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Wildcats #30

“Bad Medicine 4 of 4: In Practice” (No Spoilers)

Writer: Adam Beechen
Pencils: Mike S. Miller
Colors: Carlos Badilla
Letters: Wes Abbott
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Jim Chadwick
Cover: Jheremy Raapack & Richard Friend

“It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.”

– R.E.M.

I am completely serious when I say this song came on the radio when I was driving home from the comic shop after picking up this issue. You may not believe it but it is absolutely true. I couldn’t help but smile when it did. But that phrase perfectly describes how I felt about this issue. I think it was a great wrap-up issue not only to Wildcats as a series, but the Wildstorm Universe in general.

It’s hard to imagine it’s been 18 years since the first issue of Wildcats. There have been many restarts and false starts for this book over the years but despite it all, I’ve always enjoyed the book. So I’m happy to say I think they pulled off a great final issue. Adam Beechen has helped tell a truly epic story to end the Wildstorm Universe. Even though the world has already been through Armageddon, that didn’t stop Beechen and company from coming up with more ways to torture the poor Earth. Beechen did an incredible job of bringing characters old and new together for the WSU’s swan song. Knowing that the books were ending made the story that much more dire because you knew anything could happen since future stories didn’t have to be taken into account.

There’s also the fact that it seems Beechen worked closely with The Authority writer Tom Taylor to come up with the ending. The Authority’s final issue flows perfectly into this one as we learn who the Earth’s new Doctor is and we witness their role in the story. There were also several reunions for most of the characters and that was a lot of fun to see. Ultimately, I think the resolution to the story was very unique. The resolution also brought together several stories that have been building up since World’s End so I applaud Beechen for doing his homework and digging up some of those plotlines.

Speaking of plotlines, Beechen did warn that some plotlines would not be resolved because he did not find out about Wildstorm’s closure in time. However, I think he did a great job of addressing these plotlines and the fact they were left unresolved to me is more realistic. It drives home the point that these stories never truly end but there is still a feeling of closure despite the unresolved plotlines. There is also a great series of panels that show us what our favorite characters are doing and Beechen made sure to insert lots of little nods to long-time Wildstorm fans; something he’s done during his entire run.

I cannot end my final Wildcats review without talking about Mike Miller’s art. We got to see his work over in The Authority first and now he gets the honor of illustrating the final issue of Wildcats. He was able to draw some incredible scenes, including several full pages of some very memorable moments. He also did a great job of illustrating what I call the “wrap-up” panels which show our heroes around the world. It’s a shame we won’t get to see more of his art in the WSU but I’m glad we got what we did.

Well, turn out the lights, the party’s over. You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here. The Wildstorm Universe as we know it is no more. As bittersweet as it is I’m just thankful the creators found out in time to give us some closure here with the story. I grew up following this universe so it’ll always carry a special place in my heart. So, raise your glasses and drink one for the good old Wildstorm U! I know this fan with surely miss it.

Wildcats #28

“Bad Medicine 2 of 4: Firebreak” (No Spoilers)

Writer: Adam Beechen
Pencils: Tim Seeley
Inks: Andy Smith
Colors: Carlos Badilla
Letters: Wes Abbott
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Jim Chadwick
Cover: Dave Gibbons & Kevin Nowlan
Variant Cover: Andy Park

Ok, now that the shock of the Wildstorm news has past, I think I was able to enjoy this issue a lot more than the previous. I feel the epic nature of this story has kicked in once again!

I’m getting the feeling now that we’re in the last half hour of a movie that you’ve been enjoying very much. For the most part, you know comics are ongoing and movies have an end. Well, now that I know this universe will have an end, I’m eagerly anticipating how this all will wrap up. Beechen and Seeley really do make this feel like the end of the world. It’s pretty bittersweet how exciting it all is now, knowing that the end is imminent.

It is noteworthy that this is artist Tim Seeley’s last issue as well. We will get to see his rendition of these characters one more time on the cover of next month’s #29 but these are his last interiors on the title. One of the things I appreciated the most about Seeley’s work is how faithful he was to the spirit of the characters. Plus he inserted so many nods to past Wildstorm stuff, only longtime fans would be able to find and appreciate them all. You could also tell he had a lot of fun with these characters and he some great work here. But don’t grieve too much because he’s passing the title off into the capable hands of Mike S. Miller (who did two great issues of The Authority earlier this year).

Beechen also continues to give us some great cameos by Wildstorm characters long since forgotten. It’s good that we got to see some of them in the pages of a Wildstorm book one last time. Plus, he’s also pulling out some great surprise appearances as more characters play into the story. Authority fans will be happy to see a member present we haven’t seen in a while (and it’s not who you think!).

The fat lady’s warming up her voice as she preps for her song as the Wildstorm Universe moves into its final act. I hope some people are picking up these issues out of curiosity since the announcement to experience a true end of the universe story. As we begin the crescendo into the final verse, I expect Beechen and Miller will give us a grand finale.

9 out 10 (Excellent!)

Wildcats #27

“Bad Medicine 1 of 4: The Broken Heart of the World” (No Spoilers)

Writer: Adam Beechen
Pencils: Tim Seeley
Inks: Andy Smith
Colors: Carlos Badilla
Letters: Wes Abbott
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Jim Chadwick
Cover: Chris Sprouse

Well, it’s no secret that I write this review within a day of hearing about the demise of the Wildstorm imprint. So needless to say, it made reading this bitter-sweet. It was a really good issue but now more than before do I really feel like I’m reading about the end of the world.

The reveal of who Aeon may seem to most that it came out of left field. But one thing about World’s End is that it definitely has catered to long-time fans. Even after hearing the villain’s true name, it was a little insert a few panels later that solidified for me who it really was. Since we already got to see many of the major Wildstorm villains appear in World’s End I had no idea who this might be. I was a little underwhelmed but I think it’s cool that Beechen took something left over from a past Wildstorm book and decided to use it here.

There are some great fights in the issue but we do have a few quite moments between the characters. These interactions in quieter moments do have a more somber feel for me now since I know the appearances of all these characters are now numbered. But, like I said, there are plenty of nice Easter eggs for longtime fans.

The villain’s plot is definitely interesting. I’m not sure if we’ll ever really get to see what he’s talking about when he explains his motives but who knows. We do have 3 issue left after all.

The twilight of the Wildstorm Universe is upon us and I for one am going to savor every last moment of it. It was an exciting issue but I wasn’t blown away by it. Either that, or I’m still reeling from the news. Regardless, I look forward to seeing how this all wraps up.

7 out of 10 (Above Average)

Wildcats #26

“Desert Storms” (No Spoilers)

Writer: Adam Beechen
Pencils: Tim Seeley
Inks: Andy Smith
Colors: Carlos Badilla
Letters: Wes Abbott
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Scott Peterson
Cover: Howard Porter & Allen Martinez

Wow! If you are a long time Wildstorm fan like me there are a ton of references and appearances in here that will make you giddy! Much like Christos Gage did in his run, Adam Beechen is finding great ways to incorporate old characters we haven’t seen in years.

Beechen is still juggling several stories but for the most part we get two stories here with two distinct themes. One is the more epic story involving the mysterious character Aeon and the majority of the other heroes. But the second is a more personal story as Warblade takes the nurse who helped him when he was wounded and they go to Earth to find her family. In the midst of all the grandness of the Aeon story, the Warblade story is more down to Earth and very human. I hope your heart is prepared for the outcome.

The only story Beechen throws our way and then moves on is Majestic’s story. But even then it’s a teaser showing us that his story is about to move into a whole other level. The rest of the stories seem to begin separately but then they all converge with the Aeon story. And boy does Beechen give us a huge tease with Aeon! But he doesn’t stop there! He attaches an awesome cliffhanger associated with Aeon AND we get another second cliffhanger as we finally see what John Lynch and Team 7 are up to.

Tim Seeley continues to give us great renditions of the Wildstorm heroes. One subtle thing that Seeley is doing a great job with is the facial expressions of the characters. This is especially true with the Warblade story. The emotion is already bursting through in the dialogue and the situation but Seeley makes sure we see it on the heroes’ faces as well. This is a small detail that could easily be overlooked but to me it’s the sign of a truly great artist because it shows me he’s working well with Beechen and bringing the script to life.

I had to bump up my rating for this one because I loved everything that Beechen packed into this issue. I didn’t feel like any part was slow and the emotions displayed here were genuine and believable. Things are getting worse for our heroes but the ironic thing is that makes it better reading for us fans.

9 out of 10 (Excellent!)