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Review – Wildcats Version 3.0 Year One

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Wildcats Version 3.0 Year OneI remember when Wildcats first came out so many years ago.  It feels like a decade since the last issue of the series I read (and wasn’t much of a fan of).  It actually might be a decade come to think of it.  But this latest version of Wildcats I can get behind.  Wildcats Version 3.0 Year One takes the super hero comic and brings a hell of a new twist.

Spartan decides it’s time to hang up the tights and do some real good as members of corporate America.  With gun-slinging Grifter by his side and a host of new recruits, he aims to tap a source of unlimited power and disperse it to the masses.

The Wildcats go from super-heroes to corporate gangsters in Year One of this beloved and critically celebrated series.

From what I remember of the series it was a lot of folks in spandex fighting aliens, most of it pretty typical and not really a whole lot of originality.  But, this third version of the series is beyond original.  Gone is the spandex, instead we have corporate raiders and Machiavellian machinations.

Do you want folks running around shooting big guns and women in skimpy outfits?  That’s there two, but there’s a lot more going on.  Along with guns blazing we have talks of mergers and stock holder meetings.

This is comics for adults and with the recent axing of Wildstorm by DC, I’m hoping a still get a chance to read the second volume in 2011.  But, for what it’s worth volume one is still very much worth the read.

Plot: Written by Joe Casey, we have super heroes as corporate raiders.  This is a comic book for the modern age.  With the current corporate meltdowns and mega mergers, this comic covers it all.  Wrapped around that is some rather interesting moves by Spartan that we don’t quite get the big picture of.  Still, this is an interesting take on character I last remembered running around in spandex fighting aliens.  A new take, and one I want more of.  Rating: 9

Art: The art by Dustin Nguyen with inks by Richard Friend is awesome.  The mix of corporate scenes, technology and action are done masterfully.  I can’t praise it more, and I can’t think of anyone else I’d like to have seen done the series.  Rating: 8.75

Overall: An original story with fantastic art is what I’m looking for and this trade paperback collecting the first twelve issues does that and more.  So good, it’s absolutely worth the buy, even if there’s a chance we might not see volume two collected.  So, so good.  Overall rating: 9

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 288 pages    Price: $24.99    Release Date: 9/22/2010

Wildstorm provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.

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