Stormwatch #1

Stormwatch #1

Writer: Paul Cornell Artist: Miguel Sepulveda Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 7, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 3
7.0Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

They are Stormwatch, a dangerous super human police force whose existence is kept secret from the world Directly following the ominous events of SUPERMAN #1, Adam One leads half the Stormwatch team to recover the [INFORMATION REDACTED] from deep in the Himalayas. Meanwhile, Jack Hawksmoor and the rest of the Stormwatch crew look to recruit two of the deadliest super humans on the planet: Midnighter and Apollo! And if they say no? Perhaps the Martian Manhunter can change their minds...

  • 9.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Sep 7, 2011

    Well I'll be damned, I REALLY liked this comic! If Paul Cornell can manage to keep Apollo and Midnighter true to themselves(you KNOW what I mean), I think this could be an AWESOME comic book. Besides the main story which I described above, there were also a few other stories beginning to build up in the background, involving mysterious artifacts, and a giant eye inside the moon. So yeah, this comic packed a lot of awesome. I'm afraid to get my hopes up TOO high for this series, but if this issue is any indication, this series may just be THE sleeper hit of the DC reboot. Huh, I've managed to read a rebooted DC comic and the world hasn't come to an end... Maybe things aren't going to turn out as bad as I feared! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Mason Moyer Sep 9, 2011

    Overall, I'd have to give mad props to Paul Cornell for setting the series up with an intriguing, action-packed, multi-faceted-but-not-confusing, well-written first issue. Miguel Sepulveda's artwork could use a little refining, but I'm sure over time, as he adjusts to the series, characters and concepts, it will improve. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Sep 11, 2011

    Even if you have no familiarity with the characters whatsoever, by the end of the issue, you'll feel as though you've known them for years. The perfect vehicle for the former Dr. Who writer's grand and zany ideas. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Sep 9, 2011

    This series could easily become one of the pillars of the new DC Universe. And hopefully get us a DC Animated Movie sometime too! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Sep 9, 2011

    Stormwatch #1 is a brilliant comic exploration of the scope and depth of DC "new" universe. Definitely one you'll want to pick up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Wildstorm Addiction - Joe David Soliz Sep 8, 2011

    Overall, it was a solid first issue. It did a great job of not only setting up the characters, but also several plot points that are interesting to say the least. It definitely has a different feel to it than the other DC books. It felt more like a Wildstorm book to me than a DC book. I hope that works in its favor because I know there are people out there who miss the likes of book like The Authority or Planetary. I can safely say this comic is done in the spirit of those books. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - johnlees Sep 13, 2011

    Comparing this to Cornells other work, I wouldnt say Stormwatch hooked me as fastly and as strongly as Knight & Squire (which, by a few pages into the first issue, had me wanting to just put the book down and scream, I LOVE THIS BOOOOOOOOK!), but there are big, inventive ideas here, and plenty of potential for this series to be a real grower. Like most of Cornells work, its instantly likeable, and shows a skillful balance of the wildly inventive and the relatably clever and witty. A promising start. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Sep 13, 2011

    The threat introduced here is easily big enough to anchor a crossover event (which I don't think will be the case, as DC reportedly is eschewing those for at least the next few years), and the hints about Cornell's own Demon Knights titles and the Martian Manhunter's history with the Justice League are both intriguing. Miguel Sepulveda's artwork is really nice too " I love his monsters, and the fight at the end is very well done. This title will at least get a story arc from me before I decide if I'm staying with it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Sep 11, 2011

    But I ended up doubting that DC could find anything of worth to bring into the New 52, and somehow merge with the more iconic Justice League (or at least Martian Manhunter), who seemed from the iffy preview art to have been shuffled off to the outskirts to try and sell a minor title. I mean, how well could they work in a universe where the Justice League is taken seriously, since they are pretty much a parody of such traditional virtues and values? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Sep 11, 2011

    One of the big challenges Cornell faces in this series is incorporating these Wildstorm characters into a world in which Superman, Batman and other iconic heroes exist. How can Apollo and Midnighter work in a world that includes the heroes that inspired their creation in the first place? How can world-ending threats such as the one introduced in this issue go unnoticed by the more familiar and equally powerful heroes of the DC Universe proper? J'Onn J'Onzz's role in the book seems to be to explain and resolve those storytelling conflicts. Stormwatch would definitely work better in its own continuity, but that's apparently not an option anymore. Cornell's walking a fine line here as a result, but he's making his way across the tightrope capably so far. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Sep 13, 2011

    The first issue does a fair job of reintroducing the characters into their new setting. Sadly, the comic is weighed down by some pretty awful art by Miguel Angel Sepulveda (his version of the Midnighter alone should get him fired from the title). It show's promise, but the book's look needs to be addressed if DC wants to keep this title around for more than a couple of months. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Sep 7, 2011

    The purpose of Stormwatch is to secretly take on global threats, so Sepulveda's ability to draw big, impressive visuals will no doubt prove to be an asset. He and Cornell offer a fine start to this series, but both will need to improve their character work to make this one worth picking up. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 8, 2011

    The issue feels a little bit slight, more like a preview than a launching point, but all in all I'm intrigued enough to come back next month. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Nuts - Jef Mendoza Sep 8, 2011

    Overall it's an okay first issue. Nothing to get too excited about. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Bin - Dan Horn Sep 8, 2011

    Maybe with the opportunity to decompress a bit, and with a different artistic team, this series would flourish, but I'm not so sure readers are going to give it that chance. Stormwatch may be doomed to cancellation yet again. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Crave Online - Blair Marnell Sep 8, 2011

    There's really not enough here to actually hate the book, but this incarnation of Stormwatch is the very definition of average. If this is the best that DC can do with the Wildstorm characters, then they will be heading back into limbo soon enough. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Sep 8, 2011

    From odd editorial decisions to a vague mandate, "Stormwatch" #1 isn't exactly the best introduction to the team, its role in the new DCU, or its members. Despite some clever ideas, like one of the new characters, the Projectionist, and Sepulveda's art, Cornell's writing doesn't get past imitating Warren Ellis and actually giving readers a reason to care about this book. Why read it over any other random superhero team book besides a lingering fondness for Wildstorm characters that aren't the same anymore? I don't know, and that's a question this comic should have answered. Read Full Review

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