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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)

Stormwatch #20

sw20cover“Away”

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

(No Spoilers)

After a strong initial showing for the new creative team last month, the title begins to waiver a little too early for my tastes.  Although the inclusion of Lobo is interesting, it seems a little odd that Stormwatch has essentially become Star Trek with superheroes.

sw20image1It seems all the Wildstorm titles met their end in space.  Voodoo headed out into space and got cancelled and so did Grifter (sort of).  Only Team 7 didn’t resort to space as a new setting for the story but apparently that’s a moot point since that title was cancelled anyway.  I’m hoping the Stormwatch title won’t end it’s time in space as well.  For some, the classic feel Starlin brings may be a welcome change of pace and something that many feel is sorely missed in modern comics.  But honestly, other than a select few classic stories, I’m not a fan of classic comic books.  There’s just something very dated about that style of story-telling to me.

I will say I like this mixture of characters.  It’s good to have Apollo and Midnighter back in their original costumes.  I never knew Lobo’s origin so I’m not sure how much this one deviates from it (if at all).  I also hope that the villains of the story can convince me why Lobo is a good choice for their master plan.  It just seems to me that beings who can alter space and time would not seek out someone like Lobo.

sw20image2I’m really trying to hold back criticism on where this story is going because we’re only two issues into the arc.  But when you have an enjoyable first issue and the second starts slowing things down, it’s hard not to worry.  It just seems that this book has turned into Green Lantern Corps because I feel a lot of the DC space stuff is handled there.  Stormwatch seems to work better when they’re behind the scenes.

I’m hoping the title gets back on track next month because I’d hate to see the last Wildstorm title die.  But we all knew this was DC’s Hail Mary play for the title.  Let’s see if they score a touchdown after all.

6 out of 10 (Slightly above average)