ֱ - cole cash /tags/cole-cash en First Look: Surviving the Joker War /blog/2020/10/16/first-look-surviving-the-joker-war <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-social field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><style type ="text/css"> span .fb_iframe_widget { height: 24px !important; width: 150px ; overflow: hidden; } .fb_edge_widget_with_comment { float: left; } .social-item { display: inline-block; vertical-align: text-top; } .tw-social-item { width: 91px; } .su-social-item { width: 85px; } .lt-ie9 .fblike-social-item, .lt-ie9 .fblike-social-item span, .lt-ie9 .fblike-social-item iframe { height: 20px; width: 94px; } .lt-ie9 .fbsend-social-item .fb-send, .lt-ie9 .fbsend-social-item .fb-send iframe { height: 20px; width: 52px; float: left; } @-moz-document url-prefix() { .fblike-social-item, .fblike-social-item span, .fblike-social-item iframe { width: 94px; height: 20px; } .fbsend-social-item .fb-send { width: 52px; height: 20px !important; float: left; } } </style> <script> (function(w, d, s) { function blammo(){ var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0], load = function(url, id) { if (d.getElementById(id)) {return;} js = d.createElement(s); js.src = url; js.id = id; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }; load('//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1&appId=200103733347528', 'facebook-jssdk'); load('//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js', 'tweetjs'); load('//platform.stumbleupon.com/1/widgets.js', 'stmbljs'); } if (w.addEventListener) { w.addEventListener("load", blammo, false); } else if (w.attachEvent) { w.attachEvent("onload", blammo); } }(window, document, 'script')); </script> <!-- Facebook Like button --> <div id="fb-root"></div> <div class="social-item fblike-social-item"> <fb:like href="<?php echo $pg_url = "http://" . $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST'] . $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'] . 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In fact, it’s only just getting started. With the Joker defeated, Punchline under house arrest and the people of Gotham left to pick up the pieces, a weary city asks a desperate question—what happens now?</p> <p>It’s something fans are likely wondering as well. With “The Joker War” serving as the heart of the Bat-books for much of 2020, now that it’s done, we’re all a bit curious about what comes next. <em>Batman: The Joker War Zone </em>and the climactic <em>Batman #100 </em>both make it clear there are plenty of loose threads that stand ready to be unraveled. The Joker and Punchline may be down, but they’re definitely not out. Clownhunter doesn’t seem like he’s going to heed Batman’s warning to stop killing the Joker’s men. And Ghost-Maker…? Well, we don’t know what his deal is, but it doesn’t seem like he wants to take Batman out for nachos. No, the Dark Knight still has a lot to watch out for, and he now has far fewer resources to work with.</p> <p>But before he can face these new threats, he still has a few friends to check in on…and perhaps patch things up with. There’s Catwoman, obviously. Just when Selina and Bruce were back on solid ground, her dark past with the Designer was brought to light and now things between her and Batman seem…off. There’s Damian. We suspect that one’s going to be a LOT more complicated to resolve. And then there’s Lucius Fox. From what we’ve seen, Batman hasn’t checked in on him since Lucius was poisoned by the Joker. How’s his recovery coming along? What’s he been doing? And why is he now working with Cole Cash?</p> <p>That’s right, Grifter once again returns to the ֱ Universe in next week’s <em>Batman #101…</em>and if you caught yesterday’s <a href="/blog/2020/10/15/dc-future-state-a-glimpse-into-the-future-of-the-dc-universe" target="_blank">ֱ Future State announcement,</a> you know the Wildstorm character is going to be one to keep an eye on. 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We’re exactly halfway through The Wild Storm. At least, we are if Warren Ellis and Jon Davis-Hunt stick to the 24 issues they originally promised for the series. If we are, then <a href="https://www.readdc.com/The-Wild-Storm-2017-12/digital-comic/T1684700125001?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9SZWNlbnRBZGRpdGlvbnM" target="_blank">THE WILD STORM #12</a> is quite an issue to end the first half on.</p><p>In this issue, we witness—in what has to be one of the worst cases of coincidental timing in world history—two covert operations taking place at the exact same time. The first is IO’s attempt to infiltrate Skywatch’s servers to glean some sort of information they could use against them. The second, which I almost forgot about after the events of issue #11 last month, is our wild CAT’s assault on IO’s Hightower facility. That facility, you may remember, is the one that John narrowly escaped from <a href="https://www.readdc.com/The-Wild-Storm-2017-7/digital-comic/T1684700075001?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9Jc3N1ZXM" target="_blank">back in issue #7</a> and where they’re teaching computers how to read human minds through a process called “machine telepathy.”</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/03-MAR/WildStorm12_2_5aa217d9cd5a45.08964390.jpg" style="width: 699px; height: 1080px;" /></p><p>So, were both the operations successful? I’m not sure we can tell yet, or if it’s even so cut and dry. The wild CAT seems to have gotten into the facility, accomplished all of their objectives and gotten out without anyone seeing them—anyone still living, at any rate. They successfully destroyed all the data IO had received from the Hightower facility, and destroyed the freaky brain-farm that seemed to be at the heart of their machine telepathy development. They did have to eliminate some security guards…but we got an awesome action sequence out of it, so I can hardly fault them for that.</p><p>But IO… They seem to think their operation was a success, and they did get the information they were attempting to steal, but unknown to them, the entire thing was compromised. Skywatch and Henry Bendix know that they were behind the bot storm that was supposed to serve as IO’s cover. And most fascinating of all, they were compromised by what can only be called simple human carelessness. Mitch Saunders, the affable, hard-working analyst who seemed to be Jackie King’s righthand man in her department, had gotten his cell phone hacked and Skywatch was using it as a listening device.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/03-MAR/WildStorm12_1_5aa2180438bdb0.52868173.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1080px;" /></p><p>Now, keep in mind that Mitch works in the realm of cybersecurity and infiltration. He knows what it takes to make sure you’re secure. More to the point, Jackie flat-out warned him about the rideshare and dating apps he was so fond of using, and they proved to be the very things that did him in. But can we really blame Mitch? We hear about the importance of cybersecurity and read about hacks and breeches, like last year’s massive Equifax hack. And yet, many—if not most—of us shrug them off, assuming they won’t happen to us. Or even if we do take steps to protect ourselves, everyday life happens and we get careless. We forget to turn off location tracking in our apps or make sure our firewall’s up-to-date on our computer. We rush through our actions and as a result, things get overlooked.</p><p>Sometimes those things can get you killed.</p><p>I was reminded of all of this when, ironically, I overlooked something significant to Ellis’s story. While reading issue #12, I was surprised when Lucy Blaze mentioned to Bendix that she had suborned a phone belonging to someone in IO’s Analysis division. I didn’t realize that she had done that and assumed this was the first time Ellis had made any mention of it. But then, as I was flipping through <a href="https://www.readdc.com/The-Wild-Storm-2017-11/digital-comic/T1684700115001?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9Jc3N1ZXM" target="_blank">issue #11</a> a bit later, there the whole thing was, right on the third page. Granted, it’s a subtle four-panel sequence that’s sandwiched between two flashier scenes, but it’s there. I had just overlooked it, or perhaps seen it and disregarded it.</p><p>Either way, I’d missed something important. Fortunately, it’s not a matter of life-or-death for me the same way it was for Mitch, but it goes to demonstrate how simple these oversights are to make.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/03-MAR/WildStorm12_4_5aa218243c97c3.69148149.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1077px;" /></p><p>Thankfully, I don’t work in the world of high tech espionage. But those who do, both in real life and in the amped up fiction of The Wild Storm, need to sweat the details in everything they do. They live life in the crosshairs, constantly under covert attack by their adversaries. With organizations as large and complex as IO and Skywatch, those attacks can land just about anywhere. There’s quite a lot to lock down, stay on top of and defend, but your success depends on being able to do just that.</p><p>Otherwise, your enemy can get the better of you, and the dirty little secret is that once you’re compromised, you’re pretty much disposable. If you’re lucky, that means you wind up getting unceremoniously let go. But if you’re unlucky, you just might end up the victim of the very first shot fired in a looming war.</p><p><br /><i><a href="/comics/the-wild-storm-2017/the-wild-storm-12" target="_blank">THE WILD STORM #12</a> by Warren Ellis, Jon Davis-Hunt and Steve Buccellato is now available in print <a href="https://www.readdc.com/The-Wild-Storm-2017-12/digital-comic/T1684700125001?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9SZWNlbnRBZGRpdGlvbnM" target="_blank">and as a digital download.</a></i></p><p></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/wildstorm" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wildstorm</a>, <a href="/tags/the-wild-storm" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">the wild storm</a>, <a href="/tags/the-wild-storm-breakdown" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">the wild storm breakdown</a>, <a href="/tags/the-wild-storm-review" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">the wild storm review</a>, <a href="/tags/the-wild-storm-12" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">the wild storm #12</a>, <a href="/tags/io" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">io</a>, <a href="/tags/skywatch" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">skywatch</a>, <a href="/tags/halo" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Halo</a>, <a href="/tags/wild-cat" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wild cat</a>, <a href="/tags/wildcats" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wildcats</a>, <a href="/tags/henry-bendix" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">henry bendix</a>, <a href="/tags/weatherman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">weatherman</a>, <a href="/tags/cole-cash" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">cole cash</a>, <a href="/tags/grifter" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Grifter</a>, <a href="/tags/kenesha" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">kenesha</a>, <a href="/tags/void" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">void</a>, <a href="/tags/jackie-king" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jackie king</a>, <a href="/tags/mitch" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">mitch</a>, <a href="/tags/lucy-blaze" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">lucy blaze</a>, <a href="/tags/zealot" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">zealot</a>, <a href="/tags/warren-ellis" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">warren ellis</a>, <a href="/tags/jon-davis-hunt" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jon davis-hunt</a>, <a href="/tags/tim-beedle" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">tim beedle</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2018/03/09/the-wild-storm-the-cost-of-carelessness" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="The Wild Storm: The Cost of Carelessness" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Fri, 09 Mar 2018 18:00:00 +0000 Tim Beedle 437962 at /blog/2018/03/09/the-wild-storm-the-cost-of-carelessness#comments The Wild Storm: Flirting with Annihilation /blog/2017/12/21/the-wild-storm-flirting-with-annihilation <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; 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It’s easier to destroy than to create, but what’s often overlooked is that destruction is often the more satisfying of the two as well. Human history is written in blood and accompanied by a soundtrack of battle cries, gunshots and explosions.</p><p>The only problem with this is that after thousands of years of practice, we’ve gotten way too good at it.</p><p>While before we were content with razing armies or small towns, now we possess the ability to destroy entire cities or even nations with the push of a button. We’ve created enough weapons to eliminate all life on planet Earth numerous times over. We’ve mastered the art of annihilation and we’re itching to give the world a demonstration.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2017/12-DEC/WS10_1_5a3b3856960633.80890886.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1079px;" /></p><p>Warren Ellis and Jon Davis-Hunt’s <a href="https://www.readdcentertainment.com/The-Wild-Storm-2017/comics-series/86244?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy" target="_blank">THE WILD STORM</a> has much to say about our skill at destruction, and <a href="https://www.readdcentertainment.com/The-Wild-Storm-2017-10/digital-comic/T1684700105001?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9SZWNlbnRBZGRpdGlvbnM" target="_blank">this week’s issue #10</a> reads like, if not a march to the gallows for the human race, at least a painful reckoning. Cole, Kenesha, John, Adri and Angela plot to covertly infiltrate IO’s Hightower. Henry Bendix is ready to move from monitoring IO’s agents to taking some of them out. IO’s analysis team is gaming scenarios of how they can hack into Skywatch undetected. And the appearance of the Mayor sure really seemed to shake up Priscilla Kitaen. War may not have arrived just yet, but you can sure smell it in the air. If Jenny Sparks really is a defense mechanism for the world, it’s little wonder she’s suddenly moved to the forefront of the story. It sounds like the world is going to need her.</p><p>It certainly will if more people start following Kenesha’s lead. Look, I’m not going to say I know what exactly what was going on with her and her obsession with all things “explody” at the start of issue #10. But I did find it fitting that the first plan the wild CAT landed on was blowing IO up. Their options may be limited, but as they all make clear, destroying IO is a bad idea for many reasons. And yet, they never really let the idea go. Kenesha keeps going on about how awesome the explosion is going to be and Cole ultimately agrees that a small bomb will likely need to be part of the plan. Even if we realize that destroying something is ultimately a bad idea, there’s still a part of us that will always want to go through with it.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2017/12-DEC/WS10_2_5a3b386e1f3351.28906366.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1080px;" /></p><p>Bendix, on the other hand, at least has a reason for striking IO. They did violate their treaty and steal technology from Skywatch, after all. At least in his case, an attack wouldn’t be unprovoked. The notion of Skywatch mounting an assault on IO—and by extension, Earth—is downright terrifying. Fortunately, Lauren Pennington seems to be a cooler head that the more impassioned Bendix seems pretty willing to entertain. Of course, the drugs probably don’t hurt either. I’m not sure what’s in that syringe that Lauren injects Bendix with near the end of their scene, but it sure seems to change Weatherman’s mood in quite a hurry.</p><p>This is the first we’ve seen of Bendix’s dependence on pharmaceuticals, and it gives us some interesting ideas to consider. Ultimately, it’s the drug that distracts him from his irritation at IO and desire for reciprocity. As he says, it allows him to conduct the management of outer space “nicely.” We know nothing about this drug at this point. For all we know, it’s harmless. But drugs rarely are. They often destroy lives, and the irony that one tool of destruction is the only thing keeping a far worse wave of annihilation at bay definitely isn’t lost on me.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2017/12-DEC/WS10_3_5a3b38830fa9e2.07086334.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1080px;" /></p><p>I’ve said before that I don’t know where The Wild Storm is going any more than you do. I have no clue what’s ahead. But if I had to speculate, my guess is that we’ll manage to stave off war and annihilation for a while longer. For starters, Ellis really seems to be patient and deliberate with his pacing. This series never feels like it’s rushing towards something. Also, as we saw in this issue, there are always going to be voices of reason talking our more extreme minds off the ledge. But I do think we’ll get there eventually. Between the clear escalation of tension between the organizations and the warning signs like Jenny Sparks and the Mayor, it’s clear we’re building to something.</p><p>One of the great things about The Wild Storm is that while we may have characters we like more than others, there are no clear heroes and villains in this story. Everyone has their good and bad qualities. When war does come, it may be hard to choose a side and victory for either organization (or for any of the outside forces, like Jenny) isn’t guaranteed.</p><p>And that’s the problem. When everybody’s flirting with annihilation, you never know who she’s ultimately going to come calling for.<br /> </p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em><a href="http://www.dccomics.com/comics/the-wild-storm-2017/the-wild-storm-10" target="_blank">THE WILD STORM #10</a> by Warren Ellis, Jon Davis-Hunt and Steve Buccellato is now available in print and<a href="https://www.readdcentertainment.com/The-Wild-Storm-2017-10/digital-comic/T1684700105001?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9SZWNlbnRBZGRpdGlvbnM" target="_blank"> as a digital download.</a> Need to catch up? <a href="http://www.dccomics.com/graphic-novels/the-wild-storm-2017/the-wild-storm-vol-1" target="_blank">THE WILD STORM VOL. 1</a> is in stores now!</em></p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/wild-storm" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wild storm</a>, <a href="/tags/the-wild-storm" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">the wild storm</a>, <a href="/tags/wildstorm" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wildstorm</a>, <a href="/tags/warren-ellis-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">warren ellis</a>, <a href="/tags/jon-davis-hunt" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jon davis-hunt</a>, <a href="/tags/skywatch" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">skywatch</a>, <a href="/tags/io" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">io</a>, <a href="/tags/international-operations" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">international operations</a>, <a href="/tags/jenny-sparks" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jenny sparks</a>, <a href="/tags/henry-bendix" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">henry bendix</a>, <a href="/tags/halo" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Halo</a>, <a href="/tags/cole-cash" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">cole cash</a>, <a href="/tags/grifter" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Grifter</a>, <a href="/tags/destruction" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">destruction</a>, <a href="/tags/human-destruction" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">human destruction</a>, <a href="/tags/humanitys-destructive-nature" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">humanity&#039;s destructive nature</a>, <a href="/tags/flirting-with-annihilation" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">flirting with annihilation</a>, <a href="/tags/comic-books" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Comic Books</a>, <a href="/tags/tim-beedle" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">tim beedle</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2017/12/21/the-wild-storm-flirting-with-annihilation" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="The Wild Storm: Flirting with Annihilation" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Thu, 21 Dec 2017 18:00:00 +0000 Tim Beedle 436641 at /blog/2017/12/21/the-wild-storm-flirting-with-annihilation#comments