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Alan Moore: Wild Worlds Paperback – August 1, 2007
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When acclaimed comics writer Moore returned to mainstream comics in the mid-1990s, his projects included these stories featuring superheroes published by Image Comics' WildStorm imprint. The Wildstorm characters, represented here by the Wild C.A.T.S. team, Majestic, Voodoo, and Deathblow, were standard-issue superheroes in the then-dominant Image mold, and since Moore wasn't given the freedom to revamp them as he had Image's Supreme, which he took over at around the same time, the results fell disappointingly short of his usual genre-transcending work. Only occasionally evident are the inventive plotting, incisive characterization, and savvy tweaking of superhero conventions for which Moore is renowned. Instead, here are mostly the grotesquely overmuscled men, ridiculously pneumatic women, and repetitious fight scenes that typified Image's output. Since no background is provided on the characters and their past story lines, fans of Moore unfamiliar with WildStorm may have a hard time figuring out just what's going on. Even so, the collection should hook followers of the WildStorm titles and staunch Alan Moore fans. Flagg, Gordon
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and Wildcats own through short and acts a ending for the whole WildCat new team. by it self the story is good and the art is worth the buy.
All in all if your not a big fan of WildStorm characters stay away.
Then we get a very good story about Voodoo, the formerly shallow barely clothed hottie of the team. Well she's just one of three barely clothed hotties. A bit much there, Mr. Lee. Here Moore starts from scratch and tries to make her interesting. He does a good job. Voodoo starts out as a naive stripper who never even looked into what voodoo actually is. She finds out in New Orleans in a story that is right up Moore's alley, occult magic. The high quality art by Michael Lopez and the late J. Scott Campbell clone Al Rio make this one of the better stories in the this trade.
Another strange story is about Lee's Punisher rip-off Deathblow. Except it's not. It's about a planet of Deathblow clones killing each other. I couldn't follow it. It made no sense to me.
There is also a beautifully illustrated Travis Charest WildCATS story at the end but it's very short and I couldn't follow what was going on. I think this story needed more context.
The other tale of note is about Lee's Superman rip-off (notice a trend here) Mr. Majestic and the entropy of the universe. It was cool to see a human-like character experiencing the death of time. Even though what happens over a dozen pages would take eons in human terms it was still a thought provoking read. This is pure Alan Moore.
So a mixed bag of random stories based on Jim Lee's crappy characters. The only reason why people are fans of WildCATS is because they are Jim Lee art fans. People love his art, but his editorial and creative decisions are usually pretty bad. New 52 anyone? But this is a book every Alan Moore completist will want. Just don't read the Spawn story as it's best forgotten.
At the time of the WilCATs Spawn crossover I was not really an Alan Moore fan even though I'd read Watchmen four years prior and was beginning to love his run on the main WildCATs title. I initially bought this series because at the time I was initially buying comics based on the artwork and not the writer, so artist Scott Clark's art was the draw of that initial purchase, but reading it 17 years later it seems like a well crafted Alan Moore tale.
The Voodoo series, like the Spawn crossover, I initially bought for the art and now that I read it all these years later, it seems the weakest story of the whole collection, but has great art.
Jim Baikie's art makes Deathblow: By Blows an enjoyable story and is a well crafted story like the Spawn crossover
I love the Majestic short story and Carlos D'anda's art is great as is Travis Charest's art on the WildCATs short story.
Although surrounded by a stunning array of artists, this collection by Mr. Moore is either hit or miss. Well, nothing can be Watchmen, can it?
However, there is one comic in this book that particularly stood out, and struck me so far as for me to write a review 6 years after reading it. It's called "The Big Chill" and it tells about one superhero surviving to the end of the universe. He and a band of gods and immortals wander around a nearly completely frozen universe with only a few dying stars remaining seeking for life and preparing for the end of the universe. Based off of Isaac Asmiov's short story "the Last Question"
I wasn't very impressed with the other stories at all, but I've been trying hard to find it somewhere to reread. I don't know why, but it just left a lasting impression on me.