Wildstorm: Michael Cray #2
(W) Bryan Hill (A) N. Steven Harris, Dexter Vines (CA) Denys Cowan, Bill Sienkiewicz
In Shops: Nov 08, 2017
Michael Cray hunts Oliver Queen…by making himself the prey. Stripped of his weapons and his newly formed team, Cray becomes the most dangerous game in Queen’s manufactured island, where the only law is survival. Queen has mastered his domain and the art of hunting men-Michael hasn’t mastered the tumor in his brain, and neither man is prepared for the extremity of the other…but only one will survive. The first spinoff series of Warren Ellis’ hit reimagining of THE WILD STORM continues in MICHAEL CRAY #2.
On Thursday October 12th, I made a short trip to Anyone Comics in Crown Heights Brooklyn, for the sold out release of Wildstorm/DC Comics newest title Wildstorm: Michael Cray.
This new series is part of the Wildstorm revamp, taking established Wildstorm characters and putting a new spin on them. The new line was launched with The Wild Storm, and Wildstorm: Michael Cray is the first spin-off series of the line.
For Michael Cray, the creative team sets up shop on an Earth similar to main DCU Earth-One, with our title character getting his latest assignment from a shadowy government agency. They also bring a very fresh, down to earth feel to the book, from the dialog, to the art, to the colors and letters, they make Cray a solid jumping off point filled with some interesting twists to familiar characters. The main character is a super assassin with a conscious, killing only when he deems that the person this agency wants dead needs killing.
For the award wining artist N. Steven Harris, one of the co-creators of Aztec, this was a great return to DC and introduction into the Wildstorm Universe.
“It’s interesting because it’s not super people in tights, and that’s why they hired me to do the book, they wanted an artist that could tackle real life day-to-day clothing, not a superhero type artist, and it’s fun dealing with the topics that the writer wants to hit.”
Cray is a dark book with a slick feel, a ton of potential and I’m glad I have it on my comic pull list.
Writer – Bryan Hill
Penciler – N. Steven Harris
Inker – Dexter Vines
Colorist – Steve Buccellato
Letterer – Simon Bowland
Cover – Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz
Wildstorm: Michael Cray #1
(W) Bryan Hill (A) N. Steven Harris, Dexter Vines (CA) Denys Cowan, Bill Sienkiewicz
In Shops: Oct 11, 2017
Warren Ellis’ critically acclaimed relaunch of THE WILD STORM gets its first solo spinoff series! Michael Cray, professional assassin, has been betrayed by International Operations and has an alien life-form in his head that’s either killing him, transforming him, or both. The only thing that can bring sense to his life is for him to do what he does best: kill the wrong people for the right reasons. But Michael needs support and resources to hit back against I.O., and he gets them in exchange for working with Trelane, taking out her targets, his way. First up? A sociopathic Silicon Valley billionaire by the name of Oliver Queen!
It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got Michael Cray!
Wildstorm Michael Cray #1 is by Bryan Hill, N. Steven Harris, and Dexter Vines and is in comic book stores today.
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DC Comics has released an early preview of Wildstorm: Michael Cray #1 by writer Bryan Hill and artists N. Steven Harris and Dexter Vines. A professional assassin by the name of Michael Cray has been betrayed by International Operations and has an alien life-form in his head that’s either killing him, transforming him, or both. The only thing that can bring sense to his life is to do what he does best: kill the wrong people for the right reasons. But Michael needs support and resources to hit back against I.O., and he gets them in exchange for working with Trelane, taking out her targets, his way. First up? A sociopathic silicon-valley billionaire by the name of Oliver Queen!
Wildstorm: Michael Cray #1 is out October 11.
DC’s newest pop-up imprint is readying its Deathblow.
Since his return to comics earlier this year in Warren Ellis and Jon Davis-Hunt’s The Wild Storm, Michael Cray has been a man without a mission. After failing in his attempt to assassinate HALO mastermind Jacob Marlowe and igniting an international incident in the process, things for the hired gun took a turn for the worse when he discovered that he also had a brain tumor that would most likely take his life.
Or so he thought.
When last we saw Cray, he had been forced out of International Operations, the secret organization that runs the world, when he was approached by Christine Trelane with an offer to join her rival organization. To learn what happens next, fans will have to look to future issues of The Wild Storm along with Cray’s new solo spinoff, which will be landing in stores this fall.
DC Comics has announced the second series in their WildStorm imprint, Wildstorm: Michael Cray being written by Bryan Hill with contributions by Warren Ellis and drawn by N. Steven Harris and Dexter Vines.
The series promises to distill the lofty conspiracies of The Wild Storm through a far more personal lens. And the description of the first issue is both intriguing AND surprising…
Michael Cray, professional assassin, has been betrayed by International Operations and has an alien life-form in his head that’s either killing him, transforming him, or both. The only thing that can bring sense to his life is for him to do what he does best: kill the wrong people for the right reasons. But Michael needs support and resources to hit back against I.O., and he gets them in exchange for working with Trelane, taking out her targets, his way. First up? A sociopathic silicon-valley billionaire by the name of Oliver Queen!
Oliver Queen?!? Is the WildStorm imprint about to cross over into the DCU? And it sounds like there’s a lot more to that brain tumor of Cray’s than we realized. Look for the first issue of Wildstorm: Michael Cray on October 11, 2017.
On October 16, Black Enterprise invited a group of comic book creators including Micheline Hess, Regine Sawyer, N. Steven Harris, Naseed Gifted, Tim Fielder, Dilettante J. Bass, George Carmona, Joseph P. Illidge, and Roye Okupe, to the BR headquarters in Manhattan to have a round table discussion about Black comic and Black comic book creators.The Blerd Gurl has posted up the live Periscope recording on her YouTube channel. You should check out the almost 30 minute video which is a fantastic group of individuals to hear talk comics.
Last week a momentous event occurred in the history of comic books. Perhaps it was overlooked by most, but for me it was an occasion to celebrate. In all of the 35 plus years I’ve been reading comic books, not once have I ever read a superhero story set in my old home town of East New York in Brooklyn, New York–and if anyone knows of any others please let me know.
Then, yesterday, to keep the party going, Joseph Phillip Illidge and N. Steven Harris were on site, at Jim Hanley’s Universe (32nd Street, New York City location), to sign and promote their premiere issue of Solarman from Scout Comics.
I asked Illidge why East New York for our new hero’s home. His reply: (1) It has never been done before and should have; and (2) It’s the last holdout neighborhood in Brooklyn that has not been gentrified (I can testify to that if necessary, but with time that can change fast).
This latest iteration of Solarman is a far cry from the original (the character was created by David Oliphant and Deborah A. Kalman, and published by Marvel Comics as a two-issue series written in 1989 by Stan Lee with art by Mike Zeck). The Ben Tucker of today is a much more relatable character (a street-mart Black superhero hacker versus the historically dweebish artist), who can navigate the tough streets of East New York with aplomb, even if he has to take a beating every now and then. Plus, for the first time ever, the alien incursion begins in E.N.Y.
Get yourself a copy, you won’t regret it. The writing is solid, and the graphics are superb; and if your local comic book shop is out, then order it directly from Scout Comics.
Ben Tucker is a teenage hacker going after the wealthy and corrupt, fighting bullies, and living in his father’s basement. When a mysterious alien attacks a space station conducting secret experiments, Ben is accidentally exposed to extraterrestrial technology and imbued with nuclear-based power. Now Ben Tucker is a fugitive from the police, an alien menace, and a paramilitary division hunting him down, with the intention to capture…or kill.
It’s been twenty-five years since we’ve seen Solarman, but the comic originally published by Marvel and written by Stan Lee returns courtesy of writers Joseph Illidge and Brendan Deneen, artist N. Steven Harris, and publisher Scout Comics.
Solarman #1 introduces us to Ben Tucker a teenager who is imbued with power in what feels like a modern day update to the classic teenage superhero story. That modern update is one of the strongest things about this debut. It feels real and grounded in a world we can all relate to. Tucker is a teenager that many of us know. His home and neighborhood is one we’ve lived in or know of. This isn’t the “real world” in awe of fantastical beings where average joes attempt to find their place in it all. This is the “real world” in which the fantastical person is going to try to find their place instead. There’s a difference between the two and it’s an important one. Illidge and Deneen are focused on relatable characters that feel like we could know them first and foremost and that person is thrust into something greater.
That grounded relatable feel to it all is helped by N. Steven Harris who provides a character and location that feels like a place we could live. Tucker and the other characters wear clothes we’d expect. Everyone looks like normal people you’d find on the street. It looks solid and most importantly diverse like the real world. Whether it’s in the script, Harris creates a cast that isn’t all one race or another, it’s a bit of everyone.
Solarman #1 is a solid debut and I can’t wait to see what comes next. The issue is an exciting start and fills a much-needed niche that other publishers woefully ignore. This is a superhero comic for the masses and hopefully the masses find it, cause it’s solid. If you’re looking for a superhero alternative from the big 2, look no further.
Story: Joseph Illidge, Brendan Deneen Art: N. Steven Harris
Cover: Andrew Dalhouse, N. Steven Harris
Story: 8.6 Art: 8.6 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy
Scout Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
Written by Brandon Thomas
Art by N. Steven Harris
Cover by Sean Chen
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
Everything is changing for the Voltron Force. One of their number has perished, another casualty of the turmoil engulfing the galaxy. One of them is intending to leave the unit permanently for a much different life. One of them is receiving the opportunity of a lifetime, even though they might not be ready. One of them is committed to saving everything there is. And one, well one of them is carrying a secret that ensures they’ll never again be welcome amongst their ranks. One door closes and three more open in “31 Days,” as the Galaxy Alliance decides just how many more Voltrons are truly necessary to defend the universe…