I liked Michael Cray 1 well enough, but it didn’t set my world on fire the same way The Wild Storm 1 did. I like the idea of including Green Arrow in the world and using him to contrast the Watchmenesque superhero as pathology thing, and the conversation between Cray as his family was great. But it’s kinda hard to square away the stuff Trelane is in charge of in the main book with the private security company/Skywatch front here. Cray has essentially traded one amoral master for another, and the book seems to be brushing that under the carpet for now.
On the other hand, Wild Storm 9 was a top read. The idea of merging Swift and the Doctor works really well, and she reminds me a lot of Punk Mambo for Valiant. As is often the case with Ellis, he got some nice high-concept SF elements into the story Marlowe told to Angie too.
And finally, I actually bought some comic this week in the form of the first Wild Storm trade. It’s a very nice volume, with a very modern design feel. The cover is a reuse of Jim Lee’s variant for issue 3, but it works very well with the black and red square logo taking up the traditional masthead space, and the name and credits running sideways beside the spine. Issue/chapter breaks are Jon Davis-Hunt’s covers for each issue and a page with a processed photo of a cloud with a bolt of lightning, which works very well from the books’ theme of an oncoming storm threatening to shatter the fragile peace between IO and Skywatch.
There’s a nice selection of extras too, each variant cover gets a full-page reproduction, plus Warren Ellis’ essay that ran in the back of DC’s books the week before issue 1 came out, and thumbnails of all of issue 1 (reproduced 4 to a page).
Oh, and the book? It reads very well as a single volume. Well worth the price and the wait.