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Stormwatch #2

“The Dark Side-Part 2”

Writer: Paul Cornell
Pencils: Miguel Sepulveda & Al Barrionuevo
Colors: Alex Sinclair
Letters: Rob Leigh
Assistant Editor: Sean Mackiewicz
Editor: Pat McCallum
Cover: Miguel Sepulveda

(No Spoilers)

Now I can tell Paul Cornell’s starting to have fun with this title.  The opening page of this book alone is the most epic tongue-in-cheek moment I’ve ever seen!  I also like the dysfunction between the team members.  I know Cornell mentioned in interviews that we’ll be seeing the team falling apart.  When you see how they treat each other it’s a wonder they ever came together in the first place.

Cornell also does good to answer some of the fanboy rants about the encounter with Martian Manhunter and Midnighter last issue.  The great thing is, I think Cornell anticipated the reaction and quickly answers the issue that angered so many fans last issue.

The humor in this book is also very clever.  There’s a bit with the Justice League that had me laughing out loud.  It was a clever bit that also involved a clearer understanding and cooler use of The Projectionists powers in my opinion.  I like that amidst all the chaos, there’s still room for some laughs.  It is a very fast-paced book and there is so much going on here.  This issue is definitely still setting up some factors of the story but we did get some forward movement.

I loved the combination of Miguel Sepulveda and Al Barrionuevo doing the art.  It’s good to see Barrionuevo drawing Wildstorm characters again.  I think the different colorist for this issue brought out their art more.  There are some amazing shots in here and again the effects used to enhance the art are very impressive.

I enjoyed the issue but I am really curious to see what happens next.  I can’t necessarily say that it’s written for trade.  I think it’s more that Cornell is just doing his best to fit this epic opening story in the pages allotted to him.  I am really enjoying this new incarnation of Stormwatch!

8 out of 10 (On its way to greatness!)

 

Stormwatch #1

“The Dark Side-Part 1”

Writer: Paul Cornell
Pencils: Miguel Sepulveda
Colors: Allen Passalaqua
Letters: Rob Leigh
Assistant Editor: Sean Mackiewicz
Editor: Pat McCallum
Cover: Miguel Sepulveda

(No Spoilers)

Welcome to the DCU, Stormwatch! I know this fan didn’t expect to be writing about you for a long time. But I’m glad that the time came sooner rather than later.

When I first heard that the Wildstorm characters were going to be integrated into the DCU, I couldn’t help but share a little of everyone’s skepticism. The Wildstorm characters were like the neighborhood tough guys. They were not afraid to kill the evil super-powered beings of the world, so how would this attitude translate to the DCU that was filled with more traditional superheroes?

The answer comes in the form of an idea brilliantly presented by writer Paul Cornell. In the new DCU where superheroes are suddenly new to the world, Cornell shows us that the Stormwatch has been a clandestine organization that has existed for centuries in this new DCU. It is only with the public appearance of superheroes now that Stormwatch is forced to come forward. I thought this was great because it still allows Stormwatch to be badasses while the rest of the DCU’s ideals are not compromised. In fact, the way this issue reads and the way it is paced, you’d think you’re reading some of Warren Ellis’ old work.

Cornell does a great job of introducing these characters. It’s simple things like the characters using each others names or referring to their own powers and how they work that I think will make it easy for new readers to understand. I personally am just happy to see The Engineer, Jack Hawksmoor, Apollo, Midnighter, and Jenny Quantum in action again! The inclusion of Martian Manhunter seemed very odd to me at first. But after reading the issue, I feel this version of Manhunter has an edge to him that I can see fits the book perfectly.

Miguel Sepulveda’s art is good. It reminds me a little of Al Barrionuevo (who consequentially is helping with issue 2 next month). It’s got a darkness to it that fits the darker tone of this book. There is also some great digital work used to enhance his art like the scenes where The Engineer is viewing holographic computer screens or we see scenes of Hyperspace in the background.

Overall, it was a solid first issue. It did a great job of not only setting up the characters, but also several plot points that are interesting to say the least. It definitely has a different feel to it than the other DC books. It felt more like a Wildstorm book to me than a DC book. I hope that works in its favor because I know there are people out there who miss the likes of book like The Authority or Planetary. I can safely say this comic is done in the spirit of those books.

8 out of 10 (On its way to greatness!)

 

The Authority: The Lost Year #9 - Cover

The Authority: The Lost Year #9

The Authority: The Lost Year #9 - Cover“Punch Drunk”

Writers: Grant Morrison, Keith Giffen, & J.M. DeMatteis
Pencils: J.J. Kirby and Michael Lopez
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb
Letters: Rob Leigh
Editor: Scott Peterson
Cover: Gene Ha

I am truly shocked but I actually thought this issue was okay. Last issue really frustrated me to no end and I dreaded picking this one up. But there were several factors that were different about this issue that I think slightly improved it from the last one.

First off, we get J.J. Kirby as the artist this time. I didn’t think David Williams and Kelsey Shannon’s art from last issue was horrible at all. In fact I stated in my review for that issue that I thought it was perfect especially with some of the facial expression they did. But I think Kirby’s art suited the story just that much more. I remember first seeing J.J. Kirby’s work in the Backlash series. I didn’t care for it as much back then but when he returned and did The New Dynamix mini-series in 2008, I enjoyed his art. I think he’s improved even further in this issue. He’s got a cartoony style that definitely matches the tone of the story.

The Authority: The Lost Year #9 - Image 1The first part of this story last issue didn’t appeal to me because it was trying to be funny and I just didn’t find it to be. Here however, I think the overall humor worked better. Was it outstanding? No. But it was much better than last issue. It was almost like watching an episode of The Tick (or reading the comic). The characters from the alternate Earth were goofy enough to have been villains in The Tick.

I think something else that helped this issue is that it’s basically fighting through the majority of it. The dialogue does have fun with the situation but I think the action allowed for better visual jokes this time.

Does this issue redeem my feelings towards this series? Not really. But I’m glad to read an issue and not regret that I did. We’ve got 3 issues left so we’ll see if the team will end up anywhere else that’s interesting before all is said and done.

7 out of 10 (Above Average)

The Authority: The Lost Year #8 - Cover

The Authority: The Lost Year #8

“No Laughing Matter” (No Spoilers)

Writers: Grant Morrison, Keith Giffen, & J.M. DeMatteis
Pencils: David Williams & Kelsey Shannon
Letters: Rob Leigh
Editor: Scott Peterson
Cover: Gene Ha

I have to admit, I’ve struggled a lot with The Authority: The Lost Year. It has really been hit and miss for me. I believe there have been some great ideas presented in this series but I’m not really enjoying the way they’re being presented. However, with J.M. DeMatteis helping with the story this time we do get some humor which is very unusual for an Authority comic.

In visiting parallel worlds, the team has encountered several doppelgangers of themselves, both here and in past Authority stories. But this time, we get a more comedic take on the parallel Authority team encountered here. When DeMatteis did his Justice League of America series in 1987, it was kind of tongue-in-cheek. It took place in DC continuity but it was definitely very light-hearted. Basically what we have here is a light-hearted version of The Authority. This of course leads to some pretty funny moments where the characters react to situations in a more “classic” superhero way.

The Authority of the parallel Earth act as if they were in a sitcom rather than a comic. You can almost hear the laugh track appropriately placed as you read. While it was funny, it wasn’t laugh out loud funny. It’s kind of like a big name comedian that’s very popular making a movie and it receives lukewarm ratings. That’s what I feel here. I get what they were trying to do but I didn’t find it that amusing.

However, I will say David Williams and Kelsey Shannon’s art was perfect for this story. This is especially true with some of the facial expressions of the characters. At times I felt like I was reading a Mad Magazine parody of The Authority and the pictures went along perfect with that idea as I read.

Fans of J.M. DeMatteis will appreciate his take on The Authority but I think the idea fell a little short. But we still have the second part of this next month so we’ll see how this is all resolved.

Rating: 6 out of 10 (Slightly above average)