings out of the deal, I didn’t mind the slower-paced regular issue as much.

The thing about the plot to the Stormwatch issue is that I felt it was just an excuse to explore some of Stormwatch’s past. Now normally I don’t mind this because of course I’d like to know more about their past, but the main story didn’t excite me enough to warrant the information. There is a lot of set-up in the issue as we get the return of Harry Tanner ( no spoilers, it’s in the solicits). He’s definitely my favorite out of the new characters introduced in Paul Cornell’s six-issue run so I’m glad to see he’s back and look forward to what he has planned for the team.

I will say, Apollo and Midnighter do get a nice moment at the end of the issue and plotpoints from both Cornell’s and Jenkins’ run are carried forward here. So that was nice because some of the other creative teams who have taken over books seem to have disgarded what’s happened so far.

Also, I really enjoyed Ignacio Calero’s art in Jenkins’ run, but it was give and take here. It started off really strong but then seemed to lose something as the issue went on. Then I noticed that the issue had 5 inkers! Now some people may not think that makes a difference but it does. Inking styles vary just like artistic styles do and I think it threw the art off because like I said, there were some parts I liked but others just didn’t seem as good. I’m not sure if they brought so many inkers in because of deadlines, but I think it affected Calero’s art, which was a shame.

This is still my favorite of the Wildstorm titles but this was definitely one of the weakest issues so far. But I do like what I’m seeing set up here and Milligan’s already proven to me he can do a great story. I’d encourage you to read Stormwatch #9 from last month and Red Lanterns #10 to see what I mean. (all I got say about RL #10, Midnighter punches a cat!)

7 out of 10 (Above Average)


Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 33

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 33

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Show Notes:
Welcome to another episode of Wildstorm Addiction! Our resident Wildstorm experts Joe David Soliz & Benjamin Murphy review the new DCU versions of Stormwatch #8, Voodoo #8 and Grifter #8. But wait there’s more! We also review Superboy #8, and the Helspont appearance in Superman #7 & 8, as well as some other Wildstorm appearances in the new DCU 52.

00:00:33  – Joe welcomes everyone to episode #33 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.

00:01:07  – Joe gives some Wildstorm related news as it pertains to the current books in the DCU.

  • Zealot to appear in Deathstroke, but not in Grifter!
  • Team 7 references dropped in two different titles this month.  One in Justice League #8 where it mentions Steve Trevor (Wonder Woman’s on again off again love interest) was in Team 7.  Also in Teen Titans #8 Agent Kurt Lance (Black Canary’s supposedly murdered husband) is shown to be alive and he mentions he was also part of Team 7.
  • Free Comic Book Day! How was it for you?

00:05:17 – Ben jumps right into the review of Stormwatch #8. Released released on 4/04, written by Paul Jenkins with art by Daniel Horn and Ignacio Calero and cover by Miguel Sepulveda. He pleads the fifth on thinking he understood any of the science fictiony mojo Paul was trying to make us swallow. And, yes, there is always a magic gun to explain away the icky sticky details for the “how” part of it.

00:18:36 – Joe follows up on his thoughts for the eighth issue of Stormwatch. He starts by working out the issue backwards. The internet wasn’t too receptive of how the Midnighter treated Jenny and Joe tries to explain the differences between the new DCU characters vs. the old Wildstorm characters (we seem to keep running into this problem).

00:26:52 – Joe reviews Grifter #8. Released on 4/11, written by Nathan Edmondson, with art by Daniel Sampere and cover by Scott Clark. This was Edmondson’s last issue on the title before Liefeld takes it over. Joe enjoyed this issue, can you believe it?

00:35:01 – Ben gives his assessment on Grifter #8….groan, grumble, grumble, groan. How is this title still making the cuts?!?! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE GRIFTER (the character), but this is not the title we were pitched way back in our interview last August. The most wanted man in the DCU? Maybe only by the new version of the Daemonites, but not by the heroes of this universe, as I believe was the intention.

00:39:46 – Ben reviews the eighth issue of the bat-sh#+! crazy alien Voodoo. Released on 4/25, written by Josh Williamson with art by Sami Basri and cover by Rod Reis and Paulo Siqueira. Ben thought the cover reminded him of the old Rat Fink cartoons if that was any consolation to John Tyler Christopher being pulled off of the covers.

00:58:35 – Joe gives his thoughts on Voodoo, which are very short and sweet. He did give a big shout out to Sami Basri who is one of the few artists in the new DCU, next to Brett Booth, who is very consistent on a single title.

00:59:32 – Joe gives a beat by beat review of Superboy #8. Released on 4/11, written by Scott Lobdell & Tom DeFalco with art by R.B. Silva and cover by Barbara Ciardo. (The Culling prelude) Joe equates the Culling to the Hungers Games type of young super-powered beings pitted against one another in order to be culled for the harvest by a baddie known as Harvest!

01:04:31 – Ben gives his assessment on Superboy #8, which reminded him more of Countdown Arena series from the 52 Countdown event since having just read this series.

01:06:09 – Ben reviews the issues #7 and 8 of Superman. Released on 3/28 and 4/25, written by Keith Giffen with art by Dan Jurgens and cover by Ivan Reis. The main concept is that Helspont believes he and Superman are the same and that he should be ruling humans not protecting them. The Daemonites cast Helspont out because of his powers and Supes is basically thinking he’s crazy (Thanks for the recap of issue #7 Joe!). Issue #8, Helspont wants Superman to help him take control of this universe and in turn will give Superman earth for himself and leave him and humanity alone. These issues contained a ton of fighting and possibly even more talking.

0114:39 – Joe gives an update on other Wildstorm related sighting and tie-ins from the other DCU 52 issue #8’s that have released last month.

  • 4/11 Legion Lost #8 – The Culling prelude
  • 4/18 Justice League #8 – Steve Trevor was part of Team 7
  • 4/25 Teen Titans #8 – The Culling prelude
  • 4/25 Blackhawks #8 – Agent Lance was part of Team 7

01:15:00 -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 5/02
    • STORMWATCH #9  New writer PETER MILLIGAN comes aboard! APOLLO and MIDNIGHT battle RED LANTERN SKALLOX! V-MAN’S connection to STORMWATCH is revealed – and it’s a doozy!
    • TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #1 “THE CULLING” begins here! It’s the TEEN TITANS vs. THE LEGION LOST one mile beneath the Antarctic in the chamber of horrors known as the Crucible! Continued in this month’s SUPERBOY #9, LEGION LOST #9 and TEEN TITANS #9! Secret first appearance of Warblade!
  • For the week of 5/09
    • GRIFTER #9 Welcoming the new creative team of ROB LIEFELD, FRANK TIERI and SCOTT CLARK. Grifter’s troubles worsen as he races to stop the impending DAEMONITE invasion. Featuring the first appearances of DEATHBLOW and CHESHIRE in The New 52!
    • SUPERBOY #9 “THE CULLING” continues here from this month’s TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #1 and leading into LEGION LOST #9! SUPERBOY vs. ROSE WILSON – round two! The shocking debut of the all-new WARBLADE!
    • DEMON KNIGHTS #9 “THE MURDER OF MERLIN” begins! Who has the power to murder Merlin – and what else are they capable of?
    • LEGION LOST #9 “THE CULLING” continues from this month’s SUPERBOY #9! Even the combined powers of LEGION LOST and the TEEN TITANS won’t be enough to stop DARK HARVEST and his minions from committing mass murder! Continues in this month’s TEEN TITANS #9.
  • For the week of 5/23
    • VOODOO #9 A new direction for VOODOO starts now! Pris is forced to confront exactly what she has become after being experimented on by the DAEMONITES. Compelled to search for other victims like her, she’s offered a deal by the BLACK RAZORS…but wherever way she turns, it’s guaranteed more blood will be on her hands.
    • TEEN TITANS #9 “THE CULLING” finale! THE TEEN TITANS and THE LEGION LOST duke it out with N.O.W.H.E.R.E. and the madman known as Harvest to stop the slaughter ofinnocent children. This issue leads directly into this month’s RAVAGERS #1! Continued from TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #1 SUPERBOY #9 and LEGION LOST #9!
  • For the week of 5/30
    • THE RAVAGERS #1 First issue of a new series spinning directly out of “THE CULLING!” FAIRCHILD, brother and sister THUNDER and LIGHTNING, the monstrous RIDGE, BEAST BOY and TERRA are being pursued by ROSE WILSON and WARBLADE, who want them dead at any cost! No one’s survival is certain each month in THE RAVAGERS!

01:17:46 – 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 amongst long time Wildstorm fans at theauthority.ws. DC Wormhole podcast episode 7 is out at culturalwormhole.com and they’re covering several of the new 52 books.

01:18:27 – Joe continues with the contact details as shown below.

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Stormwatch #8

 “Supercritical-Part Two”

Writer: Paul Jenkins
Pencils: Ignacio Calero & Daniel HDR
Inks: Sean Parsons
Colors: Pete Pantazis
Letters: David Sharpe
Assistant Editor: Sean Mackiewicz
Editor: Pat McCallum
Cover: Ignacio Calero

(No Spoilers)

Wow! Paul Jenkins did not waste any of his talent on this short two-issue run. It was obvious he not only set out to tell a good story, but I dare say he did a better job of it in two issues than previous writer Paul Cornell did in the previous six. I’m not trying to put down what Cornell did on the title but Jenkins did an outstanding job with what he had to work with.

In interviews before he took over the title, Jenkins expressed interest in staying on the title past his two-issue run. Now we do have writer Peter Milligan coming onto the title next month and I look forward to what he has in store as well, but man do I wish Jenkins had more time on this title! I think the main thing I enjoyed about his story is that he seemed to get the characters. It’s hard to read about these characters and not think about The Authority since basically it’s the same characters with the addition of Maritan Manhunter. But I think this is a good mixture of that and Warren Ellis’ early Stormwatch work. We see some characters here taken in some pretty interesting directions. You’ll see what I mean when you see how the issue ends with the Midnighter and Jenny Quantum. The two get into a situation where some grey area between good and evil arises and it’s that kind of conflict that always made Stormwatch/The Authority work so well in the past.

Another person I’m sad to see go so soon is artist Ignacio Calero. He had some help from Daniel HDR in this issue but their styles seem similar so I couldn’t really pick out when the art changed. But that’s a good thing because sometimes a drastic artist change in the middle of a book can throw off the reader. Where Jenkins seems to get these characters story-wise, Calero definitely captures them visually. None of the characters were off and felt like themselves. I especially loved the way he drew Midnighter will all the extra gear on him. As much as I miss his old costume, having a good artist draw this version makes it easier to take.

I can’t stress enough how much I enjoyed Paul Jenkins on this title. I know he’s moving on to other things but I hope the sales on these issues are strong enough that when Peter Milligan finishes his upcoming run, Jenkins will be the first on their list. He made sure that this title continues to be one of the fresher and more original titles in the New 52 and I hope people are starting to drop other books will give this a try if they haven’t already.

9 out of 10 (Excellent!)

Stormwatch #7

“Supercritical-Part One”

Writer: Paul Jenkins
Pencils: Ignacio Calero
Inks: Sean Parsons & Julio Ferreira
Colors: Pete Pantazis
Letters: Rob Leigh
Assistant Editor: Sean Mackiewicz
Editor: Pat McCallum
Cover: Miguel Sepulveda

(No Spoilers)

We trade one Paul in for another as new writer Paul Jenkins takes over the reigns from Paul Cornell.  Jenkins is set to do a short two-issue story but he quickly shows us that he’s going to make the most of this little stint.  Mix that in with some great art by guest artist Ignacio Calero and you’ve got another solid issue of this great series!

People joked that the end of Cornell’s run portrayed Stormwatch as an amalgamation of The Authority and Planetary.  I think that sense continues here as we open to a very Planetary-esque situation.  However, once back on the Stormwatch’s headquarters, there’s a sense that we’re reading the pages of The Authority again (only with Martian Manhunter in the mix this time).  This is definitely not a bad thing as the characters just seem to play off one another as they always have.

I have to mention Ignacio Calero’s art.  I have been enjoying Miguel Sepulveda’s art on this title but I have to say I enjoyed Calero’s art just a tad bit more.  I loved the little touches he added like giving The Engineer a ponytail made of wires or the distinct look he gave Martian Manhunter.  I’m not sure where he’s headed after this short run but I hope DC uses him elsewhere in their books.

One thing Jenkins nailed right away is what I think makes this title interesting as a whole.  He kept the high-concept ideas in place and it gives the sci-fi aspect of the book more weight.  The training that Martian Manhunter is taking Jenny through is way out there but I love it!  I also love the use of Jack’s powers too.  In a  previous issue we saw him communicate with two of the DCU’s most famous cities.  Now we get to see him communicate with three well known cities, but these are from the real world.  The scene between Jack and these three cities is so well done and really tugs at your heartstrings a little.

I wasn’t sure what Jenkins was going to do with only two issues but so far with just this one he has crafted a great story!  It’s sad that he’s only going to get two issues but if next issue is anywhere close to this, it’s going to be some great stuff!

8 out 10 (On its way to greatness!)