Wildstorm meets DC as Grifter crashes into the relaunched universe. Does Grifter have the goods or is it all an elaborate con?
With the demise of Wildstorm, and the promise that many of the titles will be moving under the DC banner, featuring the Gen13 team popped to the forefront. Jamie McKelvie drew the Gen13 team looking a little lost, and it just seems rather appropriate for today’s Art Appreciation Moment of the Day.
As the news begins to sink in regarding the partial move of DC to the West Coast, Dan Didio and Jim Lee shared the following announcement on The Source informing readers that Wildstorm and Zuda would be ending in December.
The days of the Great Machine have long since been over, but last issue ending with Mayor Mitch Hundred donning his jetpack once more to fight off an invasion from the beings who empowered him… Of course, that left him in a bad spot when his own security forces caught him in costume. When the mask comes off, Mitchell Hundred’s political career is officially going to be over… How in the world will he get out of THIS one?
Nazis. Robots. Time Travel. Three things that will instantly get my attention, as the combination usually means some trippy alternate timeline stuff where the hero must reverse the effects, or lose his loved ones forever.
Or – “The Return That No One Expected…”
For all the guff that I give fans of 90′s comics, the entire decade wasn’t deadwood. Indeed, near the end of the decade/century, there was a renaissance in comics that led to such wonders as Planetary, Rising Stars, and the entire America’s Best Comics imprint. Of these books, Top 10 was my quirky favorite, Promethea was probably the most successful artistically, Greyshirt was a noir flashback tale, but none of them had the pure comics vibe that Tom Strong had. Taking the most successful elements of Lee and Kirby’s Marvel, the tales of Doc Savage and bits and pieces of science fiction, movie serials and the future tales of the 1950′s, Tom’s adventures were at once grounded and fantastic, silly and grave, sentimental and all business. Ten or so years later, the first science hero has returned, things are about to get complicated, and I couldn’t be happier about it…
Kratos continues his quest for the healing Ambrosia of Asclepius when he is confronted by the champion of Poseidon. As Kratos is delayed in battle, Ares’ champion moves ever closer to the prize sought. Can Kratos over come his attackers before time runs out?
Or – “Something, Something, Something Daaaaarrrrk Siiiiide…”
Doesn’tÂ that imageÂ look like the Emperor from Star Wars is using the Force to spy onÂ theÂ half-dressed secretary who lives next door?
No?Â Just me?Â Bygones…
Wildstorm has announced it will be canceling the World of Warcraft and Starcraft monthly comic books, and replacing them with original graphic novels.
“While WildStorm and Blizzard loved the stories being told in the regular monthly comic-book series, we decided that the graphic novel would be a more suitable medium for the tales we wanted to tell next,” said Hank Kanalz, VP & General Manager of Wildstorm. “The larger format will give our artists and storytellers more room to explore Blizzard’s rich, varied worlds and flesh out the characters that inhabit these places.”
The Warcraft series ended yesterday with the release of the World of Warcraft Special, while Starcraft ends with issue #7, that arrives in January 2010.
This is really interesting news, but one that doesn’t come as a huge surprise.Â From my reading of the first arc, the story didn’t follow the WoW universe too closely, and seem to throw in WoW references, names, and locations to create the ties between the video game and the comic book.Â Going the graphic novel route might bring more readers to each series, as gamers might be more likely to read a larger tome than a series of monthly comics.Â Still, the Wildstorm stories were much better than the manga stuff that came out of Japan.
And her work looks amazing!
Or – “A Long Wait Always Sets High Expectations…”
Earlier this year, in anticipation of this issue, I reread my issues of Planetary, and was surprised to remember thatÂ it debuted a full ten years ago last April.Â It started out very much as an artifact of its time, with similar themes to other stories: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Big Numbers, both likewise created in the 90′s, as well as echoes of the X-Files and even threads of Farmer’s Wold Newton family.Â Each issue was something unique and odd, and the book managed to create quite a following of fans, many of whom have angrily noted the increasingly long hiatus between issues.Â Jakita, Elijah and The Drummer have finally dealt with the Dowling faction, and now they have to deal with the fallout of their victory…