By Philip Schweier
Apr 24, 2019 - 8:12
BUT… if lettering is my biggest problem with Wild Storm, that’s considerable progress. Because I’ve been beating on this series since I first started reviewing it. A confusing cast with vague motivations who didn’t seem to do much other than move about like chess pieces for 20 issues. It took a LOOOOOOONG time to get where we are now. Now it’s finally coming together; sides are chosen and we know who to root for in the ambitious action sequences.
Much of this chapter is a major battle in rural Utah between the good guys and the forces of IO – or it could be Skywatch. I’ve had a hard time keeping the two organizations straight, but I’m not sure it matters. Good guys vs bad guys is enough to suit me.
To be sure, it challenges the skills of artist: Jon Davis-Hunt and colorist Steve Buccellato. Together they depict an epic battle between super-powered beings and advanced aircraft. They also present a rather gruesome demise in the early pages of the issue; one filled with a tremendous amount of gory detail, but not so much to make it disgusting. What is conveyed is how thorough the person’s death is. Not just merely dead – really most sincerely dead.
I hope this
issue is the first of many faster-paced chapters in the overall story.