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DC HeroClix: Streets of Gotham-Spartan,Void, & Emp

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Wiz Kids is just being extremely generous during this holiday season!  Now we’ve got pics of Spartan and Void figures which will be part of the upcoming Streets of Gotham set.  Once again these are the classic versions of the characters (although Spartan is set to debut in the DCU New 52 with February’s Team 7 #5) and they seem to have done a good job of matching up their abilities for the game.

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Spartan is a hefty 125 points (more than the Maul figure was!) but it seems to be because he has some pretty tough clix.  On top of that he’s got Super Strength, Charge, Flurry, Invulnerability, and later Toughness to show how resilient he can be in battle.  And when he nears K.O. he has Regeneration to simulate his ability to repair his body.  He also uses Leadership and Perplex off his card which can give your opponent some major headaches during battle.  I am surprised they didn’t giving him a flying ability though.  Also, two noteworthy things about the figure, instead of simply calling him Spartan, he’s called Spartan Warrior Spirit.  This is strange because not only is this not his name, but name comes from a comic mini-series of the same name from 1995.  And aside from being listed as part of the WildC.A.T.s on his card, he’s also listed as part of a Stormwatch (to reflect his short time with that team).  Could this be a tease for an upcoming Stormwatch set?

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Void is a much more affordable at 70 points but it is (ironically) because she’s a weaker figure.  Now, it’s hard to call Void weak when she wields the power of the Orb, one of the most powerful items in the old Wildstorm Universe.  But what they’ve done is made her weak in hand-to-hand combat (which makes sense) but made her strong in her other powers.  She can use the Carry ability to fly up to 4 players with her which accurately mimics her teleporting abilities.   This can be used to move a dangerous group of allies in quickly and reek havoc on your opponent.  Her teleporting abilities are further represented with her Phasing ability which make walls meaningless to her.  To further help her teammates she can use her Barrier ability to deflect attacks and should she start taking damage, she can use Regeneration to heal.  Finally, her trio of Outwit, Probability Control, and Super Senses can frustrate your opponent by causing re-rolls or using your own dice to roll out of difficult situations.

UPDATE: 12/19/12

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Apparently, I missed the post of the Lord Emp figure so here he is!  At 93 points Emp is a good figure to have as support for your team (which accurately represents him from the comic).  Emp has Outwit and Perplex, two powers which can greatly benefit your teammates and hinder your opponent at the same time.  And if they go after Emp, he’s not easy to take out with his Stealth ability.  He also has Regeneration and Invulnerability which reminds your opponent, it’s not easy to kill a Kherabim High Lord.  He rounds out the WildC.A.T.s nicely and makes the original team complete.  🙂

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Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 22

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 22

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Show Notes:
Welcome to the final episode of Wildstorm Addiction! Joe David Soliz and Ben Murphy bring you Wildstorm reviews and news for the weeks of December 22nd and 29th 2010. Reviews including Wildcats #30 and X-files/30 Days of Night #6 (of 6)!

00:00:35 – Joe welcomes everyone to Episode #22 for the weeks of December 22nd and 29th 2010.

00:00:47 – Joe breaks the news that this will likely be our last episode. He also goes over some Wildstorm alumni news. Tim Seeley is doing Antman, Adam Beechen is writing Batman Beyond, and Rebekah Isaacs is creating Magus. Even the official Wildstorm blog, The Bleed, says goodbye with year end notes from Hank Kanalz, Ben Abernathy, and even  Jim Lee. Spoiler alerts warning, but all the written Wildstorm reviews at the site are spoiler free unless otherwise noted.

00:03:10 – Ben reviews the final issue of X-files/30 Days of Night #6 (of 6). Written by Steve Niles & Adam Jones with art by Tom Mandrake and cover by Andrea Sorrentino.

00:12:10 – Joe sums up his thoughts on the X-files/30 Days of Night crossover that Steve Niles and Adam Jones gave us.

00:17:08 – Joe reviews Wildcats #30 written by Adam Beechen with art by Mike S. Miller and cover by Jheremy Raapack and Richard Friend.

00:26:39 – Ben can’t come to grips with the end of his youth. He picked up that very first issue of WildC.A.T.S when he was 12 years old and hasn’t stop believing and Grifterizing!

00:28:48 – Ben gives you both the print and digital Wildstorm Releases for the weeks of 12/22 and 12/29.

  • For the week of 12/29
    • New digital comic offerings (courtesy of comixology.com) $0.99-$1.99
      • Ex Machina #23-24
      • Mysterious: The Unfathomable #5-6
      • Planetary #22-23
      • Sleeper: Season Two #3-4
      • The Authority Vol. 1 #11-12
      • The Telara Chronicles #3
      • World of Warcraft #6-7
      • World of Warcraft: Curse of the Worgen #2
      • Missed Issues from Episode #21:
        • The Authority Vol. 1 #10
        • The Authority vs. Lobo: Jingle Hell $1.99
        • Chuck #6
        • Ex Machina #21-22
        • Mysterious: The Unfathomable #4
        • Planetary #21
        • Sleeper: Season Two #2
        • Welcome to Tranquility #12
        • World of Warcraft #5

00:30:33 – Ben and Joe give you their thoughts on the entire year podcasting the end of Wildstorm and what it meant to us.

00:34:55 – The guys invite Chris Striker of The Authority.ws and Clark’s Bar fame onto the podcast and have a final drink in honor of Wildstorm. This audio is un-edited and may have loud popping noises and the content may be PG-13.

The opening and closing music is “Universal Domain” by Dreamline which can be found at http://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.

      • Ex Machina #23-24
      • Mysterious: The Unfathomable #5-6
      • Planetary #22-23
      • Sleeper: Season Two #3-4
      • The Authority Vol. 1 #11-12
      • The Telara Chronicles #3
      • World of Warcraft #6-7
    • World of Warcraft: Curse of the Worgen #2

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.

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.

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.