the wild storm

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Fourteen issues into the series, writer Warren Ellis continues to build on the universe of The Wild Storm. The latest issue introduces us to another human transformed in Project Thunderbird when John Lynch visits his old friend Alexandra Fairchild. Although we don’t get an appearance by Abigail’s daughter, Catilin is mentioned as it appears at least Gen13 character will make an appearance in the series (but, as yet, still no mention of Planetary).

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The war between I.O. and Skywatch heats up as Jacklyn King gets a close look at Henry Bendix‘s quick and brutal reprisal for I.O. hacking into Skywatch. This, of course, will lead to an I.O. retaliation as well. Elsewhere Jenny Mei Sparks and Shen Li-Min go recruiting as the comic’s version of the Authority may be finally taking shape. By the looks of things, the world will need them sooner rather than later.

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The latest issue of The Wild Storm jumps around quite a bit, checking on various characters and the state of events. As a result, the overall plot of the comic moves only marginally forward, although several of these scattered stories do continue to develop.

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The Wild Storm spins its wheels a bit in issue #9 which proves to be more about setting up future events in the series (IO’s Jacklyn King planning a covert cyberwar attack against Skywatch, and Angela Spica being introduced to Jacob Marlowe‘s secret laboratory) than big reveals or takeaways. That said, the issue is highlighted by some strong art by Jon Davis-Hunt in what little we see of the lab and one hell of a silent extended action sequence set in John Colt‘s past in feudal Japan.

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There’s a ton going on in this issue. The opening storyline involves Jacob Marlowe telling Angie Spica the truth about what he and his friends are doing on Earth… well, mostly the truth. This “easy-reader” explanation works both as a primer for Angie and readers, but of course leaves out some important details. While she’s a bit overwhelmed with what she’s learned, Angie has found a safe heaven, at least for now. Jacklyn King‘s team also identifies Grifter, leaving them with several questions about how to best proceed.

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The Wild Storm #5 offers a bit of breather for readers. And murder. Lots of murder. The introduction of Jackie King, Chief Analyst at I.O. allows the comic to go over the events of recent issues and the growing number of threats I.O. has to solve, primarily that of Angela Spica. While not dwelling too much on what we already know, this works as a nice refresher for those who have read the previous six issues and a primer for those just coming on-board for the first time.

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