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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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The Authority: The Lost Year #12

“Reality” (No Spoilers)

Writers: Grant Morrison & Keith Giffen
Pencils: Jerry Ordway
Inks: Kevin Nowlan
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb
Letters: Rob Leigh
Editor: Scott Peterson
Cover: Gene Ha

Here we are finally and so ends half (looking at you Wildcats) of the redemption for Worldstorm and this title which had been put on hold since Grant Morrison left it in 2006. It has been a bumpy ride to say the least but it is very interesting how they chose to end this.

All of you who have been following our coverage of this title know that for the most part we’ve been really frustrated with it. Morrison had a strong start when he worked on it, so when Keith Giffen was announced to take it over it seemed like a good fit. Giffen, after all, had already written these characters several times. But somewhere along the way, it seemed that this series as a whole just started to fall apart. One thing that was evident was the story arcs were way too short. There were several alternate worlds that the team visited that were really cool but only lasted two issues. This led to a lot of great set up being resolved super fast in order to move on to the next alternate reality.

This was hard to accept until those two beautiful issues drawn by Brandon Badeaux we just recently reviewed. By that time, we already knew to expect the shorter arcs and Badeaux’s art certainly made up for it. Which brings us to this issue. It is very interesting the way they decided to end this. It’s hard to talk about without spoiling but let’s just say, you’d get a very different feel for this ending if this series had come before DnA’s World’s End Authority run (in continuity this story takes place before World’s End). I’d go as far as to say this ending would’ve been very lackluster if you didn’t have DnA’s run to juxtapose. For me it was a reminder of why I didn’t like The Authority much before DnA’s run.

Another thing worth noting about this issue is that the art is by industry legend Jerry Ordway. We’re talking this is the equivalent of Jack Kirby drawing The Authority. It’s crazy to even see his name here. This is one of the guys who worked on Crisis on Infinite Earths (which is highly appropriate based on the premise of this Authority series). His art is obviously very old school but it still looks great!

Overall, I think this series fell flat. It had a great start and some great issues here towards the end but honestly it just ended up being another Authority adventure. It seemed like they were trying really hard to learn something here at the end but I’m not so sure they did. It’s a shame because there was such potential here but somehow it got lost along the way (pun intended). Honestly, I hope this is the last we ever see of this version of The Authority. I hope the lessons they learned in the DnA run are never forgotten.

I think they’re much better off for it.

7 out of 10 (Above Average)

The Authority: The Lost Year #11

“Damage Control” (No Spoilers)

Writers: Grant Morrison & Keith Giffen
Pencils: Brandon Badeaux
Colors: Jonny Rench
Letters: Rob Leigh
Editor: Scott Peterson
Cover: Gene Ha

In-freaking-credible! I wish all of Lost Year had been like these last two issues. Everything came together in this issue; the story was engaging and once again we’re treated to amazing art by Brandon Badeaux.

Badeaux’s art is what really made this arc for me. It is incredibly detailed and combined with Jonny Rench’s colors makes for some of the best art in a comic I’ve seen in a long time. Plus, Badeaux’s designs for the alternate reality Authority are just wicked! I’ve heard people say they don’t think Badeaux could handle a monthly book because his art is so detailed. Personally, I’d wait on a bi-monthly book if he were doing the art. It’s that good.

But one thing’s that also really good here is the story. It’s not something that’s entirely original but it’s enough to give this little two-issue arc the sense of being something bigger and more epic. There are also a ton of cameos by other Wildstorm heroes in this alternate universe which adds to the scope of the events. And this time, even though the story is wrapped up quickly, I don’t feel cheated. I consider this the big budget movie of this series (complete with awesome special effects).

If you have not been following Lost Year, or got frustrated by some of the same things I did along the way, I say pick up issue 10 and 11. They are just too beautiful not to have in your collection. I cannot say enough good things about them. Although at the same time it saddens me that the series as a whole was not like this. It could be argued that they were saving the best for last but it’s still a lot stuff to sift through before we get to this point.

Well, we’re done to one issue left and then this series wraps up. It will be interesting to look at the series as a whole when all is said and done but the awesomeness displayed here is probably too little too late.

9 out of 10 (Excellent!)

The Authority: The Lost Year #10 – Cover

The Authority: The Lost Year #10

“The Seventh Day” (No Spoilers)

Writers: Grant Morrison & Keith Giffen
Pencils: Brandon Badeaux
Colors: Jonny Rench
Letters: Rob Leigh
Editor: Scott Peterson
Cover: Gene Ha

FINALLY! An issue of Lost Year I really like! I haven’t liked an issue this much since issue 6 (which ultimately let me down with the following issue). The difference here is I now know this little arc will be resolved next issue. Would I like for it to run longer? Hell yeah! Especially with Brandon Badeaux drawing it. But for now I’ll take what I can get.

I’ll start with Brandon Badeaux. He is an incredible artist! Wildstorm fans have seen his work in the “Dane: Loyalties” back-up story which ran in the early World’s End titles and also in The Authority #10. Not since Gene Ha opened up this series have I come across art I loved this much. He is extremely detailed and I think that may be his blessing and his curse. I’m not sure if he could do a monthly because he spends so much time on his art but even if it were bi-monthly, I’d wait for a title with his art.

One very cool aspect of this story that is unlike any previous is this series is that this acts as a “What If?” to a very major storyline in Wildstorm’s past (don’t want to spoil it). It was one of my personal favorite storylines and it is really cool to see how things played out in this alternate Earth as a result. There are even a couple of Wildstorm characters we haven’t seen in a while who have alternate versions here.

Speaking of which, because this spins out of a major storyline from Wildstorm’s past, it features a ton of characters from around the WSU. And again, seeing Badeaux draw some of these characters is pure eye-candy. It also gives this story a more epic feel because with the other heroes around it feels like there’s more at stake here.

Even though I know it ends the story, I’m hoping next issue is as enjoyable as this one. For as much as this series has disappointed me as a whole, it’s nice to be excited about at least two of the last three issues. We’ll see how the final issue plays-out.

8 out of 10 (On its way to greatness)