blogging by Andrew Wickliffe

Stormwatch 3 (January 2012)

Seeing as how Cornell’s pacing of the comic is so obvious–he tries and fails to make it feel like a big action movie–it’s boring. The only compelling element is the appearance of the personification of the city of Gotham.

Guess what?

It’s a Bat-man.

But Cornell tries all these jokes and then the rousing action scene with Apollo saving the world… and none of Stormwatch works. For a while, I wondered if it was getting better because I could follow the action scenes.

Then I realized, no, it’s no better. I’m a little more used to it, but it’s still pretty bad.

Miguel Sepulveda’s art should be fine, but Cornell’s script includes so much dumb, non-visual material, Sepulveda stumbles. Cornell has Speulveda draw giant monsters from the human perspective; these things are too big to be scary or even threatening.

Stormwatch needs to check its scale.


The Dark Side, Part Three; writer, Paul Cornell; artist, Miguel Sepulveda; colorists, Alex Sinclair and Pete Pantazis; letterer, Rob Leigh; editors, Sean Mackiewicz and Pat McCallum; publisher, DC Comics.

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