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Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 47

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 47

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Show Notes: Welcome to another episode of Wildstorm Addiction! Our resident Wildstorm experts Joe David Soliz & Benjamin Murphy review Stormwatch #20, Ravagers #12and Team 7 #8, as well as some other Wildstorm appearances in the new DCU 52.

00:00:00  – Ben welcomes everyone to episode #47 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. This month on our “Friends of Wildstorm” series, where we bring on a lifelong or recently converted  fans of the Wildstorm Universe, we have Titanthrope (who asked that his identity remain confidential) and is a regular at Clark’s Bar and one of the last die-hard Wildstorm fans next to Joe, myself, and Chris Striker.

00:05:42  – Ben continues the slowing Wildstorm related news as it pertains to the current books in the DCU.

  • The only news for us is that we have decided to take a hiatus for the summer. Now that we’ll only have one title to review we just thought it would be a good time to take a breather (we only do 1 show a month as it is now right? Such pansies!!). As of now, Stormwatch #23 is solicited for August with No Final Issue tag (thank God!). The rumor is that this year’s New 52 September event will be villains month where the villains will take over each title for the month. I’m putting my bets on it being Lobo and also possibly being the final issue of Stormwatch. Maybe the BleadingCool “Max Faraday” trademarking rumor will spice things up a bit. But at this point I’d say that’s a stretch and can easily be peddled as Jim’s pet project, not Wildstorm specific.

00:09:25 – Joe starts our final monthly reviews off with the holdout title of Stormwatch issue #20. Released on 5/01, written by Jim Starlin with art by Yvel Guichet and cover by Jim Starlin.

00:18:35 – Our guest and friend of the show, Titanthrope, keeps it going with the review of the final issue of Team 7 #8. Released on 5/08, written by Justin Jordan with art by Jesus Merino with cover by Gary Frank.

00:26:57 – Ben gives his review of the final issue of Ravagers #12. Released on 5/08, written by Michael Alan Nelson & Tony Bedard with art by Diogenes Neves and cover by Ken Lashley. (Rant much Ben? Dude you need some pills or something!) The Authority baddie we were referring to was Seth, not Zed.

00:43:33 – Joe gives an update on other Wildstorm related sighting and tie-ins from the other DCU 52 issue #20’s that have released this month.

  • 4/24 All-Star Western #19 – Stormwatch backup story (according to solicits, appears to conclude in July’s issue #22)
  • 5/08 Deathstroke #20 – Last Issue: John Lynch and Majestic appearances to help end this title

00:47:01 – Joe 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 6/05
    • STORMWATCH #21 While searching for the truth about the Kollective, the team runs straight into the arms of Lobo! (Subsequent issues usually scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month. Pick them up and join us at the end of the summer to discuss!)
  • For the week of 5/22
    • ALL-STAR WESTERN #20 And in the backup story, a never before seen Stormwatch team takes the spotlight!

00:49:50 – Joe gives some quick shout out’s starting with Chris Striker’s The Higher Authority’s message boards Clark’s Bar to continue the Wildstorm integration discussions among 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. Get twice the Valiant coverage now with our friends of the show from the Only the Valiant podcast at http://www.onlythevaliant.com. We also want to mention our friends over at www.culturalwormhole.com and their Valiant Future podcast where Joe now guest-hosts.

00:51:28 – Ben 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/joedavidsoliz (I have changed my Twitter)
Wildstorm Addiction: http://twitter.com/wildstormaddict
Post your comments for each episode on the wildstormaddiction.com!
Email us: wildstormaddiction@gmail.com.
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00:53:10 – Joe will be at the big anime convention in Dallas called A-kon, May 31-June 2 helping promote my friend’s upcoming video game Mech Knight Chronicles which is from Dinosaur Games.  They can be found at www.dinosaurentertainment.com. We also got green-lit on Steam so if you have a Steam account please vote YES for us! http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=137877429 Joe_and_the_sword He’ll also be helping run the Icebreaker panel for newbies to the con.  We will also be doing a panel called Cosplay Combat where cosplayers can battle each other using giant D&D dice a friend of mine makes.  Dinosaur Games should also have a booth but I’m sure we’ll be carrying the giant sword prop from the game so it should be easy to spot us.

Ravagers #12

r12cover“The Man Who Killed The Ravagers”

Writers: Michael Alan Nelson & Tony Bedard
Pencils: Diogenes Neves
Inks:  Vicente Cifuentes & J.P. Mayer
Colors: Tony Avina
Letters: Dezi Sienty
Assistant Editor: Ricky Purdin
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover:  Ken Lashley

(No Spoilers)

Another one bites the dust as this title too comes to an end.  Under the new creative team, the title did remain interesting.  It also left things very opened ended so we’ll see what DC has planned for this group in the future.

r12image1The final issue reads like the final act of a movie.  We have a huge confrontation between the Ravagers and Deathstroke which ends up being really cool.  Because it was basically a final battle issue there’s not too much to elaborate on other than enjoying the fight.  Diogenes Neves got to finish off the art on the issue solo and he does a good job with the fight scenes.

More than anything, the title seemed to be setting up for another possible book.  I am glad that the ending wasn’t so clean and left it open-ended.  It just elevated the threat and showed that the bad guys really know what they’re doing.  It’s nice to have bad guys who are not totally incompetent.

r12image2I’ve mentioned before that Ravagers seemed like a strange experiment for DC.  It was a brand new title, bearing a varaiton of the codename Deathstroke’s daughter used pre-New 52 which was compromised of one part Teen Titans, one part new characters and a dash of Gen 13 and Doom Patrol thrown in for good measure.  Much like an experimental recipe, it’s possible this combination of flavors was never going to taste good to fans.

Overall, Ravagers was always enjoyable because it was so different.  But I guess it was probably too different for long time fans who really just want the classic Teen Titans to be re-assembled. If that is what they wish, they’ll appreciate the tease at the end of the issue.  Until then, The Ravagers will just have wait on the sidelines.

7 out of 10 (Above Average)

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 46

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 46

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 46Subscribe 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 review Stormwatch #19, Ravagers #11and Team 7 #7, as well as some other Wildstorm appearances in the new DCU 52.

00:00:00  – Joe welcomes everyone to episode #46 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. This month on our “Friends of Wildstorm” series, where we bring on a lifelong or recently converted  fans of the Wildstorm Universe, we have Dave Bertrand a.k.a. DaveEB who is a regular at Clark’s Bar and can be seen spreading the Wildstorm love at the Comic Book Resource message boards sometimes too. Dave gives us a quick background on why and when he started following Wildstorm, which was the Wildstorm Rising crossover in 1994.

00:02:13  – Joe continues the slowing Wildstorm related news as it pertains to the current books in the DCU.

  • We got even more previews from the DC Heroclix: Teen Titans set as they released pics of many of the Ravagers characters. Be sure to check those out if you haven’t already. The set is due in May.
  • Bleeding Cool released a list of DC trades coming out for the rest of this year. In September we get Stormwatch Vol. 3 which collects #0, 13-18 and in December we have The Authority Vol. 2 HC which collects #13-29.
  • Tom Strong returns this July in a 6 issue mini-series called Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril. Like Astro City which returns in June, Tom Strong was not a Wildstorm universe title but was published under the imprint. It will be written by Peter Hogan with art by Carl Sprouse and Karl Story.
  • Jim Lee mentioned the Wildstorm integration into the New 52 at WonderCon in April. Quote from Comic Book Resources: “We haven’t had the best of luck with a lot of the Wildstorm stuff in the New 52,” Lee said in regards to seeing a WILDCats or Gen 13 series, “So I’d hold off on that.”

00:06:27 – Ben starts the monthly reviews off with the review of the new reimagining of Stormwatch with issue #19. Released on 4/03, written by Jim Starlin with art by Yvel Guichet and cover by Jim Starlin.

00:21:32 – Our guest and friend of the show, Dave Bertrand, keeps it going with the review of Team 7 #7. Released on 4/10, written by Justin Jordan with art by Pascal Alixe with cover by Ken Lashley.

00:33:12 – Joe gives his review of Ravagers #11. Released on 4/10, written by Michael Alan Nelson & Tony Bedard with art by Diogenes Neves and Geraldo Borges with cover by Ken Lashley.

00:41:49 – Ben gives an update on other Wildstorm related sighting and tie-ins from the other DCU 52 issue #19’s that have released this month.

  • 3/27 All-Star Western #18 – Stormwatch backup story focusing on Doctor 13
  • 4/10 Deathstroke #19 – John Lynch, Cole Cash, and Majestic appearances

00:46:06 – 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 5/01
    • STORMWATCH #20 Don’t say we didn’t warn you! The new StormWatch is even more bloodthirsty than the previous team! On their first off-planet mission, the new StormWatch has to prove itself-while Lobo is seduced by aliens!
  • For the week of 5/08
    • RAVAGERS #12 (LAST ISSUE!) As Caitlin and Rose deal with the shocking revelation about their origins, Deathstroke takes down the remaining Ravagers. This is the end!
    • TEAM 7 #8 (LAST ISSUE!) Revealed: What broke Team 7 apart—and set Black Canary, Amanda Waller, Deathstroke and Majestic on the rocky road they travel today?
    • DEATHSTROKE #20 (LAST ISSUE!) The most accomplished cape-killer in the world gets the chance to add to his legacy when Deathstroke comes face to face with his daughter Rose and The Ravagers!
  • For the week of 5/22
    • ALL-STAR WESTERN #20 And in the backup story, a never before seen Stormwatch team takes the spotlight!

00:47:45 – Joe gives some quick shout out’s starting with Chris Striker’s 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 (they just hit episode 100!). We also want to mention our friends over at www.culturalwormhole.com and their Valiant Future podcast where Joe now guest-hosts.

00:48:56 – 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:
Dave Bertrand a.k.a DaveEB (Guest Host): http://webcomicsnation.com/specialdave/ where you can check out Dave’s webcomic about post-apocalyptic super-powered beings with special abilities and special physical challenges as well.
Joe: http://twitter.com/joedavidsoliz (I have changed my Twitter)
Wildstorm Addiction: http://twitter.com/wildstormaddict
Post your comments for each episode on the wildstormaddiction.com!
Email us: 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.

00:51:08 – Joe will be at Dallas Comic Con on Saturday May 18th helping promote his friend’s upcoming video game Mech Knight Chronicles which is from Dinosaur Games. They can be found at www.dinosaurentertainment.com. We also got greenlit on Steam so if you have a Steam account please vote YES for us! http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=137877429

Joe_and_the_swordAnd just to mention it early, Joe will also be at the big anime convention in Dallas called A-kon, May 31-June 2, promoting the game and also helping run the Icebreaker panel for newbies to the con. We may also be doing a panel called Cosplay Combat where cosplayers can battle each other using giant D&D dice a friend of mine makes. And at both cons I’m sure we’ll be carrying the giant sword prop from the game so it should be easy to spot us.

Ravagers #11

ravagers11coverwrap“Home Wreckers”

Writers: Michael Alan Nelson & Tony Bedard
Pencils: Diogenes Neves & Geraldo Borges
Inks: Vicente Cifuentes & J.P. Mayer
Colors: Tony Avina
Letters: Dezi Sienty
Assistant Editor: Ricky Purdin
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover: Ken Lashley

(No Spoilers)

With just one issue left, Ravagers begins its wrap-up by bringing in all the players we’ve had in the book so far and making sure not all of them survive. It seems where the death of a title comes in the New 52, death itself isn’t too far behind. We get the introduction of an old Doom Patrol villain and lots of revelations that are starting to feel repetitive where the Wildstorm characters are concerned.

ravagers11image1I won’t spoil the revelation but I will say it involves Fairchild and if you’ve been reading Team 7 you can probably figure out what it is. She’s become more like her Wildstorm self in recent issues. Even her look has started harkening back to the old days. But apparently she wasn’t free from overused and clichéd story ideas attached to her. I’d like to see her survive the title and based on comments from DC she very well might, but I wish they would’ve gone somewhere else with her origin.

Diogenes Neves & Geraldo Borges do well on art. I was happy with how each of the characters looked and thought some of the fight scenes were very cool. At this point, I’m not sure we’re going to get any wrap-up next issue so much as an opening for whatever they want to do next with these characters. I don’t expect them to stay a team. I’m sure Teen Titans fans are dying for Beast Boy & Terra to head on over to that book anyway.

ravagers11image2One thing that was nice is the connection this book has with Team 7 #7 and Deathstroke #19 this month. It was nice to see some interconnectivity which I think had been missing for a short bit. Kudos to the creative teams for working to help keep all the story beats straight.

Well, it’s hard to stay excited about this book with the impending cancellation. But I look forward not to a wrap-up next month, but an open door that will hopefully lead to a new book (or books) with some of the these characters.

7 out of 10 (Above Average)