This entry covers “WildStorm!” issue 4 by Michael Jan Friedman, Merv, Sarah Becker, Ryan Odagawa, Tom Raney, Randy Green, Mark McKenna, Randy Elliot, John Tighe and Rich Ketchum.
This issue of “WildStorm!” is all about StormWatch. It features three pretty inconsequential stories regarding different StormWatch personnel. One for Sunburst and Nautika, one for Malcolm King and one detailing the time Fahrenheit discovered her powers. These stories get better as the issue progresses.
Sunburst is feeling all down. Poor dude feels useless now that he’s confined to a wheelchair. His wife, Nautika, is trying to cheer him up and let him know that he can still be a useful member of StormWatch. As he is doubting her two fully suited jackasses board his boat and start to attack him and Nautika. After Sunburst gives these two rapscallions what for, he goes to save Nautika and she reveals that she’s fine and points out to him how much fight he is displaying. Turns out the terrorist bros are only Pagan and Undertow, who were asked by Nautika to help her with her little ruse to prove to Sunburst that he still has what it takes.
Malcolm King is being an asshole at a bar. The boy is trying to figure out if he should be more like his brother or more like his father. This is a mental crossroads that Malcolm has and will go back and forth on for his entire history. Today the coin comes up Despot side, so it’s time to be a jerk. In fact, it’s time to mac on a lady at the bar. A lady who is uninterested. In fact, her boyfriends seems more interested in Malcolm than she is, so he starts a brawl with Malcolm. This just leads Malcolm to torch the whole place using his Strafe powers, then steal the guys motorbike. Yup, Malcolm King is certainly being an asshole right now.
In our final story we find Fahrenheit and Cannon sparring in the “totally-not-the-Danger-Room-from-X-Men” as Flashpoint and Christine observe. Flashpoint makes some comment about how Fahrenheit must be a real pyromaniac. Christine let’s Flashpoint know that that’s rather unlikely. Turns out Fahrenheit’s father and sister both died in a fire. It all started when Pops Pennigton fell asleep in his recliner, dropped his lit cigar on a stack of newspapers and then spilled his 151 run across the floor. Suddenly he was on fire freaking on Fahrenheit, then due to the fire raging around them, the floor gave way and her sister fell down. Then Fahrenheit laid down, not thinking she’d make it out, and besides, her only family are now both dead and gone. This is when her powers started to kick in and flames didn’t harm her. She’s lucky nothing else fell on her. Young Fahrenheit made the news and Christine went to go meet her, in the hopes that she’d found another seedling. They met at the hospital and then Christine brought Fahrenheit to StormWatch and she started her illustrious career.
- This book mainly gets the placement it does because of the first story starring SunBurst and Nautika. After the “Fire from Heaven” crossover both Undertow and Pagan are fired from StormWatch. So, you know, they can’t come to the emotional rescue of SunBurst as members of said team. It is rather odd to see Undertow suddenly up and about, but let’s just say that aboard SkyWatch II they had the tech to make the boy great again!
- Malcolm’s story could happen any time after he was released in “StormWatch” volume one issue 32 and when The Changers capture him in issue 48.
- Fahrenheit’s story could have happened sooner than this placement, and might even be better read prior to “StormWatch” volume one issue 20, but only to keep Flashpoint and Cannon’s hairstyles consistent. Also, it can’t have happened any later due to Flashpoint’s status as a team member of “StormWatch” after “Fire from Heaven.” Ultimately, other than art, it has a fine placement here.
NEXT: “Black Ops” issues 1 & 2 by Shon Bury, Dan Norton and Sandra Hope.
2 thoughts on ““WildStorm!” issue 4”
Just finished this series. I have to say that this isn’t the best of Wildstorm but it’s not terrible either. I actually like the Sunburst/Nautika story. The Malcolm king story was the worst though, maybe because it reminded me of the whole Stormwatch #25 images of the future debacle, I didn’t care for Isaiah King as a bad guy or whatever that was, I remember as a kid not liking that story.
After reading the last story of this issue (by Sarah Becker) I saw that Fahrenheit was from Chicago, also the hometown of Grifter. Is there any conection there? I don’t remember seeing anything about it but thought it would be cool if maybe they knew each other as kids.
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I think one of the things I didn’t like with the Sunburst/Nautika story was that I felt like Sunburst was acting a bit out of character, he never seemed like being that mopey was a place he’d get to.
And I’ll be honest, I’ve always had a soft spot for the King brothers. I really wish this story hadn’t had Malcolm be totally bad in the end as his choice to either follow the lead of his brother or father should always end in a draw in my eyes. He could’ve been a much more compelling character than he ever ended up being.
And I don’t think that there’s a chance for Grifter and Fahrenheit to have known each other as kids. It’s easy to forget, but Grifter grew up in the late ’50s and was a teenager in the mid ’60s and joined the military and that’s how he landed in Team 7. The Gen-Factor keeps him looking much younger than he actually is. I always took Fahrenheit for being in her early 20s in the book, so she mostly grew up in the early ’80s. But I wonder if young Cole ever palled around with her dad now that you bring it up!