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Wildcats #24 - Cover

Wildcats #24

“The Protectorate 2 of 3: Inside Men” (No Spoilers)

Writer: Adam Beechen
Pencils: Tim Seeley
Inks: Ryan Winn
Colors: Carlos Badilla
Letters: Wes Abbott
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Scott Peterson
Cover: Philip Tan

I cannot believe how much story Beechen and Seeley pack into each issue. There is so much going on in these 22 pages I don’t know how they’re not making me feel cheated. But somehow, they’re doing it every month!

If there is one story that gets more screen time than the others, it’s Midnighter’s investigation of Zealot and her activities. During the parts of the issue that constitute Midnighter and Zealot’s story, we get a quick fight between Midnighter and someone (if you saw the preview you know who it is), we get to see Midnighter show some great emotion when he learns Zealot’s true plans, and finally we get a great cliffhanger which is going to set up an amazing fight next issue.

Plus we FINALLY get to see the new character Aeon (not a spoiler, he’s listed in the enormous group shot in Wildcats #22). We don’t get much other than him swooping in and rescuing two of characters but I’m just glad he’s finally in the story so we can all start speculating who he really is (I’m placing my bets on Max Faraday).

We also get some insight into Majestic’s predicament which I thought raised some interesting questions. It also eased my concerns about how Nemesis acted last issue.

Finally, long-time Wildcats fans will cheer as we get the return of some classic Wildcats villains (3 to be exact, hint, hint). It was so cool to see them again.

Tim Seeley continues to do an incredible job with the art. Every character here looks exactly like they should. Seeley just gets these characters visually.

We’ve got two set-ups for some good fights next issue here. Like I said, I’m eager to find out more about the character Aeon and see where this creative team will take the story after these two big fights.

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

Wildcats #23 - Cover

Wildcats #23

“The Protectorate 1 of 3: Groundwork”

Writer: Adam Beechen
Pencils: Tim Seeley
Inks: Ryan Winn
Colors: Carlos Badilla
Letters: Wes Abbott
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Scott Peterson
Cover: Pete Woods

This is the most solid I’ve seen Wildcats in a long time. We are five issues into this creative teams’ run and they continue to deliver each month. I have not walked away from a Wildcats issue of theirs yet and felt disappointed.

What are the strengths here? Well, first off, the debut arc was an all out three-issue battle. This left very little time for character moments and character development which is what some complained about. However, last issue gave us nothing BUT character moments with absolutely no action. It was a great “breather” issue. Here Beechen and Seeley start revving the engines to prepare us for more craziness.

We start with some great moments with Grunge. He’s always been seen as the dumb-one of Gen 13 which was funny because in reality he’s very smart. He’s forced to make a decision to grow-up pretty fast now that the world has ended. The cool thing about this though is that despite everything, he’s still lovable Grunge. I think Beechen nailed his character and set up a great plot thread with him.

The action comes in as we follow Battalion and Ladytron on their mission to find Earth’s current Doctor. Beechen has a lot of fun with this scene as he takes a few jabs at a certain comic company who shall remain nameless (hint: It’s not DC). This next tidbit might be a bit spoilerish but you’ll have to forgive me for it. Beechen does something some thought impossible. He makes DC/Wildstorm: Dreamwar somewhat relevant! You’ll see what I mean when you read.

This title’s strength also lies in the fact they are getting a lot of story into each issue. Besides what I’ve already mentioned we still have storylines with Majestic/Nemesis, Warblade, Link, and Zealot/Midnighter. Even more so, I don’t feel cheated on any of them!

Last issue was a good jumping on point, but this one could be as well. It’s got enough set-up in it to give a new reader time to digest while still inserting some action, which is what was missing last issue.

It is so good to have a book like this that I not only look forward to each month, but also leaves me very satisfied in the end. Tim Seeley? Don’t think I’ve forgotten you. Your art is still phenomenal and did anyone ever tell you, you draw gorgeous women?

Rating: 9 out of 10 (Excellent!)

Wildcats #22 - Cover

Wildcats #22

“Foundations” (No Spoilers)

Writer: Adam Beechen
Pencils: Tim Seeley
Inks: Ryan Winn
Colors: Carlos Badilla
Letters: Wes Abbott
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Ben Abernathy
Cover: Walt Simonson

Just as The Authority took time to catch their breath in the recent issue #21, the Wildcats have done the same here. Adam Beechen and Tim Seeley have wisely taken this format of starting with a 3-issue arc, and taking a “breather-issue” here before we begin the new 3-part story next month. It is obvious they are laying out a lot of information here but just because we don’t have any huge battles in this issue, there is no shortage of great moments here.

If you thought Seeley had pulled all the stops on filling pages full of characters, think again. Seeley gives us a double-paged spread that shows all the remaining heroes that are accounted for on Wildstorm’s Earth. It is great to see several characters (and teams) in the shot that haven’t been seen in years.

George Lucas calls this the “explanation scene”. He is referring to the scene in his movie Raiders of the Lost Ark where Indiana Jones is at the college explaining the Ark of the Covenant to his colleagues. That is essentially what we have here as everything is being laid out for the heroes. There is a concerted effort to organize everyone and actually try to help the Earth. Now as you can imagine, not everyone agrees with how this should be done.

This is where Beechen’s storytelling shines because he’s setting up so many clues for future issues. There are several characters that are obviously set up for conflict later while some are asked to step up where once they would’ve stayed in the background. With all the assignments and splits going on, you could almost follow each of the stories in their own books. So, it’ll be interesting to see how Beechen balances all these stories as we go along.

Beechen and Seeley have created another great jumping on point with this issue. It is such a good idea to do this because it gives people who passed over the last arc a chance to pick it up here if they’re curious now that the creative team has completed an arc. It’s also noteworthy that the final page of this issue was an incredible shot that is full of symbolism that I think fans will appreciate.

Rating: 8 out of 10 (On it’s Way to Greatness)

Wildcats #21 - Cover

Wildcats #21

“Red Blade 3 of 3: Red Reign” (No Spoilers)

Writer: Adam Beechen
Pencils: Tim Seeley
Inks: Ryan Winn
Colors: Carlos Badilla
Letters: Wes Abbott
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Shannon Eric Denton & Scott Peterson
Cover: Marcus To & Sandra Hope

Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! What an amazing finish to this crazy high-speed car chase on crack of a storyline that Adam Beechen and Tim Seeley have kicked off their run with! These guys took the phrase “hit the ground running” to the nth degree with this one. This was a crazy superhero war! This is the kind of carnage that would be wrought if super-powered beings really got into it.

When I saw that their first arc was only going to be 3-issues I was a little concerned because I thought that was too short for an arc. Especially considering the kind of the story they were going to tell. But I came to realize that it’s the very nature of this conflict that fast-forwarded it which in turn led to a shorter story. There is no shortage of action in this run, that’s for sure. People have mentioned the tremendous amount of characters that were packed in these last few issues. Some have enjoyed it immensely (like myself) but some who jumped on for the first time have mentioned they were lost or confused. I can see that happening as a new reader. But again, I think it’s the nature of this story that didn’t allow for character moments (other than a few small ones) because this conflict took place in 3 different parts of the world simultaneously and the heroes themselves didn’t have a chance to catch their breathe so it’s only natural the reader wouldn’t either. My hope is that the new readers were resilient enough to forgive the shortened character time and enjoy a good-old fashioned super-powered battle.

Now, Beechen was good to drop in stories elements that pave the way for new mysteries to unfold in future issues like the issues with The Doctor and Majestic. And I must say, in a short period of time, Sebastian has literally battled his way into proving himself one of the craziest and most powerful villains in not just the Wildstorm Universe, but I think across all universes. He is like a perpetual-motion machine of destruction that is near unstoppable. He is truly the anti-thesis of Majestic.

Some might argue that the ending was predictable, but I disagree. I thought Beechen kept enough surprises in it to keep it fresh and lead us to an incredible conclusion that is worthy of some of the most famous summer movie-blockbusters. Thank you guys for making the Wildstorm Universe exciting again! I can’t wait to see what you’ve got up your sleeves next.

Rating: 9 out of 10 (Excellent!)