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 and Davis-Hunt are going with this new series, and honestly, I couldn’t be more on board with what they and their 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 last week.
New vs. Old
Alexandra Fairchild / Alexander Fairchild
Is this only our second gender-flipped character? So it seems. At first, I was thinking that Alexandra was just paying homage to both Alex and Caitlin Fairchild rolled into one character, but as we’ll see, Caitlin is still very much her own person in “the Wild Storm” should we ever meet her. So apples to apples Alexandra vs. Alexander, well, to be honest, Alexandra is a lot more like Caitlin, to tell the truth. They’re both extremely strong despite not being overly muscley, a person who cares for other, and one would do anything to protect who they deem worth protecting. Alexander on the other hand, well, really only falls into the last of those three descriptors, and only that last one after he grew up a bit. Alexander was kind of a douche in Team 7 back in the day, as soon as he became a dad in the WSU he softened up. His powers in the WSU were also an ability to change what others were seeing. Making him and his Team 7 buddies either look like other people or go invisible altogether. The Wild Storm version of the character takes more after the WSU’s Caitlin than Alexander, speaking of…
Like stated above, it turns out Alexandra had a daughter but put her up for adoption because she was afraid of what kind of mother she’d be. In the old WSU Alex did a lot to keep Caitlin safe and far from I/O before she ended up with her aunt and uncle, so this version of Caitlin being in the foster system is something different. It’s also nice to know that somewhere, out there, is The Wild Storm version of Caitlin!
New and What We Don’t Know
The Mayor was Sick
Until Shen and Jenny helped him out, The Mayor was not really sure who he was. I mean, he seemed to know and understand his power set, but perhaps didn’t know what to do with it to help anyone other than himself. How long was he like this and how did it come about? Did a Khera or Daemon do this to him? Or was it Skywatch or I.O.? Also, how did he gain his powers?
The Dead Skywatch Agent
Not sure who this guy is, or if he was supposed to represent someone from the old continuity. The Skywatch affiliation and the grey and red color scheme make me think of Fuji, but I’m entirely certain it isn’t supposed to be him. Either way, at Slayton’s hand, he’s dead now. Also, this is the murder of a Skywatch agent by someone not currently connected to either I.O. or Skywatch. We all know that Skywatch will be blaming I.O. which is not going to go well for their escalating “hot” war.
The Mayor is for sure Jack Hawksmoor
I mean we suspected it, so it’s just nice to know that we were right.
Turns out the implanted Khera DNA likes violence
Last issue I surmised that maybe, just maybe Slayton was insane, and not understanding what the Khera inside his head actually wanted. Now that we’ve met Alexandra and she’s stated that her implant also likes violence we can extrapolate two ideas. Either they’re both prone to violence or that the Khera implant really does tend one towards violence. I think with Slayton we are supposed to guess at it, but once we meet Alexandra and see much more of her personal character we are to understand that the Khera implant is at fault.
Looks like the Skywatch/I.O. war is heating up!
I mean, just check out that panel… that’s all we need to know about this war starting to pop off!
One Last Thing
Where the hell is Angie?
I mean, we haven’t seen her, for what, 3 issues now?
More issue comparisons of the old WildStorm Universe to “The Wild Storm.”
4 thoughts on “WSU vs. The Wild Storm 14”
You just made me realize that the alien presence in Michael Cray’s brain has a lot in common with the Thunderbook implant, whatever it is. Could Cray have been implanted also? Makes sense, since his original incarnation is also Team 7.
I’ve been thinking pretty much the same thing, to be honest! In “Michael Cray” we’re getting a first hand look on what it might be to have the implant and either fight it like Alex or surrender to it like Marc.
“Where the hell is Angie?
I mean, we haven’t seen her, for what, 3 issues now?”
the short story “Isolation” from Wildstorm Summer Special 2001 comes to mind
Ha! Could be!