Well it’s high time I did another blast from the past post, and as you can see it’s more WildC.A.T.S. stuff. (see even older wildcats stuff in blast from the past part 4
Why Wildcats? Well it’s obvious that the Wildcats were a kind of X-Men rip-off, but since they were new they didn’t have all the convoluted continuity that the X-Men had. They also seemed a little darker and cooler than the X-Men. It was one of the first series that I collected starting with issue 1. During it’s first few years it was my favorite comic book. And as I mentioned in past posts, Working for Wildstorm and drawing Wildcats had been a goal of mine from the age of 13, and at this point I still hadn’t shaken that desire. This was in 99, so I was 20. It would be several more years till I actually realized my dream of working at Wildstorm and eventually worked out my Wildcats fandom with a very ambitious pitch. (things to come in a future blast from the past post)
At this time Travis Charest’s Wildcats volume 2 was just getting started. I was excited by the prospect of the relaunch and it inspired me to do this story. I figured I could use these pages to submit to companies as I went along.
So, I think I’ll do a little commentary on these pages. Here go’s: At this time the Wildcats were kind of disbanded. But of course they would be getting back together. The idea of this story was that Maul and Spartan have been working on a new MIRV (the teams aircraft). They might have been trying to convince Warblade to join up again. I think Warblade had quit the team after his girlfriend died. He’s still sad about that. In panel 4 on page one I think Grifter was saying something about there not being enough action and missing the good ol’ days. Anyway they decide to take the new MIRV for a spin even though the work on it was not finished, for instance the weapons are not online yet.
Unfortunately for our guys a Daemonite/ Coda duo are somehow hip to the unfinished aircraft and plan on hijacking it. How they know about it, I don’t know. How are they sitting there waiting right at the right time to see the guys take it for a test flight, ether I can’t remember or I never had it worked out. The latter is more likely.
In panels 6 and 7 I think I had some banter in mind about Maul having lived with Voodoo while the team was split and if that ever lead to any naughty stuff. Then Grifter finds some excuse to go to the back. Maybe he has to use the bath room.
Grifter always had some personal stuff going on on the side. While he’s back there he sees something following them. He calls to the front to ask if Maul has got anything on the radar. By the time Maul sees them it’s to late.
Spartan says something like, hold on to your buts, as he tries to shake them. It doesn’t work so Warblade decides to go take care of things himself.
In the last panel here Maul would have been calling back to Grifter to check out a loss of cabin pressure in the cargo hold. The room that Grifter is in is based on a scene from the end of Wildacats volume 1 issue 4. It was used again by Travis Charest in the Wildcats special.
In the last 5 panels on this page I had this Daemonite reveal to Warblade that he was one of the Daemonites that killed WB’s family. And the coincidences continue. And are you looking at how many panels are on each of these pages? A lot. I guess I just didn’t want this little story to take to many pages.
Maul can see on a monitor what’s going on with Warblade and the Daemonite up top and says something to Spartan about how Warblade might need some help.
Back in the Cargo hold the Coda has disarmed Grifter, but because she knows who Grifter is and that Grifter has been trained in the Coda fighting styles she wants to fight him and kill him as a coda. So she gives him a sword, naturally! Make perfect sense.
Anyway back to Warblade verses the Daemonite.
So the Coda beats Grifter in a fair fight, but of course Grifter don’t play fair. Grifter walks back to the Cockpit letting everyone know that there is a coda assassin tied up in the cargo hold. Asks what the hell happened to Warblade and then says something smart ass as they pull back into the Halo building. I honestly can’t remember what it was he said.
So there you have that.
There’s more blast form the past stuff where that came from. Next time.