Yearly Archives: 2013

Stormwatch #23

sw23“Memories”

Writer: Jim Starlin
Pencils: Yvel Guichet
Inks: LeBeau Underwood
Colors: Richard & Tanya Horie
Letters: Taylor Esposito
Editor: Harvey Richards
Senior Editor: Brian Cunningham
Cover: Jim Starlin

(No Spoilers)

Stormwatch begins to gain some decent footing with this issue.  After this reboot of the title seemed to grow very tired very quickly, this issue slows down a bit and gives us lots of info about certain members of the new team.  It’s still not perfect, but it’s a step in the right direction.

sw23image1The change in Midnighter’s origin is a little disappointing.  His original origin just didn’t seem as cliché.  But as far as the fight scenes and even his internal monologue, it seems this Midnighter is more what people wanted in the New 52.  We also gets glimpses of Storm Control’s past and some info on Hellstrike’s powers.  It’s interesting that the characters in the book know they’re not the original.  This could lead to some great plotlines if the creative team keeps on this path.

I’m still not crazy about the art and the inclusion of Lobo hasn’t added any weight to the book…yet.  He seems to be the focus of every solicitation so far so I hope he becomes very relevant to the team.  I just hope the team has more interaction with the rest of the DCU than just Lobo and the occasional reference to the Justice League.

The book will be gone for a month during Villain’s Month but will be back with #24 the following month.  I would’ve liked to have seem them do something with the villains from Stormwatch but the reboot is still to fresh and the villains not well-known enough to carry their own book.  I’m just happy it’s still not cancelled.  You gotta take your victories where you can.

7 out of 10 (Above Average)

Grifter in Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox Blu-ray/DVD

Well this was something we thought was near impossible here at Wildstorm Addiction!  When we first heard they were making an animated adaption of this story, we thought the chances of Grifter making it in were slim to none.  Well, thankfully the director is a Grifter fan and he pushed for Grifter to make an appearance.

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Flashpoint was the story that brought Wildstorm into the DCU New 52. It featured a mini-series called Lois Lane and the Resistance.  Grifter played a part in the story as he helped Lois fight the Amazons who had taken over Europe.  It’s so cool that we get to see Grifter in animated form again after all these years.  Even if it is a cameo.  Be sure and pick up the movie when it comes out July 30th!

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And as a bonus, check out this cool animated gif.

Stormwatch #22

sw22cover“Unforseen”

Writer: Jim Starlin
Pencils: Yvel Guichet
Inks: LeBeau Underwood & Juan Castro
Colors: Richard & Tanya Horie
Letters: Taylor Esposito
Editor: Harvey Richards
Senior Editor: Brian Cunningham
Cover: Jim Starlin

(No Spoilers)

This new incarnation of Stormwatch continues this month but the story is still a bit simplistic.  The inclusion of Lobo was already an odd choice and his part in the story takes a predictable turn here.  The only saving grace about the issue is the choice Jenny Soul makes at the end which rings of Warren Ellis from original Authority run.  Other than that, I’m still worried about this title.

The opening situation with Lobo seemed very forced, but the same can be said about the inclusion of Lobo in this title period.  The ruse The Kollective uses against Jenny is not very convincing.  I cannot believe that Storm Control would let her take the action she did.  I know we don’t know the character that well yet but the way he deals with Lobo at the end of this issue should show that he is a man who plans ahead.

It’s nice to have an incarnation of Apollo and Midnighter that’s closer to their originals, but I still feel like they’re holding back with these characters.  Their place in the DCU needs to become more cemented.  In fact, I can say the same about Stormwatch in general.  If this team is going to work in the DCU they need to have some interaction WITH the DCU.  This is part of why I don’t like them being out in space because the potential for them to run into other DCU characters diminishes.  Especially considering that major players like the Green Lantern Corps are currently occupied with their own crisis.

Guichet’s art has been ok but something in this issue made it look a little off.  I don’t know if it was the inkers or what but I did not enjoy the art.  I’m not even liking Jim Starlin’s covers either.  Overall, this book feels out of place, as if it belonged in the 1980’s.  Sorry if that’s harsh but I’m tired of seeing the Wildstorm characters treated this way.

Well, the solicits for October do show Stormwatch #24 with no Final Issue tag attached so that’s good.  So we know we’ll at least make it to issue #25 which for a Wildstorm title is a milestone in itself.  Honestly, I just hope Stormwatch survives to see another creative team change.  We need a stronger artist and something that will get this team interacting with the DCU if the title is to survive.

6 out of 10 (Slightly Above Average)

Rainmaker debuts in the New 52

rainmakerLast month’s The Movement #2 saw the debut of one of our favorite Gen 13 kids, Rainmaker.  It was just a cameo but this month’s #3 sees her in full action.  While it has been discouraging that a lot of the Wildstorm presence has diminshed in the New 52, it’s good to see we’re getting some nuggets here and there.  It’s also not surprising because writer Gail Simone did a stint on Gen 13.  For those hungry for some Wildstorm stuff, be sure and pick up the latest issues of The Movement!