Monthly Archives: December 2010

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 20

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 20

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Show Notes:
Welcome to another episode of Wildstorm Addiction! Joe David Soliz and Ben Murphy bring you Wildstorm reviews and news for the weeks of November 17th, 24th and December 1st 2010. Reviews including Wildcats #29, Ides of Blood #4 (of 6), X-files/30 Days of Night #5 (of 6) , and the Authority #29!

00:00:35 – Joe welcomes everyone to Episode #20 for the weeks of November 17th, 24th and December 1st 2010.

00:00:47 – Joe gives a quick Wildstorm Bleed posting update. Marc Silvestri and Eric Larsen variant cover for the 2006 Morrison/Lee WildCats #1-2: WorldStorm Series were posted supposedly as a gift to Wildstorm fans. These will not likely ever be published in print.

00:01:37 – Spoiler alerts warning, but all the written Wildstorm reviews at the site are spoiler free unless otherwise noted.

00:01:54 – Joe reviews Ides of Blood #4 (of 6) written by Stuart C. Paul, art by Christian Duce and cover by Michael Geiger.

00:09:00 – Ben loves, loves, loves Ides of Blood! Wow did we get some great creator owned series to read and review at the end of the Wildstorm run! I’ll quote myself from the podcast, “fantastic from beginning to end!”

00:10:33 – Ben reviews Wildcats #29 written by Adam Beechen with art by Mike S. Milller and cover by Tim Seeley & Allen Martinez.

00:23:21 – Joe feels like this is the part in the movie where you know it’s the final epic scene and you aren’t sure who you are going to get to see before it all ends in the Wildcats. He loves how Adam Beechen is incorporating all of the unique  core Wildstorm concepts into this book and merging them all together as it winds down to the end.

00:29:47 – Joe reviews X-files/30 Days of Night #5 (of 6) written by Steve Niles & Adam Jones with art by Tom Mandrake and cover by Andrea Sorrentino.

00:35:29 – Ben doesn’t have much to add to Joe’s synopsis of X-files/30 Days of Night, it’s just a fun solid read.

00:38:12 – Ben reviews the final issue of the Authority #29 written by Tom Taylor and art by Al Barrionuevo and cover art by Tim Seeley and Allen Martinez.

00:46:18 – Joe gives his thoughts about the final issue of the Authority and what it means as whole for the universe, but doesn’t give us a rating!

00:53:36 – Ben gives you both the print and digital Wildstorm Releases for the weeks of 11/17, 11/24, and 12/1.

00:56:41 – 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.

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Gen 13 #39

“Pocatello: Part 5-Heroes” (No Spoilers)

Writer: Phil Hester
Pencils: Cruddie Torian
Inks: Andy Smith
Colors: Wildstorm FX
Letters: Wes Abbott
Assistant Editor: Chynna Clugston Flores
Editor: Scott Peterson
Cover: Dustin Nguyen

Next up out the door, everyone’s favorite teen team: Gen 13. I have to say I was hoping for a fonder farewell to my favorite teens but I think the circumstances didn’t allow it as much.

When Phil Hester came onboard, I’m sure he had this specific story in mind to tell and it was in no way supposed to be a story that ended the Gen 13 title. It seems that they may have told him in time about Wildstorm’s closing and he tried to adjust what he could but so much change had occurred in the title, most of the original characters were not around for the finale.

Now I’m only a little torn with that because when you have a finale for a book, you’d like to have the main players involved. But like I said, Hester had already been moving the title in a totally different direction. However, in the end it may have worked out in favor of a more realistic ending. With the world in the chaos it’s been in during World’s End, it’s a wonder most of the Wildstorm teams were able to stay together as much as they did. The Gen 13 kids lucked out the most because they actually missed the event that ended the world and came into it after the fact. Since then, they’ve been through enormous changes as a team and that included some of them moving to other books.

As much as I would’ve loved to have seen the originals in the finale, it made more sense for it to happen this way. I guess it’s easier to believe that the kids wouldn’t all be together after everything that’s happened. Plus it was obvious Hester was setting up this new team for more adventures beyond this story. I am glad that we at least had Fairchild and Burnout here at the end. Fairchild was always my favorite Gen 13 member so I was glad to see her in action one last time in the pages of her own team title. The story did have an epic conclusion but it was all a little predictable and it seemed a little rushed. I wish they had not made this title bi-monthly like they did. It would’ve allowed Hester more time to flesh out what happened.

Ultimately, it was just an ok ending for the team. It was a hopeful ending and I do like that the last page contains two of the originals characters in the final panels. The final shot of Fairchild looking into the sky was a little sad because I know it’s the last I’ll see of her for a while. Because of all the characters that’ll make the transition to the DCU, I know she’ll be one of the first. Until then, take it easy kids!

Welcome to Tranquility: One Foot in the Grave #6

“Homecoming-Part 6: Ending Note” (No Spoilers)

Writer: Gail Simone
Pencils: Horacio Domingues
Colors: Carrie Strachan
Letters: Travis Lanham
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Ben Abernathy
Cover: Neil Googe

We’re finally at the end of this surprisingly dark and disturbing Welcome to Tranquility story. Gail Simone truly reached into some dark places to come up with the villain of this series.

I think ultimately Simone was having a lot of fun with this series despite how dark it got. This issue sees some ideas from the original series come into play and it also takes an opportunity to add some surprising twists to the Tranquility lore. There are some characters that hook-up in here that were real shockers. The hook-up was introduced (and I guess technically simultaneously re-introduced) all in this one issue. But the denizens of this town are not exactly normal so it fits with feel of the town.

I’ve been reading this without going back and re-reading the original mini-series. I found that overall I was still able to enjoy it but even having read the original series, there were still some things that I found myself a little lost about. There is a mission that Sheriff Lindo sends Salabal on and at first I had no idea where it came from. When I saw the plan carried out I was able to piece together what happened but that’s only because I knew details about the character of Maximum Man from the original series. I think it’s something that new readers might get a little lost with. In the end, I think it’s better to read the original series first before reading this one. It’ll just make for a more complete reading experience.

This inadvertently became the swan song for the citizens of Tranquility. Their fate has already been revealed in the pages of World’s End so this was a nice little story that fits right before that. I really enjoyed this series and would’ve loved to have seen more done with these characters. Whatever is done in the future with the Wildstorm characters, I hope Simone is always at the forefront when it comes to the town of Tranquility.

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 19

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 19

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Show Notes:
Welcome to another episode of Wildstorm Addiction! Joe David Soliz and Ben Murphy bring you Wildstorm reviews and news for the weeks of October 27th , November 3rd and 10th 2010. Reviews including Wildcats #28, Dv8: Gods and Monsters #8 (of 8), the Authority #28, and Welcome to Tranquility: One Foot in the Grave #5!

00:00:35 – Ben welcomes everyone to Episode #19 for the weeks of October 27th, November 3rd & 10th 2010.

00:00:47 – Spoiler alerts warning, but all the written Wildstorm reviews at the site are spoiler free unless otherwise noted.

00:01:25 – Joe gives a special shout out to Doctor Funk and apologizes for missing him at Wizard World Austin. Joe gives us a quick brief on the con.

00:02:40 – Joe reviews Wildcats #28 written by Adam Beechen with art by Tim Seeley and Andy Smith along with a cover by Dave Gibbons and Kevin Nowlan. 1:10 variant cover drawn by Andy Park.

00:09:27 – Ben muses about Wildcats #28 and where the next two issues may be going.

00:10:53 – Ben reviews the final issue of Dv8: Gods and Monsters #8 written by Brian Wood, art by Rebekah Isaacs, and cover by Fiona Staples.

00:17:07 – Ben quotes Brian Wood on some questions about the ending of Dv8.

00:19:01 – Joe gives his take on Dv8: Gods and Monsters #8 and the series as a whole and he isn’t buying it. And boy does he lay out some good reasoning for his argument.

00:24:43 – Joe reviews the Authority #28 written by Tom Taylor and art by Al Barrionuevo and cover art by Tim Seeley and Allen Martinez.

00:30:50 – Ben has something to say about penultimate issue of the Authority.

00:33:30 – Ben reviews Gail Simone’s amazing Welcome to Tranquility: One Foot in the Grave #5. Art by Horacio Domingues and cover by Neil Googe.

00:43:24 – Joe has some things to share on Welcome to Tranquility as well.

00:46:14 – Joe gives you both the print and digital Wildstorm Releases for the weeks of 10/27, 11/03, and 11/10.

00:49:16 – Ben 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 athttp://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.