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Ravagers #5

“Game Changer”

Writer: Howard Mackie
Pencils: Ian Churchill
Inks: Norm Rapmund
Colors: Hi-Fi
Letters: Dezi Sienty
Assistant Editor: Darren Shan
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover: Ian Churchill

(No Spoilers)

Picking up directly from where issue 4 left us, the group finally comes to some realizations that cause them to go from a group to a team. It’s good to have the creative team of writer Howard Mackie with artist Ian Churchill again. I feel the stronger issues of the title so far have been the ones with both of them on board. This narrowly beat out Stormwatch as my favorite book this month.

Ravagers has been a fun title since it launched in Wave 2 but has had some distractions. We’ve had other artists on the book in such a short time and while they haven’t been bad, they don’t come close to Ian Churchill. His art is one of the reasons I enjoy this book so much. He does a great rendition of each character and in this issue, he gets to have a little fun as we see the kids in normal clothes instead of their superhero costumes. It’s little details like this that always make me appreciate an artist more.

The zero issue last month basically just showed us the origin of Terra and Beast Boy since technically the “origin” of The Ravagers was revealed in The Culling crossover where the title sprang from. So while the zero issue was good, I was happy to get back on track here with the story. There’s some interesting character moments as we see the group starting to realize why they must band together in order to survive. Even Superboy who guest stars gets a little revelation which I wonder if it’ll be carried over into the “H’el on Earth” crossover happening in the Super titles.

Because the zero issue will be included in the trade, the first arc had to be wrapped up here. I kind of wish they would’ve had one more issue to focus on what they were setting up here because the ending seemed a little forced. Definitely a classic ending to a team book, but you could tell Mackie had to squeeze it in there for the trade.

Ravagers is such an under-rated book in my opinion. I’ve been having a lot of fun with it and it’s got a great creative team. Mackie always has me wondering where we’re going next and now that they team has survived their first arc, I’m anxious for the next one.

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

 

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 33

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 33

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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 #8, Voodoo #8 and Grifter #8. But wait there’s more! We also review Superboy #8, and the Helspont appearance in Superman #7 & 8, as well as some other Wildstorm appearances in the new DCU 52.

00:00:33  – Joe welcomes everyone to episode #33 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.

00:01:07  – Joe gives some Wildstorm related news as it pertains to the current books in the DCU.

  • Zealot to appear in Deathstroke, but not in Grifter!
  • Team 7 references dropped in two different titles this month.  One in Justice League #8 where it mentions Steve Trevor (Wonder Woman’s on again off again love interest) was in Team 7.  Also in Teen Titans #8 Agent Kurt Lance (Black Canary’s supposedly murdered husband) is shown to be alive and he mentions he was also part of Team 7.
  • Free Comic Book Day! How was it for you?

00:05:17 – Ben jumps right into the review of Stormwatch #8. Released released on 4/04, written by Paul Jenkins with art by Daniel Horn and Ignacio Calero and cover by Miguel Sepulveda. He pleads the fifth on thinking he understood any of the science fictiony mojo Paul was trying to make us swallow. And, yes, there is always a magic gun to explain away the icky sticky details for the “how” part of it.

00:18:36 – Joe follows up on his thoughts for the eighth issue of Stormwatch. He starts by working out the issue backwards. The internet wasn’t too receptive of how the Midnighter treated Jenny and Joe tries to explain the differences between the new DCU characters vs. the old Wildstorm characters (we seem to keep running into this problem).

00:26:52 – Joe reviews Grifter #8. Released on 4/11, written by Nathan Edmondson, with art by Daniel Sampere and cover by Scott Clark. This was Edmondson’s last issue on the title before Liefeld takes it over. Joe enjoyed this issue, can you believe it?

00:35:01 – Ben gives his assessment on Grifter #8….groan, grumble, grumble, groan. How is this title still making the cuts?!?! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE GRIFTER (the character), but this is not the title we were pitched way back in our interview last August. The most wanted man in the DCU? Maybe only by the new version of the Daemonites, but not by the heroes of this universe, as I believe was the intention.

00:39:46 – Ben reviews the eighth issue of the bat-sh#+! crazy alien Voodoo. Released on 4/25, written by Josh Williamson with art by Sami Basri and cover by Rod Reis and Paulo Siqueira. Ben thought the cover reminded him of the old Rat Fink cartoons if that was any consolation to John Tyler Christopher being pulled off of the covers.

00:58:35 – Joe gives his thoughts on Voodoo, which are very short and sweet. He did give a big shout out to Sami Basri who is one of the few artists in the new DCU, next to Brett Booth, who is very consistent on a single title.

00:59:32 – Joe gives a beat by beat review of Superboy #8. Released on 4/11, written by Scott Lobdell & Tom DeFalco with art by R.B. Silva and cover by Barbara Ciardo. (The Culling prelude) Joe equates the Culling to the Hungers Games type of young super-powered beings pitted against one another in order to be culled for the harvest by a baddie known as Harvest!

01:04:31 – Ben gives his assessment on Superboy #8, which reminded him more of Countdown Arena series from the 52 Countdown event since having just read this series.

01:06:09 – Ben reviews the issues #7 and 8 of Superman. Released on 3/28 and 4/25, written by Keith Giffen with art by Dan Jurgens and cover by Ivan Reis. The main concept is that Helspont believes he and Superman are the same and that he should be ruling humans not protecting them. The Daemonites cast Helspont out because of his powers and Supes is basically thinking he’s crazy (Thanks for the recap of issue #7 Joe!). Issue #8, Helspont wants Superman to help him take control of this universe and in turn will give Superman earth for himself and leave him and humanity alone. These issues contained a ton of fighting and possibly even more talking.

0114:39 – Joe gives an update on other Wildstorm related sighting and tie-ins from the other DCU 52 issue #8’s that have released last month.

  • 4/11 Legion Lost #8 – The Culling prelude
  • 4/18 Justice League #8 – Steve Trevor was part of Team 7
  • 4/25 Teen Titans #8 – The Culling prelude
  • 4/25 Blackhawks #8 – Agent Lance was part of Team 7

01:15:00 -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 5/02
    • STORMWATCH #9  New writer PETER MILLIGAN comes aboard! APOLLO and MIDNIGHT battle RED LANTERN SKALLOX! V-MAN’S connection to STORMWATCH is revealed – and it’s a doozy!
    • TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #1 “THE CULLING” begins here! It’s the TEEN TITANS vs. THE LEGION LOST one mile beneath the Antarctic in the chamber of horrors known as the Crucible! Continued in this month’s SUPERBOY #9, LEGION LOST #9 and TEEN TITANS #9! Secret first appearance of Warblade!
  • For the week of 5/09
    • GRIFTER #9 Welcoming the new creative team of ROB LIEFELD, FRANK TIERI and SCOTT CLARK. Grifter’s troubles worsen as he races to stop the impending DAEMONITE invasion. Featuring the first appearances of DEATHBLOW and CHESHIRE in The New 52!
    • SUPERBOY #9 “THE CULLING” continues here from this month’s TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #1 and leading into LEGION LOST #9! SUPERBOY vs. ROSE WILSON – round two! The shocking debut of the all-new WARBLADE!
    • DEMON KNIGHTS #9 “THE MURDER OF MERLIN” begins! Who has the power to murder Merlin – and what else are they capable of?
    • LEGION LOST #9 “THE CULLING” continues from this month’s SUPERBOY #9! Even the combined powers of LEGION LOST and the TEEN TITANS won’t be enough to stop DARK HARVEST and his minions from committing mass murder! Continues in this month’s TEEN TITANS #9.
  • For the week of 5/23
    • VOODOO #9 A new direction for VOODOO starts now! Pris is forced to confront exactly what she has become after being experimented on by the DAEMONITES. Compelled to search for other victims like her, she’s offered a deal by the BLACK RAZORS…but wherever way she turns, it’s guaranteed more blood will be on her hands.
    • TEEN TITANS #9 “THE CULLING” finale! THE TEEN TITANS and THE LEGION LOST duke it out with N.O.W.H.E.R.E. and the madman known as Harvest to stop the slaughter ofinnocent children. This issue leads directly into this month’s RAVAGERS #1! Continued from TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #1 SUPERBOY #9 and LEGION LOST #9!
  • For the week of 5/30
    • THE RAVAGERS #1 First issue of a new series spinning directly out of “THE CULLING!” FAIRCHILD, brother and sister THUNDER and LIGHTNING, the monstrous RIDGE, BEAST BOY and TERRA are being pursued by ROSE WILSON and WARBLADE, who want them dead at any cost! No one’s survival is certain each month in THE RAVAGERS!

01:17:46 – 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. DC Wormhole podcast episode 7 is out at culturalwormhole.com and they’re covering several of the new 52 books.

01:18:27 – 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:
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Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 26

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 26

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 26Subscribe 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 version of Grifter #1 and Voodoo #1.

00:00:34  – Ben welcomes everyone to episode #26 and gives his spoiler alerts warning.

00:01:36 – Joe reviews the introduction of the DCU version of his favorite Wildstorm character of all time, Grifter #1. Released on 9/14, written by Nathan Edmondson, with art and cover by CAFU.

00:12:53 – Ben gives his opinion on the first issue of Grifter in the DCU. Let’s just say he and Joe will have a lot to discuss.

00:14:52 – Joe follows up on the disappointment that Ben feels in this first issue and he defends the choices that Edmondson made with Grifter’s character, because both he and Voodoo are completely new re-imagined characters in the DCU.

00:16:56 – Ben completes his mixed feelings on this first issue, but is excited to see where Nathan continues to takes this character in the new universe. He also makes a terrible Southwest airlines joke.

00:18:03 – Visit our friends at Earth’s Mightiest Podcast

00:20:36 – Ben reviews the introduction of the Wildstorm character Voodoo into the DCU universe. Released on 9/28, written by Ron Marz with art and cover by Sami Basri. Black Razor’s logo on lighter. Black Ops “Shire” (Svetlana Grozny) character tie-ins. Does this mean that I.O. is a real agency in the DCU universe? Discussion about the “sexiness” and other backlash from this issue (link). Ben thinks this review will only take 3 seconds, but it sadly goes on and on for about 7 minutes.

00:26:51 – Joe tries to bring an intelligent assessment on the new Voodoo book.

00:33:07 – Ben gives an update on other Wildstorm related sighting and tie-ins from the other DCU 52 issue #1’s that have released earlier this month.

  • 9/14 Superboy #1 –  Wildstorm’s Gen 13 Caitlin Fairchild is a Dr. at the N.O.W.H.E.R.E. facility where the “Superboy” is being developed. She’s the only one that see’s him as more than just an “it” being, but a human that can sense her presence.
  • 9/28 Teen Titan #1 –  Wildstorm’s Gen 13 Caitlin Fairchild again shows up as Dr. Fairchild at the N.O.W.H.E.R.E. facility where the “Superboy” is set to be released into the world in order to help find and capture other teen super humans.
  • 9/28 Superman #1 –  This issue was in the solicits for Stormwatch #1,  “Directly following the ominous events of SUPERMAN #1.” Sadly it was a one page insert (pg. 8) that had nothing to do with the Superman issue and felt horribly out of place. Really it felt like a horrible ruse to get more sales from anyone that would have want to follow the Stormwatch title.

00:41:30 -Joe gives an update on the Wildstorm related 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

00:42:47 – Joe gives a shoot out to Chris Striker, of the Higher Authority website. He’s finally launched the new Stormwatch.ws website so go check it out! He also gives a shout out to Franky de Jesus over at the Eye of the Storm Podcast who did his own review of the first issue of Stormwatch #1 in the new DCU. Joe also gives it up to some of the guys who helped us launch this podcast from the old Comic Addiction banner. Allison, Chris Partin, and Paul Steven Brown have launched a new podcast covering the new DCU 52 with DC Wormhole. They are currently two episodes in, so check them out at the Cultural Wormhole.

00:44:42 – Ben gives 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.