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
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.
The 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)