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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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Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 19

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 19

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 19Subscribe to the show: RSS Feed | iTunes

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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.

The Authority #29

“Change, Not Die” (No Spoilers)

Writer: Tom Taylor
Plot Assist: Adam Warren
Pencils: Al Barrionuevo & Kevin West
Colors: Eltaeb with Royer & Mayor
Letters: Wes Abbott
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Jim Chadwick
Cover: Jheremy Raapack, Richard Friend, & Wes Hartman

The end of the Wildstorm Universe is here and the first title to bow out in the imprint’s final month is one of its most popular and controversial titles: The Authority. My personal history with The Authority is bittersweet. I thought they were great when Warren Ellis first brought them on the scene but then I quickly lost my taste for them as they seemed to fall into a cycle of shock-value stories instead of stories that simply had some value. Then Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (affectionately known to fans as DnA) came along with the World’s End storyline and made me like The Authority again. In the end it was a short reunion but I’m glad I could enjoy this team once again before the end.

Writer Tom Taylor took the reins of this title earlier this year when the previous creative team left prematurely. Taylor quickly showed that he was going to have a lot of fun with this title. And have fun he did! Where DnA’s run was very somber and humbling for these heroes, Taylor took the lessons from DnA’s run and made sure The Authority did not forget them. I was worried that Taylor might not have gotten the news about Wildstorm’s closing until it was too late to change the end of his Authority run. But based on the way this issue was presented, it seems that he did. Taylor has the characters offer some great reflections on what it means to be a hero. This could have easily been something that could’ve turned out corny and preachy. But I think Taylor picked the perfect character to convey the message. It was a thoughtful commentary on the superhero genre in general and made excellent allusions to the end of Wildstorm itself. Even the title of the issue was highly appropriate and a brilliant callback to Ellis’ run where it all started.

The run has also had two amazing artists in Al Barrionuevo, who took the majority of the issues, and Mike Miller who took two of the issues. On top of that, we get a third artist helping finish off this final issue with Kevin West. I don’t know where he came from but I really enjoyed the few pages he got. He definitely got to illustrate one of the best moments in the issue (see Flint and Grifter). We even got an impressive spilt cover by artist Jheremy Raapack. But Barrionuevo ended this issue in style as he got to illustrate some epic pieces as well. Plus he got to provide a great cliffhanger! That’s right, it’s the final issue and it had a cliffhanger! How will this get resolved since the title was cancelled you ask? Well, it seems that Taylor coordinated with writer Adam Beechen over in Wildcats to have this Authority issue lead directly into the final issue of Wildcats (#30). This was also highly appropriate because both runs at the beginning of the year began together before they split into their different stories. So it’s nice to see them come back together for the finale.

Well, that’s one Wildstorm title buried. But I have to say as a final issue I enjoyed it very much. I felt like it wound down and resolved Taylor’s story nicely and did well to let itself be lead into the final issue of Wildcats. Although December will be a month of goodbyes to the heroes of the Wildstorm Universe, I’m glad that we’ve got a great group of creators that gave it their all in these last issues. Thanks for a great run guys!

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 17

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 17

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Show Notes:
Welcome to another awesome episode of Wildstorm Addiction! Joe David Soliz and Ben Murphy bring you Wildstorm reviews and news for the weeks of October 6th and 13th 2010. Reviews including The Authority #27, Welcome to Tranquility: One Foot in the Grave #4 (of 6), and the RED movie and trade!

00:00:35 – Joe welcomes everyone to Episode #17 for the weeks of October 6th and 13th 2010.

00:00:46 – Spoiler alerts warning, but all the written Wildstorm reviews at site are spoiler free unless otherwise noted. Also brief Wildstorm news from NYCC before Ben goes into his in-depth report;

  • 00:01:30 -Hank Kanalz, former vice president and general manager of WildStorm Productions, has been promoted to senior vice president-digital of DC Comics.

00:03:03 – Ben gives his New York Comic Con 2010 report along with some choice audio from some of the panels asking about any kind of Wildstorm news.

  • 00:06:40 -Geoff Johns Panel
  • 00:07:19 – Wildstorm: RED and Other Amazing Tales Panel
  • 00:07:30 – Jim Lee Icons Panel
  • 00:10:39 – Ben discusses these panel clips and what they mean to Wildstorm fans.
  • 00:17:30 – Joe gives his take on the audio clips from the panel that Ben captured in New York.
  • 00:22:25 – Ben won’t let his experience die and has to get in another final word about NYCC.

00:26:47 – Joe reviews The Authority #27 written by Tom Taylor, art by Al Barrionuevo, with a cover by Dave Gibbons and Kevin Nowlan. There was also a 1:10 variant cover released by Andy Park.

00:33:37 – Ben gives his take on The Authority #27.

00:36:45 – Ben catches you up on Welcome to Tranquility: One Foot in the Grave #4 (of 6) written by Gail Simone, art by Horacio Domingues, and cover by Neil Googe.

00:44:54 – Joe lays down his thoughts on the always excellent Welcome to Tranquility.

00:48:17 – Joe reviews the first ever “Wildstorm” related movie RED. But before he can review the movie there has to be a discussion about the original mini-series. Ben disagrees with Joe on what that series meant as a whole and how that affected his movie rating. The RED prequel we discuss actually got bumped back in the solicits to Nov 24th a day after our taping. You can find out about it here: RED: EYES ONLY. Also when the RED mini-series first released, each issue was $2.95 not $2.50 as I stated.

00:59:12 – Ben has his very opinionated opinions on the RED movie.

01:03:25 – Ben gives you both the print and digital Wildstorm Releases for the weeks of 10/06 through 10/13.

  • For the week of 10/13
  • New digital comic offerings (courtesy of comixology.com) $0.99-$1.99
    • Ex Machina #12 & 13
    • Supernatural: Beginning’s End #2 & 3
    • Gears of War #7 &  8
    • Victorian Undead #4 & 5
    • Welcome to Tranquility #6
    • Trick ‘R Treat #1 & 2
    • Kane & Lynch #2

01:05:43 – 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 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.