Cole , who runs the CAT for Marlowe is Grifter and an original member of WildCATs along with Pris(Voodoo), Lucy(Zealot), Adrianna(VOID), and Marlowe(Lord Emp).
Craven still runs IO, and was a persistent villain in the first incarnation of Wildstorm. His husband is a new(?) character.
Cray was Deathblow in the OG. he had his own book and served on the same army squad as Cole(Team 7) which, in the OG, was experimented on unwillingly by Craven.
Angie was OG member of the Authority and called the Engineer.
Voodoo appears to be a singer in this version which is a step up from the original incarnation. OG Voodoo was half reptilian alien and could spot other hidden aliens..
OG Adrianna was a russian cosmonaut who interacted with some cosmic force and came back with the ability to teleport amongst other powers.
OG Zealot was an alien warrior who came to Earth to fight the reptilian aliens
as far as my impression of the book, I agree it was very dense. I'm not sure Zealot works for IO. She says she works for the Division and if she works for IO why doesn't she recognize Craven and if I saw my boss at a coffee shop, i might look for a different coffee shop so there is that too.
I like the fact that Angie is less powered than the original Engineer and that initiating the suit isn't as easy as before.
I loved it and IMO, buying it in floppies is the way to go. I can't imagine waiting for a trade. Month to Month allows me to enjoy this for 2 years rather than the couple of days i would take me to read a trade.