The GeeksverseStormwatch #1

Stormwatch #1
Published on Friday, September 9, 2011 by

Written by: Paul Cornell
Art by: Miguel Sepulveda
Colors: Allen Passalaqua
Letters: Rob Leigh
Cover Art: Miquel Sepulveda w/ Nathan Eyring
Assistant Editor: Sean Mackiewicz
Editor: Pat McCallum

First things first, this is not Stormwatch, it’s the Authority. Out of the Wildstorm characters brought over to the new DCU, only Jack Hawksmoor was ever a member of Stormwatch.

And even the mission statement of this group fits The Authority more then Stormwatch. So why was it called Stormwatch?

Cornell tries his best to match the tone and high concept feel of the Ellis and (early) Millar runs on The Authority. Further making this title feel like it’s been misnamed. Cornell tries, and overall it works, but it’s obvious that he’s trying to get that tone and falls just a bit short. Instead of trying to give his own tone to the series, he starts it off attempting to be an Ellis-clone.

That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but Cornell is quite capable of giving this book his own tone. He did a great job with Captain Britan and MI-13 over at Marvel, that it feels like a let down that he didn’t try for a unique feel.

The other thing working against this book is so many new characters. Even in the rebooted DCU, it feels odd to have this many new characters that have never appeared in any continuity. It causes the book to distance itself from the rest of the DCU and not feel connected. Especially after the Martian Manhunter’s comments about how Stormwatch is different from the Justice League and allows him to be different and do different things.

We get a brief glimpse that Stormwatch will have some major impact on the past of this new DCU, but we’re not given enough to see how this even fits into the current DCU. We learn that they went after Apollo because they think he could go toe-to-toe with Superman. There’s alot of different threads thrown around. Almost too many.

I have a feeling that alot of the new DCU books will suffer from some form of disassociation because they all try to form some connections but there hasn’t been anything established prior.

I do like that Cornell brought in the concept of the “century babies” and I’m eager to see how that will play out against the rest of the DCU. Would be interesting if a known DCU concept character would be revealed has a past century baby.

Sepulveda’s art is hit or miss. Some panels look really good and others don’t. I can see some George Perez in places and some Phil Jimenez in others. But other panels don’t have either look or feel and it makes those seem like they were copied. Overall the work is decent but not spectacular. The layouts are workable and the storytelling is technically sound.

Stormwatch #1 receives
3.5 out of 5

I had high hopes for this title and think it can still reach those hopes, but right now it feels like it’s trying to be something it can’t.

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