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Stormwatch #2

“The Dark Side-Part 2”

Writer: Paul Cornell
Pencils: Miguel Sepulveda & Al Barrionuevo
Colors: Alex Sinclair
Letters: Rob Leigh
Assistant Editor: Sean Mackiewicz
Editor: Pat McCallum
Cover: Miguel Sepulveda

(No Spoilers)

Now I can tell Paul Cornell’s starting to have fun with this title.  The opening page of this book alone is the most epic tongue-in-cheek moment I’ve ever seen!  I also like the dysfunction between the team members.  I know Cornell mentioned in interviews that we’ll be seeing the team falling apart.  When you see how they treat each other it’s a wonder they ever came together in the first place.

Cornell also does good to answer some of the fanboy rants about the encounter with Martian Manhunter and Midnighter last issue.  The great thing is, I think Cornell anticipated the reaction and quickly answers the issue that angered so many fans last issue.

The humor in this book is also very clever.  There’s a bit with the Justice League that had me laughing out loud.  It was a clever bit that also involved a clearer understanding and cooler use of The Projectionists powers in my opinion.  I like that amidst all the chaos, there’s still room for some laughs.  It is a very fast-paced book and there is so much going on here.  This issue is definitely still setting up some factors of the story but we did get some forward movement.

I loved the combination of Miguel Sepulveda and Al Barrionuevo doing the art.  It’s good to see Barrionuevo drawing Wildstorm characters again.  I think the different colorist for this issue brought out their art more.  There are some amazing shots in here and again the effects used to enhance the art are very impressive.

I enjoyed the issue but I am really curious to see what happens next.  I can’t necessarily say that it’s written for trade.  I think it’s more that Cornell is just doing his best to fit this epic opening story in the pages allotted to him.  I am really enjoying this new incarnation of Stormwatch!

8 out of 10 (On its way to greatness!)

 

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 25

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 25

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Show Notes:
Welcome to another episode of Wildstorm Addiction! Our resident Wildstorm experts Joe David Soliz & Benjamin Murphy review the new DCU version of Stormwatch #1 along with a special guest Chris Striker of the Higher Authority website.

00:00:34  – Joe welcomes everyone to our monumental episode #25 and introduces our special guest for the evening, Chris Stiker, of the Higher Authority website. He also runs the infamous message board from the Higher Authority website, Clark’s Bar: http://theauthority.ws/clarksbar/

Note: It wouldn’t be an interview podcast without technical difficulties. This time I had to put up with being in the “Eye of the Storm” during the podcast recording. Thank goodness the internet held up even though the lights were flickering!

00:01:49 – Joe welcomes Chris on board the podcast and jumps right into reviewing the introduction of the Wildstorm Universe and characters into the DCU with some of the cameos of Grifter and other potential WSU characters in the Flashpoint series this past June through August.

Wildstorm in Flashpoint

  • 00:02:28 – Flashpoint #3 (Grifter appearance)
  • 00:05:42 – Lois Lane and the Resistance #2 & 3 (Grifter’s Introduction)
  • 00:05:52 – Flashpoint #5 (Flashpoint Grifter’s demise)
  • 00:07:15 – Flashpoint: Deathstroke and the curse of the Ravager (Jenny Blitz is an alternate Jenny Quantum?)
  • 00:09:19 – Flashpoint: Project Superman (White haired man is an alternate Apollo?)
  • 00:10:51 – Was the Flashpoint series rushed to get to the reboot?
  • 00:12:36 – Was this the best way to introduce the Wildstorm characters into the new DCU?

00:17:15 – Ben reviews the DCU version of Stormwatch #1 written by Paul Cornell and art by Miguel Sepulveda.

00:24:44 – Joe gives his thoughts on the first iteration of the DCU version of Stormwatch.

00:31:03 – Chris Striker gives his professional Wildstorm wikipedia brain insight into the new look and feel for The Authority Stormwatch.

00:34:16 – Joe feeds off of some of Chris’ thoughts and ideas on the issue.

00:34:55 – Visit our friends at http://earthsmightiestpodcast.libsyn.com/

00:37:29 -Joe gives an update on the Wildstorm related 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

00:38:19 – Joe gives a shout out to Franky de Jesus over at the Eye of the Storm Podcast and visit Clark’s Bar at Higher Authority and Stormwatch.ws (coming soon!) to discuss the Wildstorm characters in the DCU. The official DC Stormwatch message boards.

00:41:26 – Ben gives 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
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Post your comments for each episode on the wildstormaddiction.com!
Email us at wildstormaddiction@gmail.com.

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.

X-files/30 Days of Night #6

(No Spoilers)

Writer: Steve Niles & Adam Jones
Pencils: Tom Mandrake
Colors: Darlene Royer & Gabe Eltaeb
Letters: Ed Dukeshire
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Ben Abernathy
Cover: Andrea Sorrentino

Well, as much as I’ve been enjoying this series, I have to say the ending left me wanting a little bit. Niles and Jones did an incredible job of building up the story to this issue but I felt like we fell into a sprint to resolve everything in this issue when I wish we would’ve had at least two more issues to wrap it all up.

I think what happened is there were a lot of good ideas but not enough time to flesh them all out. I don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll just say there’s a storyline involving a prophecy that I thought was introduced at the perfect time. It was a great set-up and was the best twist in this story. However, there was a sub-plot with the character of French that I felt distracted from the prophecy plot. French’s story really came into play last issue and I was afraid that they’d wrap it up too quickly and that’s exactly what happened. This short-changed the prophecy story in my opinion which was the better of the two.

Now overall, it’s still a great series. There were still a couple of moments in this issue where I wondered how Mulder and Scully were going to survive against such a dangerous opponent and they had some close calls. But towards the end of the issue it seems that it was all set-up for a sequel. Now, I don’t mind the last page or two setting up a sequel but again, all this set-up really took away from time that could’ve been used on the story. And I really liked this story so I didn’t want to feel short-changed here in the final issue.

Despite its shortcomings here at the end, I still think this is a great read for both X-files and 30 Days of Night fans. I plan to pass these on to a friend who’s an X-files fan and I know he’ll love them! I know the series sold really well and I’m glad it did. Niles and Jones ended up being a great collaborative team and since they made it obvious we can expect a sequel, I anticipate it will be equally as good.

7 out of 10 (Above Average)