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Grifter #13

“Eye of the Storm”

Writer: Rob Liefeld & Frank Tieri
Pencils: Marat Mychaels
Inks: Dave Beaty
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse
Letters: Wes Abbott
Editor: Brian Smith
Cover: Scott Clark

(No Spoilers)

Grifter resumes its regular numbering after Zero Month minus Rob Liefeld and Scott Clark. But we have Liefeld’s dialogue writer, Frank Tieri, stepping in as well as Marat Mychaels coming on with art. But Liefeld’s influence still lingers as we get some odd story choices in a slightly confusing issue.

I will start off by saying I think between issue zero and this issue it’s actually a decent starting off point. It would be obvious to a new reader that there is plenty of stuff that has come before, but I think issue zero set up the origin of Grifter and his new mentor Warick well enough to where you get why they’re in the middle of this mission. That said, the story does take some confusing turns. Without spoiling anything, it’s mainly about the logic of Grifter entering Stormwatch’s base once and then seemly doing it a second time, although it seems the second time was an accident.

Then we get a confrontation between him and Apollo which is immediately followed by another confrontation with Midnighter. I understand the reasoning behind the outcome and being a Grifter fan you’d think I wouldn’t been happy with the outcome, but also being a Stormwatch fan, I found myself questioning if it really would’ve gone down this way. There’s also a scene with Grifter and Voodoo that, while I admit is something that’s never been explored before, I’m not sure how I feel about the idea yet.

Marat Mychaels did an earlier issue of Grifter and even though he had a few slight missteps in the art, I will re-iterate that I love his rendition of Grifter. The look Mychaels gives Grifter is very reminiscent of his classic Image look but more stream-lined. He does good action but much like Liefeld, he doesn’t seem to do a lot of backgrounds. Which is cool sometimes but can get a little distracting after a while.

I have to say I didn’t enjoy the issue as much as #12 and #0 but I think it’s better with Liefeld gone. Tieri informed me on Twitter that issue 15 he did solo so I really look forward to seeing what he does without Liefeld’s influence still lingering. I know this title is in danger of being cancelled so if that’s true, let’s hope these last few issues take us out with a bang!

6 out of 10 (Slight Above Average)

 

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 38

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 38

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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 #12, Grifter #12, Ravagers #4 and Voodoo #12, as well as some other Wildstorm appearances in the new DCU 52.

00:00:35  – Joe welcomes everyone to episode #38 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.

00:01:12  – Joe gives plenty of Wildstorm related news as it pertains to the current books in the DCU.

  • Rob Liefeld has quit DC Comics. Apparently, zero issue is his last. Frank Tieri mentioned on Twitter that he’s staying on the title. Liefeld mentioned that Marat Mychels will take over art duties on Grifter and Scott Clark is moving to Deathstroke.
  • In November, Team 7 #2 has a variant cover by Brett Booth and Grifter #14 has a rematch between Grifter and Midnighter.
  • Our Gen 13: deviantART Club is still going.  5 years strong now!  Our current art contest is a Back to School theme.  If you’d like to participate, head to http://gen13-club.deviantart.com/ to join.
  • Check out our new Facebook Fan Page for Team 7 http://www.facebook.com/team7comic and in case you missed it, there are also FB fan pages for Stormwatch, Grifter, Voodoo, and even a Wildcats page, all of which can be found under the Likes Section of the Team 7 page.
  • Old WS creator-owned title, Casey Blue Beyond Tomorrow #1 is up at comixology.  It was drawn by former Gen 13 artist Carlo Barberi and written by B. Clay Moore.  It’s only $0.99.
  • TWIT guest Patrick Norton @patricknorton from Tekzilla announced his favorite comic book character to be The Midnighter on episode #365 watch it here at the 24:45 mark: http://twit.tv/show/this-week-in-tech/365

00:09:58 – Ben starts it off with the review of Stormwatch #12. Released on 8/01, written by Peter Milligan with art by Will Conrad & Julio Ferreira and cover by Scott Clark. Did you see that ending coming? I submit that you did not!

00:25:55 – Joe follows up on his thoughts for the twelfth issue of Stormwatch.

00:31:12 – Joe reviews Grifter #12. Released on 8/08, written by Rob Liefeld and Frank Tieri, with art by Scott Clark and cover by Rob Liefeld.

00:42:16 – Ben gives his assessment on Grifter #12. The best issue since the hostel takeover of this book!

I loved these guys!00:44:10 – Ben reviews the fouth issue of the Ravagers. Released on 8/08, written by Howard Mackie with art by Daniel Sampere & Stefano Martino and cover by Ian Churchill. I love the muscle men!!!

00:54:51 – Joe gives his thoughts on the Ravagers.

00:58:26 – Joe gives his review of Voodoo #12. Released on on 8/22, written by Josh Williamson with art and cover by Sami Basri, finally! Last regular issue of this title.

01:07:11 – Ben gives his assessment on the last issue of Voodoo’s own title.

01:08:53 – Ben gives an update on other Wildstorm related sighting and tie-ins from the other DCU 52 issue #12’s that have released last month.

  • 8/08 Deathstroke #12 – Zealot and Deathstroke vs. Lobo
  • 8/22 The Savage Hawkman #12 – Hawkman vs. Pike, Pike reveals Daemonites harvested to serve Kherubim, Kherubim appear to have lost, Helspont and Daemonites going after Thanagar next, mentions The Bleed, has a sentient air cycle called Spartan.
  • 8/22 I, Vampire #12 – vs. Stormwatch
  • 8/29 Superman Annual #1- Helspont appearance and a glimpse of Daemonite homeworld.

01:13:10 – 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 9/05
    • STORMWATCH #0 The history of Stormwatch’s activities in The New 52 are revealed! A new villain arrives, and the safety of the team has never been more in doubt!
  • For the week of 9/12
    • GRIFTER #0 What is the dark truth behind Grifter’s powers? Find out in this issue! Plus: More on the Daemonite threat, new characters are introduced, and tons of bullets fly!
    • RAVAGERS #0 Detailing the brutal abduction by N.O.W.H.E.R.E. of Beast Boy and Terra! Learn how the paths of these two heroes will affect the entire team!
    • DEATHSTROKE #0 What horrors led Slade Wilson to become Deathstroke – the most dangerous killer in the world? More on the history of Team 7 and the first appearance of a fan-favorite character in The New 52!
    • TEAM 7 #0 Threads of the entire DC Universe collide in this new series set in the early days of The New 52 from writer Justin Jordan (The Strange Talents of Luther Strode). As Superman emerges, so too does the world’s counter measures against him and his kind! Dinah Lance, Amanda Waller, Steve Trevor, John Lynch, Alex Fairchild, Cole Cash, Slade Wilson are Team 7 – and their story will change everything you know about The New 52!
  • For the week of 9/26
    • VOODOO #0 The truth about Pris is revealed at last as she sets off on a mission for vengeance that can only end in genocide!

01:14:40 – 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 amongst 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 over the summer.

01:15:55 – 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:
Joe: http://twitter.com/grifter78
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Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 37

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 37

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 37Subscribe 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 the new DCU versions of Stormwatch #11, Grifter #11, Ravagers #3 and Voodoo #11, as well as some other Wildstorm appearances in the new DCU 52.

00:00:34  – Ben welcomes everyone to episode #37 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.

00:01:12 – Ben gives only a little bit of Wildstorm related news as it pertains to the current books in the DCU.

  • 20 years ago this month in August  1992, WildC.A.T.s #1 was released!
  • In October, Voodoo joins Grifter with issue 13, Team 7 #1 debuts with a Jim Lee variant and mentions Gamorra, Superboy shows up in Ravagers #5, and Deathstroke #13 solicitation reads “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.” (Kheran a typo or new name for the Kherubim homeworld as it was traditionally Khera?)
  • Grifter Vol 1: Most Wanted trade came out July 25th which collects issues #1-8, Nathan Edmondson’s entire run with art by CAFU and Scott Clark.
  • DC Heroclix: Batman is coming Nov. 2012 and as part of the set release, there are pictures of figures for the Wildstorm versions of Grifter, Maul, Voodoo, and Zealot.
  • Rob Liefeld announces that his current run at DC will end his run on superhero books to focus on creator-owned projects.
  • Joe mentions his twitter conversation with Brett Booth about bringing back Backlash into the new DCU 52.

00:05:50 – Joe starts it off with the review of Stormwatch #11. Released on 7/04, written by Peter Milligan with art by Eduardo Pansica and Ignacio Calero with a cover by Scott Clark,  Dave Beaty, and Pete Pantazis. Also four inkers on this issue! Joe comes up with some great anime references that remind him of some of the scenes that happen in this issue.

00:20:20 – Ben follows up on his thoughts for the eleventh issue of Stormwatch….it’s no Grifter, and that’s a good thing, a very good thing!

00:22:44 – Ben reviews Grifter #11. Released on 7/11, written by Rob Liefeld and Frank Tieri, with art by Marat Mychaels, inks by Rob Hunter with cover by Rob Liefeld. One word, childish.

00:30:27 – Joe gives his assessment on Grifter #11…not much to say really. He did like Marat Mychaels’ art at least. But how can Grifter continue to have these amazing powers without a penalty of some sort, even Superman has kryptonite.

00:36:16 – Joe reviews the third issue of the Ravagers. Released on 7/11, written by Howard Mackie with art and cover by Ian Churchill and Norm Rapmund. Joe really likes this book because it feels the most fresh of the bunch as far as the ideas that are being dealt with for each issue.

00:48:56 – Ben gives his thoughts on the Ravagers, which are pretty close to Joe’s feeling on this title as well. Being unfamiliar with the “color” concepts carried over from Animal Man and Swamp Thing has him intrigued enough to catch up on those title to better understand where it’s all coming from. He’s also glad that they’ve pivoted away from “the Culling” crossover story line and seem to have their own problems to deal with at the moment, survival and all.

00:50:46 – Ben gives his review of Voodoo #11. Released on on 7/25, written by Josh Williamson with art by Sami Basri and cover by Paulo Siqueira. Loving it to the very end!!!

01:04:23 – Joe gives his assessment on Voodoo #11, not before naming the power that Priscilla has by Dragonite-ing out. He’s bummed out that this title feels like it’s giving up at the end as it has clearly been better than Grifter. Even though it’s cancelled it doesn’t have to feel that way.

01:07:42 – Joe gives an update on other Wildstorm related sighting and tie-ins from the other DCU 52 issue #11’s that have released last month.

  • 7/11 Deathstroke #11 – more Zealot
  • 7/25 Grifter Vol 1: Most Wanted – TPB (Go get it!)
  • 7/25 The Savage Hawkman #11 – another Pike appearance, not much, just another cameo

01:11:34 – 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 8/01
    • STORMWATCH #12 MARTIAN MANHUNTER battles STORMWATCH! A major turning point for the DC Universe as MARTIAN MANHUNTER quits STORMWATCH forever! Don’t miss STORMWATCH this month in I, VAMPIRE!
  • For the week of 8/08
    • GRIFTER #12 Face-off with HELLSPONT!
    • RAVAGERS #4 Betrayal, revelations, blood, and DEATH come to the group as some find themselves powerless to the seductive charms and horrific powers of BROTHER BLOOD. RIDGE is prepared as a blood sacrifice to indoctrinate the newest members of Brother Blood’s cult. NOT everyone will survive this fatal encounter.
    • DEATHSTROKE #12 The final battle with LOBO by new writer/artist ROB LIEFELD!
  • For the week of 8/22
    • VOODOO #12 VOODOO and PRIS are ready for the fight of their lives…against each other! Is this the end for VOODOO?
    • THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN #12 HAWKMAN vs. ST. BASTION – with PIKE, an incredible assassin with key info about Hawkman’s past, caught in the middle!
    • I, VAMPIRE #12 ANDREW BENNETT’S hold over the vampires is about to collapse as STORMWATCH attacks.

01:12:55 – 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. 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 over the summer. Joe’s voicemail got moved to Ep. 78 because of San Diego Comic Con. And finally, an old Image favorite Cyberforce is coming back in a unique way through Kickstarter. Go to www.kickstarter.com and type in Cyberforce or (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/620244384/cyber-force-returns)

01:15:37 – 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/grifter78
Ben: Look up “yoyomaster146” at the Wildstorm Resource Wiki (http://wildstormresource.wetpaint.com) or on the Wildstorm Message Boards.
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
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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

Grifter #12

“Last Shot”

Writer: Rob Liefeld & Frank Tieri
Pencils: Scott Clark
Inks: Dave Beaty
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse
Letters: Wes Abbott
Editor: Brian Smith
Cover: Rob Liefeld

(No Spoilers)

Much like a true grifter, Liefeld and Tieri have been holding this issue close to their vest. After a frustrating start to their run, they bring their first arc to a close in grand fashion. Despite all the previous complaints about their run they manage to bring it all together and give us a nice conclusion while still setting up more for future events. Finally, a Grifter issue that I really enjoyed!

So, it’s no secret that I haven’t been enjoying these last few issues of Grifter. But I will say that they have gotten progressively better and this issue is by far the best since this creative team took over. Even knowing that this was the endgame, I’m not sure I still would’ve liked the previous issues. But this ended up being one of the most enjoyable issues of the entire series so far. I even liked the cover for this one because it seems Liefeld took more time with it. Speaking of art, Scott Clark is at the top of his game again and I can see how handing over last issues’ art duties helped him spend more time here.

I also thought Tieri’s dialogue was much better here. It all seemed to flow well and I liked the inner monologue Grifter had because it added more to the scenes and gave us insight into him that we wouldn’t have otherwise. On top of all this, we get a confrontation between Grifter and Helspont. In the Wildstorm universe, I don’t think these two ever had a one-on-one fight. But the Wildstorm Grifter probably couldn’t have taken Helspont on his own like DCU Grifter apparently can. I still wish there was some consequence for Grifter using his new powers but in order to hold his own against Helspont, I can see why they’d have to amp up his power.

Even Deathblow got a little redemption as a character here because he had been taken out pretty easily last issue. So it’s nice to see Deathblow can still be a bad-ass. I’m also surprised that so many of the supporting cast are surviving some of the events in these last few issues. It’s kind of nice to have characters that are not just created for the sake of cannon fodder. It also starts to build Helspont’s entourage which is something he had in the Wildstorm universe, even if they were different characters back then.

I hope this issue is an indication of things to come. If this is a sign that Liefeld and Tieri have gotten their grove with the title, then it was worth sifting through those early issues. I also like that the end of issue has ties to other DC books (won’t spoil which one) which continues to show the inter-connectedness of the New 52. For the first time in months, I look forward to the next issue of Grifter!

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