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WSU vs. The Wild Storm 4

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 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 earlier this week.

New vs. Old

Lauren Pennington
Here we see Lauren as the Mr. Smithers to Henry Bendix’s Mr. Burns. Lauren still seems rather sassy here, too, much like when Ellis wrote for her in the old WSU. As of right now Lauren just seems to be a high ranking member of SkyWatch without any of the flame powers she had as Fahrenheit in the old WSU. Other than her red hair, her look seems mostly new. She either had extremely straight long hair in a ponytail or a short tight curly cut, or even the length that we see here, but a bit frizzy.

SkyWatch Satellite 
So we finally get a good look at the SkyWatch’s home. It’s a lot less sci-fi cool than the old WSU version. Hell, this thing actually looks kind of plausible for a modern place to live in space. And I’ll admit, it harkens a bit more to the old WSU design than I anticipated.

New & What We Don’t Know

Cassady
She might just be a one-off character for Ivana to yell at, or she might be someone, but it’s not ringing any bells. Or it might just say Cassady on her jumpsuit as a wink towards Ellis’s “Planetary” partner, John Cassady. EDIT: Carl K. Li suggests it might be a reference to Cassandra AKA Providence. Also, I just read an issue of DV8 which featured an I/O clone who went by the name Cassady,  But I bet that’s just a coincidence.

Ben Santini
Craven makes a reference to needing the Razor 1 team, and then name checks Ben Santini. I guess that Ben is head of the Razor’s here, much like he was head of the Black Razor’s in the old WSU.

the Summit in Zagreb
There was some kind of meeting in Zagreb, Croatia (or about Zagreb, somewhere else) that Craven attended with his husband and Henry Bendix was also in attendance at. Much was made about how Bendix was acting and even more so how he left, but the reader has not been made privy to that information yet. Judging by the next page, it might have been a reference to him “beaming” out.

Transport Technology
In the old WSU StormWatch had transport/beaming technology. It was basically Star Trek with a few platforms on SkyWatch that did the trick. This transport tech seems a bit different that what we’ve previously seen though. Like everything else w/ SkyWatch in “the Wild Storm” it looks a bit more low tech than the WSU, but a bit more “real” if that makes any sense at all to you.

Cray’s Powers
The old Michael Cray in the WSU’s only power was to not die. He just couldn’t die. Ok, he could die for a bit, but he’d never really stay dead for too long. This Michael Cray also seems to have some kind of power that can cause an explosion between him and Marlow’s spur, and melt part of (what seems to be) a metal cup.

Where’s Angie Headed?
Looks like she’s in Massachusetts on her way West towards Rhode Island (I, uh… looked at a bunch of maps…) Not sure exactly where she’s going, but she looks slightly determined to get there.

One Last Thing

That’s pretty much it. I didn’t see any real answers to any of our lingering questions, nor were there any DCU connections that I noticed. After the last issue, we sure were on an overload in that department! In the end, what I loved from this issue was the relationship between Bendix and Lauren. He’s a bigger bastard than he’s ever been, but with Lauren, he actually relaxes and can make jokes. The rest of the time he’s all fury, with her, behind closed doors, he’s just a hilarious cranky old uncle.

WSU vs. the Wild Storm 2

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 actually had a request to keep up this feature last week! 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 last week.

New vs. Old

Ivana
In the old WSU Ivana was the stone cold bitch that worked for I/O, slept her way to the top, restarted Project: Genesis and kidnapped a whole lot of gen-active kids. She was the anti-John Lynch and had her own group of hellraisers known as DV8 at her beck and call up until she took over I/O following Craven’s death. This new version seems much more adept at her job at I/O without having to trick or mess with anyone. She’s a little condescending, but it doesn’t seem to come from an over-inflated sense of ego, she’s just good at her job and she knows it. Also, as far as well know, this version of Ivana is all human and isn’t mostly computery parts like the last one.

Cole Cash
There’s so much to say about the new version of Cole. But I’m grasping for words. It’s pretty much the same guy. Still a smart ass, still has a kind of antagonistic relationship with Marlowe, but not as goofy, I don’t see this Cole calling Marlowe “little buddy” anytime soon. Seems to be a lot more understood respect between the two here. Also, this version of Cole has reddish auburn hair, as opposed to the blond and dirty blond/brown hair that he’d sport, depending on the artist, in the old WSU

Kanesha
In the WSU Kanesha was better known as Savant. Savant was an alien like half of the WilC.A.T.s cast. The old Kanesha had a very different look than the new one, but the spunky attitude and the goggles are still there. Also, saying that she can redraw plans she saw 18yrs ago seems to be giving her some savant-like qualities… oh, I see what you did there Mr. Ellis.

Henry Bendix
Still bald and still in charge of SkyWatch/Skywatch, looks like not much has changed. A reference is made that he’s more machine than man at this point, and while that may be true, he doesn’t show the outward signs of cyborgification like he did in the old continuity.

Christine Trelane
Christine Trelane is a character that changed her look drastically over time in the original WSU. She was depicted as a typical ’90s comic book girl, it wasn’t until later, under Ellis’s writing, did she really become a much more normal woman, in look, and in character. Normal being a relative word for comics of course. “The Wild Storm” version of her looks a lot more like her later incarnation, despite not having her trademark glasses and vest. Here’s she’s still second in command under Henry Bendix as she was in the WSU. She’s not going by Synergy this time and shows no kind of powers, but she does run the investigative division of the ground crew of Skywatch.

Mary Cross
I’m not really sure if I (and other WildStorm fans) are drawing a true connection here or not. We’re presented with Dr. Mary Cross, a therapist that Cray often goes to. Her name, as well as being involved with Cray, leads many to think she is the new version of Sister Mary who worked for the Order of the Cross. It’s possible that this is all a big coinkidink. But I say no-inkidink! I think it’s just a sly reference for all of us fanboys/girls out there, but no real resemblance in actions, appearance or place in Cray’s life to Sister Mary.

Skywatch
SkyWatch was the satellite station, high above the Earth, that StormWatch operated out of in the WSU. It was mostly a base for the personal of StormWatch, active superhero types or not. Now it seems as if Skywatch is the name of the agency that polices, or is at least in charge of outer space/the area of space around Earth. So instead of “SkyWatch, the home of StormWatch” it’s more like a “Skywatch, the home of Skywatch” kind of thing. Also, we have no idea what it looks like yet in “the Wild Storm.”

New & What We Don’t Know

Majestic Level Event
We have mention of a Majestic Level Event, but nothing more on what that might mean. As WildStorm fans, we’re all expecting it to be a reference to Lord Majestros AKA Mr. Majestic. It probably is, but we have no idea what the event was, or why it is important.

John
Marlowe makes a reference to a John for Cole to take to capture/rescue Angela. Could it be John Colt, the inspiration for Spartan in the old continuity? John Lynch, of Team 7 and Gen13 fame? That could work, as he and Cole knew each other quite well in the old WSU. John Stone? Eh, probably not. Besides just the core group, I doubt we’re going to see any “Planetary” characters at all in “the Wild Storm.” My money is on John Colt.

Miles Craven’s Assistant
How is it that we still don’t know this woman’s name? Is it going to be some big twist on an old character? Is she going to end up being Joan Lynch, Francine Colby or Bebe Santini? I kinda hope so. Odds are, that it’s probably just the new version of Alicia Turner.

Lady Backlash Records
Ah ha ha ha. Ok, so this the record label Voodoo is on. I think it might be as close to any reference to Backlash as we’re going to get. You might be saying “Hey, wasn’t Backlash a dude?” well, yeah, he was, but then his daughter took over the name (after going by both Crimson and Jet) for a short time. Though, she was simply just Backlash, not Lady Backlash. Such a small throw away line leads me to think that this is it for any kind of Backlash revival, but if Jody Slayton is running the record label, that could be pretty neat.

Answers

Cray’s Cancer
As predicted, this version of Cray also has cancer. The previous Cray had cancer of the god-damn-everything, this one just has brain cancer.

Voodoo’s Job
It’s pretty clear that Pris is some kind of musical artist, considering she’s on a record label. She seems somewhere between Lady Gaga big spectacle oddness, and Beyonce cool. Her album is called “Blue Book” which is a direct reference to the alien theme for her project that she spoke of in issue 1.

the Division
Turns out that the Division is the ground forces for Skywatch. Glad that’s cleared up. In the old WSU there was an aquatic based version of StormWatch called SeaWatch, but that was more of a scientific exploration kind of thing by the U.N. than a super-hero kind of thing.

One Last Thing

Angela’s Armor
I thought of this earlier this week before issue 2 of “the Wild Storm” came out, and that’s that Angela’s armor isn’t as sleek as what she had in the former WSU. Also, that it now hurts her to change into that form. Suddenly, I remembered that there was an old WSU character very similar to this, and that was Brass.
His robo-form was a lot bigger and mech-like, but it was also bulky and it hurt him to change as well. I don’t think that this is an intentional reference, to be honest, and there’s nothing to show that Brass was ever even thought of when creating the new version of the Engineer. I just thought it was a cool connection to mention.

WSU vs. the Wild Storm

the-wild-storm-2017-001-000I know, the main point of this blog is to talk about the continuity of WildStorm Universe as it was from ’92 – ’11… but come on, you didn’t think I was going to touch this? At least in some way? 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 last week.

New vs. Old

Lucy Blaze/Zealot

zealot-blood_editedzealot_paintThe first we see of Lucy Blaze, code name: Zealot, is with blood on her face. The pattern of the smeared blood is reminiscent of the Coda Warrior face paint Zealot constantly wore in the old WSU.

She’s also going by the name Lucy Blaze, which was her code name in Team One.

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Her real name was Zannah, but I don’t know if that will be a plot point at all in this book, or if it even part of this new universe. In the old WSU she was an alien with a very long life span, once again, not sure if this is going to come up at all in “the Wild Storm” but there’s a slight joke in that direction in the first issue.

zealot-old

Priscilla Kitaen/Voodoo

pris_twspris_wsuWhen we meet Pris in this book she comes off as some kind of performance artist on her day off, talking to her employees about where she wants to set up her next show. In the old continuity, she was a stripper. Making her a singer/dancer/artist, with the stage name Voodoo, this time around just, well, feels more likely for her personality. Also, she’s coming across as older, she was only supposed to be 18 in the original series, she’s at least seeming early to mid-20s here.

Not totally sure what her full story is in “the Wild Storm” but I can’t wait to find out more. She seems pretty knowledgeable about aliens being in New York City, as well as other oddities in the city.

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Miles Craven

craven_twscraven_wsuMiles is still the head of International Operations. While on the surface he looks quite a bit younger than the man we knew in the old chronology, this new young Craven looks a heck of a lot better than the former version of young Craven from the ’60s.

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The only other big change, other than he’s young and alive, is that he’s gay. The other Craven was straight, (or at least bi) because he seemingly enjoying getting it on with Ivana Baiul, but this change isn’t that big of a deal at all. He’s coming across as a much nicer guy than the absolute bastard we used to know from the WSU. A likable Craven could be a whole mess of fun!

Angela Spica

angie_twsIn both cases, Angela infused herself with the tech that gave her her powers. In “the Wold Storm” she did this as an employee of I/O, doing research on herself for one of their projects. In the old WSU she got the specs for the nanobots she replaced her blood with off the internet from the original Engineer.

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Jacob Marlowe

jacob_twsjaco_wsuStill a tech billionaire. Still an alien. Still a little person. Still likes to drink. The biggest change is his beard. I don’t mind the beard, I think it works for him, much better than what he was looking like before he passed away in the WSU.

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Also, he now has, what he calls, a spur that fires energy blasts, unlike previously just shooting energy blasts from his hands or forhead.

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Also, it seems as if Cole still works for him, we’ll see if he calls him “little buddy” because, as of yet, no one is calling him Emp, and they just may never.

Michael Cray

cray_twscray_wsuWell, he still works for I/O and Craven, but nobody’s calling him Deathblow yet. He’s also got hair and is African-American now.

cray_tattooI like that the new Cray has arm tattoos that are reminiscent of the original’s face paint look.

cray_passoutAnother difference is that his powers are different. Seems like he has some kind of active or reactive power where as the WSU Deathblow was just, well, hard as hell to kill.

We also see Cray get a nose bleed and pass out. The old school version of Cray was famous for having cancer, could this version have it too? Is this pass out and bloody nose a symptom of that?

Adrianna

void_twsvoid_wsuShe’s still a former cosmonaut, though she’s still wearing her old cosmonaut gear, as opposed to a silver onesie. But she does have the same blank white eyes are the former version did.

She hasn’t been called out as Void yet, and we also don’t know her what her powers are either. While not often brought up, Adrianna is the first of two characters named Void. After the original died she gifted her ability and her silver to Spartan as he became Jack Marlowe. Eventually, after his death, the warping ability and silver skin got mixed up with Nikola Hanssen in “Caption Atom : Armageddon.”

HALO

The HALO company still seems to be making batteries and other electronic devices, much the same way they were in “Wildcats 3.0” in the old WSU.

International Operations

Still working for the government. Still a shadow organization. Still called I/O. Still being run by Miles Craven. Not much has really changed. Especially if you don’t remember that after Ivana Baiul took over and ran International Operations into the ground they switched their name to Internal Operations and were ran by Marc Slayton AKA Backlash.

New & What We Don’t Know

The Division

Zealot calls in the Division to clean up after the gene experimenter that she eliminated. Who does the Division work for? HALO? I/O? Are they even really called the Division? Am I making too much of this?

Pris’s Assistants

Are any of these assistants around Pris anyone we know? New characters? Is that red-head Caitlyn Fairchild? Nah, probably not.

Phil

Phil the coffee guy is great. I want more Phil. Make him the Kev of this new universe.

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Julian

Julian is new, just because Craven didn’t have a husband or wife that we knew of in the old WSU. Sure, he was hooking up with Ivana and had a daughter, but we don’t know if he was ever married before. Craven’s Husband is a nice addition to the book. Like I said earlier, a likable Craven is a fun idea. An even more interesting idea is if we see Craven as an absolute jackass at the office and a total sweetheart to his man at home.

DCU Connections

Pris mentions that an alleyway where a man became a bat back in 1939, a direct reference to Batman who first appeared in 1939.

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All the media outlets, the Daily Planet, GBS all exist in the DCU. Ellis has said that this is an alternate universe in the DC Multiverse, so things like this should be expected, rather than using OG WildStorm media outlets like the National Eye and or something… I should do more research on the media outlets of the WSU.

One Last Thing

Warren Ellis has said that he won’t be bringing his characters from “Planetary” into these books. As much as I love that book, and would like to see Elisha, Jakita and the Drummer again, we don’t need them. This new version of the WildStorm Universe is “Planetary” writ large! Secret underground teams. Researchers of the odd. Crazy technicians bringing superpowers to the people. This is all what “Planetary” was about, now it’s what this entire comic world is about. As much as I’d love to see those 3 tearing it up again, along with Ambrose, I think we’re getting a similar kind of excellent story, with the same feel, but with a late 2010 take. More paranoid, bigger stakes, and a lot more books.

I also try not to read solicitations anymore than I have to. Preview pages and spoilers don’t do too much for me, and in fact, detract from my enjoyment, of, pretty much everything. I don’t even like movie trailers all that much. All I know right now is a few things to look forward to from “the WildStorm” and that’s meeting Cole, the Grifter, next month. Meeting someone, whom I assume to be Jenny Quantum, in two months. And seeing what is in store for us readers when the other 3 Wild Storm imprint books start coming out.

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That’s about it. I loved this comic. I love the return to an all new take and a mostly different (don’t assume you know anything) version of the WSU! If this comic was junk, I’d call it out for the junk it is. But it’s not. It’s a place to start. It’s a place to grow from. It may not look like a lot is happening now, but by issue 4 of “the Wild Storm” I’m sure we’ll see how crazy issue 1 actually is. It’s a great set up and I can’t wait to see what the creative team has in store for us. Did I say I loved this comic?