Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Wild Storm #17 by Warren Ellis - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: Stephen Rainmaker was the most dangerous man John Lynch knew even before he was inducted into the Thunderbook program. So much so that nobody could quite define how Thunderbook changed him. On his trip around America to warn his old team, Lynch left Rainmaker until last— for a reason. This is the visit that Lynch always knew could kill him. Meanwhile, Marc Slayton is discovering new things about America, IO and Skywatch.

I still don't have any idea where Warren Ellis is taking us with The Wild Storm. The latest issue, #11, keeps the story moving along, but there are so many different conspiracies and moving parts that its hard to see how they are all going to come together. That said, its still a fun read and I'm committed to seeing it through.

So, this issue is basically divided into two parts. The first involves John Lynch making contact with the last of the Thunderbook experiments, a process that has been taking place over several issues. In this case, he meets up with Stephen Rainmaker, a man Lynch considers the most dangerous of them all. They basically dialogue for several pages, but what we learn could have ramifications on how this all wraps up. The second part of the issue is Jacob Marlowe and his group discussing what they believe is going on; however, they don't know that Angie Spica is listening in and she has a secret that could potentially shift the balance of power. This issue also lets the reader in on a little more information about the daemons and it has a very intriguing "post-credit" type scene.

For an action-filled series, The Wild Storm #11 was very light on action and heavy on talking, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Ellis is taking a slow approach, moving his pieces around very deliberately, sometimes even ignoring entire groups of people for several issues. I really enjoy this book, and this issue comes highly recommended. However, once again I would caution that new readers probably shouldn't start with this issue; track down back issues or collected editions. I'm looking forward to seeing how this all comes together over the next handful of issues.

I received a preview of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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