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Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 39

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 39

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Show Notes:
Welcome to another episode of Wildstorm Addiction! Our resident Wildstorm experts Joe David Soliz & Benjamin Murphy review Superman Annual #1, Stormwatch #0, Grifter #0, and Voodoo #0, as well as some other Wildstorm appearances in the new DCU 52. We decided not to review Ravagers #0 this month because it basically just covered the origin of Beast Boy and Terra and had no Wildstorm character appearances.

00:00:35  – Ben welcomes everyone to episode #39 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.

00:01:46  – Ben gives plenty of Wildstorm related news as it pertains to the current books in the DCU approaching the last big con of 2012, NYCC.

  • We all know that Jim Lee is off Justice League, so we’re hoping and praying that a Wildcats title will be his next stop but we’ll see. It’s also rumored Jim Lee may be doing a new Superman title. Ivan Reis is taking over Justice League in December and the announcement had this to say about Jim Lee: “And for you Jim Lee fans out there, don’t worry. We’ve got some major news coming soon. While that’s all we can tease for now, New York Comic Con is only one month away …” Which of course, the con is a lot closer now since this statement was first released and other than a few variant covers, Jim Lee is noticeably absent from the December solicitations.
  • Speaking of December, Grifter #15 has him facing the Suicide Squad (he’s specifically fighting Deadshot on the cover) and mentions ties to Team 7, Stormwatch #15 apparently has the team turning Midnighter because of the Shadow Lords manipulations, Team 7 #3 has Deathstroke turning against the team thanks to the first New 52 appearance of the villain Eclipso, and Ravagers #7 has the return of Rose Wilson and Warblade.  Also, Superboy and the Ravagers guest star in Legion Lost #15 and Demon Knights #15 mentions a connection to Stormwatch.
  • Stormwatch Vol. 2 HC has been pushed back to May 2013 and the Voodoo Vol. 1: What Lies Beneath trade came out Sept. 26th.
  • The Wildstorm Addiction Podcast is now officially part of the Image Addiction Network.  Chris Partin and Michael Smith from Image Addiction are the reason we have a podcast and unfortunately we all split after the Comic Addiction site went down. It’s good to be back amongst our original podcast family!

00:05:31 – Joe starts it off with the review of Superman Annual #1. Released on 8/29, written by Scott Lobdell & Fabian Nicieza with art by Pascal Alixe, Marco Rudy, Tom Raney, Elizabeth Torque, and Mico Suayan with cover by Kenneth Rocafort.

00:19:06 – Ben reviews the history of the new DCU with Stormwatch #0. Released on 9/05, written by Peter Milligan with art by Will Conrad and cover by Tyler Kirkham.

00:33:47 – Joe reviews Grifter #0. Released on 9/12, written by Rob Liefeld and Frank Tieri, with art by Scott Clark and cover by Rob Liefeld.

00:46:48 – Ben tried to review the first issue of the title starting with the third wave of the new DCU52, Team 7 #0, but failed miserably and thank goodness Joe took over. I didn’t get a chance to re-read this issue before the review, but I have a great excuse! Released on 9/12, written by Justin Jordan with art by Jesus Merino and cover by Ken Lashley.

  • The arms dealer Kurt and Dinah go after at the beginning of issue mentions the “Gen-Factor”

01:03:00 – Joe gives his final review of Voodoo as we give this title it’s swan song on issue #0. Released on on 9/26, written by Josh Williamson with art and cover by Sami Basri.

01:15:45 – Ben gives an update on other Wildstorm related sighting and tie-ins from the other DCU 52 issue #0’s that have released last month.

  • 9/12 Deathstroke #0 – appearance by Grifter, how is he hold up those other guys?!?!
  • 9/12 Superboy #0 – Fairchild appearance
  • 9/12 Suicide Squad #0 – Team 7 mentioned several times
  • 9/26 The Savage Hawkman #0 – Mention of a Daemonite war on Thangar (not shown)

01:17:52 – 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 10/03
    • STORMWATCH #13 Midnighter and Apollo go AWOL from Stormwatch! The debut of The Demon in the modernday New 52! Will he be the team’s most unpredictable new member? What is the centuries-spanning connection between STORMWATCH and DEMON KNIGHTS?
  • For the week of 10/10
    • GRIFTER #13 How long until he meets up with Voodoo?
    • RAVAGERS #5 Caitlin and Superboy reunited – and that’s not a good thing for Ridge! Beast Boy’s powers become dangerous as he feels the effects of “Rotworld: The Red Kingdom,” from ANIMAL MAN!
    • DEATHSTROKE #13 Deathstroke and Zealot learn the terrible fate of the planet Kheran and brace for the long-lasting repercussions it will have on the DC Universe.
    • TEAM 7 #1 Learn how the secret wars of the New 52 were fought by TEAM 7! Early adventures of Deathstroke, Black Canary, Grifter, Amanda Waller, Steve Trevor and others! This issue: Battlefield Gamorra!

01:19:52 – 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 coming in November a new Shadowman title.

01:21:13 – Ben continues with the contact details as shown below.

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Team 7 #1

“Black Diamond Probability- Mission One: Black Ops”

Writer: Justin Jordan
Pencils: Ron Frenz & Jesus Merino
Inks: Jesus Merino, Marlo Alquiza, Drew Geraci, Jose Mazan Jr.
Colors: Nathan Eyring
Letters: Carlos M. Mangual
Assistant Editor: Darren Shan
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover: Doug Mahnke

(No Spoilers)

Team 7’s introduction to the DCU continues here as we get an action-filled issue that puts the team to the test. While the zero issue had to mix action with introductions with action, here writer Justin Jordan had the freedom to go more action. But he adds a narrative that re-introduces the characters through the eyes of Lynch for those who didn’t read the zero issue.

Jordan took a chance by making this issue accessible even though he had the zero issue under his belt. Issue zero set-up how the team got together but here we see them on their first mission. Jordan uses their leader Lynch to provide a narrative that re-introduces the team members as he gives his post-mission report. I understand why Jordan did it but for those of us who did read the zero issue, I felt it got in the way of the story a bit. It’s a double-edged sword because this is a first issue after all and this stuff needs to be there. The good news is, it stands well on its own without the zero issue.

I’m still not keen on Jesus Merino’s art. It’s just too old school for me. He is not a bad artist, he just has a really simple style. I will say though, I do like that his rendition of Grifter goes for the white-out eyes instead of the visible eyes through the mask. I know it’s a nit-pick but white eyes always look cooler for masks (just look at the Bat Family). I was also hoping that Grifter’s armor would look be colored like it was in his own zero issue. But looks like it’s mainly red-based for now.

Another thing that threw me off is the solicitation mentioned the team as headed to Gamorra. Now for those who don’t know, Gamorra was an island ruled by dictator Kaizen Gamorra who ended up being one of the greatest Wildstorm villains. So I was surprised to see that the team ended up in another location and it remains to be seen if Gamorra will come into play in the next issue.

While a decent follow-up issue to the zero issue, I was expecting a little more. We’ve got a good set-up here and we’ve got the conflicts amongst the team members established. I’m just looking for something that’s really going to grab me with this title. Here’s to hoping Jordan’s got something hidden up his sleeve.

7 out of 10 (Above Average)


Team 7 #0

” The Majestic Seven “

Writer: Justin Jordan
Pencils: Jesus Merino
Inks: Norm Rapund and Rob Hunter
Colors: Nathan Eyring
Letters: Pat Brosseau
Assistant Editor: Darren Shan
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover: Ken Lashley

(No Spoilers)

Zero Month in the New 52 also brings a new wave of books with it and one of those is Team 7; a legendary team from the old Wildstorm Universe. Much like a Mission Impossible movie, Justin Jordan is tasked with introducing (or re-introducing) lots of characters in this book. It’s a fast-paced issue that does its job well by not only being an awesome origin issue but also a great jumping on point for anyone who wants another chance to get into the New 52.

I have to start off by saying Team 7 was one of my favorite books in the original Wildstorm Universe. It was the genesis for a lot of the characters then and its repercussions were felt throughout that universe from then on. It was smart of DC to keep the spirit of that idea by having a mixture of established DC characters, some original Team 7 members from Wildstorm, and then a few new characters sprinkled in just for good measure. The idea that the government would put together a team to defend against what they perceive as the superhuman threat makes so much sense.

Another plus for me in this book was seeing one of my favorite Wildstorm characters of all-time, John Lynch. He was basically the Nick Fury of the WSU and popped up all the time through many of the Wildstorm titles. It was appropriate that he’s the one putting the team together but instead of being out in the field himself. he’s letting Black Canary do that (yes, I know she’s hasn’t officially assumed that mantle at this time). She was a good thread through this story as we see her recruiting the different members. They even pick up threads from Birds of Prey concerning her future husband, Kurt Lance. Jordan has done well to keep all these stories from the past year straight.

As much as I enjoyed the book, my one nitpick is I’m not a big fan of Jesus Merino’s art. I saw his art in the early issues of Superman and he is a decent artist, but a lot of his work just falls flat for me. The opening pages with Lynch were awesome but as the issue progressed, I just liked it less and less. It is by no means bad art. It’s just not my favorite. Again, I’ll admit it’s just a nitpick because I really did enjoy the book.

As a zero issue, this was done well. It introduced everyone and set things up for next month’s issue one. Overall, it was good but not great. I think after I read #1 next month I may come to appreciate the zero issue more. But unlike some of the other zero issues which had twelve issues precede them, this book had the luxury of actually starting off fresh. I am so happy to have this team in the New 52 and I look forward to see where Jordan takes us.

7 out of 10 (Above Average)