The Wild Storm #19 Review

Written by Warren Ellis
Pencils and Inks by Jon Davis-Hunt
Colored by Brian Buccellato and Steve Buccellato

After a short hiatus, the Wild Storm is back on shelves to begin the fourth and final arc of this series. As we have had many bunches of characters introduced (or re-introduced, depending on your point of view), Wild Storm #19 wastes no time giving us reader/enthusiasts a big ol’ splash of Authority goodness-mind melting science fiction comic bookery.

This is weird freaking universe gang, and chapter 19 in this opus is both a true synopsis of every single plot point already put out there by Ellis and a place setting for the end times starring the one and only Authority. Of course, ya could pick this comic up right now and not be too terribly lost because, for what might be the first time, the entire story is laid out in one issue…sort of. The major players and galaxy shifting plot elements are all discussed within. This is heavy text comic reading with beautiful art, so it will definitely not be for everyone, but this title never really has been. This is a sci-fi masterpiece. Now, to be fair, the comic is slow which requires the kind of patience for a novel or cerebral film, but it does not diminish the impact for long game readers.

I do not want to rewrite the text of the comic since that is boring as all hell, so I will highlight what I loved. If an opening word bubble referencing Orson Welles and the inventor of LSD doesn’t prepare you for the heady trip of the Wild Storm universe, I cannot help. Also Midnighter and Apollo have what amounts to the most far out pillow talk sequence I have ever read by a million miles.

Writer Warren Ellis and artist Jon Davis-Hunt continue their consistent, wonderful brilliance once again this month. Issue #19 is the final act of the slowest burn sci-fi, tech thriller in recent memory. Like every other damn chapter in this frustratingly overlooked gem, #19 asks a fair amount from it’s readers. Do you have a stupendous memory for plot? Is your patience high functioning? Ellis and company have built a comic book world so rich, so deep, that dozens of series can (and likely will) spin out from this. Will the conclusion of Wild Storm be as satisfying as the journey? Maybe. Maybe not. But that is not the point of this run now is it?