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Wildstorm Addiction Podcast Episode #45

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 45

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast Episode #45Subscribe to the show: RSS Feed | iTunes

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Show Notes: Welcome to another episode of Wildstorm Addiction! Our resident Wildstorm experts Joe David Soliz & Benjamin Murphy review Stormwatch #18, Ravagers #10and Team 7 #6, as well as some other Wildstorm appearances in the new DCU 52.

00:00:00  – Ben welcomes everyone to episode #45 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. This month on our “Friends of Wildstorm” series, where we bring on a lifelong or recently converted fans of the Wildstorm Universe we have Jill Johansen a.k.a. Raye from Clark’s Bar. Jill is one of the regular’s at Clark’s Bar and is one who gets some great in depth discussions going on at the boards. She’s also really good at keeping up with posting news and she is an avid Apollo and Midnighter fan. Jill, gives us a quick background on why and when you started following Wildstorm.

00:02:08  – Ben continues with plenty of Wildstorm related news as it pertains to the current books in the DCU.

  • Our podcast is 3 years old! It’s hard to believe it’s been 3 years since we started out at the Comic Addiction and they let us spin off into our own podcast. Thanks to our podcast “fathers” Chris Partin and Michael Smith who still host the Image Addiction podcast.
  • Artist Scott Clark passed away. He came on with the launch of the original Stormwatch in 1993 and was heavily associated with Wildstorm over the years. Most recently we covered his work on the Grifter title. He was only 43.
  • Inker Dave Beaty, who we interviewed a couple of months ago, has come to our Grifter Facebook page and offered to add some behind the scenes material.  He recently added a couple of Scott Clark’s sketches for the book.  Find the Grifter fan page on Facebook and follow it so you can check it out.
  • Superman: Unbound releases on DVD & Blu-ray on May 7th and it has a preview of the next DC animated movie, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. Grifter had a small role in the comic story Flashpoint so whether or not he’ll get a cameo in the movie remains to be seen.
  • Newsarama reported that there will be a Planetary Omnibus, a comprehensive collection of the Warren Ellis/John Cassaday series that will include the core series as well as Planetary: Crossing Worlds. No release date announced yet. (thanks to John Pannozzi from Clark’s Bar for the info)
  • Kurt Busiek’s Astro City returns with a new ongoing series in June. While not a Wildstorm Universe title, Astro City did make its debut under the Wildstorm imprint and had several mini-series afterward.
  • Brett Booth snuck a picture of Backlash on the cover of Nightwing #21, where Booth will become the regular artist.
  • And finally the DC Heroclix: Teen Titans set is out and we have first looks at some of Ravagers and Gen 13 figures in the news section of our site. Be sure to check those out if you haven’t already.

00:08:00 – Our guest and friend of the show, Jill Johansen, starts it off with the review of Stormwatch #18. Released on 3/06, written by Peter Milligan with art by Will Conrad and cover by Ken Lashley and Matt Yackey.

00:22:42 – Joe reviews Ravagers #10. Released on 3/13, written by Michael Alan Nelson with art by Ig Guara and Diogenes Neves, and cover by Ken Lashley.

00:38:15 – Ben gives his review of Team 7 #6. Released on 3/13, written by Jesus Merino and art by Pascal Alixe, Cliff Richards, Gui Balbi & Juan Castro with cover by Gary Frank,  Cam Smith, and Brad Anderson.

00:51:55 – Joe gives an update on other Wildstorm related sighting and tie-ins from the other DCU 52 issue #18’s that have released this month.

  • 2/28 All-Star Western #17 – Stormwatch backup story
  • 3/13 Deathstroke #18 – No Teen Titans nor Ravagers appearances (mention of John Lynch)

00:56:53 – 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 4/03
    • STORMWATCH #19 Team StormWatch is lost in a dimension shift—so what team will rise and take their place?
  • For the week of 4/10
    • RAVAGERS #11 The latest creature to escape from N.O.W.H.E.R.E. brings death to The Ravagers—but is it animal, vegetable or mineral?
    • TEAM 7 #7 What new member, who threatens to tear the team apart, is welcomed into The New 52?
    • DEATHSTROKE #19 Which teens are the only ones deadly enough to stop Deathstroke?

00:58:42 – Ben gives some quick shout out’s starting with Chris Striker’s The Higher Authority’s message boards Clark’s Bar to continue the Wildstorm integration discussions amongst long time Wildstorm fans at http://theauthority.ws.  Also check out our friends of the show, the Image Addiction podcast as they cover new releases from Image Comics and The Savage FINcast as they cover The Savage Dragon. Both can be found at http://www.imageaddiciton.net And get twice the Valiant coverage now with our friends of the show from the Only the Valiant podcast at http://www.onlythevaliant.com and our friends over at www.culturalwormhole.com and their Valiant Future podcast. Joe guest-hosted Ep. 4 last month and will be on the upcoming Ep. 5 as well.

01:01:03 – Ben continues with the contact details as shown below.The opening music is “Universal Domain” by Dreamline which can be found at http://www.musicalley.com.

Contact info:
Jill Johansen (Guest Host): www.kentauroi.com where you can check out her artwork and her upcoming webcomic.
Joe: http://twitter.com/joedavidsoliz (I have changed my Twitter)
Wildstorm Addiction: http://twitter.com/wildstormaddict
Post your comments for each episode on the wildstormaddiction.com!
Email us at wildstormaddiction@gmail.com.
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Our show is now on Stitcher! Listen to us on your iPhone, Android Phone, Kindle Fire and other devices with Stitcher. Stitcher is Smart Radio for Your phone or tablet. Find it in your app store or at stitcher.com The latest episode is always available for you- no syncing needed… and no memory or storage wasted! Stitcher SmartRadio- The Smarter Way to listen to radio.

Joe will be at Pax East in Boston, Massachusetts March 22-24 helping to promote his friend’s upcoming video game Mech Knight Chronicles which is frm Dinosaur Games. They can be found at www.dinosaurentertainment.com.

Stormwatch #18

sw18cover“The Scream”

Writer: Peter Milligan
Pencils: Will Conrad
Colors: Guy Major & Allen Passalaqua
Letters: Taylor Esposito
Assistant Editor: Darren Shan
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover: Ken Lashley

(No Spoilers)

After a tumultuous year and a half since the New 52 started, Stormwatch has survived…but just barely. After many editorial and creative team changes (happening once again next month), Peter Milligan and Will Conrad deliver their final issue and do their best to wrap everything up.

sw2Here it is, the lone survivor of the mass of cancelled Wildtorm-related titles in the New 52. It even outlasted titles that launched later. Stormwatch as a title has struggled to find it’s legs and while Milligan’s run started off really strong, it soon started to lose steam. It wasn’t until we found out this was Milligan’s last issue that certain storylines being wrapped up so quickly started to make sense. This also quickly became the dumping ground for characters who once appeared in other titles. Zealot was a decent addition but now will only have limited time because of the creative team change next month. Then O.M.A.C. appeared at the end of last issue (seen in issue preview so no spoiler) but there is really no reason for him to be here. His inclusion only served for Zealot, Apollo, and Midnighter to have someone to physically fight in their battle against The Engineer.

Speaking of The Engineer, I’m not sure I like what they’ve done with her. Over in Ravagers, they made Warblade a villain and for some reason that didn’t bother me much. But here, I’m sad they chose do to that with The Engineer. The handling of all the characters in general, regardless of the fact they are not their pre-New 52 selves, never really did resonate well.

sw1Now art wise, I can say that Will Conrad was in top form here. Not only did he get to illustrate the entire issue again, I think he may have put more into since he knew it was his last. I’ve enjoyed his art since he came on the book and he’ll be an asset to whatever book he gets assigned next.

Overall, it was a decent ending to the run. The book really did become the Midnighter and Apollo show which is not necessarily a good thing, because it’s supposed to be a team book. Don’t get me wrong, I love the characters, but if you want to focus on them this much, give them their own book. Unfortunately, based on what upcoming writer Jim Starlin has indicated, none of this may matter after next month’s story begins. But I guess we’ll have to wait and see what that entails.

7 out of 10 (Above Average)

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast Episode #44

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 44

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast Episode #44Subscribe to the show: RSS Feed | iTunes

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Show Notes: Welcome to another episode of Wildstorm Addiction! Our resident Wildstorm experts Joe David Soliz & Benjamin Murphy review Stormwatch #17, Ravagers #9and Team 7 #5, as well as some other Wildstorm appearances in the new DCU 52.

00:00:00  – Joe welcomes everyone to episode #44 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. This our first of hopefully many, “Friends of Wildstorm” episodes where we bring on a lifelong or recently converted fan of the Wildstorm Universe. They hash out the recent news, issues, and give us their reviews right along side of us. There is no better way to start off this inaugural endeavor than by starting it off with thee O.G. Wildstorm fan himself, Chris Striker. Founder of theauthority.ws and stormwatch.ws fansites, as well as the numero uno hangout for Wildstorm fans far and wide, the Clark’s Bar comics forum.

00:02:16  – Joe continues with plenty of Wildstorm related news as it pertains to the current books in the DCU.

  • First up, the original Stormwatch #1 launched 20 years ago in 1993. Happy Anniversary to our favorite protectors of the planet!
  • Jim Starlin revealed his gatefold cover for April’s Stormwatch #19 and it lived up to it’s WTF certified status (which is what all the covers for April were marked as). There is an alternate version of Apollo and Midnighter (whether or not these are the actual Wildstorm versions remains to be seen but their costumes are a dead ringer) and we get the New 52 debut of Hellstrike. We also get a male Engineer and a new century baby called Jenny Soul. Three other new characters are the identified as Storm Control, the Forecaster, and Starlin’s own creation called The Weird. Source via: ComicBookResources
  • And if that’s not enough Stormwatch for you, All-Star Western #20 has another Stormwatch back-up. Be sure to pick up All-Star Western #17 on February 27th to see the first Stormwatch back-up!
  • And now after all of the good news, we’re here to turn it around and continue the crotch kicking that has become the norm as a regular Wildstorm fan…
    • Not one, but TWO titles are being cancelled with Team 7 and Ravagers in May! Talk about WTF!! I guess I jinxed us when I said we were going to be the Stormwatch podcast. BUT the Team 7 #8 solicit released a spoiler when it mentions Majestic as one of the characters that parts ways with the others in this issue. Deathstroke is also being cancelled but issues 18, 19, & 20 will feature the Ravagers. DC Comics Editor-In-Chief Bob Harras: “We have plans. We have Beast Boy in there, we have Terra, you’re going to see them in other titles in upcoming months. Caitlin Fairchild, you’re going to learn things about her — so again, not to sound like a broken record, but these characters will be ongoing. We have interesting things planned for them, and I think some of them will be very surprising.”
    • The Wildstorm Resource Wiki is dead for now.  It was shut down on us with no warning and the creator James has tried to contact Wetpaint with no luck.  Their could be a variety of reasons why they shut us down, we could have been using too much space under the free service, Wetpaint also just got bought out and seems to have been re-branded as a TV-only Wiki.  Whatever the reason, the chances of us recovering the Wiki are slim to none at this point. (GRRRR!!!! We may be able to scrape it by hand from the wayback machine… Let’s go troops we have some work to do! Last snapshot was in July of 2012) http://web.archive.org/web/20120721014549/http://wildstormresource.wetpaint.com/

00:08:39 – our guest and friend of the show, Chris Striker, starts it off with the review of Stormwatch #17. Released on 2/06, written by Peter Milligan with art and cover by Will Conrad.

Gen 13 The Unreal World (1996) Ravagers #9

00:17:48 – Ben reviews Ravagers #9. Released on 2/13, written by Michael Alan Nelson with art by Ig Guara and cover by Ken Lashley.

00:30:03 – Joe gives his review of Team 7 #5. Released on 2/13, written by Jesus Merino & Nei Ruffino and Pascal Alixe & Nathan Erying with cover by Gary Frank & Cam Smith. (MAJESTIC destroyed an entire country!?!?! Are we going to get to see him?!?!)

00:48:22 – Ben gives an update on other Wildstorm related sighting and tie-ins from the other DCU 52 issue #17’s that have released this month.

  • 2/06 Young Romance: A New 52 Valentine’s Day Special #1 – Apollo and Midnighter, “Seoul Brothers”

00:49:17 – 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 3/06
    • STORMWATCH #18 The team battles one of their own for their very survival! The relationship of Midnighter and Apollo hits a rough patch when the Amazon-like Zealot joins the team!
  • For the week of 3/13
    • RAVAGERS #10 Someone claiming to be Terra’s brother comes to the team. Unfortunately, Deathstroke the Terminator isn’t far behind him! The Ravagers are having serious trust issues already, so a visit from the world’s deadliest assassin certainly won’t help!
    • TEAM 7 #6 In the tale from the recent past, Team 7 is on a mission to rescue Caitlin Fairchild when a team member dies! And in the present day, Deathstroke hunts down his former Team 7 partners! But why?
    • DEATHSTROKE #18 Finally! Deathstroke vs. The Teen Titans! You want more? You got more, as The Ravagers join the fight!

00:50:01 – Joe gives some quick shout out’s starting with Chris Striker’s The Higher Authority’s message boards Clark’s Bar to continue the Wildstorm integration discussions amongst long time Wildstorm fans at http://theauthority.ws.  Also check out our friends of the show, the Image Addiction podcast as they cover new releases from Image Comics and The Savage FINcast as they cover The Savage Dragon. Both can be found at http://www.imageaddiciton.net And get twice the Valiant coverage now with our friends of the show from the Only the Valiant podcast at http://www.onlythevaliant.com and our friends over at www.culturalwormhole.com and their Valiant Future podcast. I guest-hosted episode #3 last month and will be on the upcoming episode #4 as well.

00:00:00 – Joe continues with the contact details as shown below. The opening music is “Universal Domain” by Dreamline which can be found at http://www.musicalley.com.

Contact info:
Joe: http://twitter.com/joedavidsoliz (I have changed my Twitter)
Wildstorm Addiction: http://twitter.com/wildstormaddict
Post your comments for each episode on the wildstormaddiction.com!
Email us at wildstormaddiction@gmail.com.
Facebook Fan Page: Wildstorm Addiction Podcast Fan Page
Our show is now on Stitcher! Listen to us on your iPhone, Android Phone, Kindle Fire and other devices with Stitcher. Stitcher is Smart Radio for Your phone or tablet. Find it in your app store or at stitcher.com The latest episode is always available for you- no syncing needed… and no memory or storage wasted! Stitcher SmartRadio- The Smarter Way to listen to radio.

Joe will be at Pax East in Boston, Massachusetts March 22-24 helping to promote his friend’s upcoming video game Mech Knight Chronicles which is from Dinosaur Games. They can be found at www.dinosaurentertainment.com.

Stormwatch #17

sw17cover“The Men Who Fell to Earth “

Writer: Peter Milligan
Pencils: Will Conrad
Colors: Guy Major
Letters: Rob Leigh
Assistant Editor: Darren Shan
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover: Will Conrad

(No Spoilers)

After a somewhat lackluster previous issue, the series gets back on track as we get a shift in the villains, some much-lacked Jack Hawksmoor time, and a cool new addition to the book. All this was good enough to overshadow the fact that the solicitation for the issue was very misleading…or possibly premature. We’ll find out for sure next issue.

Last month I talked about how I thought the resolution to the Harry Tanner story seemed to resolve way too fast. Well, since then we’ve learned that next issue is Milligan’s last so that may have been the reason for the speedy resolution. This issue played out much better and I liked the shift in the relationship between Harry and The Engineer. Her role was another that we’ve been seeing develop for a while and I found it to be much more interesting this issue.

sw17image1We also finally get a little, and I do emphasize little, Jack Hawksmoor action. For several issues now he has been relegated to the background. This has been such a shame because he is an amazing character with so much potential. Let’s hope he survives into the new creative team’s run.

Finally, we get the addition of another character (if you’ve seen the solicit to #18, you know who it is, if not, possible spoilers ahead). Of all the Wildstorm characters in the New 52 so far, Zealot was one that I felt got the shaft when she debuted in Deathstroke. Her role in that title was ok but she was dropped very quickly when she wasn’t needed anymore (ironically both in the real world and in story). Even in her short appearance here she felt more like herself. I was also surprised to learn she already knows Midnighter. I’m looking forward to learn more about that.

sw17image2The big surprise of the issue was the end. I won’t spoil who it is but someone is sent after Stormwatch who was not mentioned in ANY of the solicits. All I’ll say is that it’s a character who had their title cancelled and this is just one of several appearances they’ve had in other books since then. It seems to be the continuation of DC’s attempt to keep characters active in the New 52 even if their books are cancelled.

I was also very happy that Will Conrad finally got to illustrate an entire issue again. For the past several months he’s had to share portions of the book with other artists. I assume it was to help keep the book on schedule. I think I’ve enjoyed his art the most of the artists we’ve gotten on the book so far. I know after talking to him at a con that Wildcats was one of his favorite Wildstorm books. So at least he got to draw one Wildcat (Zealot) before he ends his run.

This issue made me feel better about the Stormwatch title again. We have since learned that Jim Starlin will be taking over with issue #19 so I hope he can bring on some new readers to the title. In the meantime, I hope Milligan and Conrad’s run ends on a high note next month.

7 out of 10 (Above Average)