Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The Wild Storm #24 by Warren Ellis - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: The final issue. The final act. IO has betrayed the world, and Skywatch wants to burn it. The only people in the middle are Jenny Mei Sparks’ ragtag team of wounded orphans of the secret world. The storm has hit. This is how it ends.

So it comes down to this. After 23 issues, The Wild Storm #24 by Warren Ellis wraps up this particular story in the Wild Storm universe. And Ellis wraps it up in style. IO and Miles Craven vs. Skywatch and Henry Bendix vs. Jenny Sparks's new Authority. There are explosions, double-crosses, appearances by more weird powered people (presumably Skywatch experiments), and outrageous action as only Ellis can do. And also, this story gets a definitive ending, although not every plot point was resolved. It turns out this was Angie Spica's story all along.

Rather than just look at this issue, I want to talk about the series as a whole. I think Ellis did an excellent job, both recapturing the original feel of his Stormwatch/Authority series and a new sensibility or take on the concept. I really liked the crazy action, but some of the personal interactions I could take or leave. I also thought Ellis introduced so many different ideas in this series, but didn't see all of them through. Of particular interest to me was Cole Cash/Grifter and his Wild C.A.T. team. Grifter is one of my favorite Wild Storm characters, and it seems like they just got shuffled out after a few issues. Now, hopefully Ellis was just bringing these ideas in to use them in later Wild Storm series, as I believe there will be two more series set in this universe, starting with WildCats sometime in August.

Overall, I though The Wild Storm was a fun and entertaining book. I enjoyed the wild ideas, action, and re-introduction of some old favorite characters. The Wild Storm #24 by Warren Ellis was a solid ending to the story. I recommend this series to fans of Warren Ellis and his original take on Stormwatch and The Authority.

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

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