Written by Paul Cornell, Art & Cover by Miguel Sepulveda
Solicitation Info (from Previews): They are Stormwatch, a dangerous super human police force whose existence is kept secret from the world Directly following the ominous events of SUPERMAN #1, Adam One leads half the Stormwatch team to recover the [INFORMATION REDACTED] from deep in the Himalayas. Meanwhile, Jack Hawksmoor and the rest of the Stormwatch crew look to recruit two of the deadliest super humans on the planet: Midnighter and Apollo! And if they say no? Perhaps the Martian Manhunter can change their minds…
Bias: I get a kick out of everyone upset that the characters from Authority are in Stormwatch. They don’t know their Wildstorm history, as the characters were originally a part of Stormwatch, if peripherally, before the organization went kaput. I’m rather curious to see how this title plays out – whether they end up as the Authority, or become something different, and I love the idea that they’re more tied to the DCU by including Martian Manhunter – and that they consider the super heroes to be amateurs. Yeah, this one’s right up my alley. (Also, while I’m not gay myself, I believe in gay rights, so keeping Midnighter and Apollo gay was a decision I agree with. Gay.)
What I liked: This one was impressive – if for nothing else, just the sheer amount of story crammed into a single comic. And it was a good story at that! Three different storylines are coming to a head at the same time, and while that gives you the sense that the story’s been going on for a while, it was also written in such a way that you never felt lost by what was happening. The artwork was amazing – the only other artist who does so well with facial expressions is Kevin Maguire. All in all, a magnificent first issue – can’t wait for issue 2!
What I disliked: There were a couple of confusing points. Not enough to overly distract, but they did take me out of the story for a moment to figure out. One was on the first page, where it links something happening to Superman #1. I like that they referenced it (and another issue later on – more on this in the comments for spoiler reasons) – gives the feel that there’s definitely an interconnectedness to the universe (especially important, I think, for a previous Wildstorm title), but if they over-do it, it’ll get old fast. (I want to read this title, not have to read all the others to know what’s going on…)
Verdict: I’m definitely collecting this one!
As always, SPOILERS in comments, including my favorite scene, thoughts on what happened, and questions about what’s to come.