Art by: Jon Davis-Hunt, Steve Buccellato and Simon Bowland
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 15, 2017
I was so impressed with the kick off to The Wild Storm last month that it quickly jumped to the top of my pull list. Warren Ellis didn't hold any hands with his cold open to the rebooted universe and that along with some of the smartest writing and kick ass visuals won me over after one page. So, do we get more information this issue and does my love for The Wild Storm continue? Let's find out...
The issue opens with Angela Spica (in her Engineer form) flying off and landing at Camp Hero in Montauk, NY. Just an aside, I love Camp Hero and all the crazy stories and theories surrounding it, so I loved seeing it here. She busts into the base, then through some rundown rooms and ends in a room that is part 60's spy thriller and part Star Trek. The scene ends with her reverting back to regular Angela...possibly crying android tears.
We then head off to IO where Miles Craven and his people are trying to figure out what the hell is going on. They already know it was Angela who saved Jacob Marlowe by turning into some sort of flying android and now they are putting the pieces together to figure out just how she did it. We get some more cool character callouts and the idea that some major shit is about to hit the fan.
We head off to see Jacob Marlowe and it looks like a three way race is on between IO, Skywatch and Halo to find Angela first. Things heat up a bit when Kenesha (Savant!) tracks Angelica to Camp Hero and tells us it's actually a closed down IO station.
We then head off to the third part of this fucked up trinity...Skywatch. After Henry Bendix reams out
Christine Trelane, she informs Lucy of her new job...finding Angela. Like you didn't see that coming! A couple of things stand out here, however...Lucy wants nothing to do with this job and the big discovery could end up being who and what Jacob is along with who saved him.
After an odd, but great looking page of Voodoo, we get what should be the origin of Deathblow. Ellis gave a sly little hint this was coming and I'm glad he didn't waste anytime coming through with it. Speaking of hints, the ending of the issue pretty much confirms a few huge characters are among us as they head off the save Angela and hopefully themselves!
I can't say that I was as excited after finishing this issue than the first. Warren Ellis is really digging in for the long run and is really tight on giving up any information at all. Character names are not freely handed out and a lot of what we see is up for interpretation. I am still a fan of the series and can't wait for the next issue, but this is quickly becoming a niche title of a niche title and I worry that many will find the work involved to truly enjoy it too much to go on. I hope that is not the case.
I still think Jon Davis-Hunt and the art team are doing a great job with clean art and standard panel layout that lets the reader concentrate on the dense story being told. I can't wait to see when Davis-Hunt gets to cut loose because the few times he has, it has looked awesome.
Bits and Pieces:
Warren Ellis continues giving readers a smartly written book that is short on hand holding and high on intrigue. While I worry that he isn't giving up enough of the basics (especially when it comes to characters), I am enjoying the ride and am willing to put some extra work in to get the most out of it.