The Wild Storm #3 Review

Posted April 19, 2017 by Jean-Luc Botbyl in Comic Books

Written by: Warren Ellis

Art by: Jon Davis-Hunt & Steve Buccellato

Publisher: DC

With every issue, I can feel my sheer adoration for The Wild Storm growing. It reads nothing like any other books coming out of DC right now. And I can’t really point to an easy analogue at other publishers either. That’s pretty much always a good sign.

The reason that this book has been so engaging thus far is the level of intrigue, and the trust placed in the reader. There’s no need for everything to be spelled out for us, and Ellis exercises some incredible restraint on that front. Sure, more and more of the world is uncovered with each issue, but the answers beget a host of new question, questions that I desperately want answered.

Jon Davis-Hunt’s work on the art front fits this perfectly. Because the dialogue is kept to a minimum, he has room to tell a story visually. The Wild Storm does require the reader to pay more attention than most books do, but it’s for the best. After all, why make comics if you aren’t going to use the art as a device to tell your story?

It helps that his designs are just awesome to look at. This issue houses the series’ first real action scene. Seeing the characters and tech in action is a lot of fun, in addition to having real consequences and stakes.

For the most part, the colors are fairly plain, and I don’t mean that as a knock against Steve Buccellato’s work. Many of the scenes in this issue require drab color schemes, and he makes it work. Of course, there are panels that do demand a more vibrant color scheme, and he excels there as well.

My one complaint is that, three issues in, I’m not totally invested in the characters. Yes, Ellis is the type of writer that often prioritizes world building and plotting before really delving into the character work, and yes, the cast is fairly large, but there haven’t been any real profound character moments yet. Character work that goes a little further than establishing who all the players are would be nice.

Regardless, The Wild Storm continues to be an excellent book. This issue leaves me only wanting to spend more time in this world, and having to wait another month to dive back in is a little bit of a bummer. The work this team is doing feels like it’s on another level, in the upper echelon of comics right now.

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