I know, the main point of this blog is to talk about the continuity of WildStorm Universe as it was from ’92 – ’11… but I really like doing this compare and contrast thing! Admittedly, I have no idea where Ellis is going with this new series, and honestly, I couldn’t be more on board with what he and his team are bringing. I just thought I’d have some fun, point out some of the references/differences from the old WSU to the new book “the Wild Storm” that came out a few weeks ago.
New vs. Old
So we finally get to meet the new version of John Lynch. First of we find him looking a lot less like Clint Eastwood, and a lot more like Sam Elliott. Same kind of bad-ass cowboy vibe, I dig. As mentioned by Bendix in the last issue, this version of Lynch also has a white eye. It’s a little different this time around, instead of his “white eye” (more of a grey usually) being just a blank, it is a normal looking eye with a white iris around the pupil. This new version also has facial scarring along the eye, this time it’s one long scar that is much longer than the 2 (or 3) that he had in the old continuity.
Cole & Kenesha’s bickering
It’s really come into focus, but these two have almost the exact kind of relationship in “the Wild Storm” that they did in the old WSU. Perhaps a bit more friendly. Kenesha being just as playful with Cole about the insults, while in the old WSU we’d get more of Savant being exasperated by Grifter and him offering up a quip back. My favorite example being Savant wondering what Zannah ever saw in Grifter and he retorts “She liked the way I made quiche.” I have to admit, I like the feistier version of the character in Kanesha, and Savant is one of my favorite old WildStorm characters.
New and What We Don’t Know
Where is Lynch and does he live with anyone?
We meet Lynch at his hideaway home, way out where it snows. It’s a long way from La Jolla. We see Lynch’s kitchen with a wolf on the counter. Then we see Lynch entering the kitchen from outside. Did Lynch kill that wolf and then leave his house and come back later? Or does he have a housemate that also went hunting, but unlike Lynch, came back with something to show? Also not sure if Lynch is saying “Road trip” to himself or someone else that may be in that house, it makes sense either way.
We now know how the Machine Telepathy was going to work. Brains in jars, hooked up to computers… shutter.
Kenesha met Hitler
Okay, sure, this isn’t really an answer to a burning question, but I was wondering how much the Khera interacted with historical figures. We saw this a few times in the old WSU with some of the long-lived WildCats encountering different historical people of note. We also know that the WSU version of Jenny Sparks knew Hitler as well. Now we know that Kanesha met Hitler, I wonder who else she’s met.
Bendix claims he calmed down
So we all thought that Bendix was going to be raining down hellfire upon I.O. installations after the last page of issue 6. Come issue 7 and we see none of that, now several issues on we see him kind of address that final page of issue 6. See, he was pissed about I.O. but in his own words he calmed down. I think that’s why we never saw those space jets hit their mark on his behalf. That or it’s a long flight from Skywatch to Earth and it seems only about a day or two has passed.
One Last Thing
Rest in peace, Mitch.