Sunday, November 17, 2013

Stormwatch #25 Review

Written by: Jim Starlin
Art by: Yvel Guichet
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 6, 2013

Maybe Deathwatch Would be More Appropriate

Stormwatch is not a book on the top of many readers list of best New 52 books.  The book has failed to grab an audience even with fan favorites Martian Manhunter at the beginning of the run and Lobo recently. The book feels like a relic from the past ( a Jim Lee Wildstorm past to be exact) and just doesn't seem to fit in the New 52.  I think that it is "when" not "if" this book will be canceled and I can't see it lasting beyond this Summer.  Oh well, at least we have issue #25, right?  Well, be careful what you wish for young readers because you may get it and what you get here is a complete mess of a comic.

Explain It:

The Stormwatch team is set to fight Mordak and retrieve an artifact before Extrememax can get it for himself.  With the help of A.I. the team attacks Mordak and things don't go well.  Hellstrike gets taken down, Lobo gets hurt, recovers and then deserts the team, A.I. gets shut down and Apollo gets the crap kicked out of him.  All is not lost though, as Weird recovers the artifact and Jenny Soul psionically blasts Mordak to pieces.

The team gathers themselves up and head back to the Skywatch in time to see Lobo return against his will.  You see, he has a fail safe on him that doesn't allow him to get too far from Skywatch without permission.  Meanwhile, there appears to be a traitor amongst the soldiers stationed on the ship and A.I. is going to reveal the true nature of the Kollective after taking the Skywatch to an unknown destination.

Jim Starlin is really fighting an uphill battle.  He has a team of unknown and unwanted heroes to work with.   However, what he gives the most popular member, Lobo, is some of the worst dialogue of the series.  Lobo's lines are cringe worthy and some of the worst I've seen for the character in general.  The action is confusing and cluttered and the story doesn't go anywhere.

The art by Yvel Guichet is serviceable at best.  It lacks definition and just comes across as bland.  It doesn't help that it is the "grayest" book on the stands today.

Bits and Pieces:

Stormwatch #25 is not a good book.  The story is confusing and the art is bland.  The team itself is a relic from the past and doesn't seem to fit in the New 52.  The way things are going, it won't be there much longer anyway.


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