“Stormwatch” is a team I am only familiar with through the other Wildstorm books (not many) I bought. I am reading this book for one reason and one reason only: Paul Cornell.
Stormwatch claims to be the professionals in the world of superheroes. Martian Manhunter puts it best when he says “when I need to be a warrior I do it I with Stormwatch.”
The plot involves many different characters dealing with many different crises that may or may not interlope. Though these crises are the type of insane brilliance Cornell brings to his comics, the dialogue that accompanies these scenes is not. Too much of characters explain what their powers are in situation that doesn’t call for it. It’s an old comic writer’s trick but it never feels natural. Cornell is clever and it’s disappointing that he wasn’t able to do better.
One page in and I’m already in awe of Miguel Sepulveda’s art. Along with colorist Allen Passalaqua they create a beautiful Hyperspace. And this is even before the moon claw shows up.
On a huge positive note, the panel’s gutter is black instead of white and it just looks better on a computer screen when two pages are side by side.
I have a slightly better idea about the team but I still don’t care about a single one. The plot and art will keep me reading for now.
Final Score: 76%