The Wild Storm Vol. 1 – Warren Ellis is a remake of one of the premier Image titles, WildC.A.T.S. In its inception, the original comic was flashy with large glossy artwork and comic pages that barely contained two panels of story. This was very typical of the early Image books as they were driven by the art and not so much by the story. WildC.A.T.S. was then sold off to DC Comics in 1999 and published under one of their smaller publishing houses; Wild Storm and after several runs, may have done the title and team right with The Wild Storm, written by Warren Ellis.
Angela Spica, sick and disillusioned from being a subject of transhuman implants buried in her body notices everyone on the street looking up. She can see a man falling to his death and she knows she is the only person who can save. In a moment she transforms and flys up to save the man. What she finds out is that the man was thrown out the window of this building and that the man is the mult-millionaire Jacob Marlowe. This act sets in motion a chain of events that will both terrorize and thrill Angela as she is brought into the world of WildStorm.
This book will re-introduce us to fan favorites, Grifter, Voodoo, The Engineer and Zealot.
Where the initial WildC.A.T.S books were flashy with the alien/supernatural entities of the Daemonites taking center stage; this book is far more gritty as would be expected from a Warren Ellis penned book. The panels with Zealot calling in a clean up crew from a bloody bathroom interrogation sets the tone for what is to come.
Ellis is one of the best at creating alternative storylines and universes for established comic book characters. He does this and yet remains true to the characters as they were first presented to the comic book world at large. His take on the WildStorm squad is at once intriguing and entertaining. I look forward to seeing where this book goes!