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Superman Unchained, Nightwing, Suicide Squad & More Get The April DC Comics Axe

Six titles are confirmed cancelled as of April from DC Comics including Superman Unchained, Nightwing, Suicide Squad, StormwatchTeen Titans and the previously announced Justice League Of America.

You will note “FINAL ISSUE” in the solicits below (via CBR).

 

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JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #14
Written by MATT KINDT
Art and cover by EDDY BARROWS and EBER FERREIRA
1:25 MAD Variant cover
On sale APRIL 9 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US •
FINAL ISSUE
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for details.
In the wake of FOREVER EVIL, the Justice League of America’s mission has come to an end – so where do they go from here? No one’s survival is assured! This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

 

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NIGHTWING #30
Written by JAMES TYNION IV
Art by MEGHAN HETRICK
Cover by EDDY BARROWS
1:25 MAD Variant cover
On sale APRIL 9 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T •
FINAL ISSUE
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
The Bat Family is forced to face the brutal aftermath of FOREVER EVIL, but after everything they’ve been through, can they stand together?

 

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SUICIDE SQUAD #30
Written by SEAN RYAN
Art by IG GUARA and RUY JOSE
Cover by PATRICK ZIRCHER
On sale APRIL 9 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T+ •
FINAL ISSUE
In the ashes of FOREVER EVIL, A.R.G.U.S. and Task Force X leader Amanda Waller must face the consequences of her failure to protect the United States from the Crime Syndicate.

 

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SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #9
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art and wraparound cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
Backup story art by DUSTIN NGUYEN
1:25 Variant wraparound cover by DAVID FINCH
1:50 Variant wraparound cover by BRYAN HITCH
1:100 B&W Variant wraparound cover by JIM LEE
On sale APRIL 30 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US •
FINAL ISSUE
Retailers: This issue will ship with five covers. Please see the order form for more information.
This is it – the extraordinary finale of Scott Snyder and Jim Lee’s Superman saga, surrounded by an epic wraparound cover! It’s a battle in the sun as Superman and Wraith accept their destinies…and Lex Luthor pulls the trigger on his ultimate weapon!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

 

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STORMWATCH #30
Written by STERLING GATES
Art and cover by JEREMY ROBERTS
On sale APRIL 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+ •
FINAL ISSUE
A “FUTURES END” prelude! The original Stormwatch team returns, as this story sets up the organization’s role in the future of the DC Universe!

 

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TEEN TITANS #30
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art by TYLER KIRKHAM and ART THIBERT
Cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
1:25 MAD Variant cover
On sale APRIL 23 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T •
FINAL ISSUE
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
In the wake of FOREVER EVIL, The Titans return to learn that Harvest has grown more powerful in their absence! And with the body of Jon Lane Kent gone from its chamber, Harvest is marshaling all the resources of N.O.W.H.E.R.E. to get it back! All this and the return of Bunker and Beast Boy!

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Review: Stormwatch #21

Can Jim Starlin save Stormwatch as this title has had more creative and direction changes than any of the New 52? And still keeps on truckin‘.

If Stormwatch #21 is anything to go by it doesn’t seem to be the case as the issue had some big time ups and downs.

Starting with the ups, Starlin gives us the new cosmic baddies known as the Kollective, which I felt came off really interesting with their knowledge of various timelines as well as attempting to manipulate the various threads. No surprise here, as Starlin is the master of cosmic mayhem.

However, that’s really all I liked about the issue, as, what I feel has been the main problem with the book from the get-go, is connecting the audience to the core team of Stormwatch. There just isn’t really much to make one care about any of the characters in the book.

We do get Midnighter and Apollo back in their original costumes, but they really don’t provide much other than your usual boot to the face, or as Apollo is the supremely powerful, needs to get take out of the equation ASAP due to a convenient nueral disruptor via some robot.

Another downer was the use of Lobo, who is supposed to come off as being the most powerful being in the universe(?); due to what I have no idea. I think, if at least there is one character that should have remained true to the OG DC, it should have been Lobo as the Main Man bad arse SOB bounty hunter. Here, Lobo seems to be some sort of vessel that the Kollective want to use, as Lobo gets drunk and falls flat on his face smashing a bottle in the process etc.

Just doesn’t fit.

Speaking of not fitting, the art wasn’t all that well put together.

Again, I thought the Kollective was really well done, but Lobo and Jenny Soul needed some work.

For a title such as this to succeed it needs really to be the total package, which it hasn’t been from issue one.

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Review: StormWatch #20

Jim Starlin’s excellent cosmic comic continues in issue #20 of StormWatch.

In this great galactic tale with beautiful art by Yvel Guichet, we get not only a little more about Jenny Soul: telepath but also some peeks at the Shadow Lords’ rep on Skywatch with Storm Control (who is he really?) and new big-bads the Kollective.

Also coming in our story is a retread of the origin of Lobo, so all those who have been under a rock (like me) can know how truly vicious and powerful this alien can be.

It is certainly interesting to see how, within the “new” reality of the DCU, all these different cosmoses are being rebooted by two sets of aliens — the Kollective and presumably the Shadow Lords — who are working with this as if they are hoeing a garden.

Starlin has certainly influenced the art of Guichet because some of the sequences resemble, delightfully so, those done by artist Starlin on Captain Marvel and Warlock: small vignettes, telescoping panels, aliens of all shapes and sizes. Love that double-page splash on pages 2 and 3.

As a cosmic fan and a Starlin fan, I’m sure hoping this version of StormWatch sells because I want to see just where the master cosmic storyteller is taking us.

Hope you are along for the ride, and if not, why not?

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Brew’s Crew: Another Starlin masterpiece, The Weird!

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(Editor’s note: This is another in a series of irregularly-scheduled columns by Managing Editor Byron Brewer, mainly dealing with cosmic comics and their many denizens. Mr. Brewer’s opinions do not necessarily reflect that of CosmicBookNews.com. He welcomes both raves and opposing views.)

By Byron Brewer

Jim Starlin has always had a thing for The Weird. If I am not mistaken, he may have taken a part in almost every single project the writer/artist has done for DC.

And now a new version of the character is back again in the New 52 in the revamped revamp of StormWatch!

With so many reboots and retcons at DC, it is hard to say what history is canon and what is not. Let’s look at some known pre-New 52 history of The Weird and then see where he is in the DCnU, shall we?

A being of pure energy from an alternative dimension, The Weird is (or was) a member of a race known as the Zarolatts. For years, his people had been exploited as energy sources by a cruel race known as the Macrolatts. However, for some unknown reason, The Weird did not share the docile acceptance of the rest of his race. When the Macrolatts sought to bridge the dimensional gap and attack other realms, The Weird knew he had to act. Escaping through a portal to another world, The Weird found himself on (of course!) Earth.

Seeking a corporeal form to contain his energy, he possessed the body of a dead man named Walter Langley. This produced a composite form which contained both The Weird’s memories and traces of Langley’s. In this shape, he sought out Earth’s superheroes for aid and was dubbed “The Weird” by the Blue Beetle (now appearing in Threshold’s “The Hunt”). With the heroes’ assistance, he was able to repel the Macrolatt invasion.

Tragically, his victory was short-lived. The Weird soon discovered that his new body was molecularly unstable and approaching critical mass. With the help of Green Lantern Guy Gardner (of all folk), he was taken to the depths of space where he detonated, ending his brief life in the physical realm. (Welllllll …)

Starlin would later return to his creation in the pages of the 2006 limited series, Mystery in Space. For years, The Weird’s spiritual essence had floated in the void until it made contact with the disembodied Captain Comet, himself robbed of life by the villainous Lady Styx. The intermingling of these spiritual bodies produced a reaction, which neither of them at this point understood, returning them both to life in regenerated bodies.

Since his return, The Weird has attempted to determine the cause of his mysterious resurrection and to seek out Comet, the “other” whose memories now mingle with his own. To this end, he has sought answers within the extraterrestrial church, The Eternal Light Corporation, though he has since discovered them to have a sinister agenda.

Having viewed the physical realm from outside of it, The Weird regards the universe with a more philosophical eye than most superhumans, always seeking to understand his own nature and purpose.

The Weird originally had the ability to alter the molecular density of his body. This allows him to become intangible and phase through walls and solid objects or to become as hard as rock, giving him increased durability and strength on par with Superman. He is also able to affect the physical density of anything he comes in contact with. The Weird is able to fly by riding magnetic currents. His Zarolatt origins also allowed him to freely manipulate any energy he had physical contact with, allowing him to perform various feats ranging from the transformation of electricity to the creation of complex illusions via the manipulation of brainwaves.

The Weird in the New 52 still seems to have the phasing abilities he enjoyed pre-reboot. Whether his other powers are intact is up for Starlin to tell us. He has seemed to become a bodyguard of sorts to the new version of Jenny Soul.

As you can tell, I am excited about this newer new StormWatch. So get to your LCSs every month and show your cosmic enthusiasm for Starlin’s book with your wallet! 

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Review: Stormwatch #19

I know that nostalgia is not a very valued commodity in this “hook a new reader,” “make it like the movie” comic book market.

So excuse me every moment or so during this review as I dissolve back to the 1970s and my years of wonder with Jim Starlin, whose very name, like that of Jack Kirby, means both “epic cosmic” and “high quality.”

The brushing away of 18 issues of Stormwatch continuity aside, each and every page of Starlin’s Stormwatch #19 introduces to current readers and, I am certain, quite a few new and (like me) returning readers cosmic wonderment and delightful new characters, bringing them into the New 52 cosmos.

And some of them may seem quite familiar!

We again have a great headquarters, a relationship with the awesome Shadow Lords and also a reasonable explanation why the SW continuity stemming from Adam One is now ka-poot.

If Starlin were teaching a course on how to revamp a comic book that once had high expectations and fell into doldrums over the quick course of three writers, I would suggest he use Stormwatch #19 as his primary text.

And that gatefold cover by Starlin is literally out if this world! (There go those nostalgia pangs again.)

New cosmic characters and concepts, epic storytelling and wonderful art. What else does a DC cosmic book need … except maybe the return of Lobo?

Hey…!

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Defunct Lobo/Comet New 52 Mini Series Gets Mixed Into Starlin’s Stormwatch

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For fans of the The Main Man, Cosmic Book News learned exclusively from Jim Starlin that a DC Comics Lobo/Comet mini-series was in the works.

However, Starlin told CBN M.E. Byron Brewer that the book didn’t work out so the plot was converted to the beginning of his Stormwatch run.

Lobo first appeared in the New 52 during Rob Liefeld’s run on Deathstroke featuring a new origin, with Captain Comet in Grant Morrison’s Action Comics #12.

A Lobo movie was also said to be in the works with the latest news not looking very promising as Dwayne Johnson let it be known that he is no longer attached to the movie.

Head on over here for Byron’s full interview with Jim Starlin on Stormwatch.

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Exclusive Interview: Jim Starlin Talks The New Stormwatch, Lobo & More

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In my high school days, I lost someone very close to me and it sent my life into a tailspin. Reading the imaginative and cosmic works of Mr. Starlin (Captain Marvel, Warlock) helped anesthetize my mind and got me through the roughest two years of my life.

It was my absolute pleasure to see that Mr. Starlin will be creating cosmic fun for readers again in DC’s re-revamped Stormwatch title.

With that in mind, I sat down exclusively with Mr. Starlin in one of the many nexuses of the universe and picked his brain on the coming cosmic wonderfulness he will soon bring to the book.

Cosmic Book News: To many, myself included, the name “Starlin” equals cosmic comics. How do you approach putting a book together as writer as opposed to one where you may also be artist?

Jim StarlinI sit down to the computer keyboard, as opposed to the drawing board. But seriously, there’s little difference.  I either generate the project myself or are given an assignment (write Stormwatch). Then the story gestates in the ol‘ head until I’m comfortable with it and I write a plot synopsis. Then it’s waiting to get the green light to actually write or start drawing the project. I don’t bother writing panel descriptions for something I’m drawing myself, because the visuals are already in my head or on thumbnails by then.

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CBN: What do we need to know, as new Stormwatch readers, jumping on board with your first issue (as I assume many will)?

Jim Starlin: Mainly that everything you know about the series is about to change on page #3 of issue #19. Dan DiDio brought me onto Stormwatch to do a major revamp of the title and I took the charge seriously. When DC Comics reinvented itself last year, they revamped 52 titles all at one time: a massive and insane task. They managed to pull it off quite well in most of the books, as sales figures will attest. But everyone at DC sort of felt that Stormwatch hadn’t cut it from its very inception. So [artist] Yvel [Guichet] and I were set loose on the project with next to no adult supervision, and have had a great time creating a new Stormwatch.

CBN: I know there are great changes coming to the team of Stormwatch and to the book as a whole. But will the remaining familiar characters – Apollo, Midnighter, Engineer – be the same ones we have been following since the coming of the New 52?

Jim Starlin: No, they’ve all got new outfits or, as in the case with Apollo and Midnighter, their old costumes back again. They’re all new characters with new origins. There will be new characters added to the team as time goes on. The Weird is a new teammate from issue #19 on. Others will be added as the continuing story dictates.

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CBN: I see Lobo will be coming. Any other DC space characters slated to appear in Stormwatch (Adam Strange, New Gods, et al)?

Jim Starlin: I mentioned the Weird already and there will be a new and retooled Jenny Sparks/Quantum. Her name is Jenny Soul now and she will be quite different from her predecessors. Lobo shows up early in the Stormwatch series because the lead-off story was originally supposed to be a Lobo/Comet miniseries. That didn’t work out and so the plot got converted into the beginning of my run on Stormwatch. You’ve got to stay flexible in comics these days, always expect the unexpected. It’s all part of the fun of being a cartoonist.

CBN: Will the Earth your version of Stormwatch is safeguarding be the primary New 52 Earth?

Jim Starlin: That’s where the DC Comics universe is set these days, so yes.

CBN: Any plans to connect at some point in the future with the Green Lantern books or Keith Giffen’s Threshold?

Jim Starlin: Stormwatch is supposed to be a covert operation, which means no one is supposed to know they exist. So I’m planning on keeping the team somewhat segregated from the rest of the DC Universe heroes and villains for a while and let the readership get comfortable with the new characters before they start interacting with DC characters outside Stormwatch.

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CBN: So who is the “new” team’s big-bad? Any plans for Darkseid?

Jim Starlin: There are plans for two major threats for Stormwatch to confront. But I’m going to have to song and dance a bit around this question because I’m the last person (for obvious reasons) who wants to drop spoiler bombs. The first big menace shows up on the first page of issue #19. Big menace #2 doesn’t come on stage until #24 (I’m a little ahead of schedule on the writing) and when he does, this baddy makes a grand entrance. Can’t say who he or she is at this point. But this bad guy’s arrival, once again, changes everything.

CBN: Thus far, the DC Stormwatch has not journeyed into deep space but hung around Earth addressing alien visitors. Will this new team travel into the Last Frontier?

Jim Starlin: As it so happens, my debut adventure has Stormwatch heading off on an away mission on another planet. As I said earlier, the story was originally supposed to be a Comet/Lobo tale and they both hang off Earth. So that is where Stormwatch had to go.

CBN: What does the future hold for Stormwatch, the team and the book?

Jim Starlin: Well, everyone is getting a new back story. I’m not going to plop these tales out right from the beginning of my run. They’ll be displayed for viewing as the series progresses. I’m starting out with laying out Apollo and Midnighter’s story first, over a number of issues and will work my way through the other characters as the opportunity presents itself.

I’ve been spending a lot of time in South Africa these past few years (my wife’s from Cape Town), so two of the revamped characters have their origins set there. One’s Hellfire, the other’s a brand new character named Xiomar.  No, that’s not a made-up name.

The full roster for Stormwatch, as of issue #19, will be (revamped old characters) Apollo, Midnighter, the Weird, the Engineer and Hellstrike. New characters: Storm Control, the Forecaster, Force, Jenny Soul and Xiomar (who gets a new code name down the line). The Shadow Lords will also return.

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CBN: Any other projects you’d like to promote or discuss?

Jim Starlin: I have an illustrated science-fiction novel, entitled Mindgames, coming out from 215 Ink this summer.

Cosmic Book News would like to thank Jim Starlin for taking time out of his busy schedule to speak with us as well as thank DC’s Alex Segura and Alex Nagorski who helped make this interview possible.

Jim Starlin’s re-revamped “Stormwatch” hits shelves April 3rd with issue #19!

And be sure to follow Jim Starlin on his official Facebook Page.

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Jim Starlin Reveals Stormwatch #19 Gatefold Cover & 20

This April will see Jim Starlin take over the reins of Stormwatch as he writes issue #19 as well as draws the cover; Yvel Guichet is the new series artist.

Starlin released a first look of the gatefold cover for #19 on his official FB page as well as the cover for #20.

Here’s the complete pencils and Inks for the cover of Stormwatch #19, my premiere issue as the writer and cover artist for the series.

STORMWATCH #19

Written by JIM STARLIN
Art by YVEL GUICHET and JONAS TRINDADE
Fold-out cover by JIM STARLIN
On sale APRIL 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
• Team StormWatch is lost in a dimension shift—so what team will rise and take their place?

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STORMWATCH #20

Here’s the cover for Stormwatch #20. 

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First Look At Stormwatch #19 Cover by Jim Starlin

Jim Starlin revealed a first look at his cover for Stormwatch #19 in which he takes the book in a new direction this April with artist Yvel Guichet.

Jim also revealed that he is working on the Stormwatch #21 cover.

For more from Jim Starlin follow his Official Facebook Page.

Here’s all I can currently show you of the gatefold cover for Stormwatch #19. Maybe I can get DC Comics to let me give you a peek at the whole thing once it’s colored.

STORMWATCH #19

Written by JIM STARLIN
Art by YVEL GUICHET and JONAS TRINDADE
Fold-out cover by JIM STARLIN
On sale APRIL 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
• Team StormWatch is lost in a dimension shift—so what team will rise and take their place?

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Jim Starlin’s Stormwatch #19 Solicit Revealed

Earlier today, DC Comics let it be known that Jim Starlin will be taking on Stormwatch with April’s #19 joined by artist Yvel Guichet.

The official solicit and first cover, which Starlin drew, has now been released.

Update: The cover is by Will Conrad as Starlin informs us on his official Facebook page that his cover wasn’t ready:

JUST TO SET THE RECORD RIGHT. Some on-line coverage of me taking over the writing on Stormwatch have reported that the image that went out with DC’s solicitations was my cover for issue #19. That beautiful piece of art was rendered (I believe) by Will Conrad. We missed the solicitation deadline and that image was used as a filler. In fact I haven’t yet seen my cover fully inked by Rob Hunter. Credit where credit is due. Besides, Yvel’s and my version of Apollo and Midnighter don’t look anything like that.

STORMWATCH #19

Written by JIM STARLIN
Art by YVEL GUICHET and JONAS TRINDADE
Fold-out cover by JIM STARLIN
On sale APRIL 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
• Team StormWatch is lost in a dimension shift—so what team will rise and take their place?

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Confirmed: Jim Starlin Is On Stormwatch; Yvel Guichet is the Artist

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As previously thought, we now have confirmation on Jim Starlin‘s ongoing DC Comics book and it’s the cosmic-centric Stormwatch.

Starlin has been releasing all sorts of teaser images, and now DC Comics has officially let it be known that Jim is on the book, and we also learn that Yvel Guichet is the artist.

DC Comics Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras and Editorial Director Bobbie Chase let the news be known with info that Starlin will be taking Stormwatch in a different direction come April.

Via CBR:

Going back to announcements, one of the huge things, and something that Jim Starlin has been teasing a little bit on his own, is the fact that he’s going to be writing “Stormwatch.” How did that move come about?

Harras: Jim has been talking to us for a while now about doing various projects and pitching some ideas. He and Dan had been speaking, and he had been sending some ideas to Bobbie and me. Again, one of the things in the creative process, as you talk and discuss various things and — my term for the day! — the creative churn, some of the things Jim was coming up with, we thought might actually be interesting to put on “Stormwatch” and change the direction of that book. So it came out of, again, an ongoing conversation.

Chase: I was a natural progression coming out of another project, as Bob said. It was such a good fit.

When you say “Jim Starlin,” most people think of his cosmic, sci-fi work. Was this part of why you wanted to pair him with “Stormwatch?”

Harras: Definitely! I mean, exactly! That was one of those moments where Bobbie and I looked at each other and said, “It’s staring us in the face!” [Laughter]

Chase: There were several things that were appealing about bringing Jim on, and [artist] Yvel Guichet on the art, as well. There’s just going to be some great stuff on the project.

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Jim Starlin Teased Helmet Is A.R.G.U.S. From Justice League #7; On Stormwatch?

Earlier, Jim Starlin posted an image of a helmet he will be using in his new DC Comics ongoing series.

The title has not been released as-of-yet, but it looks like we now know the origin of the helmet as it’s the Gene Ha designed A.R.G.U.S. helmet from Justice League #7.

Way back in March, Gene Ha’s initial designs were revealed by DC which looks exactly like the Starlin image (see below).

A.R.G.U.S. is a branch of the Military led by Steve Trevor that offers support for the Justice League.

Gene Ha also confirms via Facebook:

This is great fun for me: Jim Starlin is re-designing my ARGUS armor design from Justice League #7!

This is pretty much what I’d hoped to happen. As a new agency, ARGUS will inevitably start off scrambling to equip and recruit their officers. I purposely made the design a little clunky, hoping future artists would inevitably make the design more sleek and superheroic. Hey, I put the poor bastards in environmental hazard suits! I do think it odd that the faceplate can’t be easily removed. This means that guys wearing this helmet will never be name characters, like Star Wars stormtroopers.

Previously, Starlin also revealed that he was taking over the reigns of an existing DC Comics property and that it would come as a surprise to people. He also said he is having a lot of fun with it and that DC won’t let him talk about it, yet.

Well, Steve Trevor is a member of the new Team 7, which Justin Jordan is writing, as well as having a role in the upcoming Geoff Johns Justice League of America. A.R.G.U.S. has also been featured in Dial H and recently Trevor is also said to be the liaison between the Justice League of America and Justice League Dark.

I think Jordan just came on Team 7 within the past few months, and Starlin will not obviously be on Justice League of America.

China Mieville has been on Dial H for sometime and Lemire took over Justice League Dark with #9.

I’m not sure if Starlin is taking over any of the above mentioned titles, but perhaps therein lies a clue.

Martian Manhunter is in the new Justice League of America – with Trevor as well – and has been a featured part of Stormwatch.

Currently, Peter Milligan has been writing Stormwatch, but the series has gone through its share of writers.

Starlin would most likely be comfortable on Stormwatch as it is space-based, so maybe that’s it?

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Review: Stormwatch #15

After a mish-mash of Stormwatches past, including a very wasted opportunity during Zero Month, writer Peter Milligan finally regains my interest in the New 52 version of this covert team with his Stormwatch #15 thriller.

Milligan finally turns the team, such as they are, upside-down, forcing the killing machine we know as Midnighter to become a virtual fugitive from his fellows. If solicits prove out, looks like our cosmic Batman will be having a tough time of it for the foreseeable future.

And of course, this also portends trouble for many fans’ favorite part of this mag, the Apollo/Midnighter coupling. It would seem things will be getting rough for this pair as well, and that also starts in this very issue and will probably in the end be a good thing.

This is the snap-action, cosmic consequences and dire straights I was looking for back in September 2011, when the New 52 Stormwatch was billed as one of the most important books of the DCnU. But after three writers and an artist Wheel-of-Fortune, something seemed to go clunk. Stormwatch’s concern over developing superheroes in the world and its interest in the Green Lantern Corps were steps in the right direction, but #15 really has Milligan hitting the story nail on its head!

Harry Tanner, always my favorite part of this book, is back and in a big way, and if I do not miss my guess some of his plans seem to be aiming toward the much-discussed Trinity War. Not that the seeds sewn by three writers including Milligan are getting ignored; far from it, as many are already coming to life.

If you have always been iffy on this title and are looking for a great jumping on place, may I recommend this week’s Stormwatch #15? Believe me, with some of the books on the stands, you can do a lot worse.

And it’s cosmic!

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Advanced Review: Stormwatch #14

As you may have noticed, my enthusiasm for Stormwatch in the New 52 DCU has fallen tremendously. The property has been stretched by three writers so tight it resembles if nothing else a piece of cosmic bubble gum.

Still, Peter Milligan is determined to prove there may be some pop left in that gum as The Demon comes to town and, in my favorite continuing plotline, our man Harry Tanner attempts to infiltrate the secretive Shadow Lords.

Even J’onn J’onzz had trouble with those guys!

To tell the truth, Stormwatch has just not proven itself, well, cosmic enough for me. Now I know the book is Earth-centric, as my buddy Timelord used to say, but Milligan seems more interested in fleshing out the past of the covert organization – which would’ve been fine for the Zero Issue, but c’mon! – instead of bringing us great moments like we witnessed when Atrocitus came a’calling.

I was even hoping that little Superman plot or the Rise of the Third Army arc might hook up with Stormwatch, but no soap. Those hopes crashed and burned harder than young Supes’ rocket in Smalltown.

So we are left with some fantastic characters (thanks, Jim Lee) but little else, and issue #14 with Etrigan and his disdain for humans just continues this foray into fruitlessness.

What I have been impressed with this issue is the art, as Will Conrad and Cliff Richards go to town here. Just wonderful, but not enough to save this sinking ship.

I am afraid that the Next Wave that splashes by will be picking up this once-thought important DCU title and taking it back to WildStorm memory.

All I can think of is what might have been. Sad.

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Exclusive: Justice League Movie To Feature Original 7 Founding Members, Cyborg, Green Arrow

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Cosmic Book News recently posted some Batman 2016 movie reboot news about the Joker appearing and more, and now our source has just received some news about the upcoming Justice League movie.

Currently there is a Justice League movie script by Will Beall, writer of Gangster Squad, but no director is attached as of yet.

While that is being decided, fans have been wondering which of their favorite DC Comics super heroes will be chosen for the line-up as part of the Justice League movie in 2015.

We’re told that the Justice League movie may feature the original seven founding members: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman â€” and Martian Manhunter.

We’re further told that the Justice League movie may also feature cameo appearances by Green Arrow, Cyborg, and other “second tier characters.”

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In addition, we’re told Warner Bros. already has actors in mind for the roles, but things could change once a director is attached.

Our source did tell us previously that Henry Cavill is to star as Superman in the Justice League movie.

With the recent relaunch of the DC Comics “New 52” Justice League, it was questioned which team of Justice Leaguers we would see in the new movie. The character of Cyborg was brought onboard the new Justice League comic book last year, with Martian Manhunter becoming a former member of the Justice League (starring in Stormwatch). However, it has since been announced that the Martian Manhunter will be a part of the new Justice League of America comic book set to launch next year by Geoff Johns and David Finch, featuring second tier characters including Green Arrow, Catwoman, the new Green Lantern, Stargirl, Vibe and Hawkman.

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Chatting back and forth with our source I did question if the new CW Green Arrow and Wonder Woman television shows, Arrow and Amazon, would have anything to do with the DC movie shared universe, to which the source said the movies and TV will be separate, unlike Joss Whedon’s The Avengers and new ABC S.H.I.E.L.D series.

For more on the Justice League movie head on over to everything we have been told from back in June.

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DC Comics Reveals First Batch of Zero Month Covers: Superman, Green Lantern, Batman, 10 more

DC Comics revealed a first look at the final versions of the covers for the first week of September’s “Zero Month.”

We see the final covers for Superman, Green Lantern, Batman Detective Comics, Earth 2, Animal Man, Green Arrow, Phantom Stranger, Stormwatch, Swamp Thing, Worlds Finest, G.I Combat and Dial.

These become available September 5th.

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Advanced Review: Stormwatch #11

Despite criticism to the contrary, writer Peter Milligan is bringing the Stormwatch team further along into the DCU by focusing on great cosmic stories, fresh character concepts and the mission of the team: safeguard Earth from cosmic threats.

In Stormwatch #11, which boasts a gorgeous cover of the SW leader by Scott Clark, Dave Beaty and Pete Pantasiz, Engineer stands alone (well, not quite, but she does dominate the issue) against the mysterious “hidden people” who may just turn out to be the real-life “others” of this planet, the Neanderthals.

Their secret and its possible connection to Earth’s future – and Stormwatch’s mission — makes for some entertaining reading as Milligan continues to keep us on our seats with old-school storytelling and new age characterization. What more could you want?

The art is quite striking in this ish, too, both from Ignacio Galero and Eduardo Pansica. While all the gang are the same, the beginning Neanderthal pages are quite powerful and rugged, giving the beginning of the book just the right vibe.

This certainly is a breakshift issue for the leader of Stormwatch, and we are anxious to see more of this team in just these kinds of adventures. (I would be great if they could bleed a little into the coming Third Army Green Lantern storyline as well, since both are cosmic. Any takers?)

Thanks to all for another great issue!

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Top 10 reasons to support DC’s Stormwatch

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1905:]]I always feel that my favorite titles that do not include the Big Guns of the DCU, even after the reboot in September, are in trouble, so here is another Top 10 reasons you should support the most cosmic of these titles, Stormwatch.

 

10. These humans have been doing what the Justice League is trying to do for thousands of years and succeeding apparently, since the Earth is still here.

9. Their HQ is cool, invisible to Earther detection (including superbeings) and has a mind of its own – a mind that hates its crew and considers humans a “plague.” Cannot find that in the Batcave or Fortress of Solitude.

8. Despite changes in creators over a short period, the team’s mission has remained the same and the action and characterization have only improved.

7. Like the Green Lanterns (whom Stormwatch considers as threats to Earth, so there is some story fodder), this team works for bosses they do not know very well who may or may not have unknown agendas.

6. Their leader is a female machine, and a badass one at that.

5. The adventures of Stormwatch features a 12-year-old girl who has the power to destroy the universe, and probably the Multiverse. Twelve!

4. Martian Manhunter. Nuff said.

3. While the heroes of the New 52 are protecting the world and universe, Stormwatch is keeping its eyes on the superbeings. How cool is that?

2. For those who love media headlines: Apollo and Midnighter are G-A-Y. How about a little press from The View on this title?

1. It’s COSMIC!!!

Look for “Stormwatch” #11 on sale July 4th!

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Review: Stormwatch #10

For those of us who have stayed with this wonderful cosmic mag since September despite the changes of the guard and naysayers, Stormwatch #10 was really something to enjoy.

Many of Paul Cornell’s hints of what Stormwatch is and how it came to be are followed up by current scribe Peter Milligan, and may I say in very enthusiastic and breathtaking form. Milligan is making his own stamp on this book while exploring an already interesting cast and mission. Imagine a covert Justice League. This is what we have, although I do see a storm a’brewin’.

The worldwide scope on Earth is adventurous, reminding me of a number of great James Bond novels. Meanwhile, the whole operation is cosmic despite its Earth-centric mission, and you never know what alien – familiar as the Red Lanterns or unfamiliar – will be stirring up Engineer & Crew.

This book was practically begging for the return of its renegade member, Harry Tanner, and the swordsman slithers in Loki-like in this very issue as some early questions are answered and others posed.

I will stay with this book until its end, even though I miss the art of Miguel Sepulveda. I can weather as many writer and artist changes as I have to in order to share the cosmic adventures of Stormwatch!

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What the D’ast? Same-sex weddings in comics

(Editor’s Note: The following is an opinion article and does necessarily reflect the thoughts and opinions of Cosmic Book News.)

 

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Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Was it President Obama’s public admission of backing same-sex marriage that spurred such a controversy of gay rights and characters, or was it the solicited union of X-Man Northstar, openly gay for years and years, and his boyfriend Kyle that caused their coming nups to be discussed everywhere from this website to The View?

Add to that DC’s plans to reboot a character into the New 52 that was previously straight and now will be gay. In Stormwatch, a great cosmic book that really needs hype, there are two gay characters who have a relationship. Maybe DC can get that mag touted like Astonishing X-Men #s 50 and 51 have been.

It was during an interview with ABC News earlier this month that President Obama said, “I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.”

It’s no secret the President has gone through some soul-searching on this issue. He’s talked to the First Lady about it, like so many couples do.  He’s heard from folks—gay and lesbian friends, staff members in long-term, loving relationships, as well as brave young servicemen and women he got to know through the fight to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” 

He’s sat around his kitchen table with Sasha and Malia, who have friends whose parents are same-sex couples. As the President said during the interview, “It wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently. It doesn’t make sense to them. And frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change of perspective — not wanting to somehow explain to your child why somebody should be treated differently when it comes to eyes of the law.”

Even though this is the 21st century, this remains a controversial subject – to some on a moral plane, to some on a religious plane. I never like using the words of the Bible against anything, never have. Instead I like to use the words of the Bible FOR things – things like love, peace, joy, understanding, not being judgmental, things like that.

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As comic creators Chris Claremont and Brent Anderson demonstrated so richly and intellectually in their 1982 graphic novel (also an X-Men production), God Loves, Man Kills, the words of the Bible can be used and manipulated to back just about anything, including hatred, prejudice, war, murder and a thousand and one other sins.

I am straight. I have straight friends, I have gay friends, I have black friends, I have Hispanic friends, I have Native American friends and my grandfather was an immigrant to this land. From Scotland and white, but an immigrant nonetheless.

The only thing I detest more than overt prejudice is when prejudice (and often its popular form, racism) is used as a shield to demand more for one class of people over another. In America, we are all equal and that is how we should be treated.

As by buddy, CBNE-I-C Matt McGloin, so eloquently put it the other day:

“I got an idea: How about (Marvel and DC) concentrating on putting out good quality stories? Stories that will get ALL folks talking, and hopefully via word of mouth, get more folks into the LCS’s! And then maybe the big news outlets can report on the increase in readership?”

I concur.

It is nice that comic book companies are getting publicity for their excellent movies and social standings, sure. But wouldn’t it be better if comic book companies were getting publicity for putting out excellent, intelligent and entertaining comic books with large, appreciative readerships?

So which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Guess we’ll never know.

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