Stormwatch #23 Review: Memories

The new Stormwatch is getting better and better each and every mission.  But will all that progress simply be wiped away by the Kollective?
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Postive

I never thought I’d be able to say I liked a Stormwatch issue. As I’ve stated before, the series had a bad start with the New 52, and I dropped it after the first issue. But bringing Jim Starlin on to essentially reboot the reboot has paid off in full, and that is a big part of what makes this a great issue. Starlin addresses the “reboot of a reboot” concept head-on by handing us new information on what the Kollective can really do, and by doing so makes the new reboot completely believable and logical rather than choosing just to sweep the concept under the table.

There are also some great downtime moments that you don’t see a lot in team books, which is unfortunate because I personally feel it’s these moments in between the big fights when all the members are relaxing together that makes a team book actually feel like a team. Starlin’s use of Lobo is also spot-on, and treats Lobo the way he should be treated: he’s a character that belongs on the side, not front-and-center. It would be tempting to throw Lobo into the limelight due to his status as the most recognizable member of Stormwatch, but Starlin appropriately keeps him on the back-burner.

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Negative

There are still some moments in the book where the dialogue blatantly becomes nothing but heavy-handed exposition and backstory, but for the sake of moving the story along and the relative speed in which these moments resolve themselves it can be forgiven. The art is also passable, but really doesn’t stand out very much at all.

Verdict
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4/5
As before, I never thought I’d be able to say it but this is a pretty good issue of Stormwatch. The pacing, focus on team downtime, and overall story really shine, and even the minor negatives have a tough time overcoming all the positive things about it.

  • collide8

    I’m really glad you did this review, and feel very much akin to you about this issue. I still don’t understand all the negativity toward the original reboot of stormwatch. I feel like no one even LET it breathe. Several reviews i’ve seen have said that new readers would never like it for this reason or that, that they never explained anything at all. I’m a new comic buyer. Formerly just a person who bought a few trades here and there, All batman. I picked up stormwatch, and I instantly loved it. New reader. Never seen/heard of stormwatch. Loved it. I now am a huge reader of literally all of the new 52, with only a few series missing my eye, which i intend to fix. Still love Stormwatch the best of them all. Still love the OLD reboot of stormwatch far more than this current incarnation. My viewpoint may be skewed, but its just as skewed as people who’ve been reading comics for years. I really don’t understand why there was so much backlash… if not for it, I would never been the buyer I am today. not by a long shot. I don’t know if artists and writers from the DC offices see this website or read the comments on it but, Cornell and Sepulveda Great job, you made me a huge fan, and I thank you both tremendously for it.

  • martinal

    I really dig the reboot for some reason. There something about the idea of a book acknowledging a reboot. The fact that this book can gloss over saving the earth’s water supply and spend more time with characters. Starlin had using an insight into character’s personality like with Midnighter and Apollo watching Lobo working on his bike or the Weird’s conversation with the green dude whose name I always forget. IS there anyway of spreading the word?