The GeeksverseStormwatch #6

Stormwatch #6
Published on Thursday, February 2, 2012 by


Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Paul Cornell
Art by: Miguel Sepulveda
Colored by: Alex Sinclair & Pete Pantazis
Lettered by: Rob Leigh
Cover Art: Miguel Sepulveda & Allen Passalaqua
Assistant Editor: Sean Mackiewicz
Editor: Pat McCallum

This issue had the lamest retraction I’ve ever seen in a comic. There have been some pretty bad ones before, things done to write a way around a mistake or mistyped sentence from an earlier issue, but this one takes the prize.

Back in Stormwatch #1, there was a comment made about the Martian Manhunter being part of the Justice League. This fueled speculation that when Justice League caught up with the present, the Manhunter (a long time member/founder in the original continuity) would be part of the team. Fans were not happy that J’onn J’onzz wasn’t a founder of the Justice League in the New 52.

Well, they can prepare to be even more unhappy.

Apparently the Manhunter isn’t even a member of the League in this continuity.

Apollo had said that the Manhunter was “with the Justice League”. The Manhunter explains, in this issue, that the phrase is “shorthand for public hero”.

What?

Seriously?

Just more evidence that there was a lack of cohesiveness at the start of the New 52. Six months in and there is already alot of backtracking.

I was disappointed in how this issue ended. Last issue’s shock ending had zero impact because we didn’t know anything about that mysterious horn. This issue’s ending is weak. Cornell is leaving the book and there is a page at the end that serves no purpose but to give an excuse to change directions. This issue was the end of the first arc. Cornell was setting it up, giving Stormwatch a solid foundation on which to build new stories. He gave the team’s base a personality, tied it into the Daemonite stories that are in the other WS-influenced New 52. The reveal that Harry Tanner had stolen the locations of secret Stormwatch stashs, and that Stormwatch was going to have to hunt them down, gave the book a direction.

And with one page, that definately feels tacked on, that direction is gone. That last page allows for the incoming new writer (Peter Milligan after 2 issues of Paul Jenkins) to start his run off pretty fresh. It feels like the end of Voodoo, where it’s revealed she’s been a clone.

DC is rapidly losing my interest with moves like this.

And it’s too bad that Cornell is leaving. He had set up some interesting things with this issue.

Sepulveda continues to be pretty streaky. Some panels/pages are brillant and others feel rushed and weaker. Luckily most of it is excellant.

Stormwatch #6 receives
3.0 out of 5

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