Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Wild Storm #1

   In reviving the Wildstorm line, DC Comics did something very smart - they handed the reboot / restart (dare we say Rebirth?) duties to writer Warren Ellis.

    One of the best in the business, Ellis has crafted four six-issue "books" to start things off - a 24-issue series called The Wild Storm.

    If you're not familiar with the wide-ranging history or plethora of characters that inhabit the Wildstorm Universe, the good news is, this is your starting point.

   Ellis is in the process of reintroducing / reinterpreting the characters, so this is like seeing Zealot, Voodoo, Engineer and others for the first time.

   I like the art by Jon Davis-Hunt, working with color artist Ivan Plascencia, they give the series a real-world feel to it, from the grime of the streets and the splinters of broken glass to the high-flying rescue and the emotions playing across the faces of the characters.

   It's sort of a "quiet" start for the series, which traditionally plays out in cinemascope (concepts and events), but I suspect we'll be there soon.

   A great start and a promising beginning!

Grade: A


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