Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Wild Storm #18 by Warren Ellis - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: You can never go home again, but John Lynch needs to go somewhere to begin the last act of his life. Jack Hawksmoor never really had a home, especially since he became something other than human.  As the war between IO and Skywatch gets hot, Marc Slayton has somewhere for Lynch to go, and Jenny Sparks may have a new home for Jack Hawksmoor...and Angela Spica.

I really don't know how to review The Wild Storm #18. In this current issue, Warren Ellis is basically moving pieces around. The series is 3/4 of the way done, and the climax and endgame are quickly approaching. So, Ellis drops in on all the various factions in play and we spend a couple of pages with each one: Jacob Marlowe's wild CAT team; Jenny Sparks and her crew (which expanded to include two new members - someone actually refers to them as the "authority" 'nudge nudge wink wink); Miles Craven and IO; Henry Bendix and Skywatch; John Lynch and Marc Slayton (and probably some of the other Thunderbook subjects soon); and even Michael Cray (fresh off of his own mini-series). Apparently, a war between them is coming.

Ellis continues with the big, crazy ideas, and while there isn't a bunch of character development, this isn't really an action issue, either. Ellis sets up his characters with dialogue and exposition, with the promise of action, and plenty of it, to come in the next couple of issues. Basically, if you've liked The Wild Storm so far, this is more of the same. I've really been enjoying it and can't wait to see what comes next, as the build-up over the last year and a half is about to pay off.

I highly recommend Warren Ellis's The Wild Storm #18. Big concepts, highly motivated characters, and the promise of a massive climax all make this one of the books to be reading.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

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