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Comic Book A Day – Day 43 – I, Vampire # 12 (2012)

I, Vampire #12 review

Mr Sun Hands: worst friend to Vampires ever!

So basically I bought I, Vampire #12 because it had Stormwatch in it and I really like Stormwatch.  Comic publishers do this all the time.  Read Crappy McCrapstein #6 because it’s got Batman in it!

Stormwatch in I, Vampire

These guys kill people. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Only thing is, sometimes it works and you find a new series that you really dig and that’s what happened here.

Writer Joshua Hale Fialkov really showed me something writing these Stormwatch characters as well as when Ellis did with them in The Authority and that is saying something.

I, Vampire

This is what happens if you don’t floss.

I’ve only read a couple of issues of this first year of I, Vampire, but now I want to go back and read them all.  I also want to see what else Joshua Hale Fialkov has written and what future projects he’s on.  He was that good.

For excellent writing in terms of both overall story and plot development and character dialogue, I’m giving I, Vampire 5 out of 6 possible Aarons and suggest you check this sucker out.

Vamping,

Aaron Haber

@aaronhaber

aaron@theworldnyc.com

Aaron Haber writes this crap and can be seen at his NYC comedy club almost every night.

Comic Book A Day – Day 20 – Stormwatch #12 (2012)

Stormwatch 12 Review

Stop Martian Manhandling me!

Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery and often times it”s also a key component to the success of the imitator.  Take for instance Fawcett Comic”s Captain Marvel, a plain as day knock off of super successful Superman, but dare I say it, a better, more fun version which actually sold more issues per month than the DC comics original back in the day.

Midnighter and Apollo

Scuse me while I kiss this guy!

Wildstorm”s The Authority (which was born out of the original Stormwatch series) including the characters Apollo and Midnighter who were not only meant to be Superman and Apollo, they were also gay lovers!!!  And guess what?  It was awesome and just as interesting, if not more so than the dynamic between Batman and Superman.

Warren Ellis Middle Finger

Warren Ellis: #1 Comic Book Creator!

Warren Ellis created an awesome array of new characters and mythology (like the century babies who lived for 100 years and whose power sets mimicked the main power source or concept for that century).

The Authority

Respect my Authori-tay!

These characters were so awesome DC incorporated them and the entire Wildstorm Universe into their mainstream universe as they had tapscott.net done with so many characters before (Blue Beetle, Captain Marvel/Shazam/The Question/Plastic Man, the list goes on and on til the break of dawn.).

 

Stormwatch Martian Manhunter

Stop trying to muscle in on Midnighter”s action dude.

Which bring us to DC”s current Stormwatch series, which the most shocking part was the addition of The Martian Manhunter whose usual hang out was the Justice League (of which in old school continuity he was a founding member).

To me this was a brilliant way of bringing Stormwatch and the awesome characters in it into the mainstream minds and hearts of DC”s veteran readers and has been an interesting read.

Martian Manhunter and Jenny

Just think of my as a green-skinned, can turn invisible and intangible and can mind wipe you father figure.

Well issue #12 turns everything on it”s ear again as (spoiler alert) The Martian Manhunter systematically mind wiped the entire Stormwatch crew into forgetting he was ever a part of their team.  He even convinces The Engineer and The Shadow Lords to assist him!  Manhunter has some reason for these sneaky Pete mind wipe actions and I for one am going to continue reading Stormwatch and any other book he”s in to find out what that reason is!

I find Stormwatch to be a consistently well written book and characters like Apollo, Midnighter, Jack Hawksmoore and The Engineer will keep me coming back month after month.

Stormwatch #12 (2012) get 4 out of 6 Aarons for being a good read with the promise of a cool, possible universe changing storyline to come!

You will forget you ever read this,

Aaron Haber

@aaronhaber
aaron@theworldnyc.com

 

 

 

 

Comic Book A Day – Day 13 – StormWatch #1 (1993)

Stormwatch #1 from 1993

Show us to the Nirvana concert or face our wraith!

OK, so I love Wildstorm’s The Authority comic book.  Each story was like an epic summer blockbuster and it contained some of the coolest new characters in comicdom.  So cool that DC bought Wildstorm a few years ago and introduced many of these characters during the New 52 realunch.

Fuji from StormWatch

Some of the characters from The Authority came out of an earlier comic called Storm Watch (which is now part of DC’s New 52).  So when I saw issues 1-15 listed on Ebay for a steal, I…well…stole it (I actually paid for it, but it was decently inexpensive).

Stormwatch Battalion

Magic Johnson indeed!

The story focuses on Jackson King whose codename is Battalion or as I like to call him Bat-a-Lion-Man! He’s a black superhero and there seem to be a lot of diversity amongst the cast of characters in this book.  That is to be commended, but the book falls flat when it comes to dialogue, plot development or even interesting characters.

Henry Bendix

No! I would not like any pudding and you can’t make me like it!

If this Storm Watch series gave birth to The Authority which led to characters like Apollo and Midnighter, The Engineer and my favorite Jack Hawksmore then I suppose it is worth giving it another try…

but I can only give Storm Watch #1 from 1993 1 aaron because as a singular issue I just didn’t like it that much.

I am,

Aaron

@aaronhaber.com
aaron@theworldnyc.com