The Wild Storm
Angela Spica wants to make the world a better place. I. O. want to make the world safer. Jacob Marlowe wants to remake the world. I. O. want him dead. Fate has other plans.
In the 1990s, Wildstorm was king. The Image Comics owned universe was a world of secretive intelligence agencies, alien conspiracies, superpowered spies and UN- sponsored superheroes. Like everything, it outstayed its welcome a little but was great fun for a long, long time. Now it’s back and it’s better than ever.
The 24 issues Warren Ellis is signed on for will unfold in four stories of six parts. This first one opens with an undeniable, real, superhuman event above New York City. I. O. want answers, so does Marlowe, so does I. O.’s assassin and so does Angela Spica. All of them converge in a manner that feels realistic and grounded and at the same time quietly hopeful. This is a story about a world that’s about to get much more interesting, and there’s joy fizzing under Jon Davis- Hunt’s elegant lines.
This is the work Ellis cut his teeth on, and it shows. It’s tightly plotted, idea- heavy and very funny in places. The art is a vital part of that success, with both Davis- Hunt and colourist Ivan Plascencia giving the world the realism it needs. Rounded out by Simon Bowland’s expert lettering, this is a textbook example of how to do a reboot and do it well. So strap in, because it looks like The Wild
is going to be one hell of a ride. Alasdair Stuart
The Wildstorm universe is back, with a bit of an Ellis edge.