Wednesday, September 20, 2017
THE WILD STORM #7 by Warren Ellis - Book Review
From the publisher: Jackie King, chief analyst at I.O., tries to make sense of all the pieces scattered across the board since Angela Spica saved Jacob Marlowe’s life. Angela Spica wakes up at Jacob Marlowe’s safe house and starts to realize how far from real life she’s been thrown since then. But life is not slowing down, and Marlowe’s wild covert action team have to extract the last member of their number from an I.O. black site. Meet John Colt—moments before he’s either rescued or murdered or dissected to reveal a secret kept for thousands of years.
Once again, Warren Ellis has written a great issue of The Wild Storm, #7 to be precise. Once again, I don't have the first idea about how to review it. Ellis is the master of the big crazy idea, and is also excellent at the smaller moments. This issue contains both. While the first six issues of The Wild Storm seemed to introduce the various characters and factions, and put all the pieces on the board, the current issue is a beginning to the next arc in this story.
We are given the perspective of Jackie King, who is the chief analyst for I.O. She catches her team (read: the reader) up on what went down with Angie Spica, Jacob Marlowe, and Henry Bendix and Skywatch. We then get a peak at the WildC.A.T. crew working for Marlowe. I'm still waiting for Grifter to go into full Grifter mode, but it seems like it's just a matter of time. Finally, we meet John Colt, the only new character in this issue and a member of the WildC.A.T. team. John may, or may not, have some interesting knowledge about I.O. Oh yeah, and there is weird technology, alien(s), mysteries, and conspiracies galore (well, not exclusively in this issue, but throughout the book).
The Wild Storm #7 is the opener to the next chapter of this story. Ellis gives just enough action and information to keep me coming back. I'm positive The Wild Storm probably reads better in collected form, but I'm not anywhere near patient enough to wait for all the issues to come out before first reading them. This is a story that demands a monthly reading, much like some television shows must be watched as they are broadcast rather than waiting for a binge session.
Get this book and read it. While its not the best idea to jump in to the story in the middle, there is a nice recap in this issue to catch up any late comers.
I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.