Oh that old New 52 gang…the memories. But it’s breaking up so fast. Over on Twitter, writer Paul Cornell confirmed that he was off STORMWATCH with issue #6, but
I’ll be staying on Demon Knights and Saucer Country, but #6 is my last issue of Stormwatch. Thanks, everyone, and good luck to Paul Jenkins.
The new STORMWATCH writer is Paul Jenkins, but he’s only been confirmed for two issues.
When a scientific experiment tears a hole in the barrier between dimensions, miners from a forbidden universe arrive to steal Earth’s gravity! Can Stormwatch—with their ranks depleted after recent cataclysmic events—find a way to repel alien excavators that shred our reality with every touch?
“The Stormwatch crew can’t ever catch a break — no simple threats like bloodthirsty monsters or world-dominating supervillains to stop, it’s always some mind-cracking knot that Apollo, Midnighter and the rest of the crew have to untie,” says editor Pat McCallum. “This time out, Stormwatch have to solve the puzzle of dimension-stepping gravity miners, creatures so alien they’re not even technically alive. The last stand of humanity or, as Stormwatch calls it, ‘Monday.’”
That sounds a bit less interesting than the book that Cornell had originally talked about:
Being among the “Edge” comics, there’s a certain freedom to experiment about this. One of the things I really liked about the Authority, Stormwatch and Planetary comics back in the day was that they could take things further. We’re still keeping that type of swagger. It’s a very attitudinal book. It’s kind of in-your-face. That kind of “looking down on the rest of the universe” is very attractive about Stormwatch. So that’s very much part of this.
It’s very fast-moving as well. We jam a hell of a lot into that first issue. There are lots of characters, there’s lots of action, there’s lots of locations. It’s sort of immediately obvious that this has a real point.
It’s at the crux of a lot of things for where DC is going to be in September. It’s a bit of a kingpin book. It united a lot of things.
Although STORMWATCH was part of the original Jim Lee Wildstorm universe, it’s kind of drifted into the “English dude” part of the universe–you can’t spell “English dude” without EDGE — having been revamped mostly by UK writers, since Warren Ellis gave it an electric prod up the arse back in the day. What English writers might step in for Jenkins once his two-issue run ends?
Also, it’s pretty clear now that the New 52 is going to be all about very, very short runs unless you are hitting right away.
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