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Day and Date Digital Review: Stormwatch #1 (Cornell & Sepulveda)

Posted By: Matt McGloin
Wed, 09/07/2011 - 15:23

A new cosmic player has entered the DC Universe - with Paul Cornell and Miguel Sepulveda's Stormwatch #1!

Seeing how the DCU has started anew, and with that, their comics are available day and date digital - meaning online at the same time as in local comic shops, I figured I would do one review via digital. 

So I grabbed Stormwatch #1 from the Comixology iPhone app for $2.99, same price as the hard copy. In addition, this was the first New 52 book to sell out at my local store, so I am thankful I was able to read Stormwatch going this route.

For those stuck in the real universe, the Comixology comic reader is very smooth; basically, all you need to do is slide your finger across the screen in to the left or right to advance to the next panel and/or page. It's almost as if you are watching a movie, but you are in control of how fast you want to read; you can even zoom in to see further details.

While I still prefer reading my comics the old-fashion way, as it is easier to get the "whole" picture - plus being able to turn the page back and forth to review is faster, the digital way is a different and fun experience. In addition, the images on screen are high-res (the cover you see is a screen grab), giving a much crisp and colorful look.

Basically, if you are stuck in a bind (traveling, sold out etc), the digital route is a great alternative.

Now on to Stormwatch!

For centuries there has been a group watching over the earth, protecting its inhabitants from alien threats, and at the same time, unknown to the denizens of planet Earth - and that group is Stormwatch!

Paul Cornell gives us a great set-up issue as we are introduced to a number of super powered members of this elite squad orbiting the earth in a space station. Some sort of temporal disturbance has occurred dubbed "the horn," and we learn two missions are concurrently under way.

It seems Stormwatch is recruiting as one mission involves an attempt at enlisting what might be the most powerful person on the planet - Apollo!

While the other involves the Swordsman off investigating the lunar underground, where he encounters the Scourge Of Worlds - whose mission is to prepare the world for what is to come! In other words, something wicked this way comes!

The first mission is where we are re-introduced to the Martian Manhunter! And MM goes one-on-one with the great one, Apollo! Apollo isn't down with joining the group, and as he is confronted, the Midnighter makes his presence known - and offers Apollo his hand!

Back to the Swordsman, as he is questioned by this supremely powerful creature, we are witness to the history of Stormwatch - and it looks as if Cornell's Demon Knights comes into play!

On top of all this, it was revealed the disturbance has something to do with whatever events occur in Superman #1!

Sepulveda brings his A-Game, and is the perfect choice for an epic space book such as this. Marvel Cosmic fans of his Thanos Imperative will be thrilled with what is presented here, as it might be Sepulveda's best work to date. 

Right out of the gates, Cornell and Sepulveda provide us with a NEW cosmic title, one not only deeply imbued with mystery - but also with the entire new DCU! 

Cosmic fans will love this!