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Wildcats #28

“Bad Medicine 2 of 4: Firebreak” (No Spoilers)

Writer: Adam Beechen
Pencils: Tim Seeley
Inks: Andy Smith
Colors: Carlos Badilla
Letters: Wes Abbott
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Jim Chadwick
Cover: Dave Gibbons & Kevin Nowlan
Variant Cover: Andy Park

Ok, now that the shock of the Wildstorm news has past, I think I was able to enjoy this issue a lot more than the previous. I feel the epic nature of this story has kicked in once again!

I’m getting the feeling now that we’re in the last half hour of a movie that you’ve been enjoying very much. For the most part, you know comics are ongoing and movies have an end. Well, now that I know this universe will have an end, I’m eagerly anticipating how this all will wrap up. Beechen and Seeley really do make this feel like the end of the world. It’s pretty bittersweet how exciting it all is now, knowing that the end is imminent.

It is noteworthy that this is artist Tim Seeley’s last issue as well. We will get to see his rendition of these characters one more time on the cover of next month’s #29 but these are his last interiors on the title. One of the things I appreciated the most about Seeley’s work is how faithful he was to the spirit of the characters. Plus he inserted so many nods to past Wildstorm stuff, only longtime fans would be able to find and appreciate them all. You could also tell he had a lot of fun with these characters and he some great work here. But don’t grieve too much because he’s passing the title off into the capable hands of Mike S. Miller (who did two great issues of The Authority earlier this year).

Beechen also continues to give us some great cameos by Wildstorm characters long since forgotten. It’s good that we got to see some of them in the pages of a Wildstorm book one last time. Plus, he’s also pulling out some great surprise appearances as more characters play into the story. Authority fans will be happy to see a member present we haven’t seen in a while (and it’s not who you think!).

The fat lady’s warming up her voice as she preps for her song as the Wildstorm Universe moves into its final act. I hope some people are picking up these issues out of curiosity since the announcement to experience a true end of the universe story. As we begin the crescendo into the final verse, I expect Beechen and Miller will give us a grand finale.

9 out 10 (Excellent!)

Dv8: Gods and Monsters #7

“Head to Wall” (No Spoilers)

Writer: Brian Wood
Pencils: Rebekah Isaacs
Colors: Carrie Strachan
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Ben Abernathy
Cover: Fiona Staples

Even though Dv8 is not part of World’s End, the end of the world theme seems to be prevalent here. Brian Wood and Rebekah Isaac’s take on Wildstorm group of deviants nears its conclusion as the situation escalates in this issue.

There was great build-up in this issue towards the battle that took place but ultimately I felt it was glazed over too quickly. After seeing the intense battle last issue, I just didn’t feel that this one was as epic as it should’ve been. I think part of it is because the story is starting to wrap-up and there’s still some story elements Wood obviously wants to cover so we didn’t spend much time on the battle.

Now don’t misunderstand, what little of the battle we got we really cool. Frostbite really got a chance to shine I thought during the fight. This was good to see because I felt (especially since he didn’t’ get a spotlight issue like the others) that he kind of fell into the background of the story after the early issues. There is also an awesome moment with Powerhaus that is beautifully illustrated by Rebekah Isaacs.

One aspect of the story I’m anxious to find out about is the role of The Carrier as it is apparently where Copycat has been re-telling this story since the beginning. There has been no sign of any members of The Authority expect for a voice on a loud-speaker that has yet to be identified. On top of that, there are is a great cliffhanger that leads us to believe one of the deviants did not survive the conflict. Based on clues in this issue, I already have in mind who it might be.

Just one issue left of this incredible series! You guys out there can trade-wait if you want but you’ve been missing a great ride. Plus I’ll know how it ends before all of you! So if you don’t want to get left behind, go out and catch up now before next month’s issue 8!

7 out of 10 (Above Average)

Gen 13 #38

“Pocatello: Part 4: Hide and Seek” (No Spoilers)

Writer: Phil Hester
Pencils: Cruddie Torian
Inks: Andy Smith
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb
Letters: Wes Abbott
Editor: Scott Peterson
Cover: Ivan Reis

As somber as some of the Wildstorm issues have seemed lately because of the imprint’s eminent closure, this issue was the first to warrant such a feeling. Hester is drawing his Gen 13 run to a close with some great emotional moments mixed with some epic action.

I thought Hester’s and Torian’s run began strong but then began to dwindle a little the last couple of issues. But the build-up was certainly worth the climax we’re building towards. Hester has especially taken the character of Fairchild through an emotional rollercoaster in such a short time frame. There are two scenes that really pulled at my heart-strings but I’d have to say the one between her and Burnout choked me up a little. Only longtime Wildstorm fans could appreciate the weight of their exchange.

Cruddie Torian also does a great job of capturing these emotional moments especially when we get some close-ups of Fairchild’s reaction to the situation. And with all the action sandwiched in this issue between those moments Torian gets a chance to draw lots of fights and battle scenes throughout the issue. I find it ironically appropriate that an artist who emulates J. Scott Campbell’s style be the one to end Gen 13.

Hester has done a great job with this story. It makes me wish he could’ve worked his magic at reviving the Wildstorm Universe like he’s done over in Top Cow. But I’m glad he at least got to play in the Wildstorm sandbox before it’s done. I eagerly anticipate the “Soul-Searing Climax” as Hester states in the cliffhanger.

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

Welcome to Tranquility: One Foot in the Grave #4

“Homecoming-Part 4: Home to Roost” (No Spoilers)

Writer: Gail Simone
Artist: Horacio Domingues
Colors: Jonny Rench
Letters: Travis Lanham
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Ben Abernathy
Cover: Neil Googe

Simone’s normally quaint little town of Tranquility gets a little ‘Silence of the Lambs’ injected into it this issue. As the superhero citizens of the town learn the identity of the villain that’s been on the attack things get a little tense.

Simone has introduced a great new villain during this series. He has proven himself to be a true threat even to the more powerful residents of Tranquility. His motivations also take a darker tone this issue as Sheriff Lindo reveals a past connection she has with the villain.

We do get some great action pieces in this issue, especially from some of the characters that you normally wouldn’t expect it from. It’s this sense of the situation truly becoming dire that has kicked this story up a notch. One character’s future is already in question and it seems that anyone who encounters this villain isn’t fairing any better.

Domingues’ art does have its moments. He gets to draw some great action this issue. There’s also the arrival of a hero who I think will mean more to people who read the first Tranquility series. It was great to see him in action again.

Simone also does a great juxtaposition of the events towards the end which (without spoiling anything) involved the villain taking on the returning hero while a little girl reads a comic book with Pink Bunny. It’s a very cool moment and I thought Simone did a great job with it.

I have to hold my rating steady for this one. This has been a great little mini-series so far and I know with two issues left we’ve still got room for a lot more Gail Simone goodness!

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