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The Wild Storm by Warren Ellis (Spoilers)


I’m not really sure why a large number of scenes is a bad thing?

As anything, it can be, or not.


Because a string of one- and two-page scenes is saying very little at a time - if anything at all, so the story becomes unnecessarily disjointed. It tends to be a technique used near a climax rather than an opening.


That depends entirely on how the scenes are constructed, and doesn’t take into account the new meanings that might be hatched from their juxtaposition.

It just seems like an odd metric, to me. Getting in late and leaving early is a tried and true methodology (though certainly not the only valid one), especially in comics, where space is at a premium.


All true, but in this instance there’s nothing to juxtapose because everything is about Angie and the suit. We’re sitting on a single track. Ellis is trying to make things look interesting by dashing about, but the actual story in these three issues could have been told in half the pages.


I hear you, and though I don’t agree, I don’t mean to chip on your right to dislike it.

Your post just made it seem as though there was some objective failure in having a lot of quick, to the point scenes. Which just isn’t my experience, so I wanted to clarify. :slight_smile:

Sorry you’re not diggin’ it more! I’m having a great time.


No problems with the discussion :+1:

You are perfectly correct that there’s nothing intrinsically wrong with short scenes; a scene should last as long as it needs to convey the motives, information or personality traits required. But what I’m seeing after two reads is smoke and mirrors.

I wonder if readers of previous gen Ellis-Wildstorm stuff are getting more out of it than new readers :thinking:

It’s probably just me, and I hope I’m not spoiling anyone else’s enjoyment.

P.S. I read Invincible #135 and World War X #5 straight after TWS #3 and enjoyed them, so I don’t think I’ve got one of my heads on :wink:


I’m sure some of it is a certain synergy with what came before – you know, everything has a certain backwards dimension to it, if you’re familiar with Wildstorm and DC Comics (especially this issue, littered with clever easter eggs laid by Captain Carrot) but I thought 1 especially was very strong and very dense on its own terms.

It’s very much, though, part of the new-ish Ellis paradigm in that it’s not meant to be anything other than 1/6th of a story. It is absolutely built between two commercial breaks, and that’s in direct contrast to his earlier Wildstorm work on Stormwatch and Planetary, especially, no doubt reflecting the changing nature of the market and the expectations of the modern audience (perhaps wrongly, I might wager, as I think this sort of thing does tend to have diminishing returns in the long run)

Ellis’ modern work is very assured and very methodical. Depending on your proclivities, it’s more mature or more decompressed (I am, myself, a fan of hyper-compression).

But this is a good sort of decompression, one that’s earned its moments and its beats. (for me)


That’s really just a stylistic choice by Ellis. It will work for some and not for others.

To be honest, it seems very consistent with some of the recent stuff that I’ve seen from him (like Injection for instance).

But you’re absolutely right, it could probably be done in fewer pages.


The lighter she used in her apartment is most likely Sparks since it was dated 1955. so we will see. BTW, I’m curious. Did you all have choices of which cover to get? I got Jamie’s because i liked the design work and after I read the book, it made even more sense.


That cover was (is) f&#king amazing.


I like it.
Just got caught up on issues 1-3 and it reminds me of Morrisons New X Men alot.


Issue 4, and I’m still digging the book. It looks like Cole and Kenesha aren’t clued on on what Adrianna really is (assuming she’s not changed massively from OG Wildstorm), we get to see Skywatch (and I thought that pan out was spectacular, I love that Skywatch visually resembles the old station while looking like it was assembled in orbit from equipment launched from Earth). Bendix’ assistant/confidante is Lauren Pennington, AKA Farhenheit in the OG Stormwatch. So she may well be a superhuman here too. And speaking of, Cray has developed powers himself.

Overall I’d like there to be a little bit more motion in the stories, we’re two issues away from the end of the first arc, so I’d kinda hope that we had the pieces in place for the last moves. But Angie’s on her own again, Skywatch don’t know anything about IO having stolen their literal flying saucer, and it seems like the Wild CAT are on the outside looking in. Presumably Lucy Blaze and Jenny are going to come into things at the end of the arc, but it means there’s going to be a lot of heavy lifting next month.

I’ve talked about it a lot, but these are minor concerns really.The art remains gorgeous, I’m loving the dialogue (Grifter’s debrief of the CAT is very funny), and I really just want more. And now, please.




Grifter is so damn cool.

Cray needs to go full Deathblow soon though. He’s so subdued. I want blood god angel knight.


Really interested in this agoraphobic version of Bendix. Much less malevolent and all-knowing than the last one – much more…pathological? A scifi Howard Hughes. It’s an interesting take.


My only critique of this is that I wish i was reading it all in one go. The story is not lending itself to a slow burn read.


but he is “apparently afraid of explosions. Like a little girl.”

Kenesha is great. I love her style.


Nobody’s perfect.

He’s like some sort of fantasy creature who spent years perfecting the blade…but with guns.


That or he likes The Matrix. A lot. :wink:


First spin off has been announced.

“Michael Cray”
…worrisome they didn’t call it Deathblow. Deathblow is cool.