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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.

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

Contact info:
Joe: http://twitter.com/grifter78
Wildstorm Addiction: http://twitter.com/wildstormaddict
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Email us at wildstormaddiction@gmail.com.
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Voodoo #0

“Chosen”

Writer: Josh Williamson
Pencils: Sami Basri
Colors: Jessica Kholinne
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Editor: Brian Smith
Cover: Sami Basri

(No Spoilers)

The end of the series comes with a very “safe” zero issue. The origins of Voodoo are not so much told as clarified as we build on things that were previously revealed in the series. The saving grace for this issue was the last page where Williamson returns to his strength from earlier in the series, which is the ability to leave us with a cool cliffhanger.

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since the New 52 started and as much as I hate that this title is ending I have to admit, it was always the underdog. Voodoo as a character, even in the old Wildstorm Universe, was a good character but to me her strength was in her interactions with the other Wildcats’ members. Here in the DCU it was a good idea to make her a spy for the Daemonites but for whatever reason, DC was not happy with where original writer Ron Marz was taking that idea. So, they brought in Josh Williamson to inject some new life into the series and he chose to do so by revealing that the Voodoo we’ve been following is a clone. It definitely worked for shock factor and got a lot of people curious but for some reason, it didn’t seem to carry the series beyond that.

Clone stories as always messy (just look back at the infamous Spider-man Clone Saga). They work good in theory but I think the key is not to let them go on too long. I feel that’s what happened with Voodoo. The clone thing should have been resolved before the series ended. But unfortunately, they left it as a dangling plotline that will be carried over into Grifter. Now I will say, the setup they have for Grifter at the end of this issue is not something I expected and actually sets up more interesting story possibilities. Even with the creative changes happening over in the Grifter title, I hope there was enough communication between both creative teams to let the end of this issue continue to play out in Grifter.

One thing I must reiterate before I’m done is I have thoroughly enjoyed Sami Basri as the artist on this title. The guy has done 13 consecutive issues! In today’s comic world that’s almost unheard of! There has never been a late issue nor have I ever felt that his art quality has declined. If there is a “Most Under-Appreciated” Award to be given out for the first year of the New 52, Sami Basri wins by a mile. I hope that DC utilizes him because if not, some other company will. I look forward to where they use Sami next.

Overall, the Voodoo series was just ok. It’s a shame because I want the Wildstorm characters to succeed so getting one of their books cancelled is never a good thing. On the bright side though, more people know about the character of Voodoo now. So when she becomes part of the Wildcats book that I know I’m hoping for, people will have some idea of who she is. Until then, at least she’s going to continue over in Grifter’s book.

6 out of 10 (Slightly above average)

 

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 38

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 38

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 38Subscribe 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 #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
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
Google+ Page: wildstormaddiction
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

Voodoo #12

“You Can Never Go Home Again”

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Pencils: Sami Basri
Colors: Jessica Kholinne
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Editor: Brian Smith
Cover: Sami Basri

(No Spoilers)

The regular series story arc comes to an end and it surprisingly leaves a lot of dangling plotlines. Even though the series ends after issue zero next month, it is interesting that there’s so many unresolved stories but thankfully they appear to have plans to continue them elsewhere.

Even though we still have the zero issue next month, for all intends and purposes this is the last issue of the series. The zero issues promises to tell Voodoo’s origin instead of moving the series forward. However, it will be interesting to see if it ties at all with the events we saw in this issue.

There was a certain resolution to this story that I think most people were expecting. The end of the story doesn’t come to pass exactly like most thought. This is good and bad in my opinion. When Williamson introduced the clone aspect of the story it was definitely a shocker. But as the series went on, the issue of Voodoo and her clone kind of lost its wow factor. The resolution Williamson picked is definitely unexpected and does leave open a lot of possibilities but I was still a little disappointed this was the route they chose to go.

The issue ended up being a lot of set up for plotlines that we can only hope are carried over into other titles. The solicitations have already shown us that Voodoo shows up in Grifter #13 so it’s good to see they’re not just letting the character be shelved. Now, whether Rob Liefeld and Frank Tieri over in Grifter will carry some of these plotlines forward remains to be seen. The one consolation is that so far in the New 52 they have been really good at keeping the interconnectedness of the DCU so let’s hope that continues even when a book gets cancelled.

I’m glad we get at least one more month of artist Sami Basri. Other than seeing he’s doing a Supergirl issue in October after Voodoo is done, he is absent for any of the solicitations in November. I am also happy they finally gave him the cover of this issue! He’s gone twelve issues and never done one. There was the time period after John Tyler Christopher stopped doing covers that I think covers by Basri would’ve been a much better choice than what we got.

Overall, the series seemed to coast to its conclusion here. I am curious to see what revelations we get in the zero issue next month but for now, I think the series is pretty much done. It’s sad that we’re losing this title but I’m glad we’ll be seeing Voodoo over in Grifter afterwards.

7 out of 10 (Above Average)