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Gen 13 #37

“Pocatello-Part 3: We’re the Good Guys” (No Spoilers)

Writer: Phil Hester
Pencils: Cruddie Torian
Inks: Saleem Crawford
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb
Letters: Wes Abbott
Editor: Scott Peterson
Cover: J.G. Jones

This is definitely turning out to be one of the most interesting and unique Gen 13 stories ever told.

Phil Hester I think is doing a good job of using the Armageddon environment. Plus, he moves the story along rather nicely in this issue which works well since there’s only two issues left in his arc. We get to find out some interesting info about the new character Hester introduced in this run, Pathcutter. As for the other characters, even though the ones that constitute this Gen 13 are not all the originals, Hester continues to allow them to evolve and really begin to mesh well with each other in ways that don’t just mirror the old team members.

Cruddie Torian’s art continues to strengthen with each issue. If you pay attention to his work, you’ll pick up on little visual references he plants here and there (see if you can identify which movie the guns the guards are holding on page one are from). I haven’t seen someone who I think nails Fairchild’s look (my personal favorite Gen 13 character) in a long time. Speaking of Fairchild, I find it funny that with Gen 13 we’ve been getting guest cover artists just like over in Wildcats and The Authority (we get a gorgeous J.G. Jones cover here) and while they’ve all drawn her in that one-piece sleeveless variation of her old costume on the cover, in the interior she hasn’t donned it since the war with The Red Blade. Honestly, I’m liking the simple black costume Torian has given her. I think it’s appropriate to what she’s dealing with as a character.

Every time I write a Gen 13 review lately, I try my best to refrain from complaining about this title not being monthly. But Hester and Torian make it that much harder when they keep putting out such solid issues. The cliffhanger to this issue is crazy and I wonder if it’s an event that will send Fairchild over the edge. Hester has already done a great job of showing us how Fairchild is not dealing well with all the changes in her life lately.

This Gen 13 run is the most unique I’ve seen it in a while. Hester does well to make sure we don’t know where he’s taking the team next and has done well to bring life to some of these characters which are still relatively new. The cliffhanger just leaves me wishing it were October already.

7 out of 10 (Slightly 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!)

Wildcats #25 - Cover

Wildcats #25

Wildcats #25 - Cover“The Protectorate 3 of 3: Knock Down, Drag Out” (No Spoilers)

Writer: Adam Beechen
Pencils: Tim Seeley
Inks: Andy Smith
Colors: Carlos Badilla
Letters: Wes Abbott
Editor: Scott Peterson
Cover: Al Barrionuevo

Here it is! The battle of the century! Midnighter vs. Zealot! Did the fight deliver? I say, yes!

Wildcats #25 - Image 1Adam Beechen relies on two of his many strengths during this issue. First, he uses a character that is normally in the background to narrate the events (similar to Runt narrating Gen 13 #34, which was also written by Beechen). This time it’s Petrified Girl, originally of the superhero team The Paladins (introduced in Number of the Beast). I had wondered what Beechen’s reasoning was in bringing Petrified Girl to Earth with Zealot, Cybernary, and Maul. It becomes clearer as she narrates the fight.

Second, he still is able to juggle several different stories within the 22 pages. He doesn’t use the entire issue to focus on the fight which is probably a good idea because it might have made it a pretty shallow issue. We get some time with the other characters currently active on missions like Battalion and Ladytron’s encounter with the new and mysterious character, Aeon. He also continues to tease us with some old Wildcats villains who have returned. And finally we catch up on Grunge and his current mission as well as a smaller arc for Warblade. There are also more cool cameos from other Wildstorms characters including a certain team fans have wanted to see in action again.

But don’t misunderstand me, just because the whole issue isn’t one long fight, we do not get cheated at all. The title of the issue, “Knock Down, Drag Out” says it all. On top of that, Midnighter and Zealot bring up some interesting arguments against each others’ beliefs as they fight. By the end, I think it’s resolved the only way it could’ve been resolved. Plus, it leaves at least one character’s future in question with an interesting new dilemma.

Wildcats #25 - Image 2Tim Seeley’s art of course continues to be great but here he really gets to shine as he choreographs the fight and comes up with some great shots (pun intended). Plus, when you get to see Aeon in action it really is cool. I’m very interested to see what the real deal behind this character is. He drops some hints in this issue but not enough to put anything together yet.

Well, it’s been a long time since a Wildcats series reached issue 25 and it is in great hands with this current creative team. This is the mid-point for their run so now we start the road to December when their run ends and see what other exciting things they’ve got planned.

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

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)