Acquired Taste Book Club Week 4!
2019-11-22T20:00:00Z → 2019-11-29T19:59:00Z
Welcome to the Acquired Taste Book Club! This time, we’ll be looking at WildStorm Productions!
Alright, as I’ve noted previously, I’m going into this completely blind. WildStorm grew out of several of current DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee’s titles produced for Image Comics in the early ‘90s. They were successful relative to most of Image’s line, and eventually spun off into an independent group, only to be met with declining sales in the mid-‘90s. This led up to DC’s acquisition of WildStorm’s characters and titles in 1999, and their popular reinvention with titles like Warren Ellis’s The Authority and Planetary.
WildStorm is a little different from Quality, Fawcett, or Charlton, for a few reasons. First, even after the DC acquisition in 1999, the WildStorm universe and editorial structure were kept separate from DC until 2011, and were spun off again in 2017. Second, since DC has the rights to all of WildStorm’s titles, we actually have a substantial chunk of their pre-acquisition output on DCU. By contrast, we have a few scattered issues of Quality Plastic Man and Charlton Captain Atom, but we have substantial portions of several original WildStorm titles.
When I was planning this club, I was interested in a more chronological approach, starting with early core titles like StormWatch, WildC.A.T.s, and Gen13, but others encouraged me to look into Warren Ellis’s (get used to the names Jim Lee and Warren Ellis) 2017 reboot title The Wild Storm. So, I’m splitting the difference. I try to never assign more than eight issues, so for WildStorm weeks, whenever I have fewer than eight issues, I’ll fill in the gaps with issues of The Wild Storm until we’re caught up.
Unfortunately, while we have some of those early titles I was interested in, we don’t have much, so these seven issues of StormWatch are about half of what we have.
Reading Assignment: StormWatch (1993-) #0-6 and The Wild Storm (2017-) #1
StormWatch (1993-) #0
StormWatch (1993-) #1
StormWatch (1993-) #2
StormWatch (1993-) #3
StormWatch (1993-) #4
StormWatch (1993-) #5
StormWatch (1993-) #6
The Wild Storm
The Wild Storm (2017-) #1
STORMWATCH DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
- What are your general thoughts? (AKA: The “I haven’t read this and can’t find a helpful plot summary” cop-out question.)
- Who’s your favorite character? (There’s another one!)
- Were there any moments you liked? (I’m on a roll!)
- How about that early ‘90s art, huh?
THE WILD STORM DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
- Uh… What are your general thoughts?
- What are you interested to know more about?
- Alright, alright, here’s a good non-cop-out: Do you think it was a good idea to split the WildStorm characters back off from the DC Universe, or were there more stories to be told with them together?
- Who’s the wildest? Who’s the stormiest?
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