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A day off for Memorial’s Day, but let us now continue with a look at some comic book runs that did not make the Top 158, but were loved by someone anyways!
James Robinson and Travis Charest’s WildC.A.T.S. – 12 points (1 first place vote)
WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams #15-20
James Robinson did some yeoman work in his transitionary work between Jim Lee and Brandon Choi and Alan Moore on WildC.A.T.S.
One of the major stories in this run was a spotlight on the Black Razors, some fairly minor characters that Robinson developed so well that years later, Micah Wright would choose to do a story on the Black Razor characters based almost entirely on that one story Robinson wrote years earlier.
And, of course, Travis Charest’s art is magnificent.
Here is reader Jeff on why this run was tops on his list!
So why did James Robinson and Travis Charest’s WildC.A.T.s #15-20 rank #1 on my top ten list?
Before the release of these issues, WildC.A.T.s was synonymous to its creator-artist Jim Lee. His presence was a very bold display of hyperstylized action, detail, and god-like supermodel pretty people accomplishing god-like acts of heroism.
Robinson/Charest’s work politely shakes hands with that interpretation. Then it takes a machine-gun-rapid crap on it.
Expectation, humiliation, the option of mercy nosediving against the fear of regret, and the pressure of having to scrape out a split-second go-with-your-gut decision while being painted into a corner by the people whom you thought were your friends: these are just a few of the ass nasty demons that Robinson and Charest juggle with within their run. Cool, casual in-your-face, it’s a mind-opener to read, watch, and listen to.
Bonus points: WildC.A.T.s #15-20 is also a melodic experience. Shoutouts to inker Troy Hubbs and colorist Joe Chiodo whose contributions help the story and art play music. I don’t know what exactly the creators were listening to, but these six issues visually capture some of the finer, spy-capable moods and tones from songs by The Cure, Joy Division, Bauhaus, and The Smiths. hell yes.
Another run tomorrow!!
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