Wild Storm #1

Wild Storm #1

Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Jon Davis-Hunt Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 15, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 24
8.4Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

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A troubled woman, barred by her employer from continuing her research, walks miserably through New York City. It takes her a moment to notice that everybody else is looking up. A man has been thrown from the upper floor of the Halo skyscraper.
And that woman-Angela Spica, sick from the transhuman implants she's buried in her own body-is the only person who can save him.
What she doesn't know is that the act of saving that one man will tip over a vast and secret house of cards that encloses the entire world, if not the inner solar system. This is how the Wild Storm begins, and it may destroy covert power structures, secret space programs and even all of human history.

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Feb 15, 2017

    I will have to give this a few more issues before I can say for sure that it's taking Deathstroke's belt for the best comic DC is publishing, but it's not one that you should miss. Buy this book. Enjoy this book because my God did it remind me of why I read comics when I so desperately needed that reminder. The Wild Storm #1 may just be the first perfect comic of 2017, and I'm already looking forward to more. Read Full Review

  • 10
    CourtOfNerds - Grant Stoye Feb 16, 2017

    This is one hell of a debut issue, sowing seeds of ulterior motives, dark agendas, secret actions, and fantastic powers. Ellis wanted to steep this reboot in a modern world of true-life fear and curiosity, and in this issue at least he succeeds immensely. The variant cover by WildStorm creator Jim Lee sure doesnt hurt, either Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Feb 18, 2017

    The Wild Storm is an introduction of not only Wildcats, but also some characters from the Wildstorm universe that I'm now extremely excited to see. Ellis and Davis-Hunt have me caring about the Wildstorm universe again and with Ellis at the helm, this relaunch looks as though it has a strong chance at a longer life, at least as long as he stays involved. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Feb 16, 2017

    A great start and a promising beginning! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Feb 15, 2017

    The Wild Storm #1 feels like a new way to re-establish an entire universe by finding a talented creative team with a distinct vision and giving them free reign over a line of books to implement that vision. What makes the issue work so well is the creative team pulling all the disparate elements of Wildstorm's focus into a cohesive whole and then re-shaping those elements from their late 1990s versions into 21st century models. If the rest of the line turns out as compelling as this issue, then we could all be in for a treat. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Feb 15, 2017

    If you are a Wildstorm fan, this is a no brainer.  If you are someone with little to no knowledge of the Universe, I still think this is a no brainer.  This is a mature title that's smartly written and looks great and I can't recommend it enough! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Feb 15, 2017

    As I said, Ill need to leave it to someone else far less informed about the players involved to judge whether this issue stands on its own merits and not simply on the history of the universe as a whole, but the satisfaction I feel in finally seeing a universe of characters find their home after wandering for far too long that satisfaction is worth the recommendation I give to check the book out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Jason Segarra Feb 15, 2017

    Overall, this is a strong first outing. It pays reverence to the characters' histories, which should be pleasing to the die hards, but isn't beholden to them–meaning new readers don't have to spend two days on Wikipedia trying to understand the complex Kherubim/Daemonite dynamic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Feb 15, 2017

    The Wild Storm #1 is an exciting beginning. It’s important to remember that while Ellis may have played with some of these characters before, he’s never been able to completely redefine them. So in a way, this isn’t a retread. He’s already promised that we’ll see Henry Bendix and possibly Apollo and Midnighter somewhere down the line so there’s a lot to look forward to. Hopefully the imprint is able to hold onto Davis-Hunt for as long as possible because having his visuals at the center of the universe creates something for the rest of the books to rally around and demonstrates the approach that Ellis probably means to have employed across the line. This might not be the WildStorm you remember, but it has the potential to be even better. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    411Mania - Steve Gustafson Feb 23, 2017

    Wild Storm #1 is a tremendous new take from Ellis and Davis-Hunt that lays the lines for a new Wildstorm that won't be content with following the rules of the old Wildstorm. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 15, 2017

    DC's handling of the Wildstorm imprint has been lackluster for many years now, but it's should come as little surprise that Warren Ellis is able to right the ship. The Wild Storm #1 serves as an accessible and promising start to this ambitious reboot. It's clearly not trying to replicate the successes of the past, but rather find new ways merging high concept superhero storytelling with the post-modern world we live in. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Feb 16, 2017

    The artwork inked digitally represents the best of what American comics can do to match European comics. Artist John Davis "Hunt follows a tight nine panel/three panel- level composition per page. With the pastel colouring, this comic feels like a European book. Its a darn gorgeous book. One criticism is that the black and red cover does not convey the tone and mood of the interior art. It feels like the editor and colourist decide to paste a traditional American cover on an American comic that was for a European look inside. Its quite odd. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Graphic Policy - Brett Feb 15, 2017

    I had no idea what to expect going into the first issue, but Ellis and Davis-Hunt deliver an intriguing start that feels like it's an updated take on superheroes perfectly fit for today's crazy world. Many have pondered how you tell stories in today's world when things are so off the rails already, but Ellis in this first issue feels like he's cracked the code. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Feb 15, 2017

    “The Wild Storm” #1 is a very strong reboot that actually feels inviting to new fans. There is still a lot of mystery surrounding these characters and this new Wildstorm universe but I'm here for the ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Feb 15, 2017

    The Wildstorm #1 is packed with ideas and they are exceptionally pursued. Like with any first issue it’s difficult to discern whether the promise will pay off, but the promise is there. While it has roots in the superhero genre, this is a story focused on the rapid progress of technology and the obfuscation of systems within society. It’s a comic that wants to be smart and does more than enough here to convince you it is. Rather than being overwhelmed by its own ambition, The Wildstorm appears to be spring boarding off of it into the atmosphere. Only time will tell just how high it may soar. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop-Break - Mark Henely Feb 15, 2017

    Outside of the context, as a new reader, I think the story itself is pretty decent. Ellis is an incredible writer and he art is really beautiful. I'm definitely going to read future issues and I am excited to see where it all goes from her. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - soshillinois Feb 15, 2017

    A large chunk of what makes Wild Storm work and tick however is down to Jon Davis-Hunts art. Which similarly is very stripped down and business-like with a heft of panels and less in the way of the widescreen action which defined Wildstorm during the Hitchian early 2000s. Anyone whos seen Davis-Hunts work in The Clean Room is probably going to be a bit jarred in the shift, its a wholly different animal. Thats also aided by Ivan Plascencias soft colors accentuating the drabbier world this comic occupiescompared to the typical Earth-0 DCUs brighter more bombastic atmosphere. Either way, no matter how you shake it: the first issue of the Wild Storm definitely succeeded at what it attempts to do. If Ellis can bring to the rest of the line what Gerard Way was able to bring to Young Animals, the Wildstorm line will probably be able to succeed once more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Alexander Lu Feb 15, 2017

    Overall, I'd say that I was pleased with The Wild Storm #1. While I wouldn't call it the best DC comic on the shelf, I think it plays a strong and unique role in diversifying the tone of the publisher's lineup. It seeks to explore something different and darker than most DC Comics do and does so with a confidence that even most Young Animal books don't quite muster. A book like this one has to walk a fine line between being poignant and gratuitous, but for now, I'd say The Wild Storm #1 is shaping up quite nicely. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Feb 17, 2017

    If there is one book to pick up from your comic shop this week, or the next week, pick The Wild Storm #1. It may not be the most coherent of mainstream releases, but it is the one that will demand the most of its readers. Among its demands is a leap of faith that this foundation for which the new WildStorm Universe is sound. So what the fuck, let's do this. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Feb 16, 2017

    "The Wild Storm" #1 succeeds where others have failed with great character interaction and dynamic art, but the creative team arguably bit off more than they could chew with a huge supporting cast of characters. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Feb 15, 2017

    As with many Ellis joints, there's a dark, cynical feeling at the core of this story, but it works for me in these pages. While there is a lot going on, the transitions between stories are strong, and the sheer number of characters involved in the Wildstorm Universe mean that it could have been a much more packed issue. While I might have preferred a double-sized issue, The Wild Storm #1 serves as a successful first issue and makes me want to know more about where we're going. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    GWW - Deron Generally Feb 15, 2017

    The story is a little slow in the beginning and no one really stands out, but the sense that something is coming is prevalent throughout the narrative, making the reader curious about the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - stephengervais Feb 15, 2017

    So from what I gather this is basically Wildstorm rebirth. I am sure that the issue was full of cool moments for the Wildstorm fanboys out there, and perhaps if I were at all familiar with the universe and its main characters I would have gotten much more out of this one, but alas I can only go on the merits of the issue without the joy of nostalgia. It was a well written issue, but left me wanting more action, there were lots of pages of people sitting and talking. It was all right, and I really liked the art, but I'm not the target audience for this one. 7/10 Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 18, 2017

    This first issue is just a solid, foundation-laying start to what could be a bigger, more exciting adventure. I have hope. And new comic books are built on hope! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Feb 21, 2017

    In The Wild Storm #1, Warren Ellis and Jon Davis-Hunt declare that the future of Wildstorm begins now. As the issue opens with what is understandably another kill and another salvo in a war of secret organizations, it ends with the various sides of this war realizing that they're on the verge of something new and revolutionary. This issue itself isn't the revolution but it does hint at the future and it promises that our old ways of looking at the world will change just like the characters' views have to update with the changing times. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Feb 15, 2017

    Recommended for fans of Ellis' work on The Authority and Stormwatch, as well as folks who are really into the Illuminati and believe we never made it to the Moon. Read Full Review

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