Five issues in and WildC.A.T.s has quickly become one of the most entertaining superhero action comics on the shelves right now. There’s been a fantastic mix of humor, action, and heart, updating a 30 year old property and properly integrating it into the DC comic universe. For the past few issues, tensions have been rising as a new Seven Soldiers have been introduced, stealing the spotlight and glory from the WildC.A.T.s team. WildC.A.T.s #5 builds in that further throwing out more questions and leaving a lot of head scratching.
Written by Matthew Rosenberg, the series has done a fantastic job of keeping a lot of classic elements of these characters, and the Wildstorm Universe, and mixing it up just enough for something that feels knew, different, and at the same time familiar. Cole is dead with his teammates trying to figure out what happened and if it even really is Cole’s body they saw. Then, there’s the issue with the Seven Soldiers who are clearly wildcards where something is… off.
WildC.A.T.s #5 takes all of that and just adds to the insanity as the Seven Soldiers, and especially Majestic, dealing with Superman who is interested in the hero who claimed he was from Krypton. Then there’s a certain classic character donning his costume adding to the bigger question as to what exactly is going on with the Seven Soldiers. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s the ending!? It all comes together for an issue that delivers a lot of action and throws in a lot of questions.
Where Rosenberg’s story really stands out is the ability to just nail every scene and situation with exactly what it calls for. The WildC.A.T.s and Seven Soldiers are two very different personalities of a team and each is on full display here. One is a dysfunctional team but still a team and “friends”. The other is just a team where you can sense a seriousness and tension within. It all plays perfectly on the page making you like one so much more and want to boo the other.
So much is helped by Stephen Segovia and Christian Duce who provide the art and make an appearance by Superman seem completely normal. With color by Elmer Santos and lettering by Ferran Delgado, the comic is great to look at delivering a lot of swift action and surprises. There’s also a solid delivery of jokes through body language. How characters stand, their face, their body language, all punctuates the moments and makes everything feel so natural.
WildC.A.T.s #5 is another fantastic issue that just has so much packed in. There’s shock appearances, good fights, lots of humor, a bit of everything coming together to entertain. There’s so many directions the series, and characters, can go, it’s a series that keeps readers on their toes playing off of nostalgia but plotting a new path.
Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Stephen Segovia, Christian Duce
Color: Elmer Santos Letterer: Ferran Delgado
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy
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