The Wild Storm #19 – Warren Ellis, Writer; Jon Davis-Hunt, Artist; Steve Buccellato, Colorist
Ray – 8.5/10
Ray: The Wild Storm has been going for almost two years now, and while Corrina and I often felt its slow-paced conspiracy thriller tone was overshadowed by its spinoff Michael Cray, over the last few issues it’s really come into its own as a fascinating reinvention of the Wildstorm Universe – and this issue brings back a pair of fan-favorite characters.
For a while now, the series has been gathering a collection of all-powerful cosmic beings in human form, including Jenny Sparks, The Doctor (no, not that Doctor), and the God of Cities, Jack Hawksmoor. This alliance is joined by the powerful but still human Angie Spica, aka the Engineer, who has provided the mortal touch to this conclave of cosmic beings. Combining near-unlimited perspective on the universe, this issue they finally reveal the hidden history of the Wildstorm Universe in a series of spectacular flashback segments.
While regular series artist Jon Davis-Hunt draws this issue, he shifts his style up nicely for these segments.
The two-page spread that reveals the secret space mission that previously colonized Mars is one of the best scenes of the series and exposes the hidden history of the Khera. The conflict between the Khera and the Daemons is a lot more complicated now than it was in the old comics.
But what everyone’s going to be talking about this issue is the reintroduction of Midnighter and Apollo. The two former Authority heroes were the subject of a pair of popular in-continuity series by Steve Orlando starting in the DC You era, and as best as I can tell those characters are still in continuity.
So Warren Ellis wisely differentiates his versions with a race-swap – Midnighter is now a black man, and I’m not sure what race Apollo is but he doesn’t look white. The two characters only appear in one scene, but they’re sharing a bed so I don’t expect this title to play coy with the fact that they’re one of comics’ most iconic gay couples. There’s a lot going on in this issue, and it all serves to push the overall story forward in a big way.
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