AICN COMICS Q&@: Ambush Bug asks Paul Cornell about DC’s New 52 version of STORMWATCH! Plus a preview of the first issue!
@’s by STORMWATCH writer
AMBUSH BUG (BUG): So how does STORMWATCH fit into DC's new 52?
PAUL CORNELL (PC): These are the professionals, the guys who've been defending the planet against alien threats for centuries. In the last five years, a bunch of amateurs in capes have started trying to do the same thing, and they're not happy about that.
BUG: For those like me, who never really followed STORMWATCH, what do we need to know about the team going into this series?
PC: Nothing. Not one damn thing. New readers start here. There's lots of fun things I could tease you with, but as to 'need': nothing at all. We start with Adam, who's meant to be the leader, but whose brain is scrambled, and whose orders are starting to sound increasingly random. He's sent his people out on two different missions already when a third pops up, and it starts to become obvious that the next couple of days are going to be his biggest test, with something that's getting wildly out of control. You get to meet all our characters as we get into that and things fall apart.
BUG: How does Martian Manhunter fit into all of this?
PC: Sometimes he finds it best to be a hero, working with the Justice League. Sometimes he finds it best to be a warrior, working undercover with Stormwatch. There he can indulge his terrifying side.
BUG: What member of the team are you having the most fun with?
PC: I think it's Harry Tanner, the greatest swordsman of all time, which means nothing when you're stranded alone on the moon and it's just come alive and you already had some severe doubts about your teammates.
BUG: How are you making the team stand apart from the Justice League?
PC: Above, please, not apart. The Justice League know nothing of this team of lunatics, sorry, professionals, and Stormwatch aim to keep it that way. Stormwatch don't define themselves as heroes: they have a job to do. The fact that the team is falling apart shouldn't distract from their cool, calm professionalism.
BUG: JUSTICE LEAGUE started five years in the past, will STORMWATCH be set up the same way?
PC: Five years?! Pah! Centuries! Stormwatch's ruling committee, the Shadow Cabinet, stretch so far back into history that every one of them is dead!
BUG: Will other aspects of Wildstorm be incorporated into this series such as GEN 13?
BUG: What type of crossovers are you looking forward to with this series? Who will the team be interacting with in the new 52 Universe?
PC: Well, first up we're going to tell our own story about our own characters. But then there are all sorts of opportunities for meeting the rest of the universe, some of which we're talking about. But it's always going to be in a simple, straightforward way, not in a 'you have to buy a billion titles and you'll never understand it' way. Stormwatch are both at the edges of, in terms of who knows they exist, and at the heart of, in terms of the secrets they deal with, the new DC Universe.
BUG: Will the team have an arch nemesis?
PC: Yes. They appear very early on, but you won't realize it.
BUG: With 52 new DC comics out there, why should folks make sure to pick up STORMWATCH?
PC: I think it's got a very different flavour, kind of Torchwood with super powers. It's got a science fiction feel to it, it does SF science. It's about big characters in suits trying to control alien mysteries while keeping it all hidden from an increasingly large hero community.
BUG: Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions.
BUG: Look for STORMWATCH #1, part of DC’s new 52 on sale this week!
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Sept. 6, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST
by John Ary
Stormwatch will be one of the new DC titles I plan to read.
Sept. 6, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST
Sept. 6, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST
Not a big fan of the art, Stormwatch/Authority has had some of the best artists in the past though... Paul Cornwell is an interesting writer, might have a flick through.
Sept. 6, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST
Sept. 6, 2011, 10:01 a.m. CST
by eric haislar
I thought JLA # 1 was weak sauce for a first issue. Should have been a double issue or even a weekly mini series before going monthly. If your launching your line to get new readers into comics there was really nothing there for people to come back to in a month. Anyone else feel the same way?
Sept. 6, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST
by Nod Nolan
has someone photoshopped the logo on that preview image. A different image was released as the cover on DC's source blog in August http://dcu.blog.dccomics.com/2011/08/11/the-cover-to-stormwatch-1-revealed/
Sept. 6, 2011, 11:41 a.m. CST
And the name came from slashfiction? But the Youtube video has the name on it. So someone wrote slash fiction about Apollo BEFORE the Youtube video leaked?
Sept. 6, 2011, noon CST
He eats Oreos at Justice League Meetings and drinks straight whiskey at Stormwatch.
Sept. 6, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST
If Cornell's STORMWATCH is anything like his CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI-13 series for Marvel, we're definitely in for a treat. Hope it lasts much, much longer, though.
Sept. 6, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST
by Jon Forbing
Two things that bother me about this piece: 1. The "DC-ification" of the Engineer's look. She was supposed to be a woman who had liquid technology bonded to her skin, so she was nude underneath it. That looks more like armor. It was never used exploitatively, it was just realistic to the way she got her powers (though I guess maybe they wanted to distance her from "The Bulleteer" who has a similar schtick). 2. Could Cornell sound more like an egotistical prick? " These are the professionals, the guys who've been defending the planet against alien threats for centuries." ... " Above, please, not apart. The Justice League know nothing of this team of lunatics, sorry, professionals, and Stormwatch aim to keep it that way." ... "Five years?! Pah! Centuries!" Seriously, Paul? Did you really just say "Pah!"? Get over yourself, bro.
Sept. 6, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST
little concerned about getting campy fail stink DCU characters like Martian Manhunter all over Wildstorm goodness. But YAY.
Sept. 6, 2011, 9:52 p.m. CST
Yeah, I know this sounds anal but the only reason I'm not checking it out is because of PC's attitude. I'm not rewarding that kind of smugness.
Sept. 7, 2011, 4:28 a.m. CST
Come on, folding the Wildstorm stuff into the mainstream DCU is a mistake of epic proportions. It's not going to last. And putting Martian Manhunter in Stormwatch? Really? Kick him out of the Justice League and put him in Stormwatch? That's the most perfectly stupid thing DC could have done. But par for the course. DC had a moronic idea and proceeds to trip over their own feet implementing it (and I see they left themselves an out for when the whole stupid project blows up in their faces...way to go, DC!). The Wildstorm characters were all completely amoral. Or immoral. They'd kill their enemies at the drop of a hat. And they fit into the DCU...how? They couldn't fit fucking SHAZAM into the DCU properly, but now Stormwatch and Grifter and Voodoo somehow magically will? Right. By the way, is Apollo still gay for Midnighter's cornhole? Is that still going to be canon? Cute couple, but I wish they would go back to the days when they were only ambiguously gay. Then again, I also wish there was a rule that dictated that only Warren Ellis could write those characters and any and all future Stormwatch and Authority books.
Sept. 7, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST
Considering Cornell was here to plug the book. and Stormwatch is about ten times more badass than the Justice League, I'd say he's completely justified in making his book sounds as super dee duper as he wants to.
Oct. 14, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST
by Jon Forbing
Coming back a month or so later to this article, it looks like my earlier comment was correct. I bought the first Stormwatch and, while there is definitely enough potential to give it a few issues before bailing outright, there is a sheen of pretentious egotism over the whole thing.
Nov. 14, 2011, 12:18 a.m. CST
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