FORCE OF NATURE
The Revolution starts here...
Penciler: Tom Raney with Pete Woods & Michael Ryan
Inker: Randy Elliott
Colorist: Gina Going and Wildstorm FX
Letterer: Bill O’Neil & Mike Heisler
158 page Trade paperback
Published by DC/Wildstorm
by Scott J Grunewald
super powered individuals really existed, would we really expect
them to run around in spandex foiling bank robberies and dark alley
stick-ups? Hardly, they would be the world’s new super weapons.
Governments would hoard them like nukes, and we’d be in the middle
of a new cold war arms race, but geneticists and physicians would
replace engineers and nuclear physicists.
country on top would be the one that employs the biggest and baddest
super powered being. International incidents would happen when Ultra
Dude’s Fire Vision mistakenly burns down a forest. The Presidential
Bodyguard would have metal skin and be able to grab bullets out
of the air.
is what was missing from Superhero comics, and realism is what Ellis
has brought them. When he took over STORMWATCH, Ellis wasted no
time in renovating the book and turning it into a realistic and
gritty platform to show off his mad ideas and brutal politics. In
the space of one issue, he had completely swept aside all the useless
clutter and replaced it with his own wonderful toys.
OF NATURE is the beginning of Ellis’ groundbreaking run on STORMWATCH
and collects Issues 37 through 42; his first six issues.
is an international team of super powered individuals working for
the UN to combat threats to the Earth, of all kinds. The team is
made up of Winter, Hellstrike, Fugi, Fahrenheit, Flint, Rose Tattoo,
Jenny Sparks, Swift, Jack Hawksmoore, Battalion, Synergy and is
lead by the manipulative Henry Bendix, a.k.a. Weatherman.
Bendix is fed up with the way the world is, and he’s decided to
do things his way. First he cleans house of such useless bodies
as Undertow and Union (One of the more frighteningly bad creations
ever) and replaces them with Jenny Sparks, Hawksmoore and Rose Tattoo.
And Bendix wastes no time setting his new solders loose on a world
that’s gotten too dangerous for it’s own good.
revamped STORMWATCH works on two levels. On the first it’s a wild
and unpredictable action comic filled with madness and violence.
And yet, on another level, it’s cornered with a touch of optimism.
As bad as the world is getting, and as evil as the threats that
Stormwatch faces are, they and Ellis truly believe that there is
always something better.
Scott J Grunewald is publisher of PopImage
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