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« Thread started on: Sep 20th, 2005, 06:59am »

This thread is for all the WildStorm Universe books. Old ones, new ones, everything.
Some of them have their own thread, but this one I made especially for the ones that are not so popular that they need their own thread. Just like the one I'm about to review now.


Deathblow: Sinners & Saints

This one I bought really cheap. It was drawn by Jim Lee and Tim Sale so I took my chances with writer Brandon Choi whom I occasionally like because the book only cost €3.99.

It collects Deathblow #1-#12 so you get a nice, big book for $19.99. The first 3 chapters are down by Jim Lee (who is pencilling in a very different style in this book; it's still Lee, but it's different, darker) and the rest is done by Tim Sale. Not too shabby, ey? I thought so too.

The story is okay as well. Deathblow, a mercenary that has killed enough people to make Rambo look cute (think about that: Sly looking cute -- you have to be ultrahardcore to get that done), gets recuited for a mission in Iraq. The mission is to kill Saddam Kussein (sometimes spelled as "Hussein" - occasional censorship?). They find more than they bargained for when some of the team get wiped out by a member of the Holy Cross (??) and Deathblow kills the father and also releasing an locked-until-then spirit, the Dark Angel who then sets off to open a door for his master and release Armageddon on the world.
As always, the only one to battle these creatures is the leading guy so Deathblow is the chosen one to battle the Dark Angel. But, there are complications...

It's a nice story. Sometimes it feels a bit stretched, sometimes the plot is a bit too cliché, sometimes it isn't quote that, but overall it's quite good.

If you can get it for cheap. I'd recommend it. If you like Jim Lee ('s Sin City inspired art?) or Tim Sale: check it out.

7.5/10


Now to continue reading Alan Moore's first work on another WildStorm team: WildCATS: Homecoming...
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« Reply #1 on: Sep 21st, 2005, 10:49am »

WildCATS: Homecoming.
w: Alan Moore, A: Travis Charest, Kevin Maguire, Ryan Benjamin.

Ah yes, this was nice. I think I would've enjoyed all the twists more if I would've known more about the WildCATS to begin with, but still...

Useless pre-knowledge
WildCATS was one of the titles that Jim Lee created in the nineties. All of them had a pretty basic set-up and the main attractors were the artists involved (Rob Liefeld, Jim Lee, Marc Silvestri; the Image/WildStorm bunch).


Set-up
WildCATS is a team of human, alien and crossbreed soldiers to fight for the glory of the distant planet Khera against the Daemonites, a race of demonic aliens. for centuries this war has raged and taken its toll. Even the Earth became the battlefield of this war. (This was, I would think, where the original series started: an introduction of the team, of who is who and what has been going on.)

Contents of this particular trade
Something has happened in an earlier story - before Moore came on board - and now the team is divided: one part of the team is in deepspace on its way to Khera which means that some people are on their way home and others are just visiting another planet; another part of the team stayed on the planet Earth and, thinking the others are dead, they're off to create a new WildCATS.

The new, Earthside, WildCATS team isn't about to let the bad guys start -- they take the offensive. It will have a pretty mean reaction when the bad guys take notice of this.
The spaceside WildCATS reach their homeplanet Khera and finally they have returned to the Utopia. (And you know which questin is coming now.) But is it really a Utopia?

Verdict
I liked this book. As I've stated above, I think I would've enjoyed this book far more if I've read the issues before this trade because there's a plottwist that changes everything from the beginning, from the very beginning. Seeing that I didn't know the very beginning (or, at least, I wasn't familiar with it until I started reading this book), it did not make that much of an impact on me because I didn't have to change my entire way of viewing these characters.

Those of you that have read Sleeper (Clerk. More?) will see the introduction of someone that will probably give away most of the stuff that will be dealt with in the second trade (I'm only guessing it will but it's pretty obvious what will happen if you know Sleeper). Still, it;s very nice to see this stuff happen unnoticed.

It was very enjoyable. the story was build-up very nicely and the book had a fitting ending. It's nothing of Moore's usual excellence but this was his stint on a monthly superhero book with a boring/flawed concept which would've probably gone down into the abyss if he did not write this.
8-/10

Now to hunt down all the other WildCATS trades in existance... I've heard some pretty good stories about it, especially after they got some good writers on board. After Alan Moore came volume 2 with the pairing of Joe Casey & Sean Phillips and volume 3 had casey team up with artist Nguyen (whose style I don't like but most people do).
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« Reply #2 on: Sep 21st, 2005, 11:11am »

Does anyone of you know or can you find out if Wildstorm Rising is collected? It was a crossover of the WildStorm imprint but I cannot find it in the backlist on the DC website.

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« Reply #3 on: Sep 23rd, 2005, 6:54pm »

Mr. Majestic TPB


I love this trade! I love that I bought it for €3.99 and I love it even more that it's a superbook, period.

Technical Information
This TPB collects the first 6 issues of the Mr. Majestic series plus a tale from Wildstorm Spotlight #1. The issues were written by Joe Casey and Brian Holguin, the Spotlight issue was written by Alan Moore. Art was done by Ed McGuinness and the Spotlight issue has been drawn by Carlos D'Anda.

Short Synopsis
7 stand-alone stories about a superhero. It's simple, and effective. The first story is immediatly great: rearranging the entire solar system. What for? I'm not saying. Mr. Majestic also has a night out with Ladytron, whom I think is a really great character and she's especially very well-written in this instance; Majestic solves a timeanalomy; battles the Ultravixens; goes from the 20th century into the 21st (although not really) and more...

Spotlight On Spotlight On Spotlight On...
A special mention must go to the bonus feature of the included story that was originally published in Wildstorm Spotlight #1. Written by Alan Moore and drawn by Carlos D'Anda, this tale is a worthy final chapter. It is that also literally, because Mr. Majestic travels towards the end of time. There are a handful of living beings left in the entire universe -- some of them choose to meet their end, others keep on traveling with hope in their hearts.
The art is breathtaking. I absolutely adore it. The colours do help, but I just love it. And the story... I don't even have to say it, but just for completism: Moore has written an amazing story with a great build-up and suitable ending. Bravo.

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It's enjoyable for everyone that likes superhero stories. I do not regret buying it. Quite the contrary: I love that the bookstore had a couple of this title in stock at a cheapprice so that I checked it out. I really liked this book. Joe Casey is a formidable writer and so is Alan Moore. The artists are good as well: McGuinness has the 'manga feel' to his art, but I do not think many people mind. He's been seen on WildStorm's first Thundercats mini, Superman/Batman and more for those of you that want to check out his work.

8/10
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« Reply #4 on: Oct 8th, 2005, 11:17am »

StormWatch volume 1 #0 - #18


OK, like I've said, this title started out pretty crappy: boring art, boring characters, lousy writing - pretty much your below-average comic.

With StormWatch #10 (I believe), the unknown Ron Marz came onboard and things turned for the better: delving into characters, origins, character development, better (but still pretty bad) art by Mat Broome.


The story is shaping at the moment (well, the moment that I'm reading which was published around '94 or '95). I loved what they did with the jump into the future: after StormWatch #9 Wildstorm released StormWatch #25 which was set a couple of years in the future. One of the characters got transported to the future at the end of #9 and we see it in #25. After #25, the serie continued with #10. The idea was that the serie would just keep on being published and that #24 would fluidly lead into #25 and #25 would set the stage for #26; as if it wasn't already published beforehand.
I believe they've managed to do this, eventhough it's only that I've heard of it; I'm only at #19 right now.

I don't like the standard ominous bad guy Defile in this book but you can't win 'em all. He seems a rip-off from En Sabah Nur.

I love the setting: the Wildstorm universe isn't that big but I absolutely adore the references to WildCATS and the interaction/rivalry between the two groups (which we haven't really seen yet, but we're getting there). The constant presence of the other groups is cool -- in X-Men you almost never hear of the Avengers or about Spider-Man but here it's not the case.

I'm excited to read on, especially since I've got my Warren 'Man God' Ellis issues now.

7/10 so far.
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« Reply #5 on: Apr 10th, 2006, 06:01am »

Point Blank and Sleeper

When I was thinking about what books Jeannou might like, my mind came across Sleeper. Sleeper is a great noir book, written by the amazing writer Ed Brubaker, of whom Sleeper is one of his best works, and the dark and gritty-styled artist Sean Phillips.
Let's start this review of Sleeper by looking at the book Point Blank, which sets up Sleeper.


Point Blank

Creators
W: Ed Brubaker
A: Colin Wilson

Story
The story of Point Blank is told through the eyes of ex-Black Ops soldier Cole Cash, AKA Grifter. Cole is meeting with John Lynch, his one-time commander and a legendary spy-master, whom Cole was helping solve one of his screw-ups from the time he was head of I.O. (International Operations). Lynch is running late, which is nothing at all like Lynch. As Cole heads outside, he notices police cars and heads over to them, finding Lynch shot. Cole knows that no one could've gotten to Lynch easily: this man was head of International Operations; there is no way that anyone could've gotten close to Lynch unless it was someone highly skilled.

And it was someone highly skilled. As Lynch lies in a coma from which he may never awaken, the story follows Cole Cash on his search for the person who shot his former commander. As Cole dives into the world of Lynch, consisting of manipulation, lies, corruption, secrets and murder, he gets in over his head and meets several other operatives from the intelligence business.
And even when Cole finally gets to the source of it all, it's not quite the end, nor will it ever be. (At least, not if you do not read Sleeper afterwards.)

Verdict
Point Blank was, as Brubaker says himself in the afterword, intended to be a "violent little Möbius strip" and that's just a perfect description of the story (so Brubaker's intention was fruitful). A Möbius is something without an ending and, in a way, this story doesn't have an ending as well. I think anyone reading this will love, or at the very least be impressed by, the complexity and simultaneous subtlety of this magnificantly woven story -- if you've read the book and then would read it again, you'll pick out all the subtle hints, nods and see other aspects of the story that were not visible to you at first.

I love this book, even if it's 'just' a prequel to Sleeper. If a good beginning is half the work - like we say in The Netherlands - then Sleeper should have been a breeze for the creative team.
9/10


Sleeper (volume 1)

This review contains minor spoilers for Point Blank.

Creators
W: Ed Brubaker
A: Sean Phillips

Story
Sleeper is set in the same environment as Point Blank: the world of international intelligence, agencies, spying, infiltration and the likes. Holden Carver is an agent for International Operations and he has gone undercover to become part of the worldwide secret organization of Tao. Because Tao is such a cunning mastermind, Carver's coverstory needed to be perfect and no one could know about it. Of course there is a catch: the only people that do know that Carver is an undercover agent are himself and John Lynch, his former boss who is lying in a coma. So, with no one left to bail him out, Carver must continue to gather intelligence on Tao's criminal organization without raising too much suspicion by Tao.

But to what lengths must Carver go to keep his secret? What does he do when he encounters I.O. operatives? Can Carver manage to keep his soul intact whilst avoiding detection from those who think he is an ally, and avoid capture from those who think he is an enemy? How does he react when given the chance to bail out and come clean?

Verdict
This is an amazingly good book. The story and art work magnificantly together to create one of the best books that have been released during the last couple of years. Its sequel, Sleeper Season Two, is, not surprisingly, amazing as well and if I would own it, I'd certainly have written its review as well.
9/10, solid.
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« Reply #6 on: Jul 22nd, 2006, 12:08am »

God, I so cannot wait for this.
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« Reply #7 on: Jul 25th, 2006, 12:04pm »

Should be good.......some of his comments are a bit strange though.

As Morrison explained it, the team and concept had become toothless due to the notion that, as a team that was established to change the world, the Authority didn’t do a whole lot of world-chaining, and got their butts handed to them with regularity.


They were running the USA, so i'd say that's world changing. And the other part is even weirder. The slaughter just about all the foes they come up against pretty easly
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« Reply #8 on: Jul 26th, 2006, 06:51am »

Running the United States of America [i]could[/i[ be worldchanging, but I never noticed any changes. I think that's what Morrison meant -- I think he's really going to show the effects of The Authority on the world, what I think never really was shown really. Sure, it was commented that people all over the world were scared of The Authority when Jenny Sparks told the world to 'behave', for example, but that's not really showing any effects.
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« Reply #9 on: Sep 30th, 2011, 10:22am »

Ah, summer. I love you. Except when the Sun isn't there. Luckily, these last couple of days, the Sun decided to show up. So now, in Western Europe at least, we have the Summer we missed earlier at the end of September.

Anyway, sunshine is great because I can read a lot of comics on my balcony. I read eight WildC.A.T.s trades, five StormWatch trades, five The Authority trades and four Planetary trades. I could not finish the first of two horrendous StormWatch: Team Achilles trades.

Apart from the Team Achilles books, the trades I read are really good. What do you want with writers and artists such as Alan Moore, Bryan Hitch, Warren Ellis, Frank Quitely, John Cassiday, Mark Millar (before he got boring and repetitive), Joe Casey, Sean Phillips, Travis Charest and Scott Lobdell.

Any of you read these books? I know Chaos has but anyone else?
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