Written by: Paul Cornell
Art by: Miguel Sepulveda
As part of The New 52 initiative DC Comics has started to fold some of the Wildstorm properties into their universe. Books such as Voodoo, Grifter, and Stormwatch are getting their chance to shine on a much larger stage than they have before. I was worried at first when Wildstorm ceased publishing that we would not see these characters again. With the history of great stories that Wildstorm produced with their characters, it would have been a shame if they had gone away. The diversity of viewpoints expressed by the Wildstorm characters should make the DCU a more exciting and vibrant place to visit when you flip open your comics.
Stormwatch is one of the Wildstorm properties that has made the jump to the New DCU. Stormwatch has a varied history, and some ups and downs. Stormwatch may be most well known as the book that The Authority spun out of. I’m more of an Authority afficianado, and glad to see a good amount of the characters from that team in this book. Other characters such as Harry Tanner and Adam I am not so familiar with, but they seem like great additions to the cast from the Authority.
One strange thing about this book is that it ties into Superman #1, a book that isn’t going to be released until September 28th. The book is definitely strong by itself, but it’s a little weird to have a subplot that you begin your first issue with, and not know what it is until 3 weeks later. The Superman subplot is only mentioned in the first few pages, but it would have been nice to know what they were talking about in the first few pages.
After the small intro we get to see the Jack Hawksmoor, the Projectionist, and Martian Manhunter trying to recruit Apollo onto the team. There is a cool scene where they show you the Projectionist’s powers and the reveal of J’onn J’onzz. Apollo doesn’t want to join, and the conflict created is interesting.
The Apollo story, while interesting on it’s own, isn’t the only subplot to the story. We also have Harry Tanner on the moon. Harry is investigating a disturbance on the face of the moon, and encounters a being. This harkens back to an arc of The Authority written by Warren Ellis. Then we have Jenny Quantum and Adam investigating a large creature in the Himalayas.
This book was the anti-Justice League. Whereas Justice League had very little going on, and took forever to get anywhere, this book reminds you of the old Wildstorm “Widescreen” style of storytelling. This book had a lot going on, but does not overwhelm you to the point where your head is spinning and you’re left wondering just what the heck is going on.
Going forward this first issue sets up some very interesting stories. I can’t wait to see where everything goes. The characters mix very well together, and I’m glad to see my old favorites treated so well. The addition of the Martian Manhunter and the other characters to the cast makes this book a different animal than anything that has come before. It’s not the Authority, it’s not the old Stormwatch, it is it’s own entity.
Stormwatch #1 gets 4.5 moon entities out of 5.