Wild Storm: Michael Cray #1

Writer: Bryan Hill Artist: N. Steven Harris, Dexter Vines Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 11, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 9
7.7Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

Warren Ellis' critically acclaimed relaunch of THE WILD STORM gets its first solo spinoff series! Michael Cray, professional assassin, has been betrayed by International Operations and has an alien life-form in his head that's either killing him, transforming him, or both. The only thing that can bring sense to his life is for him to do what he does best: kill the wrong people for the right reasons. But Michael needs support and resources to hit back against I.O., and he gets them in exchange for working with Trelane, taking out her targets, his way. First up? A sociopathic Silicon Valley billionaire by the name of Oliver Queen!

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - belleburr Oct 11, 2017

    Overall I'm totally here for this and can't wait to see what chapter two brings. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Batmanaruto Oct 11, 2017

    I have been loving the main Wildstorm series, so was wondering if this new series would hold a candle to the main series. In all honesty, it does. The book is well-written and paced and the initial premise that is set up is really interesting. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Oct 16, 2017

    While some readers might be turned off by this new meditative and emotional take on Michael Cray, this first issue offers more of the same super-espionage that makes the main title so fun, but with a heaping helping of poetic character work for good measure. You wouldn't think that you would identify emotionally with the loneliness and despair of a guy named "Deathblow," but I will be damned if The Wild Storm: Michael Cray doesn't make you feel something, adding a much-needed warmth to the coldness that is The Wild Storm. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Jeremy Daw Oct 11, 2017

    All told, this is an excellent first issue – involving, exciting and, perhaps for some at the end of the issue, just a little horrifying. The art is clear and, despite one or two missteps tells the story well, while the issue is paced perfectly, balancing explanation with action-based characterization with considerable skill. In short, this marks an interesting development in the ongoing exploration of the Wild Storm universe and I recommend you check it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Mazzacane Oct 12, 2017

    known, but twisted characters along the way. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - Jason Segarra Oct 11, 2017

    Though it has it's problems, this issue does a decent job of setting up the series arc. With this twisted version of Queen as his first target, I wonder if we'll see Mike go up against any other big name heroes from the proper DC universe. That hook is enough to bring me back for issue #2, so mission accomplished, gang! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Beat - Alexander Lu Oct 11, 2017

    So ultimately, I'm a little ambivalent on Michael Cray #1. I"m intrigued by the weird way this comic brings the world of the DC Universe together with the world of Wild Storm, but I'm relatively nonplussed by Cray himself. I certainly haven't written him off" there are enough interesting elements to his character that I believe that his journey could kick into high gear as soon as the next issue" but his journey isn't yet clear enough for me to feel an intense need to follow it. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Aisha Jordan Oct 12, 2017

    The comic does a good job of pulling you in with the cinematic styled visuals and form of storytelling, with a solid foundation. Having a black character with their own spin off series is always exciting. Michael Cray gifts us with the careful art of the introduction, we see the perfect beginning to a beautiful character build. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    IGN - Blair Marnell Oct 12, 2017

    I'm not quite as blown away by the overall story, and it does feel a little incomplete outside of The Wild Storm series. But I'm willing to see where this detour goes. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Alex McDonald Oct 11, 2017

    This is a decent introduction to the series but hopefully it will improve. It doesn't quite reach the heights of it's parent title, The Wild Storm, but it does try. The issue's strengths lie in Hill's approach to linearity and use of subtlety, but inconsistent artwork and a strange Oliver Queen cause some problems. Read Full Review

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