"Yesterday's" Comic> WildC.A.T.S. Adventures #2
WildC.A.T.S. Adventures #2 Image Comics (November, 1994) "Heart Of Steel" TELEPLAY: David Wise ADAPTATION: Jeff Mariotte LAYOUTS/COVER ART: Ty Templeton FINISHER: Art Nichols COLORISTS: Ben Fernandez & Wendy Fouts SEPARATIONS: In Color LETTERER: Richard Starkings ASSISTANT EDITOR: Sarah Beckler EDITOR IN CHIEF: Bill Kaplan "WILDC.A.T.S." CREATORS: Jim Lee & Brandon Choi This isn't the regular comic, but adaptations of the CBS Saturday morning cartoon (later syndicated on USA Network as part of their "Action Extreme Team" lineup). This is the only issue I have. While chasing off Hellspont's "Troika" group Spartan runs into Karyn McKee, his fiance from the days before he was attacked by Hellspont's crew, forced to adopt a cyborg body, and begin the WildCATS. She's sure she can restore his original body and he agrees while the others try to stop Helspont from getting more energy for his ship to begin searching for an orb. But before the operation can take place, Void warns Spartan that the team needs his help as they are pinned down and overwhelmed by Hellspont's forces. Spartan decides that becoming Hadrian again will have to wait while Helspont's forces are loose and the WildCATS need their leader. While this saddens Karyn, she agrees and the two part. What they got right: If you wanted a kid-friendly WildC.A.T.S. story you found one here. Just for curiosity sake I found the actual episode that was adapted. It's mostly faithful (I'll get back to that) to the episode. Mariotte did add the actual attack that forced Hadrian to become Spartan, which wouldn't have flown in a kids show, especially on network Saturday morning television. The art was good, and didn't have a lot of Image or the 90s obsession with crosshatching. Artists and colorists tried to make it look like a cartoon. What they got wrong: A few sequences are out of order. Whether this was due to an early draft of the script being used or trying to fit everything into the span of the comic I can't say. It does have Grifter telling Spartan to let Karyn know he's a machine now (they use cyborg in the episode as well, but they only transferred his mind, not his brain, so he's all robot with human--well, Keribum--memories) when in the episode it was Zealot. I will give the comic version credit that the attempt to get Spartan to change his mind worked slightly better here than in the show, where it felt rushed (and the emotion didn't come through as well in the low-budget animation) and the same goes for Hadrian saying goodbye to Karyn. So that "wrong" goes to the episode. Recommendation: If the regular comic was too dark for you or your kids, you might give this one a try. I'd call it a potential gateway to the regular comic, but this time Jim Lee didn't even get to a WildCATS comic in the New 52 that merged the Wildstorm universe into the DC universe.