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Team 7 #6

t7n10cover“Mission 2.2: Birth of a Superman”

Writer: Justin Jordan
Pencils: Pascal Alixe, Cliff Richards, Gui Balbi, & Juan Castro
Colors: Nathan Eyring
Letters: Rob Leigh
Assistant Editor: Rickey Purdin
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover: Gary Frank

(No Spoilers)

Wow! I am so bummed this title is ending. Jordan kicked it into high gear last issue and keeps the momentum going here. We do get rotating artists once again but the story kept me so intrigued I didn’t notice it as much (even though there were 4 different artists). He also continues to give some truly oh **** moments that I absolutely love.

t7n10image1Damn you DC for ending this title so early! Jordan is taking these final issues of the series and going for broke! First up, he has a character die that makes no sense because that particular character exists in the current New 52. So I can’t wait for him to explain that one! It’s also a no-brainer that with the title ending, some of the characters I expected to die have started, but then there’s others that are dying and they haven’t shown up in the present New 52. Which means their death may be permanent (well, as permanent as comic deaths can be). It’s this beautiful confusion that makes this issue so great because Jordan has presented so many questions I want answered!

t7n10image2I also love the horror movie feel Jordan went with for this storyline. It’s creepy and also sets up for some gruesome moments for some of the characters. It also has a cool re-imagining of a character who was an old Superman villain (I won’t spoil who it is, but it is very creepy and cool). The characters that are surviving all this are truly earning their bad-ass status.

The ending was a little confusing but I think it was meant to be to get to the shocker of which character makes their New 52 debut at the end! Of all the series that have been cancelled since the New 52 started, this one has kept me excited even with the news of the cancellation. That to me, is great story-telling! Take us out with a bang Mr. Jordan!

9 out of 10 (Excellent!)

Team 7 #5

t7n5cover“Mission 2.1: The Spartan Way”

Writer: Justin Jordan
Pencils: Jesus Merino & Pascal Alixe
Colors: Nei Ruffino & Nathan Eyring with Hi-Fi
Letters: Taylor Esposito
Assistant Editor: Darren Shan
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover: Gary Frank

(No Spoilers)

Team 7 has been amazing these last couple of issues. Justin Jordan really hit his stride with the characters and started infusing some interesting things in the New 52’s past. But rather than let the title continue with its newfound momentum, DC decides to announce its cancellation. It’s unbelievable at this point but thankfully Jordan’s greatness out-weighted the bad news for this issue.

t7n5image1Simultaneously this month, Ravagers is being cancelled. Now as much as I didn’t want it to happen, with declining sales and almost a year’s worth of issues, I can understand that Ravagers’ cancellation ( a little). But Team 7? It just launched in Sept.’s Zero Month, just 5 months ago!!! It did have sort of a rocky start but I thought the creative team pulled it together to give us a great conclusion to the first story arc last month. So how DC can decide to cancel this great title so prematurely is beyond me.

I know one complaint people have had with the title is the lack of a consistent artist. I can see how that would annoy some people. It’s one thing to have a regular artist for a few issues and then have a fill-in artist, but so far it’s jumped back and forth between three artists. No offense to the artists who did work on the title so far, but I wish they would’ve brought on a big name artist to compliment Jordan. That probably could’ve saved the book.

t7n5image2Ok, enough of my moaning. Let’s focus on this issue for a bit. I love how it jumps from the present day New 52, to fives years ago. This is a great way to start transitioning the title to present day and hopefully start answering some questions about all these characters. The solicits have let us know that Ladytron and Spartan will be showing up in this book. I love the set up for how Ladytron gets her name and it involves Caitlin Fairchild. I also love the mystery they’ve set up with who and what Spartan really is. There are also some really creepy elements to the story and I was surprised by some of the horror-like aspects.

The solicits have let us know that as far as Wildstorm characters, we’ve got Ladytron, Spartan, and Majeistc showing up in this arc. Jordan voiced his love of the original Team 7 and the Wildstorm Universe in general when he first got the book so it’s no surprise that he has added so many Wildstorm characters in the book. But it seems the curse of Wildstorm continues as they keep getting their books cancelled. If you haven’t read the news about Jim Starlin taking over Stormwatch, I think that book would’ve been on the chopping block too if not for Starlin coming on board. It’s too bad they didn’t make a similar concerted effort to save some of these other cancelled titles.

But much like Ravagers, the current creative team has been cranking out some great stories. Even if this is the end for this title, I know Jordan is going to end with a bang! There was so much potential with this book and I really think DC dropped the ball on this one.

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

DC HeroClix: Streets of Gotham-Spartan,Void, & Emp

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Wiz Kids is just being extremely generous during this holiday season!  Now we’ve got pics of Spartan and Void figures which will be part of the upcoming Streets of Gotham set.  Once again these are the classic versions of the characters (although Spartan is set to debut in the DCU New 52 with February’s Team 7 #5) and they seem to have done a good job of matching up their abilities for the game.

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Spartan is a hefty 125 points (more than the Maul figure was!) but it seems to be because he has some pretty tough clix.  On top of that he’s got Super Strength, Charge, Flurry, Invulnerability, and later Toughness to show how resilient he can be in battle.  And when he nears K.O. he has Regeneration to simulate his ability to repair his body.  He also uses Leadership and Perplex off his card which can give your opponent some major headaches during battle.  I am surprised they didn’t giving him a flying ability though.  Also, two noteworthy things about the figure, instead of simply calling him Spartan, he’s called Spartan Warrior Spirit.  This is strange because not only is this not his name, but name comes from a comic mini-series of the same name from 1995.  And aside from being listed as part of the WildC.A.T.s on his card, he’s also listed as part of a Stormwatch (to reflect his short time with that team).  Could this be a tease for an upcoming Stormwatch set?

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Void is a much more affordable at 70 points but it is (ironically) because she’s a weaker figure.  Now, it’s hard to call Void weak when she wields the power of the Orb, one of the most powerful items in the old Wildstorm Universe.  But what they’ve done is made her weak in hand-to-hand combat (which makes sense) but made her strong in her other powers.  She can use the Carry ability to fly up to 4 players with her which accurately mimics her teleporting abilities.   This can be used to move a dangerous group of allies in quickly and reek havoc on your opponent.  Her teleporting abilities are further represented with her Phasing ability which make walls meaningless to her.  To further help her teammates she can use her Barrier ability to deflect attacks and should she start taking damage, she can use Regeneration to heal.  Finally, her trio of Outwit, Probability Control, and Super Senses can frustrate your opponent by causing re-rolls or using your own dice to roll out of difficult situations.

UPDATE: 12/19/12

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Apparently, I missed the post of the Lord Emp figure so here he is!  At 93 points Emp is a good figure to have as support for your team (which accurately represents him from the comic).  Emp has Outwit and Perplex, two powers which can greatly benefit your teammates and hinder your opponent at the same time.  And if they go after Emp, he’s not easy to take out with his Stealth ability.  He also has Regeneration and Invulnerability which reminds your opponent, it’s not easy to kill a Kherabim High Lord.  He rounds out the WildC.A.T.s nicely and makes the original team complete.  🙂

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