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Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode #42

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 42

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Show Notes:
Welcome to another episode of Wildstorm Addiction! Our resident Wildstorm experts Joe David Soliz & Benjamin Murphy review Stormwatch #15, Grifter #15, Team 7 #3, and Ravagers #7, as well as some other Wildstorm appearances in the new DCU 52.

00:00:35  – Joe welcomes everyone to episode #42 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.

00:01:19  – Joe continues with plenty of Wildstorm related news as it pertains to the current books in the DCU.

  • Brett Booth continued his 20 years celebration since Jim Lee hired him at his blog by posting two more sketches after his Grifter pic we mentioned last month.  He posted a Taboo and Zealot sketch.  He also mentioned that he hopes to get Backlash introduced into the New 52 sometime in 2013.  http://demonpuppy.blogspot.com/2012/11/happy-sketch-saturday-its.html
  • March brings more Wildstorm goodness into the New 52 as Team 7 #6 features the debut of Ladytron!  The issue also mentions that Caitlin Fairchild will be showing up and there will also be a modern day story where Deathstroke is hunting down his former Team 7 teammates (the cover shows Grifter impaled by Deathstroke’s sword).  Stormwatch #18 features appearance by Zealot as the team appears to be fighting The Engineer and Deathstroke #18 features Warblade and The Ravagers and seems to tie-in with Ravagers #10 which also mentions Deathstroke.
  • March also sees the release of The Authority Vol. 1-HC collecting #1-12 which is all of Warren Ellis’ run, the solicit mentions Mark Millar, but his run didn’t start until #13.  (it’s odd because the Vol. 2 Stormwatch HC, which chronologically comes before these stories, has been pushed back to Summer 2013).
  • Finally, we got a super advance look at trades coming out next summer.  In May we get Grifter Vol. 2: New Found Power which collects #0, & 9-16 and The Ravagers Vol. 1: The Kids from N.O.W.H.E.R.E which collects #0-7.  In June we get Deathstroke Vol. 2: Lobo Hunt which collects #0, & 9-14 (which debuted Zealot). We also get double Stormwatch as we get the softcover release of Vol. 1 which collects Warren Ellis’ #37-47 and Stormwatch Vol. 2-HC which says collects #48-49 ( no #50 which is the last part of the Change or Die storyline?) and the second Stormwatch series #1-11.  In July we get Team 7 Vol. 1: Fight Fire with Fire which collects #0-7 and Superman Vol. 2: Secrets & Lies HC which collects #7-12 and the infamous Superman Annual #1.  August sees Legion Lost Vol. 2: The Culling which collects #0, and #8-16 and The Savage Hawkman Vol. 2: Wanted which collects #0-14 (debut of Pike).
  • And last but certainly not least, we got more good news from the Heroclix front. We’ll be seeing Gen 13 Heroclix some time in the near future. Wiz Kids released an image with a bunch of preview figures which included the prototype figures for all 5 original Gen 13 kids!

00:13:29 – Ben starts it off with the review of Stormwatch #15. Released on 12/05, written by Peter Milligan with art by Will Conrad and Cliff Richards, cover by Will Conrad.

00:32:38 – Joe reviews Grifter #15. Released on 12/12, written by Frank Tieri, with art by Marat Mychaels and cover by Scott Clark.

00:43:32 – Ben reviews Ravagers #7. Released on 12/12, written by Howard Mackie with art by Eduardo Pansica, Daniel Hdr, Geraldo Borges, & Ian Churchill and cover by Ian Churchill.

01:01:23 – Joe gives his review of Team 7 #3. Released on 12/12, written by Justin Jordan with art by Julius Gopez and cover by Tyler Kirkham; variant cover by Ivan Reis.

01:16:58 – Ben gives an update on other Wildstorm related sighting and tie-ins from the other DCU 52 issue #15’s that have released this month.

  • 12/12 Demon Knights #15 – Merlin changes into Adam One, we get info about Shadow Lords & beginnings of Stormwatch
  • 12/12 Legion Lost #15 – Ravagers appearance

01:18:00 – 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 1/09
    • STORMWATCH #16 Midnighter must die! The unthinkable happens when StormWatch’s mission to capture the renegade Midnighter turns into an assassination plot! Don’t miss the stunning (and permanent) transformation of a StormWatch member!
  • For the week of 1/16
    • GRIFTER #16 Last Issue! The conspiracy surrounding Cole Cash has unraveled and you won’t believe who stands at the center of it all!
    • RAVAGERS #8 Welcome new series writer Michael Alan Nelson (Fall of Cthulhu, 28 Days Later)! Rose Wilson and Warblade are hunting a rogue Ravager when it accidentally infects an entire community! What happens here will affect their future with the Colony forever!
    • TEAM 7 #4 At last, it’s the secret origin of Deathstroke! The team clashes with Eclipso and Slade Wilson! Witness the beginnings of the Black Room from Justice League!
    • LEGION LOST #16 Superboy and The Ravagers guest-star! In order to save billions of lives, the Lost Legionnaires must decide if they are willing to sacrifice millions when they detonate a bomb that will destroy the alien machine from Daggor! Plus, more on the origin of Harvest!

01:19:42 – Joe gives a shout out to Chris Striker’s Stormwatch site which is http://stormwatch.ws/ and remember to visit The Higher Authority’s message boards Clark’s Bar to continue the Wildstorm integration discussions amongst long time Wildstorm fans at http://theauthority.ws.  Also check out our friends of the show, the Image Addiction podcast as they cover new releases from Image Comics and The Savage FINcast as they cover The Savage Dragon.  Both can be found at http://www.imageaddiciton.net

And get twice the Valiant coverage now with our friends of the show from the Only the Valiant podcast at http://www.onlythevaliant.com and our friends over at www.culturalwormhole.com  and their Valiant Future podcast.  

01:20:52 – 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:
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.
Facebook Fan Page: Wildstorm Addiction Podcast Fan Page
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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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Ravagers Heroclix are coming!

Wiz Kids just keeps the early Christmas presents coming as they announced today the release of The Ravagers as part of the Teen Titans Heroclix.  The set includes Caitlin Fairchild, Ridge, Thunder, Lightning, Beast Boy, and Terra.  It’ll be interesting to see if they use the team dial system as we’ve seen so far with Gen 13, Teen Titans, and Red Hood and the Outlaws.  Too bad the theme is obviously teens for the set or else I would’ve liked a Stormwatch team.  Oh well, at the rate Wiz Kids is going I wouldn’t be surprised if we get a Stormwatch release sometime in the near future.  Until then, check out the pics of the figures below:

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Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 41.5

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 41.5 Interview with Dave Beaty

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 41.5Subscribe to the show: RSS Feed | iTunes

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Welcome to a special episode of Wildstorm Addiction! Our resident Wildstorm experts Joe David Soliz & Benjamin Murphy give an interview with the current inker on Grifter, Dave Beaty. We chat with about the rise and fall of this Wildstorm character in the new DCU 52.

00:00:36  – Ben welcomes everyone to a special episode #41.5 and welcomes Dave to the podcast. We apologize for the audio quality on this interview, this was our first attempt spanning three different time zones(probably not true) and my bandwidth couldn’t quite keep up(definitely true!) and Dave seemed to have some background his in his microphone. Alas, there is good information to be gleaned from this worthy artist and the show must go on!

Dave Beaty Inks00:01:32  – Joe gets it started by asking Dave how he broke into the industry as an inker after having seen some overlap and confusion about Scott Beaty on the internet for some of the main comic book databases.

00:05:16 – Ben wonders how hard is it to transition between pencilers on the same book.

00:08:09 – Ben asks Dave to get a bit more specific by explaining some of the tools he used and more of the process with the inking step in the production.

Dave Beaty Inks00:15:39 – Joe wonders what Rob leaving may have done to the fate of the title being cancelled. He also wonders with his absence did DC make a conscience effort to downplay some of the Wildstorm introduction into the new DCU 52 such as Voodoo’s cancellation, Zealot’s quick disappearance, very small cameo’s of Pike, change in direction for Team 7, and the quick dismissal of the Daemonite presence from the DCU after such an obvious build-up in major titles through-out the first year.

00:23:28 – Ben like to discuss the ever closing distance between creators and fans with the proliferation of social media beyond the simple forum. He wants to know Dave’s thoughts on where this relationship will head in the future of comics.

00:28:53 – Always liking to go out on a light note we checked out the honors and achievements on your website www.davebeaty.com. We want to know…are you in fact a ninja?

00:40:51 – 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 among long time Wildstorm fans at theauthority.ws. Be sure to check out our friends of the show, the Image Addiction podcast as they cover new releases from Image Comics and the Only the Valiant podcast as they cover the re-launching of Valiant Comics which current titles include X-O Manowar, Harbinger, Bloodshot, Archer & Armstrong, and Shadowman.

And now Valiant has TWICE the coverage as our friends over at www.culturalwormhole.com have started a new podcast covering Valiant comics called Valiant Future.  These guys are Comic Addiction veterans so head over and check them out!  

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.
Facebook Fan Page: Wildstorm Addiction Podcast Fan Page
Our show is now on Stitcher! Listen to us on your iPhone, Android Phone, Kindle Fire and other devices with Stitcher. Stitcher is Smart Radio for Your phone or tablet. Find it in your app store or at stitcher.com The latest episode is always available for you- no syncing needed… and no memory or storage wasted! Stitcher SmartRadio- The Smarter Way to listen to radio