New 52 Review – “Stormwatch #1”

One of the series from the Wildstorm Universe is now a part of the DCU proper. This title seems to have ties to Demon Knights, which launches next week by the same writer.

General Information

Title: Stormwatch #1

Author: Paul Cornell

Illustrator(s): Miguel Sepulveda (art) and Allen Passalaqua (colours)

Cover Date: November 2011

Cover Price: $2.99

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A group of professional Earth protectors are trying to recruit Apollo, following events that won’t be published for three more weeks.

High Point

Martian Manhunter states his role in the New 52.

Low Point

A new continuity is being established with a new shared universe, and you launch a title in the first week with a story that takes place after a story scheduled for the fourth week? To me, that sounds like a bad idea, particularly since the connection is right there on the first page when first impressions are so vitally important.

The Scores

This doesn’t seem original to me. I’ve never read the original StormWatch, but this feels a lot like Hickman’s S.H.I.E.L.D., only not as compelling. I give it 4 out of 6.

The artwork is very good. We’ve got clear depictions of all characters, who can be easily distinguished even without spandex. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story is very rapidly paced. This organization is big enough to multitask, and that’s exactly what we see here. It still feels like pieces are missing, though, particularly given the multiple references to “past” events from an unpublished title. I give it 4 out of 6.

The characterization suffers from all of the multitasking. The rather large cast gets very little time per character to establish themselves. The Martian Manhunter feels very alien, and his powers seem to work a bit differently than before, but I have very little understanding of the rest of the cast. I give it 3 out of 6.

The emotional response is hampered by my unfamiliarity with the characters. Existing StormWatch fans may be absolutely thrilled by a title this packed, but I don’t yet have a reason to care about this crew. I give it 3 out of 6.

The flow is surprisingly smooth given the amount of scene jumping. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, this may rock the world of existing fans, but it didn’t turn me into one. I give it 3 out of 6.

In total, Stormwatch #1 receives 27 out of 42.

The New 52

Here are handy links for the reviews of all 52 new #1 issues:

  1. Action Comics
  2. All-Star Western
  3. Animal Man
  4. Aquaman
  5. Batgirl
  6. Batman
  7. Batman and Robin
  8. Batman: The Dark Knight
  9. Batwing
  10. Batwoman
  11. Birds of Prey
  12. Blackhawks
  13. Blue Beetle
  14. Captain Atom
  15. Catwoman
  16. DC Universe Presents
  17. Deathstroke
  18. Demon Knights
  19. Detective Comics
  20. The Flash
  21. Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.
  22. The Fury of Firestorm
  23. Green Arrow
  24. Green Lantern
  25. Green Lantern Corps
  26. Green Lantern: New Guardians
  27. Grifter
  28. Hawk and Dove
  29. I, Vampire
  30. Justice League
  31. Justice League Dark
  32. Justice League International
  33. Legion Lost
  34. Legion of Super-Heroes
  35. Men of War
  36. Mister Terrific
  37. Nightwing
  38. O.M.A.C.
  39. Red Hood and the Outlaws
  40. Red Lanterns
  41. Resurrection Man
  42. The Savage Hawkman
  43. Static Shock
  44. Stormwatch
  45. Suicide Squad
  46. Superboy
  47. Supergirl
  48. Superman
  49. Swamp Thing
  50. Teen Titans
  51. Voodoo
  52. Wonder Woman