Review: StormWatch #1

Published on September 12th, 2011

The first set of the “NEW 52” books is upon us, and the question you all have burning deep within your gut is, “Yes Sheldon, but do they suck?” Well I am here to tell you: not all of them suck! In fact, a good majority of them are AMAZING… dare I say it GREAT books. The first book I am here to talk to you about today is Stormwatch, by Whovian writer Paul Cornell and artist Miguel Sepulveda. Read on to find out if it should be lost somewhere in the toilet area of a T.A.R.D.I.S or if you should start investing in these as the new US
currency.

52stormwatch1Stormwatch was a great Wildstorm book, and an even better Image book before that! Likewise, The Authority was also a great book. So what happens when you mix the two books and sprinkle in a dash of old school DC love? Well, in the words of Emril, “BAM!” You get a book that feels unlike any other out there! I am very happy to tell you that this book brings to the table all the things that DC needs to make it successful, and that is in no small part due to the excellent writing done by Paul Cornell. The art ain’t too shabby either! In fact, I would say that the art by Sepulveda sells Paul’s writing rather perfectly! Reading this book, you feel immersed in something much, much larger than what you would expect. The capes are all toned down, and it feels more like a well-realized world. I think my biggest complaint is that I want to read the next issue already.

Right from the outset,  we are following at least three different story lines, with one of them being an attack on Earth. Yeah, that’s right, Paul wastes no time in getting right to the point of what this team will do: saving all of space and
time (hey wait a minute… nah, must just be a coincidence). Regardless, I would say this book has a ton of potential already; and
with the forward momentum of the whole DC Universe behind it, I would say we have a winner on our hands.

The basics of the story are as follows: Stormwatch is a team throughout history that thwarts evil in all its forms.There are
already hints that this is a team that has always existed in some way, shape or form, and that what we are seeing currently is just the
newest version of that. I also love that they already put the reader into the action, and they are starting from the point where they bring in Apollo (formerly from The Authority). Again, this was a great first issue, and I would say if you love sci-fi or real-world takes on superheroes, this is the book for you to pick up!

Final Verdict: Paul Cornell and Miguel Sepulveda are a STORM of talent to be WATCHED! This book should be on your pull list and you should tell everyone you know that STORMWATCH is a PREMIER book in the DCnU!

Sheldon Lee

Sheldon@comicimpact.com