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Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 35

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 35

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 35

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Show Notes:
Welcome to another episode of Wildstorm Addiction! Our resident Wildstorm experts Joe David Soliz & Benjamin Murphy review the DCU “The Culling” crossover of Teen Titans Annual #1, Superboy #9, Legion Lost #9 and Teen Titans #9 as well as the spin-off from the Culling crossover and the only new title from the new DCU 52 Ravagers #1.

00:00:34  – Ben welcomes everyone to a special episode #35 for the month of June 2012 and gives his spoiler alerts warning. Remember, all written reviews on the website are spoiler free unless otherwise noted and usually get posted within a day of print release.

00:02:25 – Joe gives an overview of Teen Titans Annual #1 (Part 1 of 4, “The Culling”), released on 5/02, written by Scott Lobdell and Tom DeFalco with art and cover by Brett Booth. This was a long issue and Joe did an epic job giving this review! (Even though I told him to keep it tight ;-P)

00:22:43 – Ben summarizes Superboy #9 (Part 2 of 4, “Lost Claws”) released on 5/09, written by Scott Lobdell with art by R.B. Silva. This issue focuses on Superboy’s part in this fight and his mental tug of war of which side of the fight he truly should be part of.

00:30:34 – Joe tries to breeze through Legion Lost #9 (Part 3 of 4, “Unbeatable”) released on 5/09, written by Tom DeFalco with art by Pete Woods. This is Joe’s first ever Legion Lost issue he has read which focuses on the team and why Harvest brought them into this fight and possibly this century!

00:37:54 – Ben blurbs Teen Titans #9 (Part 4 of 4, “If This be Victory!”) released on 5/23, written by Scott Lobdell with art by Ig Guara and cover by Brett Booth.

00:45:11 – Joe gives a brief review of the Ravagers #1 (Part 5 of 4?, “Children of Destiny”) released on 5/30, written by Howard Mackie with art by and cover by Ian Churchill.

00:54:01 – Ben and Joe each summarize their thoughts about the books and the multi-title crossover as a whole.

00:57:05 – Ben gives 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 6/06
    • STORMWATCH #10 – Welcoming the art team of IGNACIO CALERO and SEAN PARSONS as a new epic begins! HARRY TANNER returns to take on STORMWATCH! More secrets of the team’s past are revealed!
    • RED LANTERNS #10 – Welcome new artist MIGUEL SEPULVEDA, continued from last month’s STORMWATCH #9! BLEEZ and the rest of the surviving RED LANTERNS head for ZAMARON to confront the STAR SAPPHIRES about their role in the poisoning of the RED POWER LANTERN.
  • For the week of 6/13
    • GRIFTER #10 – GRIFTER faces off against the DAEMONITES alongside DEATHBLOW and CHESHIRE!
    • SUPERBOY #10 – WONDER GIRL, SOLSTICE, RED ROBIN, KID FLASH and BUNKER all guest-star in a story that connects to this month’s TEEN TITANS #10. Don’t miss SUPERBOY and WONDER GIRL, lost in an ancient world – with no adult supervision!
    • DEMON KNIGHTS #10 – Part two of “ASSAULT ON AVALON!” While searching for MERLIN (Adam One), our heroes find KING ARTHUR…both of him!
    • RAVAGERS #2 – Starring FAIRCHILD, THUNDER, LIGHTNING, RIDGE, BEAST BOY and TERRA! Trying to hide in the “real world” while on the run from N.O.W.H.E.R.E. and its agents proves difficult for teen metas who stand out in a crowd! If they’re going to survive, these young heroes had better be ready to fight!
  • For the week of 6/27
    • VOODOO #10 – “DEAD CITY” begins as PRIS and the BLACK RAZORS pursue VOODOO into outer space! Is the Dead City really dead? If so, how do you explain the mutated DAEMONITES attacking from every direction?
    • TEEN TITANS #10 – THE TEEN TITANS LOST in an inner-world! What did SOLSTICE learn from the LEGION LOST team during THE CULLING? Hint: It has to do with the mystery surrounding KID FLASH’S origin! BUNKER confronts RED ROBIN about the missing SKITTER! DINOSAURS – and a new threat!

00:57:37 – Joe continues with a shout out to Chris Striker, of the Higher Authority 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.

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

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Wildcats #23 - Cover

Wildcats #23

“The Protectorate 1 of 3: Groundwork”

Writer: Adam Beechen
Pencils: Tim Seeley
Inks: Ryan Winn
Colors: Carlos Badilla
Letters: Wes Abbott
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Scott Peterson
Cover: Pete Woods

This is the most solid I’ve seen Wildcats in a long time. We are five issues into this creative teams’ run and they continue to deliver each month. I have not walked away from a Wildcats issue of theirs yet and felt disappointed.

What are the strengths here? Well, first off, the debut arc was an all out three-issue battle. This left very little time for character moments and character development which is what some complained about. However, last issue gave us nothing BUT character moments with absolutely no action. It was a great “breather” issue. Here Beechen and Seeley start revving the engines to prepare us for more craziness.

We start with some great moments with Grunge. He’s always been seen as the dumb-one of Gen 13 which was funny because in reality he’s very smart. He’s forced to make a decision to grow-up pretty fast now that the world has ended. The cool thing about this though is that despite everything, he’s still lovable Grunge. I think Beechen nailed his character and set up a great plot thread with him.

The action comes in as we follow Battalion and Ladytron on their mission to find Earth’s current Doctor. Beechen has a lot of fun with this scene as he takes a few jabs at a certain comic company who shall remain nameless (hint: It’s not DC). This next tidbit might be a bit spoilerish but you’ll have to forgive me for it. Beechen does something some thought impossible. He makes DC/Wildstorm: Dreamwar somewhat relevant! You’ll see what I mean when you read.

This title’s strength also lies in the fact they are getting a lot of story into each issue. Besides what I’ve already mentioned we still have storylines with Majestic/Nemesis, Warblade, Link, and Zealot/Midnighter. Even more so, I don’t feel cheated on any of them!

Last issue was a good jumping on point, but this one could be as well. It’s got enough set-up in it to give a new reader time to digest while still inserting some action, which is what was missing last issue.

It is so good to have a book like this that I not only look forward to each month, but also leaves me very satisfied in the end. Tim Seeley? Don’t think I’ve forgotten you. Your art is still phenomenal and did anyone ever tell you, you draw gorgeous women?

Rating: 9 out of 10 (Excellent!)

The Authority #22 – Cover

The Authority #22

“Infestation” (No Spoilers)

Writer: Tom Taylor
Pencils: Mike S. Miller
Colors: Eltaeb & Mayor
Letters: Wes Abbott
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Jim Chadwick
Cover: by Pete Woods

This is a really solid first issue by the new creative team of writer Tom Taylor and artist Mike S. Miller. As much as I hated to see the previous creative team go, I can tell already that the title is in good hands.

Taylor’s arc picks up with last issue’s cliffhanger. There’s a group of old Wildstorm enemies on The Carrier and Grifter, Flint, and Deathblow have to deal with them. I would’ve never thought this trio would work but they’ve got some great exchanges during the opening scene. Also, wait until you see how Flint takes out one of the bad guys. It’s awesome!

Since World’s End began, there have been a lot of changes that various characters across the Wildstorm Universe titles have experienced. Several of those characters continue their evolution here. Those who have been following the series saw a huge change for character of The Engineer last issue. They explore more about her and her new direction here and it suits what they’ve set up with her perfectly. Another surprising character development is Freefall (originally from Gen 13). She has been through a really interesting, very subtle arc, which began in the pages of Gen 13. It’s really cool to see what she does to one of the bad guys as well.

One thing I thought characterized the previous creative team very well was their use of science fiction in The Authority stories they told. Here we have a great sci-fi moment as The Engineer finally acts to deal with the enemies onboard. It was an incredible solution she presented and the concept was outstanding!

I really liked Miller’s art too. I think he did a great job with the characters and I especially loved some of the facial expressions he gave them. His art was solid all the way through and some of his shots that showed outer space were amazing.

This is a new arc but new readers might be a little thrown with all the stories coming together here that have been going on. But it’s not too far to backtrack four issues. I promise, it’d be worth it.

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

Gen 13 #35 – Cover

Gen 13 #35

“Pocatello: Part 1 – Pathcutter” (No Spoilers)

Writer: Phil Hester
Pencils: Cruddie Torian
Inks: Saleem Crawford
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb
Letters: Wes Abbott
Editor: Scott Peterson
Cover: Pete Woods

Finally, we get a good jumping on point with the Gen 13 kids. Originally, issue 33 was supposed to be writer Phil Hester’s first but the story running through Wildcats and The Authority required writer Adam Beechen to take Gen 13 for issues 33 & 34 before we could get here. I can see why this was done but it has been hard to sell Gen 13 with a good jumping on point because of this. Thankfully, they finally accomplish that here.

I was impressed with the latest issue of The Darkness which Hester wrote so I was eagerly anticipating him coming onto this book. We get the standard “Status Report…” at the beginning of the issue which lays out what’s happened so far in a very simple and direct way. But Hester takes it further by having a new character narrate the majority of the issue. Plus, the roster for Gen 13 is finalized. Not all the original members are here. Some have ended up on The Carrier which is currently out in space while others apparently stayed behind with the remnants of the Wildcats.

The rosters across all the Wildstorm Universe books have been mixed up. It’s a move that has fans split but I personally like it. It makes sense that all the chaos we’ve seen in the WSU lately would make it very hard for the teams to stay in their original incarnations. Likewise, these changes have had negative effects on some of the characters and that’s good to see. Some of these characters have been together for years and suddenly they’re gone. It truly is like a family breaking up.

A new reader jumping on here will get the basic idea that the world has ended and it’s been that way for a while but they really don’t need to know much more than that to appreciate the story Hester has presented here. It’s got some Mad Max stuff going on and even a little bit of Resident Evil: Extinction (I think Fairchild kind of had a Milla Jovovich thing going on). Plus, Hester slows down in certain places and gives us some good character moments. A mix of quiet moments and action is what a good comic should be in my opinion.

Finally, I must mention artist Cruddie Torian. This is his third issue and it’s amazing how his art improves each issue. It is so clean and crisp here compared to two issues ago. I’m really enjoying his art on this book and watching him grow as an artist.

Overall, a really good first issue for Hester. I’m still frustrated that this is bi-monthly. I hope this creative team will bring some readers in so we can get this back on a monthly schedule. If you’ve been curious about Gen 13, give this issue a try.

Rating: 8 out of 10 (On Its Way to Greatness!)