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WSU vs. the Wild Storm 13

The Wild Storm (2017-) 013-000I 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 a week ago.

 

New vs. Old

Marc Slayton / Backlash
Slayton_tWSSo we’re finally meeting members of Project Thunderbook, and the first is Marc Slayton. Originally in the old WildStorm Universe, Marc Slayton was both Kherubim and was Gen-Active, meaning he was double super-powered. He had shock white hair, psi-whips that came out of his hand, and he could turn his body into a mist. He was a member of  Team One, Team 7, StormWatch and the leader of WildCORE, so he’s used to being on a team. Hell, in even in his “solo” series he acquired several partners quickly enough anyway, so you know, he’s not usually the loner type. The Slayton we find in “the Wild Storm” has a few things in common with the former version. The white hair is present, but because this version is actually old There’s even a reference to him getting his powers before going grey. He’s most definitely human this time, but he’s still gen/active which gives him his whips, but they come from the bottom of his wrists where it meets his hand rather than the top of his hands. We have a reference to him formally being a real people person who has now hidden himself away on a remote farm. This version of Marc is totally mad. He thinks that he should be allowed to eat the other gen/active results for Project Thunderbook and seems to be murdering people to send their souls to outer space based on a voice/being in his mind named “Carer.”
Slayton_WSU

Levin’s Diner / a Diner in the Middle of Nowhere
diner_tWSJohn Lynch gets a bite to eat at a Levin’s diner, a diner in the middle of a desert. This recalls the diner in the middle of nowhere were Jakita Wagner first recruits Elijah Snow to be a member of Planetary in the old WSU. Not sure if this is just a storytelling tick of Ellis, or he’s trying to draw a parallel here to what Lynch is up to, or what may be buried out here in this desert. One thing is for sure, there doesn’t seem to be a dog adding flavor to any of the coffee in this book.
Diner_WSU

Gen/Active / Gen-Active
In the old WSU being Gen-Active meant that you had either been exposed to the Gen-Factor or had a parent that was and you were born with the Gen-Factor. Basically, you were super-powered. The Gen-Factor is pretty convoluted, but it lead to several Gen-Actives running around the old WSU. In “the Wild Storm” gen/active seems to refer to the alien biology that can plug into human biology so that humans can become something more than human. This genetic merging is what gave Marc Slayton his powers… and also a wicked imaginary friend.

Door
Door_tWSA DOOR! SHEN MAKES A GODDAMN DOOR! Ok, sure, it’s not gold and shimmery, but it’s Shen, using her magic to make a door that leads from a record store entrance straight to Jenny’s flat. Also, based on the colors we’re seeing here and Shen’s past magic ability, it is probably tied into the Bleed.

Khera / Kherubim Looks
We’ve been over this a bit before when Angie noted that the insides of the Khera that she’s met do not have the same bone structure as normal humans. In the old WSU Kherubim look just like Earth humans and could even breed with them. We see in this issue that Khera are shape-shifting humanoids who take up Earthling features to blend in easier. Oddly enough this was something a select few Daemonites could do in the old WSU continuity.

Jacob Marlowe and John Colt’s Relationship / Jacob and Spartan’s Relationship
In the old WSU Jacob and John Colt/Spartan’s relationship was close, extremely close. So close that once the original Jacob passed away, Spartan took the last name Marlowe and continued on as his son. Also, the original WSU John Colt was killed and the Spartan robot was built in his honor with Colt’s memories. Also, that version of Colt survived being killed came back and was super evil and then was killed by his robotic doppelganger. So yeah, this version of Colt in “the Wild Storm” pestering Jacob is pretty much all new. No previous version of the character acted like this towards Jacob. Spartan was always “do or die” by what Jacob said, only with Grifter being angry enough with Jacob to quit the team and at times Zannah begrudgingly following him (except when they were political rivals on Khera).

New and What We Don’t Know

How I.O. Will Respond to Mitch’s Death?
Miles doesn’t want to go the diplomatic way and set up a meeting with Henry. Mainly because this really does look like a punishment killing. He’s tasking three CATs and has authorized a kill order for Ground Division workers. While he’s saying this he also states that he wants a plan on how to carry all this out with the resources he’s made available. It’s up to Jackie to decide how they will be carried out.

Who is the Cryptic Guy at the Diner?
CrypticGuyHe seems to know things… Is there really a basement? I swear that in the last issue when Lynch said “Road trip” he was talking to someone in his basement, but I could be wrong. This could just be a madman talking shit, but maybe there’s some kind or prophesy here. Who am I kidding, this is a narrative story, he wouldn’t be there saying things like “Heaven’s Box” if it meant nothing. Waiting to see how this all plays out…

Dead Khera on Earth?
Based on what Lynch has said to Slayton, it seems like the members of Project Thunderbook were merged with that of alien DNA found from dead extraterrestrials. After we see Colt reveal his “birthday suit” and compare it to how Slayton sees Carer we know that the dead aliens that I.O. used to create gen/active humans were of Khera. The question is, how did they die, and were they affiliated with Jacob’s team or not.

The Beginnings of Project Thunderbook
We find out through Lynch and Slayton’s dialogue about the origin of Project Thunderbook. How they found the dead aliens with the gen/active material. How they asked for volunteers. And even how Marc was ready and willing to be a part of this project. We’re not sure how the others got involved but I’m sure we’ll find out.

Carer, Slayton’s “Imaginary” Friend
AnInsideManErAlienSo yeah, Slayton is crazy and is seeing and hearing something in his head. He calls it Carer, which I think is just him parsing the word “Khera” wrong, Mainly because he doesn’t know or understand the word “Khera.” I’m not sure how much of what Slayton understands/hears is really what Carer needs him to do. Slayton reveals to Lynch that he is killing, but he says that he doesn’t consider any of the victims people. Could Slayton be killing other Khera and possible Daemon and then sending their souls into space because he’s misunderstanding Carer telling him to send the stranded Khera back to their home planet? How much of what Slayton hears in his head is really what the gen/active genes are wanting him to do vs. how he’s processing it through Carer.

Mars
MarsBound

We see Skywatch sending a ship to Mars. Henry seems to think it is barbaric that it’s going to take as long as a week to get there, Lauren is thankful that Jump Rooms are not so standard. We’ve had it said before that there are underground Skywatch facilities on Mars that they have to keep hidden from Earth. And I just put together that, duh, Jenny was on had to help Skywatch out way back in ’55 when they first went to Mars. You know, hence the lighter as a memento for that major accomplishment. Who knows what she did, or how she was involved with Skywatch in 1955, but she was there, on Mars, and Skywatch is going back there.

How will Skywatch Go to War with I.O.?
Henry tasks Lauren with coming up with two plans for attacking I.O. One that shuts down some of their locations, and the same plan but it also leaves a lot of bodies. Lauren comes back later and tells Henry that she has his information, but she’s got a better idea. Her idea involves a list of actions that will take out I.O. and ensure that there won’t be a way of I.O. to ever gain back the control over Earth it once had. What will Henry choose?

Colt’s Alien Form
NakedColtSo once a year Colt sheds his clothes, then shape-shifts back to his original Khera form. And he usually taunts Jacob with this? That pretty hilarious. What are the chances that this phone video falls into the wrong hands? I’d say pretty damn high!

Khera Clades
We’ve learned before that there are five different clades of Khera. In this issue, we get a good look at the lowest clade, the ones with 8 syllable names with a “U” sound in the middle with Colt. We also see the one that Slayton is talking to, which seems to be a match in look, but a different color. I don’t know if that’s enough to be a different clade, or that he was merged with another low clade Khera. Several issues ago we got a look at Jacob’s memories and we saw a humanoid alien much like these, but it differed from the Khera we see here. It only had 2 eyes, a tail and a Cthulhu/Dr. Zoidberg like tentacle mouth. Could this be Jacob’s clade? Have we now seen 2 different ones in their native look? Is the Daemon part of a Khera clade or a rival alien race? So far the two Khera clades we may’ve seen look a lot more similar to each other than they do the Daemon, so that’s still up in the air.

KheranClade
Hey guys, remember us from issue seven?

Answers

Jacob’s Spur
In issue 1 we see Jacob attack Michael Cray with his spur, from his wrist. I wasn’t sure at first if this was biological or if it was some sort of mechanical device that Jacob had implanted. But looking at Slayton’s whips, and where they come from, I’m pretty damn sure that they are biological.

How Pris Knows Things
PrisAndDaemonSeems like the Daemon is influencing her dreams, and we know from the last issue that Pris sees things in her dreams about people like the Mayor. So the Daemon must have some kind of psychic powers in addition to some level of teleportation.

Getting the Authority Together
We have Shen and Jenny Mei going after and picking up the Mayor. This… this makes me happy! They really only need to meet up with Angie and we have our new version of the Authority! Ok, fine, yeah, we don’t have a Midnighter or Apollo yet, but once Angie joins we’ll have an Engineer, a Jenny, a King of the Cities and a Doctor of the World, I think that’ll be enough to officially be a new version of the Authority.

DCU Connections

Quinn Harleen Productions
The “Challengers of the Unknown” is a Quinn Harleen Production which is a DCU reference to Harley Quinn / Harleen Quinzel and to real-world television producer Quinn Martin and his Quinn Martin Productions.

ChallegersOfTheUnknown

Challengers of the Unknown
Another DCU property that has been re-purposed for the name of a television show in the world of “the Wild Storm” much like “Doom Patrol” and “Crime Doctor” before it. Based on the fact that we’re seeing the show on a tube television, and the original QM Productions was active from the ’60s through the early ’80s we can safely guess this is an older show and is being played from a VHS tape and not currently on the air.

One Last Thing
Sleeper_tWSCute “Sleeper” reference! More in the line of products being named after DCU properties in this book like the Dr. Midnight cigarettes and such in issue 3.

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WSU vs. the Wild Storm 12

The Wild Storm 12AI 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

John Lynch
Lynch-tWSJohnLynch_WSUSo 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
Explody
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?
HomeSweetLynch
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.

 

Answers

Machine Telepathy
HarmonyHouse
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
AngryUncleHenry
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.
thelategreatMitch

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WSU vs. the Wild Storm 11

The Wild Storm 11AI 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 last week.

 

New vs. Old

Science City Zero vs. U.S. Science City Zero
ScienceCityZero

When Bendix is telling Lauren about the reason for the I.O./Skywatch treaties we find out about Science City Zero. While there were a few science cities in the old WSU (a Russian one was seen in an issue of “DV8”) the main one was U.S. Science City Zero ran by Dr. Dowling in “Planetary.” This new one was run by the new version of John Lynch. Science City Zero is funded by I.O. and Russia, unlike U.S. Science City Zero which was just an American science city. It’s where Dr. Dowling would perform experiments on people, resulting in superpowers for some, but mostly just messed them up. Also, U.S. Science City Zero was eventually abandoned, unlike Science City Zero which got blown up by Skywatch.
CityZero

Cole & Lucy’s Relationship
theTeachesOfLucyZannahGrifterKissyFaceAt the end of this issue, we find out that this version of Cole and Lucy have a past. Much like the old WSU where Cole and Zannah were a couple for several years, but broke up and continued to work together. In both cases it seems that Cole was trained in battle by Lucy/Zannah, but “the Wild Storm” version of the couple seemed to have gone their separate ways quite a while ago. In both cases, it seems that Cole still harbors a crush on the lady, and in both cases, the lady does what she wants despite that. The old Zannah would sometimes just kiss Cole out of nowhere and wonder why he’d get upset because he knows it isn’t going to work out. Lucy just full on tells Cole that he belongs to her! Woah!

New & What We Don’t Know

What Exactly Science City Zero is For
Right now we’re not sure what John Lynch, I.O., and the Russians were up to at Science City Zero. Something big enough to fight Skywatch over to keep hidden at least.

Answers

SkyWatch & I.O.’s Treaty
Bendix lets Lauren in (and the readers) in on why the treaty between I.O and SkyWatch was created. It is basically to keep them from destroying each other or from the rest of the world from finding out about either of them. See, if the public finds out about either it’ll be bad news for both organizations and possibly the world in general.

John Lynch Info
Straight from Bendix’s mouth, the new John Lynch has a white eye just like the old one did! No mention of scars or kick-ass sideburns.

Angie’s Project
BubbleGumAngie

We finally see what Angie has been working on in Jacob’s secure location. It’s making her dry suit sleeker. Seems as if she removed much of the liquid interface from herself, upgraded it and then pumped it back into herself. Oddly (to her and to us) she doesn’t manage to get it all back in… I’m sure that won’t backfire in some way… She boots up the new dry suit and it looks a lot more like the old school WSU version of the Engineer, with a thin coating of silver encasing her. Then she armors up and looks like something out of “Bubblegum Crisis!” So yeah, she’s right, she looks very cool!

DCU Connections

Wonder Woman
WWBedWhen we see Jenny and Shen wake up in Jenny’s room, we see them under a bedspread with the Wonder Woman logo on it. I have to assume that the version Wonder Woman in “the Wild Storm” is also a fictional character which is very much the same as the one in our world and aptly marketed as such. Just a guess though.

Ambush Bug
IrwinWe see Lucy check her phone and it reads “Ambush Bug : Target Device is Listening for You.”  We can guess that this is an app that you can use to set up a listening channel on another device. It seems that Mitch’s phone is Lucy’s target considering that we see this right after Mitch is on his phone. Later on, when back in contact with his phone Mitch and Jackie mentions Cole and how they think he’s an operative for Skywatch. That’s the exact info that Lucy passes to Cole later, so yeah, it’s an app that bugs other electronic that can listen. Oh, yeah, and in the DCU Ambush Bug was a character that used small electronics that he could teleport between to get a jump on whoever he was fighting. He started out as a kind of mischievous villain but then got more comical, less villain-y and even broke the fourth wall, Deadpool style.

One Last Thing
BigBendixAndL
I said it last time we saw the two of them together for an extended amount of time, but I live for Bendix and Lauren hanging out and talking. Their work relationship and demeanor towards each other cracks me up. I literally laughed out loud reading this book, much to the confusion and annoyance of my cat, Mr. Pants. (Who unlike Streaky, is not history’s greatest monster.)

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WSU vs. The Wild Storm 10

The Wild Storm (2017-) 010-000I 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 earlier this week.

 

New vs. Old

Weatherman
I think this is the first time that Bendix has been referred to as “Weatherman” in the comics. Still more of a position than a code name, but that was a nice touch.

the Mayor / Jack Hawksmoor
Hawksmoor_WSUITheMayor‘ll admit, I honestly didn’t see this one coming! We’re introduced to a character named the Mayor. He’s barefoot and standing outside a bodega, willing to talk about cities to anyone around. Much like the original Jack Hawksmoor he has ridged feet and wears a suit. Unlike the original Hawksmoor, he has long hair and can get through cities faster. In the old WSU when Hawksmoor didn’t have a Door to call on, he would curl up in a ball, the street would form a ball around him, and swallow him. A few hours later a new ball in a new city would rise out of the street and Hawksmoor would burst out. Diving into a street like it’s a pool seems much easier!

New & What We Don’t Know

What Angie Was Going to Say to Cole
AngiesQuestionCole wants to ask Angie if she can attach bombs to her little flying robot, and if they can use them to hack I.O. Before Cole asks her this, Angie says she has a question for Cole too, but after he mentions Kenesha is involved she clams up. Angie just doesn’t trust aliens.

Reptilians
Twice in this issue, we have references to Reptilian aliens. Shen correctly knows this as the Daemon. When Bendix brings this up it frustrates Lauren. Bendix states that knowledge of alien life is a core part of SkyWatch. Lauren still isn’t buying it. It seems Shen and Bendix are the only non-aliens to believe in the Daemon. Seems as if Jenny is coming around on it, and Lauren still thinks it is the imagination of Bendix’s drug-addled brain.

Answers

Event Shielding
We’ve had event shielding mentioned a few times, but we now finally have a better idea of what is going on.
StaticTimeBitch

Cray’s New Job
Henry Bendix gets a report from Christine Trelane about Michael Cray. He says that Trelane has Cray do jobs similar to what the SkyWatch Ground Division usually does, and that is taking care of superpowered beings. We saw Lucy do this in the first issue of the series, well, we caught her in the aftermath of that.

Cray’s Tumor
Bendix reveals that by looking over Trelane’s reports that he knows that Cray doesn’t have a tumor. He thinks it is something put there by reptilian aliens.

Ivana’s Leaky I.O. Group
Henry bitches to Lauren that he can’t get more info out of Jackie King’s I.O. group. It seems as if everyone knows what is going in Ivana Baiul’s group. We’ve seen her talk very candidly over the phone with people about the goings on of I.O., so this is hardly surprising.

Jenny’s Age
120ishAlright, in this new universe we need to stop seeing Jenny Mei Sparks as a “Jenny” or a Century Baby. She’s 120ish and stated in past issues a Techne, and her “lineage” or “line” includes a woman named Joan. But yeah, she says shes 120yrs old, give or take a few years. We also see that Jenny Mei Sparks isn’t too different to the old Jenny Sparks as they both disappeared into drunkenness for a time and lost track of the world.

Where Jenny Comes From
Swift reveals to Jenny that she comes from a machine developed by an alien. And her purpose is to protect the Earth.

Pris Didn’t Know Things, But She Does Now!
PrisGetsACluePris sees the Mayor dive into the street and it freaks her out, but not for the obvious reasons. We’ve suspected that Pris knows some of the secret stuff that has been going on around her, based on her music videos. We have now found out that Pris didn’t think any of that was “for real for real.” It was just interesting conspiracy theory stuff that she was into, but she didn’t think there were really aliens. But now… now she believes, and now, finding out that what all she’s learned is true, she’s knows there’s a war coming!

DCU Connections

DJ Beast Boy
There is mention of a DJ named DJ Beast Boy. It is unknown if it is this universe’s version of Garfield Logan as a DJ or if it is a DJ that named himself after the character from the “Doom Patrol” TV show we saw advertised on the Galaxy Network in issue 3. Either is plausible for such a passing comment.

One Last Thing
The story is starting to come together. Jenny was created by the Daemon to save the Earth. The Khera are stranded on Earth during a mission that they have not been forthright about. We’ve seen Lucy and the Daemon together, and they’re not exactly on good terms. Did the Daemon set up the Techne machine to create beings to save the Earth from Khera invasion? Is Jenny predisposed to fight against our fledgling WildCATs team? Is this going to be the line drawn in the sand that will move Angie from Jacob’s team to one with Shen and Jenny, her dislike of aliens? When will the Mayor meet up with those women? Will Jackie King and Christine Trelane meet up, fall in love and go to work for Shen & Jenny, pooling their secret knowledge into this makeshift Authority? Will Lucy and Pris ever meet up with and join Jacob’s team? I’m kind of super excited!

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WSU vs. Michael Cray 3

The Wild Storm - Michael Cray (2017-) 003-000I 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, and frankly, looking at the view numbers, you readers do too! Admittedly, I have no idea where Hill, Harris, and Ellis are going with this new series, and honestly, I couldn’t be more on board with what this team is bringing. I just thought I’d have some fun, point out some of the references/differences from the old WSU to the new book “Michael Cray” that came out last week.

 

New vs. Old

Cray’s Battle Souvenirs
greenprizecrayisahalfdaemonitelordIn this issue, we see that Michael Cray keeps a trophy shelf of sorts. It looks like it is mainly from folks that he has battled before. The old WSU version of Cray wasn’t too big on collecting prizes from fights fought, but he did once. Quite famously too! A little something that he picked up in the wilds of Nicaragua that became important in the “WildStorm Rising” crossover.

Answers

Dr. Shahi / Cray’s Powers
Getting to know a bit more about Dr. Shahi as well as Cray’s powers in a single scene. He’s trying to manifest his explosions by thinking of Oliver Queen from the last issue. It isn’t working. Then he starts to think about hooking up with Dr. Shahi and boom goes the dynamite. This tells us that there must be some kind of emotional component and maybe on of proximity? Also, Dr. Shahi gets a recording of what Cray was thinking of… when she sees it is her she smiles. Not sure if it’s a sinister smile or a sincere one. We’re keeping an eye on her.

Michael’s Relationship with His Father
We have another scene of Michael and his dad and his dad offering him advice. The old WSU version of Cray didn’t have as much time with his dad, so it is nice to see them interact as full grown adults. This scene is my favorite in this issue, and I’d add a panel, but you should really just pick up the book and read it.

DCU Connections

Barry Allen / the Flash
itsaspeedsuitdeanOk, gone is the bright red suit, replaced with something more akin to a scuba diving get up. Not only that, but this version of Barry takes drugs along with using the tech of his suit to achieve super speeds. Also, this version of Barry seems to have a split personality and is legit crazy from those drugs he’s taking.

Boston / Central City
We saw this in the last issues too, but it is worth pointing out, “Michael Cray” takes place in “the real world” as opposed to one with fictional DCU cities. While San Fransisco is very similar to Star City, Central City is supposed to be a Midwestern town, not so much Boston. Not that it matters, just something worth pointing out.

One Last Thing

lootcloset
Ok yeah, the trophy case! Am I the only one having trouble figuring out all those items? We have the obvious green arrow from Oliver Queen, and I figure that’s a boomerang from Captain Boomerang and that the noose and bag-head mask are from a Scarecrow-like character (that or Michael Cray found a way to kill this universe’s version of Astro City’s Hangman.) The wristbands remind me of those of the Wonder Woman analogue from “Planetary” issue 10, and finally, I’d like to think that mechanical foot used to belong to Marc Slayton. I’m 100% sure that some of my guesses are wrong, but that’s what makes it fun. Also, I have no clue about the gun, the eye, the belt or the mechanical bit in the upper left. The blade could be a coda blade maybe? And both masks look almost too familiar, but I’m not placing them! See, fun!

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WSU vs. The Wild Storm 9

thewildstorm_009I 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 for 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 earlier this week.

 

New vs. Old

Big Green Robot
BigGreenFuckOffRobotHARMMet-LWhen Angela, Jacob, and Adri first enter Jacob’s lab, we see a huge green robot hanging in the room. While it looks like an android that is meant to be piloted by a human, it does recall the two huge green cyborgs from the original WSU, H.A.R.M. and Met-L. Who knows if this robot is related to either as it could even be a reference to Maul seeing how it is big and green. Also, it is emblazoned with the number 52, as DC seems to have a real boner for that numeral.
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John Lynch
LynchQuestionMarkJohnLynch_WSUWe find out from Miles Craven that John Lynch was the man who was Director of I.O. before Miles. This is a bit of a role reversal from the original WSU where, yeah, Lynch was the director of I/O, but I/O was still under the Security Czar, who was Miles Craven. In effect, Craven used to be Lynch’s boss until Lynch left I/O, and in “the Wild Storm” Lynch used to be Craven’s boss until Lynch left I/O and Craven took his job. In the old continuity Lynch left I/O and went on the lam with a bunch of super-powered teenagers, after he became disillusioned with what I/O was doing in general, and how Craven was running things specifically. We don’t know why this new version of Lynch left I.O. yet, but we know that he knew Cole Cash. In the old WSU Lynch and Cash go way back as they were both part of an elite military group known as Team 7.

New & What We Don’t Know

Clade Societal Ranking
We learn that in the clades the individual names of the aliens represent what clade they are in which also reflects their rank in society. The fewer the syllables, the higher the rank. There also seems to be implications for the letters and pronunciation, so we still have a lot to learn!

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John Colt’s Real Name
We find out that John Colt’s real name (more on alien names below) is eight syllables and has a “U” sound in the middle. So I guess his real name isn’t Yohn Kohl as it was in the previous WSU.

Answers

Emp & Zannah’s names
For the first time, we learn that Emp and Zannah are going to be names used in this new universe. So far we hadn’t seen Jacob be referred to as Emp or Lucy as Zannah, or that they had names outside of what we’d previously learned.

Clades
We see John and Kenesha discus their clades in this issue. We now know for a fact that Jacob, Lucy, Kenesha and John are each from different clades. That just leaves us with one clade that we have not met as of yet. Also, as being from differing clades, this probably means that Kenesha and Zannah are not related in this universe.

DCU Connections

Paul Kirk / Manhunter
PaulKirkPaul Kirk (as well as many clones of him) is the crimefighter known as Manhunter in the DCU. Except the Golden Age Paul Kirk who was mostly a tough guy private investigator, whom the movie character that Mitch likes seems to be more based on. Once again we’re seeing media based on C-list DC Characters, much like the Doom Patrol was in issue three.

One Last Thing

Thunderbook
Thunderbook_tWSWe find out that one of John Lynch’s big projects at I.O. was called Project Thunderbook. It seems as if Ellis is never one to let a good name be forgotten, you see “Thunderbook” was also the name of a special from WildStorm Studios back in the day filled with short stories. Put this on the list of WildStorm things that I didn’t think I’d see referenced in “the Wild Storm!”
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More issue comparisons of the old WildStorm Universe to “The Wild Storm.”

WSU vs. Michael Cray 2

MichaelCray_002I 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, and frankly, looking at the view numbers, you readers do too! Admittedly, I have no idea where Hill, Harris and Ellis are going with this new series, and honestly, I couldn’t be more on board for what this team is bringing. I just thought I’d have some fun, point out some of the references/differences from the old WSU to the new book “Michael Cray” that came out earlier this week.

 

New vs. Old

Hector Morales / Powerhaus
Hector_MCHector_WSUBack in the old WSU Hector was a member of the DV8 team and he had the power to turn emotions into muscle mass. Basically, toss hate his way, he’ll grow big and kick your ass. This version of Hector is coming across as much more of a master thinker, to lay traps for an enemy, or at least guide them into one. Basically, a good tactician. This version of Hector seems not to be a clone, as far as we can tell. The new Hector does seem to keep a similar hairstyle to the old one, too.

Leon Carver / Frostbite
Leon_MCLeon_WSULeon was also a member of the DV8 team in the old WSU and had the power to remove heat, super-cooling areas. Almost like ice powers, but not quite. This new version of Leon seems to be another military tactician type like the new Hector is, but Leon on specializes in predicting how an enemy will be attacking. Honestly, he’s the one we get very little hints about. Other than the look and powers, this new Leon could very well be like the old Leon for all we know, that is to say, pretty loyal and level-headed who garners the respect of his co-workers easily.

Victoria / Flint
Victoria_MCFlint_WSUVictoria was better known as Flint in the old WSU and was a member of StormWatch and StormWatch : Team Achilles. Her power was that she was strong and could not be hurt. The only thing that harmed her was acidy spit from a Xenomorph, and that only even left a scar. This new version seems to be a good shot a bit more sarcastic and is bold enough to follow Cray.

New and What We Don’t Know

Dr. Shahi
DrShiha_MCWho is she? Should we know her? I’m not placing her at all. She’s totally a character to keep an eye on. Hell, Christine even tells Cray the same thing! Coincidently enough, Dr. Shahi features a prominant scar on her cheek, much like the old WSU version of Flint did.

Answers

Sister
SisterWe meet a young woman who introduces herself as Queen’s sister, and then admits that they are not actually biologically related. I’m not sure if this is supposed to be Thea or not. Based on the last issue I’d thought Thea was a maid type, if this is Thea, then she is someone who is like a sister to Oliver that he can trust to do his dirty work. Meaning this version of Thea is possibly more of a cross between Thea Queen from “Arrow” and Mia Deardon from the DCU than simply just a version of one of them.

Michael’s Team
Looks like we’re getting Michael’s team together! No sexy ninjas though. I wasn’t sure if they’d all be new twists on old WSU characters but was pleasantly surprised that they all were.

Michael’s Powers
CraysPowersThis is more of a half-answer at best. We’ve seen Michael’s powers go off a few times. In both of the instances that involved a living being (Jacob and that poor mouse), it seemed both surprising to him and caused an explosion. When he uses it on Oliver it doesn’t seem as surprising to him and Oliver’s arm doesn’t explode, it just catches on fire and disappears, much like that cup did back in “the Wild Storm.” Is Michael gaining some kind of mastery over his powers? Is he coming to expect what sets them off? Can he control if it is a big explosion or just a tiny disintegration? So yeah, a bit of an answer, but a lot more questions!

DCU Connections

Barry Allen / the Flash
Barry_MCHe’s a bad cop. I’m sure we’ll be finding out more about him in the next issue. Barry Allen is the Flash in the DCU, a speedster, who, yes, works for the police department. I may be wrong but he seems like a regular cop type here and not a forensic investigator.

One Last Thing

Christine and Seeds
ChristineSeedsWhen Christine is talking to Oliver’s sister at the end of the issue Christine compares the girl to a seed. Christine states that she’s planting the girl to see what grows. More than just a pretty metaphor, it is a reference to the old WSU version of Christine, where her power was activating superpowers in beings known as “seedlings.” Christine and seeds, no matter the universe those two things go hand in hand.

Other comparisons of the old WildStorm Universe to the new one found in “The Wild Storm” & “Michael Cray.”