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“WildC.A.T.s” vol. 1 issues 21 & 22

This entry covers “WildC.A.T.s” volume one issues 21 & 22 by Alan Moore, Travis Charest and Kevin Maguire.

Wildcats_vol_1_21First, I want to point this out, there’ve been a lot of story arcs in the WildStorm Universe up to now that have been pretty damn good. And when they’re not good, they’re fun. And when they’re not fun, they’re interesting. And if they’re not any of those, at least they add to the tapestry that is the WSU. What we have here, with Alan Moore taking on the writing duties of “WildC.A.T.s” is what I see as the first truly GREAT story arc in WildStorm history! I, personally, am very hot and cold on the work of Mr. Moore, but these comics knock it out of the park for me, so let’s get started.

Savant and Mr. Majestic set out to pick up where the original WildC.A.T.s left off, because there’s Daemonites still about, and someone has to stop them, right? Savant manages to get Max Cash to defect from I/O and the mob that he’s working undercover in. If you can’t get Grifter, get Grifter Jr. I guess. Savant also has the smart idea to get a super-powered being from the Optigen lab. Optigen has several options, but only one is catching Savant’s attention, and that is TAO, the tactically augmented organism. Optigen refuses to let him go, but TAO himself uses some trickery to get himself released in order to join the new team. TAO is a sneaky one for sure!

Speaking of TAO being sneaky, he tricks Majestic into helping get a known mass murder onto the team. We’re talking about Maxine Manchester, the one, and only Ladytron. Majestic was aware of the pattern she’s been taking since breaking out of prison, and it is leading to Chicago. He also knows of a major drug deal going down at an American presidential theme restaurant there too. Diamonds to donuts, Maxine will be there for the new WildC.A.T.s to nab. And nab her they do, with the help of several pounds of cocaine, enough to incapacitate a three-ton cyborg.

OMG, final page reveal of issue 21 is that the OG WildC.A.T.s are still alive! Their spaceship didn’t blow up after all! It just made the jump to hyperspace and left what seemed like an explosion in its wake. It’s quickly on its way back home, Khera, A.K.A. Lord Emp and Lady Zannah’s home as well. Neat! After spending time with all these alien’s it is going to be fun seeing their home planet… right?

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Hurrah they live! And they have snazzy jumpsuits for this panel… and ONLY this panel.

Wildcats_vol_1_22When the team lands on Khera, things do seem kinda of awesome. I mean Marlowe and Zannah get separated from the rest by their old homies, so that kind of sucks. Jeremy finds out that there are other big purple folks like him, and Pris also gets separated due to being part Daemonite. The worst part is, nobody notices that Pris is gone! No, wait, the real worst part is, she’s stuck in an area that is crawling with Daemonites? This can’t be a good start to their space vacation.

Back on Earth, we find the new WildC.A.T.s team trying to pacify Maxine into being a working member of the team. It doesn’t go well. She electrifies Majestic, shoots up Max and cracks Savant so hard on the head that it possibly kills her. Maxine eventually walks in on TAO watching cartoons and shoots him up as well. TAO, unphased by his body full of bullets, tells her she’ll have to start again. Maxine is confused for a second before getting a hint of deja vu. That’s right, TAO has her in a virtual reality stasis rig, trying to pacify her enough to work with the team. If you can’t beat ’em, get mentally beat into submission to join ’em.

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Maxine is just starting to get it…

Continuity Corner:

  • Return of the Max! That’s right, Max Proffit AKA Max Cash, Cole’s little brother is back for the first time since his introduction in “Savage Dragon” volume two issue 13.
  • mytwodadsLater in the pages of “Sleeper: Season Two” issue 5 we find out that Optigen was partially funded by I/O. TAO considers John Lynch his father of sorts because he signed the authorization papers for his creation. But because Halo is a major investor in Optigen, doesn’t this also make Jacob Marlowe his other father? Can someone commission a piece of TAO, Lynch, and Marlowe posing like the first season DVD cover of “My Two Dads?” I see Lynch as the B.J. McKay dad and Marlowe as the Paul Buchman dad. This is either the best or worst idea I’ve ever had.
  • Majestic mentions that he’s followed Maxine’s trek across the country since she’s broken out of prison. While we never see the jail break, I guess what we’re seeing in “Wildcats : Ladytron” is just after her latest prison escape. It must be her recent crime wave with Stanley that made Majestic aware of her.
  • We see Marlowe relive the events, from his perspective, of “WildStorm Rising” issue 2, only in nightmare form! Harsh!
  • wildcats_hardrian_whaMarlowe has a back-up of Spartan on his person. Fair enough, seems like the kind of forward planning Marlowe would be up to. They get to Khera… and there are Hadrian bodies? And they spoke of them as the upgraded model? Huh? I thought the Hadrian 7 body was bought from Gammora and had the memories of Yohn Kohl uploaded to it and had its body design reminiscent of Kohl. I’m trying to straighten this out in my head, sure Khera had robots, did they always kind of dress like Yohn Kohl? They may have. That could’ve been some kind of standard Kheran uniform. But if Marlowe got the Hadrian 7 body on Earth in the ’90s, why does Kheran have a similar technology? Is it something they always had on Khera and Marlowe had the techies in Gamorra build something similar to what he remembered from when he was there? I dunno, it doesn’t take anything away from the books, but it’s always kind of bugged me.
  • For all intents and purposes, the events on Khera take place over a much shorter time that what is happening on Earth. When you account for all the unseen space travel time it probably works out to about the same, and it would be pretty pedantic of me to chop all the Moore “WildC.A.T.s” books in half for timeline reasons when, in the end, it doesn’t matter, and to tell the truth, narrative cohesion actually does matter to me a bit more than strict adherence to the timeline.
  • Honestly, I don’t like having the final page reveal for issue 21 before issue 23 of “StormWatch” volume one. I like the readers to be along for the ride with Spartan not knowing that his former teammates are still alive. But “StormWatch” volume one issues 23 – 27 starts during the evening of one day and ending during the morning of the next. When Spartan, Despot, and Jackson are battling it out around the UN building in New York in issue 27 of “StormWatch” we see a panel of the New WildC.A.T.s watching the action. In this panel we see Maxine just chilling with the rest, meaning that her VR experience is over, and she’s fully part of the team, meaning it has to happen after “WildC.A.T.s” volume one issue 22.
  • At one point I was all “Hey, could these issues slot in between issues 24 and 26 of “StormWatch?”” and no, no they can’t. Mainly because “WildC.A.T.s” volume one issue 21 takes place over the course of several days in September, so that really breaks the narrative in ways that are more confusing than anything.

NEXT: “StormWatch” Vol. 1 issues 23, 23.5, 24 and the short “Despot and Strafe : Homecoming” by Ron Marz, H.K. Proger, Renato Arlem, Darryl Banks, Robert Jones, John Lowe, Art Thibert and Dan Panosian

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“WildC.A.T.s” Vol. 1 issue 19

this entry covers “WildC.A.T.s : Covert Action Teams” volume 1 issue 19 and the backup story “Savant: Wings and a Prayer”

wildcats_v2_19To tell the truth, I thought there would be a lot more going on in this issue. I realize that I always get parts of issue 19 and issue 20 merged together in my mind. So, when I open the book, ready to be reminded of everything that’s going on in it to relay it to you, the fine reader of this blog and comic, I come up with… not much. That my friends makes me sad.

So, alright, we pick up from where Grifter mistakenly thinks that Hightower is the guy behind everything. Why? Bad intel from stupid informants. Or maybe, because Hightower is such a small fry all the remnants of the Cabal are willing to sell Hightower out to the WildC.A.T.s and keep their affiliations with Defile secret. Why not sell out S’yrn? Well, he might end up being Hellspont’s successor in the Cabal, so best not piss him off either. No, send the Kheribum do-gooders after that jackass Hightower. A jackass so jackass-like in his jackassery that even Defile is all “I need a shape-shifting Daemonite to do my bidding, and I’ll find and even resurrect that milquetoast hipster, Mr. White than even try to work with that jackass Hightower. What a jackass he is!”

Where is Hightower? Well, he seems to be the only Daemonite that remembers that keys to the Daemonite ship are also badges of rank, and he means to take part of one that’s recently been found and will be on display at a nearby museum. To do this he figures he should have some protection, so he goes to the best mercenaries in the WildStrom Universe, the Coda. Lucky for him, the Coda run a restaurant in Washington D.C., right where his key/badge bit is! He thinks he needs protection from Defile or other Daemonites, but he’d be wrong.

As Hightower is trying to convince the Coda to work for him, the WildC.A.T.s bust in and start wrecking the place. There goes the Zagats rating. Because the Coda are so bug-fuck crazy, they decide the best course of action is just to blow the whole building to hell. I mean, our heroes have already gotten all the actual patrons out of the place via Void, so there’s nothing to lose. Void has a crazy vision of the upcoming crossover and the bistro goes boom, with only the WildC.A.T.s left to survive. As the team is emerging from the rubble they are confronted with a StormWatch team, ready to kick them while they’re down.

In the backup story, we catch back up with Savant and her friend Mabel, while a gremlin sits on the wing of their plane. This gremlin means to tear up the wing and ruin Savant’s day. It’s just what gremlins do! After the ladies manage to shake the little bugger they land at, I’m figuring near where at least Mabel lives, and they pick up their piling mail. Savant has a letter from her dear friend Charles Russell and his new exhibit. It just so happens that it features the Daemonite key/badge and Savant knows she needs to get back to D.C. as soon as she possibly can!

Continuity Corner :

  • It’s nice to get reintroduced to Hightower as a player in the “WildC.A.T.s” books. We haven’t really seen him since “WildC.A.T.s Trilogy” but I had my suspicions he was behind the opening fight of “Spartan : Warrior Spirit” for what it’s worth.
  • Having both the Savant backups read after their issues proper may not be the more narrative and linear way to go about things. They may be better served to both be read right after “WildC.A.T.s” Vol. 1 issue 18. Either way works though, so I’m going to leave it as is.
  • Last we saw Mr. Russell he was hitting on Savant back in “WildC.A.T.s” Vol. 1 issue11. She should’ve taken him up on that offer, then she’d be too busy with her new man than to start getting cozy with TAO.

NEXT : “WildStorm Rising” Chapters 1 through 4 (Which consists of “WildStorm Rising” issue 1, “WildC.A.T.s” volume 1 issue 20, “Union” volume 2 issue 4 and “Gen13” volume 2 issue 2) by James Robinson, Brandon Choi, Barry Windsor-Smith, Travis Charest, Ryan Benjamin, J. Scott Campbell, Alex Bialy, John Floyd, Troy Hubbs, Chuck Gibson, Tom McWeeney and Alex Garner.

“WildC.A.T.s” Vol. 1 issue 14

this entry covers “WildC.A.T.s” Vol. 1 issue 14, which was part of “Image X-Month” 

wildcatsvo1_14So here we are, the other side of the “Image X-Month” coin w/ Erik Larsen drawing “WildC.A.T.s” and I have to say, it’s a pretty fun book. I don’t know what I was expecting, though. I can imagine some people a bit upset with the book, as it was a total departure from the tone and art the book normally has, but a few years on, it’s a fun little treat.

The book opens with the WildC.A.T.s taking on an enemy named Stronghold who was the leader of a Daemonite splinter group known as the Warbreed. After that big battle, Pris demands a vacation away from all the action. Jacob likes the idea, offers up some time on his private island, but as the team is packing up, there’s a news report on the television about a building that got destroyed in Chicago. Turns out, the one victim of the demolition was a former flame of Jeremy’s. Jeremy “Mauls-up” gets on some crazy kick ass flying contraption and heads out to find what happened to his old pal, Margo.

The building collapse was all a fight gone wrong when Mighty Man was fighting Overpower and didn’t get to Margo in time. Mighty Man is taking this hard, hanging out bedside next to Margo while she lays there, in a coma. Turns out this isn’t the best place for Mighty Man, because as soon as Jeremy seems him there, the fight is on! As the fight is getting out of hand Mighty Man’s friends in Freak Force join him to take down Jeremy. Suddenly the WildC.A.T.s teleport in via Void and the fight continues. Is there a rumble going on in Chicago? How long before “you-know-who” shows up? That’s right, a few pages later and Savage Dragon is here, he catches Cole and is “WTF mate?” and Cole calls off his pals.

Crisis averted, right? Well, kinda, the main brawl is over, but Jeremy still wants to pound on Mighty Man. And when finally cornered, Mighty Man reverts to their alter ego, nurse Ann Stevens. This confuses the brain deficient behemoth and he shrinks down to think better as well as calm down.

As the two teams are getting to know each other, Jeremy goes in to see Margo who’s coming out of her coma. Turns out, back in the day, when she and Jeremy were dating, something happened and because of his superpowers she was hurt. He put some distance between them for her protection, so when she was hurt by a super powered being, he went a little nutso. Margo lets him know that it wasn’t his fault, or Mighty Man’s fault, sometimes horrible things just happen.

To wrap up, both teams (plus the Dragon) head to Marlowe’s private island. They’re all hanging out at the beach, some are enjoying the sun, other trading quips and of course, Zealot is taking the time to train. Jeremy and Ann share a small moment, and she asks him out. He turns her down for a variety of reasons, none being that he currently has a girlfriend. Jeremy Stone, you heel.

Odd as it may seem, I really like Larsen’s take on many of the characters. His version of powered down Jeremy is one of my favorites. I also like his version of Pris, even though she looks about a decade older than she is. To be fair, no one really draws her like she’s only 18 anyway, so I guess that’s fine. All in all, fun book.

Continuity Corner:

  • How many vacations does Pris need? She was trying to take one in “WildC.A.T.s” Vol. 1 issue 8, as well as in “Voodoo / Zealot : Skin Trade.” Ok, maybe she means one that doesn’t end in some kind of typical comic book adventure.
  • Marlowe’s Caribbean island might be the most lasting creation from this issue, as it is the setting for the “Zealot” miniseries. Everything else created by Larsen for this issue is never really touched on again.
  • It’s a shame, too. The Warbreed and Stronghold could’ve been something pretty cool and given the early WildC.A.T.s team a few more enemies to their rogues gallery.

NEXT: “Zealot” issues 1 through 3 by Ron Marz, Terry Shoemaker and Jon Holdredge with Ryan Odagawa.

Maul : Thinking Big

this entry covers the short story “Maul : Thinking Big” from “WildStorm Rarities”

wildstormraritiesThis is the only original story that was in “WildStorm Rarities.” It’s like when a band puts a new single on a greatest hits album. Fine, the completest in me will buy it… but I’m not happy about it! Actually, that’s not entirely true, until “WildStorm Rarities” came out I had never seen the prolog to “the Kindred.” Other than that though, I had all the other shorts tracked down, but I can see how difficult that could be and why others wouldn’t.

Anyway, we see Jeremy, about ready to go on vacation with his ladyfriend Brooke. They’re at an airport, which I can only assume is in New York, and it is snowing quite heavily.  While Brooke is grilling Jeremy on what exactly his job is at Halo, we see a plane start to get out of control on the runway. It’s headed for the tower.

Jeremy manages to shake Brooke, go all Maul and try to save the plane. To save the lives of the passengers Maul is going to need to be both smart and strong, two things he can’t do at the same time. So he keeps switching from too big to think but and then shrinking down to see his mistakes and growing again to fix them, but once again find that he was too big/dumb to consider how things could get botched. After a few tries, he gets it right, but the plane is a loss, even if the passengers are fine. Also, he assumes, his relationship to Brooke is a total loss.

Lucky for Dr. Stone, Brooke saw the whole thing and it doesn’t make a bit of difference to her that he’s some kind of super-hero. She seriously says that she’s dated weirder. Their flight gets canceled due to weather, and to giant green and purple guys on the tarmac, so they decide to spend Jeremy’s weekend off doing… other things…

Point of Clarity :

  • I once thought this issue came shortly after issue 8 or 9 of “WildC.A.T.s” Vol. 1. I was wrong. In the spirit of honesty, I’ve left several of my previous notes unedited but struck through and corrected where wrong.

Continuity Corner: 

  • The last first time we saw Brooke was in “WildC.A.T.s” Vol. 1 issue 8 when Reno and Jeremy ran into her and her friend Ashley at an art show. I’m sure it’s just an artist reference mistake, but Brooke is drawn like Ashley. That or Brooke went full on “Single White Female” and assumed Ashley’s look.
  • The last time we actually saw Brooke (with her original look from “WildC.A.T.s” Vol. issue 8) is in “WildC.A.T.s” Vol. 1 issue 37 where Jeremy was drug away from a fancy dinner date with her by the Puritans.
  • In reality, this short story could also go after this next lot of “WildC.A.T.s” issues, but having it here it shows what Jeremy was up to before being summoned by Void in “WildC.A.T.s” Vol. 1 issue 10. Well, I was wrong, the only really place for it is near the end of the run. In issue 37 Jeremy is taken by the Puritans and doesn’t make it back to New York City or is off duty until after issue 49. Ultimately the story reads anywhere after issue 50, and before “Wildcats” Vol. 2 issue 1. It can slot in between Vol. 1 issue and “WildC.A.T.s Annual” or between that and “WildC.A.T.s / Aliens” or after that as long as it is before the first issue of Vol. 2.
  • Another good reason to have it before issue 10 and not after issue 13 is seeing how hung up Jeremy gets about seeing his ex Margo in issue 14. I know, it’s possible to be in a new relationship and still care about an ex, but also the way he also turns down Ann is that he includes every excuse except for “and I already have a girlfriend” so I assume they’d broken up by then. Jeremy’s a good guy and cares for former loves, I shouldn’t be such a jerk.
  • Another blogger brought this up, and it’s something I’ve been thinking over for a bit myself, but does anyone else think H. K. Proger a pseudonym? Little is known about them and they are usually credited as writer for short stories, usually containing a lot of continuity connective tissue, until a short run on StormWatch. In this story, H. K. has a credit of “dialogue” which is a hell of an odd credit for a story like this. The mystery of H. K. Proger will always haunt me…

NEXT: “DV8” Preview and issues 14 through 18 by Mike Heisler, Tom Raney, Jason Johnson and Randy Elliot