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Preview: The Wild Storm #6

The Wild Storm #6

(W) Warren Ellis (A/CA) Jon Davis-Hunt
In Shops: Jul 19, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Michael Cray, the world’s best professional killer, is going to get himself killed for refusing to assassinate an innocent. Angela Spica, whose only mistake was saving someone’s life, is discovering that her life is over forever, and that the people in this strange new world she’s forced to survive in…may not be people at all. Treaties have been breached. Secrets are being told. There’s a war coming. NOTE: THE WILD STORM will skip shipping in August and return in September!

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WildStorm Gets its Deathblow Ready with Michael Cray

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.

Preview: The Wild Storm #5

The Wild Storm #5

(W) Warren Ellis (A/CA) Jon Davis-Hunt
RATED T+
In Shops: Jun 21, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Michael Cray is dying. This doesn’t stop IO from giving him one final job, to fix the world he’s spent years killing for. Michael Cray, the best assassin in the world, is sent out to kill Angela Spica, the engineer who saved Jacob Marlowe’s life and exposed the secret state she worked for. Lucy Blaze, investigating the chaos caused at Camp Hero by IO and a wild CAT, meets an old enemy-and realizes an ancient war may be entering a new phase, at the worst possible time.

Wildstorm: A Celebration of 25 Years this August

This August, DC Comics will release Wildstorm: A Celebration of 25 Years—an oversized hardcover collection to celebrate the lines’ legacy with reprints of WildStorm’s greatest stories, behind-the-scenes material and BRAND-NEW art and stories from some of the greatest writers and artists in the industry. At this year’s WonderCon, DC released a first look at the cover drawn by WildStorm Studios founder and DC Publisher Jim Lee, as well as some awesome pinups from Lee Bermejo, Fiona Staples, Carlos D’Anda, Sean Phillips, Tom Raney, and Gina Going-Raney. DC has released more of what to expect from this vast compilation.

Included you’ll find:

  • THE AUTHORITY story preview from Warren Ellis, Bryan Hitch, Paul Neary and Laura Martin
  • BACKLASH short story preview from Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund and Andrew Dalhouse
  • DEATHBLOW pinup from Tim Sale and Brennan Wagner
  • WILDCATS pinup from Ryan Benjamin

Stay tuned for more stories and pinups from Jim Lee, J. Scott Campbell, Adam Hughes and more!

Wildstorm: A Celebration of 25 Years will be on final order cutoff next Monday, June 5, and on sale August 23. Feel free to share these previews of exclusive new stories and pinups at anytime.

Preview: The Wild Storm #4

The Wild Storm #4

(W) Warren Ellis (A/CA) Jon Davis-Hunt
RATED T+
In Shops: May 17, 2017
SRP: $3.99

There’s a covert action team out in the wild, and I.O. has proof of it for the first time. This changes everything. The woman who tipped the first domino in this cascade of secrets and lies is on the run. And the other great power of the hidden world is on the scene. Henry Bendix is noticing things from on high, and that doesn’t bode well for I.O., Angela Spica or the planet. The storm is building.

Preview: The Wild Storm #3

The Wild Storm #3

(W) Warren Ellis (A/CA) Jon Davis-Hunt
RATED T+
In Shops: Apr 19, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Angela Spica is wounded, alone and hiding from black-ops killers sent by her own benefactor, the man she thought responsible for her well-being-the mastermind behind an assassination attempt the Engineer just foiled. But, unknown to her, she might yet have a chance to survive this terrible day. The Grifter has a plan.

A storm is building. And through it all, a mysterious woman crackles though the electrical devices that inhabit our lives, slipping among the invisible networks of the world.

There’s something new in the world.

Early Preview: The Wild Storm #3

The Wild Storm #3

Written by: Warren Ellis
Art by: Jon Davis-Hunt
Cover by: Jon Davis-Hunt
Variant cover by: Jim Lee, Jamie McKelvie, Scott Williams
U.S. Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: April 19, 2017

Angela Spica is wounded, alone and hiding from black-ops killers sent by her own benefactor, the man she thought responsible for her well-being—the mastermind behind an assassination attempt the Engineer just foiled. But, unknown to her, she might yet have a chance to survive this terrible day. The Grifter has a plan.

A storm is building. And through it all, a mysterious woman crackles though the electrical devices that inhabit our lives, slipping among the invisible networks of the world.

There’s something new in the world.

Preview: The Wild Storm #2

The Wild Storm #2

(W) Warren Ellis (A/CA) Jon Davis-Hunt
In Shops: Mar 15, 2017
SRP: $3.99

All Angela Spica did was save someone’s life. And now hers is over. The rogue engineer lies bleeding in a place she hopes nobody will find – but she’s wrong. The people embedded in the secret power structures of the world are tracking her. Skywatch. Halo. International Operations. A covert operative called Grifter. If only she hadn’t unknowingly foiled an assassination planned by her boss. If only her boss wasn’t the one person more interested in the Engineer’s transhuman implants than in her life. It’s all going very wrong, very quickly. There’s going to be more blood.

Preview: The Wild Storm #1

The Wild Storm #1

(W) Warren Ellis (A/CA) Jon Davis-Hunt
RATED T+
In Shops: Feb 15, 2017
SRP: $3.99

A troubled woman, barred by her employer from continuing her research, walks miserably through New York City. It takes her a moment to notice that everybody else is looking up. A man has been thrown from the upper floor of the Halo skyscraper.

And that woman-Angela Spica, sick from the transhuman implants she’s buried in her own body-is the only person who can save him.

What she doesn’t know is that the act of saving that one man will tip over a vast and secret house of cards that encloses the entire world, if not the inner solar system. This is how the Wild Storm begins, and it may destroy covert power structures, secret space programs and even all of human history.

New York Times best-selling writer Warren Ellis (TRANSMETROPOLITAN, RED, PLANETARY) returns to DC to curate Jim Lee’s WildStorm world, with this debut issue resetting the WildStorm universe with new iterations of Grifter, Voodoo, the Engineer, Jenny Sparks and others.

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Review: The Wild Storm #1

the-wild-storm-1A troubled woman, barred by her employer from continuing her research, walks miserably through New York City. It takes her a moment to notice that everybody else is looking up. A man has been thrown from the upper floor of the Halo skyscraper.

And that woman-Angela Spica, sick from the transhuman implants she’s buried in her own body-is the only person who can save him.

What she doesn’t know is that the act of saving that one man will tip over a vast and secret house of cards that encloses the entire world, if not the inner solar system. This is how the Wild Storm begins, and it may destroy covert power structures, secret space programs and even all of human history.

Warren Ellis returns to DC to guide a new WildStorm universe with new iterations of Grifter, Voodoo, the Engineer, Zealot, and more.

When the proto-WildStorm universe began decades ago it was an average superhero world with flashy characters and a grand conspiracy involving an alien invasion. Over the years it evolved into one of the most interesting and forward thinking superhero worlds challenging readers with adult concepts and much more than spandex, punching, and kicking. WildCats 3.0 saw an evolution as the team turned into corporate leaders attempting to deliver clean and cheap energy to the people. It still stands as one of my favorite comic arcs ever.

Now, with this reboot (or is it reimagining), Ellis is taking his stab at taking the world Jim Lee built and bringing it into modern times where the world looks a lot like it’d be the Wild Storm universe (minus the spandex superheroes). Corporate and global conspiracies mixed with political maneuvering is what Ellis delivers with a first issue that feels like it takes a lot of what has worked in the past and giving us enough new that it feels fresh and different.

I’ll admit, I’m Ellis’ writing is hit and miss for me, but when he’s on, he’s on, and he’s on here. The first issue is what I was hoping to see with a debut that’s full of mystery and a story that feels like it’ll have a hell of a lot to say about the world we live in.

But, what I like the most is Ellis’ move that those who are unfamiliar with previous works are no worse off. This feels like a fresh start in so many ways with characters that are familiar, but also different enough from the previous incarnations.

The art by Jon Davis-Hunt is solid giving us a world that you can feel the paranoia through the art. The details is sharp and the characters look familiar, but Davis-Hunt puts his own spin on them. The first issue has a good mix of action and more chill scenes to give Davis-Hunt a chance to show off his style, and no matter the situation it’s fantastic to look at.

I had no idea what to expect going into the first issue, but Ellis and Davis-Hunt deliver an intriguing start that feels like it’s an updated take on superheroes perfectly fit for today’s crazy world. Many have pondered how you tell stories in today’s world when things are so off the rails already, but Ellis in this first issue feels like he’s cracked the code.

Story: Warren Ellis Art: Jon Davis-Hunt
Story: 8.45 Art: 8.3 Overall: 8.40 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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