By: Peter J Mellini
Stormwatch #1 takes one part Authority, adds Martian Manhunter to the mix and the crazy out of the box storytelling of Paul Cornell, making it one of the coolest books to come out of the new DC 52.
The story opens as the team attempts to recruit the “Superman level” member Apollo, who is not interested in becoming a Superhero. Jack Hawksmoor, a man with the ability to control and communicate with cities, explains that Stormwatch isn’t a superhero team but an army of super powered soldiers protecting the Earth from alien threats. In this case a giant transdimensional horn and a sentient moon that absorbs the minds and memories of human beings in an attempt to find how to make the world ‘stronger.’
Artist Miguel Sepulveda gives this book a great look, balancing the Wildstorm influences along with the new look and style of the new DCU. The costume designs help these familiar characters fit into the DCU.
Setting up story treads to his other book, Demon Knight, writer Paul Cornell hints at a long and interesting history for this series. Cornell’s signature off beat characters and talent for telling epic sci-fi stories really makes this one of the most entertaining books out of the new DC 52 so far.