Stormwatch

Stormwatch

Volume 1, The Dark Side

Book - 2012
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As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics--The New 52 event of September 2011, Stormwatch returns, but this time to the DC Universe! Jack Hawksmoor, Midnighter, Apollo, The Engineer and Martian Manhunter comprise a dangerous super human police force whose existence is kept secret from the world. Collected here, this covert team of sci-fi Super Heroes must not only battle the Earth's moon, but find a way to hide its monstrous metamorphosis from the rest of the Earth! Featuring writing from Doctor Who and Superman: The Black Ring nbsp;scribe Paul Cornell, and art from rising star Miguel Sepulveda.
Publisher: New York : DC Comics, c2012
ISBN: 9781401234836
1401234836
Branch Call Number: GN CORNELL 2012
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm
Alternative Title: Dark side

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VaughanPLAlison Jul 11, 2017

A good setup with intriguing characters but I think I'll have to read more before I can really make a call.

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mjathols
Aug 13, 2016

There were some interesting elements in this book, however as it appears to have been scripted by an eight year old boy, the final result was an absolutely, confusing mess.

Giant mysterious horn? cool. A war on the moon? Didn't we see a bad Doctor Who episode with that plot? But still cool, kinda. Guy that talks to cities, including one hiding in the fields of Nebraska? I'm enjoying the heck out of that.

However, the dialog was more telling than showing, and story disjointed and, like a 500 piece puzzle of the White Album, difficult to put together. It ends with the unbelievably hokey and melodramatic final line: "Stormwatch isn't going to be looking for us just yet, Harry. They're going to have to save the Universe first!!!!" DA da DUM!!

What a cliffhanger...I'm hooked. Thumbs up eight year old Paul Cornell.

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mexicanadiense
May 27, 2015

A very ambitious compilation that strives mightily to introduce some unfamiliar characters to the entry-level DC fan (such as myself), but in the end, like with a lot of titles based around a team, it felt like either too much or too little time was spent with each of the members to really help you get a feel for who they are, what their powers are (one of the characters, the Century Child, actually has kind of a sly built-in joke about her, i.e. her powers are based on the physics and technologies of the 21st century...whatever that means!). For the first few issues, anyway, I would've cut out the characters of The Engineer and Jack Hawksmoor anyway as I didn't really feel they were adding all that much.

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Keogh
Sep 27, 2012

The first volume of a new series in the New 52 of the DC universe. This takes a concept previously belonging to the Wildstorm imprint and fuses it into the mainstream DC universe post-reboot, making use of a DC mainstay on the team. Cornell is a good writer, and Sepulveda is fine with art; that said, however, I can't help but feeling that the original concept of the team from the Wildstorm days was pretty empty and derivative to begin with. Aside from the Martian Manhunter, none of the other characters are particularly compelling, but in this case, that's not really the fault of the creative team involved here.

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