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Waller Vs. Wildstorm #2 (of 4)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 5 critic ratings.

The island nation of Gamorra is eager for American investment-and even more eager for American metahuman weapons. Amanda Waller has just what they want: the Cybernary system. But the blood that her mercenaries spilled to get it has put her directly in Jackson King’s sights-so now he’s in the sights of the deadly Deathstroke!

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  • 85


    Waller vs. Wildstorm #2 continues the vibes and intrigue established in the debut issue but with a bit of timeline backtracking. While issue #1 introduced all the players in this story, issue #2 rewinds a bit to establish more context with a particular focus on Amanda Waller and Jackson King.

    The issue is largely about conversations until the final handful of pages, which is appropriate for the story Akerman and Narcisse are telling, but makes pacing difficult. While the last issue opened with Lois Lane interviewing the leader of a rebel group this one opens with Amanda Waller speaking with the newly elected president, establishing the other side of the conflict.

  • 85

    Geek Dad

    This is probably the most unconventional superhero book on the stands, with it playing out like a prestige political drama for much of it. King’s thirst for revenge and Waller’s gamesmanship make the conversation between them highly entertaining, with King thinking he has Waller cornered only for her to reveal an ace up her sleeve. The only wrinkle in this is, occasionally the story will be crashed by the most ridiculous ‘90s antiheroes you’ve ever seen. This series embraces its Wildstorm roots, with Jackson King’s secret Stormwatch team being rather unfamiliar to anyone who only followed the many recent reinventions. The first two issues here have mostly been setting up the central conflict, but now both sides have their armies and war is coming. I’m not sure the two parts of this concept quite work together fully, but it has been highly entertaining to watch the creative team try.

  • 80

    Graphic Policy

    Written by Spencer Ackerman and Evan Narcisee, Waller vs. Wildstorm #2 is an intriguing issue. The action is little but the tension is high. In it, we see Waller making more moves as she props up the nation of Gamorra but then is detained by Jackson King who is now Inspector General. The comic turns into a back and forth between the two as Waller sets out her vision and motivations while King pushes back at its corruption and a failure of their organization. The result is a comic that feels more like a stripped down play than superhero action on a grand scale. While the two’s actions will shape the world, the focus feels like a stage debate.

    The micro focus of the issue adds importance to the art by Jesús Merino. Merino is joined by Vincente Cifuentes on ink, color by Michael Atiyeh, and lettering by Dave Sharpe. The lack of big scenes and lots of action makes the focus on body language and facial expressions that much more important. It also means when there is action, it has to be tense and a big deal. The team nails it all with an issue whose visuals are full of emotion to match the debate.

    Waller vs. Wildstorm #2 is an intriguing issue that keeps things focused and on a small scale in a way. It has far more in common with dramas than action but leaves readers wanting to know more as the issue builds to a solid finale.

  • 70

    The trouble with conspiracy stories is that they require a lot of context to be understood; what’s clear by the end of Waller Vs. Wildstorm #2 is that this miniseries is ramping up to be an excellent conspiracy tale and the context required to appreciate it is finally established by the final few pages. Much of the issue is devoted to a back-and-forth between Amanda Waller and Jackson King that’s as much about their respective worldviews as the various plots and traps they’re already engaged in. Waller presents readers with a sense of realpolitik requiring atrocities to maintain hegemony whereas King brings a more familiar superheroic morality to bear that doesn’t align well with the United States’ intelligence state. Readers with any familiarity of real world operations by the C.I.A. and similar organizations will recognize the arguments, which are well applied to the invented U.S. state agencies of DC Comics. While that long exchange, interspersed with a few key reversals, take a good deal of space, it also establishes the human costs and long-term consequences of these philosophies. So even when Waller Vs. Wildstorm’s pacing stretches, the conflict presented is too intriguing to be ignored. With the battlelines drawn and so many conflicting parties defined for readers, it’s difficult to predict exactly where the story will go next but it’s evident that there’s tremendous potential in exploring this specific conflict within the framework presented by Waller and King.

  • 60

    Dark Knight News

    It feels like Ackerman and Narcisse have created a world that they’ve just dropped us in the middle of. They name drop a lot of people, and places with next to no explanation. Why is everyone afraid of the Weatherman? Who was the previous Cybernary pilot? There are just a lot of unanswered questions.

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