The Creators – Warren Ellis – Writer, Jon Davis Hunt – Pencils, Ivan Plasencia – Colours, Simon Bowland – Letters
The Players – Angela Spica (The Engineer), Zealot, Voodoo (Priscilla Kitaen), Miles Craven, Jacob Marlowe (Emp), Michael Cray (Deathblow), Void (Adrianna Tereshkova)
The Story – Angela has some big ideas, but to make them a reality she needs funding, at least so she tells her boss, Miles Craven. She wants to make the world a better place, but at the moment, she kind of sounds like a crazy person and strangely seems to be bleeding from her stomach. The conversation is cut short when she sees an explosion in the Halo building to which she transforms into an armoured being and saves Jacob Marlowe from falling to his death. From that point on, mystery abounds in many different ways.
The Take – The Wild Storm is not yours or your father’s Wildstorm. This is something completely different from the mind of Warren Ellis, though it has shades of the familiar all about it. Some of the characters from years past are back, though they are different to what has been seen before. Jacob Marlowe is no longer vertically challenged, Adrianna no longer seems possessed of a mystical orb, and Angela is not yet the Engineer nor is Michael Cray known as Deathblow. The Halo Corporation has made the cut, as has International Operations and Skywatch which Ellis uses to good effect, painting them as shadowy organizations, upping the mystery and the paranoia – something he excels at very well. What is very apparent is that this is not the same world that Jim Lee first introduced over twenty years ago, so one has to wonder just what Earth in the DC Multiverse that this takes place upon. Jon Davis Hunt, with a little assist in the colour department from Ivan Plasencia, draws it all quite magnificently and gives the book a bit of an indie feel. All together, the creators of this story set it apart from what the bulk of the DC Universe happens to be doing at the moment and that is a very welcome thing. It is different enough which might lead to complaints from the hardcore fans, but it still retains some of that which people know and love and thus makes this intriguing enough to continue following.
Worth It? – Yes