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Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 12

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 12

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Show Notes:
Welcome to another review packed episode of Wildstorm Addiction! Joe David Soliz and Ben Murphy bring you Wildstorm reviews for the weeks of August 11th and August 18th 2010. Reviews including Gen 13 #37, Welcome to Tranquility: One Foot in the Grave #2, The Authority: The Lost Year #12, Dv8: Gods and Monsters #5, Ides of Blood #1, and X-files / 30 Days of Night #2.

00:00:35 – Joe welcomes everyone to Episode #12 for the weeks of August 11th and 18th.

00:00:57 – Spoiler alerts warning, but all the written Wildstorm reviews at site are spoiler free unless otherwise noted.

00:01:06 – Joe dives right into the latest Wildstorm news:

  • Thanks to the X-nation podcast and the Image Addiction podcast for running our 30-second commercial during their latest episodes (X-nation Ep. 2 & Image Addcition Ep. 24)  You can find X-nation at www.culturalwormhole.com and Image Addiction at www.imageaddiction.net both are linked from our site
  • Also quick shout out to all you Tool fans from toolband.com and toolarmy.com who came en masse to check out our X-files/30 Days of Night #2 review (Adam Jones of Tool helping with writing), hopefully you’ll give this episode a try when you see we’re covering #2 tonight
  • New books coming in Nov.  ASSASSIN’S CREED: THE FALL #1 (OF 3) Written by KARL KERSCHL & CAMERON STEWART; Art and cover by KARL KERSCHL & CAMERON STEWART, VICTORIAN UNDEAD II: SHERLOCK HOLMES VS. DRACULA #1 (OF 5) Written by IAN EDGINTON; Art by DAVID FABBRI; Cover by RYAN SOOK, WILDSTORM PRESENTS #1 Written by GEOFF JOHNS, ED BRUBAKER, BRIAN AZZARELLO, JUDD WINICK and others Art by DOUG MAHNKE, AMANDA CONNER, BRIAN STELFREEZE, JASON PEARSON, GEORGES JEANTY and others; Cover by JIM LEE 96 pages $7.99, WORLD OF WARCRAFT: CURSE OF THE WORGEN #1 (OF 5) Written by MICKY NEILSON & JAMES WAUGH; Art by LUDO LULLABI & TONY WASHINGTON; Cover by JOHN POLIDORA, TWO-STEP TPB Written by WARREN ELLIS; Art by AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI; Cover by AMANDA CONNER collects 3 mini series originally published through WS’s imprint Cliffhanger in 2004 and it’ll have Ellis’ script for #1 included all for $19.99

00:04:39 – Ben reviews Gen 13 #37 written by Phil Hester, art by Cruddie Torian and Saleem Crawford, and cover art by J. G. Jones.

00:12:59 – Joe gives his take on Welcome to Tranquility: One Foot in the Grave #2. Written by Gail Simone, art by Horacio Domingues, and cover by Neil Googe.

00:22:28 – Ben reviews the final issue in the series for The Authority: The Lost Year #12. Written by Keith Giffen and Grant Morrison, interior art by Jerry Ordway, Kevin Nowland, and others, and cover art by Gene Ha.

00:30:04 – Joe tells us all about Dv8: Gods and Monsters #5 written by Brian Wood, art by Rebekah Isaacs, and cover by Fiona Staples.

00:38:17 – Ben gives his thoughts on the new creator owned series, Ides of Blood #1. Written by Stuart C. Paul, art by Christian Duce, and cover by Michael Geiger.

00:50:05 – Joe reviews the fantastic X-files / 30 Days of Night #2 crossover. Written by Steve Niles and Adam Jones, art by Tom Mandrake, and cover by Andrea Sorrentino.

00:59:37 – Ben gives you both the print and digital Wildstorm Releases for the weeks of 8/11 through 8/18.

  • For the week of 8/18
  • New digital comic offerings (courtesy of comixology.com) $0.99-$1.99
  • Ex Machina #4 &5
  • Supernatural: Origins #5 & 6
  • Supernatural: Rising Son #1
  • The X-files #4 &5
  • Planetary #10 & 11
  • Gen 13 #27 & 28
  • Stormwatch PHD #19 & 20
  • The Authority #7 & 8
  • Wildcats #6 & 7
  • NOTE: First arc of World’s End storyline in these titles in now complete

01:02:57 – Joe gives you are contact info which you will find below and says good night.

The opening and closing 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.

The Authority: The Lost Year #12

“Reality” (No Spoilers)

Writers: Grant Morrison & Keith Giffen
Pencils: Jerry Ordway
Inks: Kevin Nowlan
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb
Letters: Rob Leigh
Editor: Scott Peterson
Cover: Gene Ha

Here we are finally and so ends half (looking at you Wildcats) of the redemption for Worldstorm and this title which had been put on hold since Grant Morrison left it in 2006. It has been a bumpy ride to say the least but it is very interesting how they chose to end this.

All of you who have been following our coverage of this title know that for the most part we’ve been really frustrated with it. Morrison had a strong start when he worked on it, so when Keith Giffen was announced to take it over it seemed like a good fit. Giffen, after all, had already written these characters several times. But somewhere along the way, it seemed that this series as a whole just started to fall apart. One thing that was evident was the story arcs were way too short. There were several alternate worlds that the team visited that were really cool but only lasted two issues. This led to a lot of great set up being resolved super fast in order to move on to the next alternate reality.

This was hard to accept until those two beautiful issues drawn by Brandon Badeaux we just recently reviewed. By that time, we already knew to expect the shorter arcs and Badeaux’s art certainly made up for it. Which brings us to this issue. It is very interesting the way they decided to end this. It’s hard to talk about without spoiling but let’s just say, you’d get a very different feel for this ending if this series had come before DnA’s World’s End Authority run (in continuity this story takes place before World’s End). I’d go as far as to say this ending would’ve been very lackluster if you didn’t have DnA’s run to juxtapose. For me it was a reminder of why I didn’t like The Authority much before DnA’s run.

Another thing worth noting about this issue is that the art is by industry legend Jerry Ordway. We’re talking this is the equivalent of Jack Kirby drawing The Authority. It’s crazy to even see his name here. This is one of the guys who worked on Crisis on Infinite Earths (which is highly appropriate based on the premise of this Authority series). His art is obviously very old school but it still looks great!

Overall, I think this series fell flat. It had a great start and some great issues here towards the end but honestly it just ended up being another Authority adventure. It seemed like they were trying really hard to learn something here at the end but I’m not so sure they did. It’s a shame because there was such potential here but somehow it got lost along the way (pun intended). Honestly, I hope this is the last we ever see of this version of The Authority. I hope the lessons they learned in the DnA run are never forgotten.

I think they’re much better off for it.

7 out of 10 (Above Average)

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 11

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 11

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Show Notes:
Welcome to another review packed episode of Wildstorm Addiction! Joe David Soliz and Ben Murphy brings you Wildstorm reviews for the weeks of July 28th and August 4th 2010. Reviews including The Authority: The Lost Year #11, Garrison #4, Wildcats #25, The Authority #25, and Sparta USA #6.

00:00:34 – Ben welcomes everyone to Episode #11 for the weeks of July 28th and August 4th.
00:00:59 – Spoiler alerts warning, but all the written Wildstorm reviews at site are spoiler free unless otherwise noted.
00:01:10 – Ben gives a quick update on the wildstormaddiction.com website. The About page has been updated to include bios of Joe and Ben as well as an explanation of the ratings we give on all the books we review on the show. Along with a chart and average of our comic reviews, so check it out!
00:02:01 – Ben announces the soon to open Wildstorm Addiction Store! The store will feature many Wildstorm creator owned sets even before the trades hit the stands! Along with some various choice sets and signed issues. We will also be announcing details for some upcoming free give-a-way contests for the Wildstorm Addiction Podcast, so stay tuned!
00:02:58 – Joe reviews The Authority: The Lost Year #11 Written by Keith Giffen and Grant Morrison, interior art by Brandon Badeaux, and cover art by Gene Ha.
00:11:10 – Ben gives his take on Garrison #4 written by Jeff Mariotte, with art and cover by Francesco Francavilla.
00:18:19 – Joe reviews the epic Wildcats #25 written by Adam “I need my A.C.” Beechen, art by Tim “Why didn’t you call me?” Seeley and Andy Smith, along with a cover by Al Barrionuevo.
00:30:58 – Ben gives his thoughts on his current favorite WSU title, The Authority #25. Written by Tom Taylor, interiors by Al Barrionuevo, and cover by Howard Porter, Allen Martinez and Wes Hartman.
00:42:45 – Joe wraps up the weird, wacky, and always eclectic mini-series, Sparta U.S.A. Issue #6 is written by David Lapham, art and cover by Johnny Timmons.
00:51:31 – Ben give you both the print and digital Wildstorm Releases for the weeks of 7/28 through 8/4.

  • KANE AND LYNCH #1
  • TOM STRONG AND THE ROBOTS OF DOOM #3
  • New digital comic offerings (courtesy of comixology.com) $0.99-$1.99
    • Under Wildstorm – Ex Machina # 1 & 2, Gen 13 #25 & 26, Stormwatch PHD #17 & 18, Supernatural: Origins #4 & 5, The Authority #5 & 6, The X-files #1 & 3(no #2 for some reason), Wildcats #5 & 6, Planetary #8 & 9, and Red Faction: Armageddon #1 FREE, Red Faction: Guerilla #1 FREE. Red Faction is a mature title so you’ll have to be signed in to comixology to view, but it’s free to sign up.
    • Under DC – Planetary/Batman: Night on Earth, and Planetary/JLA: Terra Occulta.

00:53:30 – Joe almost forgets to say goodbye to everyone, don’t worry everyone I set him straight!

The opening and closing 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.

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 8

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 8

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 8Subscribe 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 talk about the Wildstorm comic releases for the weeks of 6/30 through 7/14.

00:00:34 – Joe welcomes everyone to Episode #8 with reviews of The Authority #24, Sparta USA #5,The X Files/30 Days of Night #1, and The Authority: The Lost Year #10.

00:00:47 – Joe starts us off by laying down some Wildstorm news.

  • 00:00:59 – Special shout-out to our international listeners.  According to our download reports we’ve got people who’ve downloaded from Chile, China, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Spain, Canada and the Russian Federation.  And of course, a big thanks to all our listeners in the USA!  We’ve gone international!
  • 00:01:34 – More Digital comic offerings from DC this week courtesy of comixology.com: ranging from $0.99-$1.99, Supernatural: Origins #1, Entire Dante’s Inferno 6-issue mini, Entire Fringe 6-issue mini #0 also offered for FREE, Mirror’s Edge 1-5 (no #6) #0 also offered for FREE, 1st 3 issues of Victorian Undead, Planetary/Authority: Ruling the World one-shot, WORLD’S END-Wildcats #2, Gen 13 #22, Stormwatch PHD #14, The Authority #2, & Wildstorm Universe #0 is FREE (Was a free giveaway last summer at SDCC & comic shops written by our very own Chris Striker of The Higher Authority site-(http://theauthority.ws/)
  • 00:03:26 –Thanks to titanthrope for your comment on The Authority #24 written review at site. We’d appreciate more of these from listeners in the future so that we are making sure to cover what you want to hear!

00:03:49 – Ben reviews The Authority #24 “Mondregon Part 2” written by Tom Taylor, art and cover by Al Barrionuevo.
00:20:06 – Joe pimps Sparta #5 written by David Lapham and art by Johnny Timmons.
00:33:09 – Ben is fired up about the new licensed title The X Files /30 Days of Night crossover written by Steve Niles and Adam Jones, art by Tom Mandrake, with a cover by Andrea Sorrentino. Two variant covers, one by Sam Kieth and the other by Tom Mandrake and JD Mettler.
00:46:00 – Joe is pleasantly surprised by another issue of The Authority: The Lost Year reviewing issue #10 written by Keith Giffen and Grant Morrison, art by Brandon Badeaux, cover by Gene Ha. Hey Mikey, he likes it!
00:59:49 – Ben gives you the other Wildstorm titles that have released over the last three weeks that we didn’t review.

  • 6/30
    • DANTE’S INFERNO
    • GEARS OF WAR #12
    • RESIDENT EVIL #5 (OF 6)
  • 7/8
    • ABSOLUTE PLANETARY BOOK 1: NEW PRINTING
    • TOM STRONG AND THE ROBOTS OF DOOM #2
  • 7/14
    • ABSOLUTE PLANETARY BOOK 2
    • ASTRO CITY: SILVER AGENT #1 (OF 2)
    • FREDDY VS. JASON VS. ASH: THE NIGHTMARE WARRIORS
    • FREE REALMS #11 (OF 12)

The opening and closing 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
Email us at wildstormaddiction@gmail.com