History ComicBook / Stormwatch

28th Oct '17 3:26:55 AM RedScharlach
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Ellis' run on the title introduced several memorable characters, such as the retired and cynical Jenny Sparks and urban empath Jack Hawksmoor. Ellis also didn't shy away from both political commentary (Stormwatch having to fight a corrupt and hostile U.S. goverment on multiple occasions) and commentary on the genre of comics as a whole (the history of Jenny Sparks). It also had the main leader of Stormwatch, Henry Bendix, reveal himself as a manipulative sociopath before he's forced to leave the organization. In 1997, most of Stormwatch was [[DroppedABridgeOnHim killed offscreen]] or PutOnABus in the IntercontinuityCrossover ''ComicBook/WildCATs[=/=]Franchise/{{Alien}}s'' when the title was cancelled, and Ellis turned the surviving black ops unit 'Stormwatch Black' into the nucleus of ''ComicBook/TheAuthority''.

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Ellis' run on the title introduced several memorable characters, such as the retired and cynical Jenny Sparks and urban empath Jack Hawksmoor. Ellis also didn't shy away from both political commentary (Stormwatch having to fight a corrupt and hostile U.S. goverment government on multiple occasions) and commentary on the genre of comics as a whole (the history of Jenny Sparks). It also had the main leader of Stormwatch, Henry Bendix, reveal himself as a manipulative sociopath before he's forced to leave the organization. In 1997, most of Stormwatch was [[DroppedABridgeOnHim killed offscreen]] or PutOnABus in the IntercontinuityCrossover ''ComicBook/WildCATs[=/=]Franchise/{{Alien}}s'' when the title was cancelled, and Ellis turned the surviving black ops unit 'Stormwatch Black' into the nucleus of ''ComicBook/TheAuthority''.






* HeroicSacrifice: Winter dies piloting the team's xenomorph infested station into the sun.

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* HeroicSacrifice: Winter dies piloting the team's xenomorph infested xenomorph-infested station into the sun.



* {{Retcon}}: While still an evil arsehole it's later revealed the Bendix killed by Sparks was actually a counterpart from an alternate universe. The original would later return to haunt the second incarnation of Stormwatch Black a.k.a. ''ComicBook/TheAuthority''

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* {{Retcon}}: While still he's an evil arsehole arsehole, it's later revealed the Bendix killed by Sparks was actually a counterpart from an alternate universe. The original would later return to haunt the second incarnation of Stormwatch Black a.k.a. ''ComicBook/TheAuthority''



* InSpiteOfANail: In the ''New 52'' version, Cornell established that Stormwatch had existed for hundreds of years, being a descendent organisation of Comicbook/DemonKnights, which in turn was inspired by several Camelots, all set up by Adam One/Merlin. In Starlin's first issue, the baddies kill Adam One at the beginning of the universe, meaning that none of this history exists. Why that hasn't led to humanity being taken over by the Daemonites/the Hidden People/the Evil Dolphin Army/the Questing Queen has not yet been unexplained.

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* InSpiteOfANail: In the ''New 52'' version, Cornell established that Stormwatch had existed for hundreds of years, being a descendent descendant organisation of Comicbook/DemonKnights, which in turn was inspired by several Camelots, all set up by Adam One/Merlin. In Starlin's first issue, the baddies kill Adam One at the beginning of the universe, meaning that none of this history exists. Why that hasn't led to humanity being taken over by the Daemonites/the Hidden People/the Evil Dolphin Army/the Questing Queen has not yet been unexplained.
22nd Oct '17 4:15:15 PM StrixObscuro
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* AbortedArc: When the Comicbook/MartianManhunter wants out of the group, the Shadow Lords say he can, but will one day owe them a favor, and that it will be something that he dreads more than anything else in his life. ... nope, never mentioned again.

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\n* AbortedArc: When the Comicbook/MartianManhunter wants out of the group, the Shadow Lords say he can, but will one day owe them a favor, and that it will be something that he dreads more than anything else in his life. ... nope, never mentioned again.[[folder:The Original Franchise]]



* AscendedMeme: In the last few issues of the first 18 in the New 52 run, the characters themselves start cracking jokes and insulting Midnighter's chin-spike, and demanding he explain its purpose. Something that fans online had been mocking his new character design about for months.

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* AscendedMeme: In the last few issues of the first 18 in the New 52 run, the characters themselves start cracking jokes and insulting Midnighter's chin-spike, and demanding he explain its purpose. Something that fans online had been mocking his new character design about for months.



* ButNowIMustGo: The ComicBook/MartianManhunter is as straight of an example as this can get. Out of the blue, he decides he must leave Stormwatch, because he has some kind of mysterious mission he must accomplish that he can not tell anyone. He then erases the memories of all the team members that he ever existed, and somehow struck a deal with the shadow lords to allow him to leave. Something that no one else was able to do in the thousands of years they have existed. He was then, obviously, never seen or heard from again.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: In the ''New 52''[='=]s zero issue, Jenny tells her team members in the final page "I've been watching a movie. But it had a downer of an ending. You really get into the characters and...and then everyone dies...". A rather dark warning to the readers that the series was on its way out the door.



* InNameOnly: The ''New 52'' relaunch contains only one prominent character from the original Stormwatch and the cast is being whittled down until only the members of ComicBook/TheAuthority remain.
* InSpiteOfANail: In the ''New 52'' version, Cornell established that Stormwatch had existed for hundreds of years, being a descendent organisation of Comicbook/DemonKnights, which in turn was inspired by several Camelots, all set up by Adam One/Merlin. In Starlin's first issue, the baddies kill Adam One at the beginning of the universe, meaning that none of this history exists. Why that hasn't led to humanity being taken over by the Daemonites/the Hidden People/the Evil Dolphin Army/the Questing Queen has not yet been unexplained.



* MerlinSickness: Adam One in the ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' incarnation, who was an old man at the beginning of the universe and gets younger as it gets older. Appropriate, since [[spoiler: he ''is'' Merlin]].



* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Jenny Quantum's powers are... vague. She doesn't actually really know what she can do, or how she does it, and neither does anyone else. It seemed to generally be "If she needs to be able to do this at the moment, then that's what her powers can do."



* RippleEffectProofMemory: The Shadow Lords in the ComicBook/{{New 52}} version; when Stormwatch is removed from history, they just set it up again.



* {{Retcon}}: While still an evil arsehole it's later revealed the Bendix killed by Sparks was actually a counterpart from an alternate universe. The original would later return to haunt the second incarnation of Stormwatch Black aka ''ComicBook/TheAuthority''

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* {{Retcon}}: While still an evil arsehole it's later revealed the Bendix killed by Sparks was actually a counterpart from an alternate universe. The original would later return to haunt the second incarnation of Stormwatch Black aka a.k.a. ''ComicBook/TheAuthority''



* SkyPirate: In ''[[ComicBook/JonahHex All Star Western]]'' #17, Jenny Freedom of the 19th Century Stormwatch clashes with Smokestack Jack; SteamPunk anarchist MadScientist based on a CoolAirship.



* StatusQuoIsGod: As mentioned in the description, the final issue of the New 52 ''Stormwatch'' reset the characters to where they'd been before the Kollective changed history. Except the Engineer, who got reset a bit further back, to before her FaceHeelTurn.




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* AbortedArc: When the Comicbook/MartianManhunter wants out of the group, the Shadow Lords say he can, but will one day owe them a favor, and that it will be something that he dreads more than anything else in his life. ... nope, never mentioned again.
* AscendedMeme: In the last few issues of the first 18, the characters themselves start cracking jokes and insulting Midnighter's chin-spike, and demanding he explain its purpose. Something that fans online had been mocking his new character design about for months.
* ButNowIMustGo: The ComicBook/MartianManhunter is as straight of an example as this can get. Out of the blue, he decides he must leave Stormwatch, because he has some kind of mysterious mission he must accomplish that he can not tell anyone. He then erases the memories of all the team members that he ever existed, and somehow struck a deal with the shadow lords to allow him to leave. Something that no one else was able to do in the thousands of years they have existed. He was then, obviously, never seen or heard from again.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In the ''New 52''[='=]s zero issue, Jenny tells her team members in the final page "I've been watching a movie. But it had a downer of an ending. You really get into the characters and...and then everyone dies...". A rather dark warning to the readers that the series was on its way out the door.
* InNameOnly: The ''New 52'' relaunch contains only one prominent character from the original Stormwatch and the cast is being whittled down until only the members of ComicBook/TheAuthority remain.
* InSpiteOfANail: In the ''New 52'' version, Cornell established that Stormwatch had existed for hundreds of years, being a descendent organisation of Comicbook/DemonKnights, which in turn was inspired by several Camelots, all set up by Adam One/Merlin. In Starlin's first issue, the baddies kill Adam One at the beginning of the universe, meaning that none of this history exists. Why that hasn't led to humanity being taken over by the Daemonites/the Hidden People/the Evil Dolphin Army/the Questing Queen has not yet been unexplained.
* MerlinSickness: Adam One, who was an old man at the beginning of the universe and gets younger as it gets older. Appropriate, since [[spoiler:he ''is'' Merlin]].
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Jenny Quantum's powers are... vague. She doesn't actually really know what she can do, or how she does it, and neither does anyone else. It seemed to generally be "If she needs to be able to do this at the moment, then that's what her powers can do."
* RippleEffectProofMemory: The Shadow Lords in the ComicBook/{{New 52}} version; when Stormwatch is removed from history, they just set it up again.
* SkyPirate: In ''[[ComicBook/JonahHex All Star Western]]'' #17, Jenny Freedom of the 19th Century Stormwatch clashes with Smokestack Jack; SteamPunk anarchist MadScientist based on a CoolAirship.
* StatusQuoIsGod: As mentioned in the description, the final issue of the New 52 ''Stormwatch'' reset the characters to where they'd been before the Kollective changed history. Except the Engineer, who got reset a bit further back, to before her FaceHeelTurn.
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22nd Sep '17 11:16:43 PM StrixObscuro
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* DiplomaticImpugnity: During the original run, members of the team had diplomatic immunity, which was also conferred on family members. In issue #1, Jackson King reluctantly invokes this to keep his little brother Malcolm out of jail after the latter gets involved in an armed robbery.

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* DiplomaticImpugnity: DiplomaticImpunity: During the original run, members of the team had diplomatic immunity, which was also conferred on family members. In issue #1, Jackson King reluctantly invokes this to keep his little brother Malcolm out of jail after the latter gets involved in an armed robbery.
22nd Sep '17 11:15:31 PM StrixObscuro
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* DiplomaticImpugnity: During the original run, members of the team had diplomatic immunity, which was also conferred on family members. In issue #1, Jackson King reluctantly invokes this to keep his little brother Malcolm out of jail after the latter gets involved in an armed robbery.


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* FaceHeelTurn: Stormwatch has experienced a few over the years.
** Razer, one of the Mercs, was originally in Storrmwatch before she defected.
** Flashpoint became a spy for the Mercs after an ill-fated mission in Kuwait.
** Henry Bendix famously became a villain.
9th Jun '17 3:34:32 PM nombretomado
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* TookALevelInBadass: By the time of WildStorm's cancellation, ''everyone'' who was alive by that point was tougher/stronger/faster than when they were first written.

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* TookALevelInBadass: By the time of WildStorm's Wildstorm's cancellation, ''everyone'' who was alive by that point was tougher/stronger/faster than when they were first written.
28th May '17 4:26:02 PM nombretomado
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* EvilStoleMyFaith: One of the story beats in WarrenEllis's run, which carried over into ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'' a few years later, was that God does not exist. The Doctor mentions it offhandedly in Ellis's final arc, and earlier, a "villain" called the Eidolon had come back from beyond the grave to try to convince people to make the most of their lives.

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* EvilStoleMyFaith: One of the story beats in WarrenEllis's Creator/WarrenEllis's run, which carried over into ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'' a few years later, was that God does not exist. The Doctor mentions it offhandedly in Ellis's final arc, and earlier, a "villain" called the Eidolon had come back from beyond the grave to try to convince people to make the most of their lives.
16th Jan '17 1:16:57 PM DustSnitch
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* MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong: Winter, ex-Spetsnaz, field leader of Stormwatch's "Prime" team, and total {{badass}}.

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* MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong: Winter, ex-Spetsnaz, field leader of Stormwatch's "Prime" team, and total {{badass}}.badass.
2nd Jan '17 10:39:21 AM BuccoBabe
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As of issue 19, after the first try proved to not be as successful as DC had hoped, it got [[ContinuityReboot re-rebooted]], with writer Jim Starlin taking things back to something more similar to how they were in Wildstorm, complete with original logo. Previous stories were largely erased, Apollo and ComicBook/{{Midnighter}} went back to their old costumes, the Bleed was re-introduced, going back to Skywatch as their base of operations, introducing more classic Stormwatch characters like Hellstrike and Fuji. Though some elements of Cornell's set up remained, such as the Shadow Lords, it is pretty much a complete fresh start. The change resulted in a BrokenBase. Fans of the first 18 issues were NOT pleased with the change, due to it erasing events from {{continuity}} and heading in a whole new direction, while fans of the Wildstorm incarnation mostly rejoiced. Since the first storyline is "Something's happened to Stormwatch history; we need to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong", it remains to be seen how permanent Starlin intends the changes to be (especially given that the new set up contradicts ''Demon Knights'' and ''All-Star Western'''s "19th Century Stormwatch".) Unfortunately, the re-reboot didn't succeed in winning new readers, and DC cancelled the Stormwatch series, but not before the very last issue re-re-rebooted Stormwatch ''back'' to the #1-18 continuity.

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As of issue 19, after the first try proved to not be as successful as DC had hoped, it got [[ContinuityReboot re-rebooted]], with writer Jim Starlin taking things back to something more similar to how they were in Wildstorm, complete with original logo. Previous stories were largely erased, Apollo and ComicBook/{{Midnighter}} went back to their old costumes, the Bleed was re-introduced, going back to Skywatch as was once again made their base of operations, introducing and more classic Stormwatch characters like Hellstrike and Fuji. Fuji were brought in. Though some elements of Cornell's set up remained, such as the Shadow Lords, it is was pretty much a complete fresh start. The change resulted in a BrokenBase. Fans of the first 18 issues were NOT pleased with the change, due to it erasing events from {{continuity}} and heading in a whole new direction, while fans of the Wildstorm incarnation mostly rejoiced. Since the first storyline is was "Something's happened to Stormwatch history; we need to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong", it remains to be seen it's unclear how permanent Starlin intends intended the changes to be (especially given that the new set up contradicts contradicted ''Demon Knights'' and ''All-Star Western'''s "19th Century Stormwatch".) Stormwatch"). Unfortunately, the re-reboot didn't succeed in winning new readers, and DC cancelled the Stormwatch series, but not before the very last issue re-re-rebooted Stormwatch ''back'' to the #1-18 continuity.
13th Nov '16 3:41:13 PM nombretomado
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** Also, ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'''s portrayal of the League as a larger organization with [[SpearCarrier support crew]] and political conflicts with the United States was also influenced by ''Stormwatch''.

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** Also, ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'''s ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'''s portrayal of the League as a larger organization with [[SpearCarrier support crew]] and political conflicts with the United States was also influenced by ''Stormwatch''.
12th Jun '16 5:50:35 PM nombretomado
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Ellis' run on the title introduced several memorable characters, such as the retired and cynical Jenny Sparks and urban empath Jack Hawksmoor. Ellis also didn't shy away from both political commentary (Stormwatch having to fight a corrupt and hostile U.S. goverment on multiple occasions) and commentary on the genre of comics as a whole (the history of Jenny Sparks). It also had the main leader of Stormwatch, Henry Bendix, reveal himself as a manipulative sociopath before he's forced to leave the organization. In 1997, most of Stormwatch was [[DroppedABridgeOnHim killed offscreen]] or PutOnABus in the IntercontinuityCrossover ''ComicBook/{{WildCATs}}[=/=]Franchise/{{Alien}}s'' when the title was cancelled, and Ellis turned the surviving black ops unit 'Stormwatch Black' into the nucleus of ''ComicBook/TheAuthority''.

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Ellis' run on the title introduced several memorable characters, such as the retired and cynical Jenny Sparks and urban empath Jack Hawksmoor. Ellis also didn't shy away from both political commentary (Stormwatch having to fight a corrupt and hostile U.S. goverment on multiple occasions) and commentary on the genre of comics as a whole (the history of Jenny Sparks). It also had the main leader of Stormwatch, Henry Bendix, reveal himself as a manipulative sociopath before he's forced to leave the organization. In 1997, most of Stormwatch was [[DroppedABridgeOnHim killed offscreen]] or PutOnABus in the IntercontinuityCrossover ''ComicBook/{{WildCATs}}[=/=]Franchise/{{Alien}}s'' ''ComicBook/WildCATs[=/=]Franchise/{{Alien}}s'' when the title was cancelled, and Ellis turned the surviving black ops unit 'Stormwatch Black' into the nucleus of ''ComicBook/TheAuthority''.



* [[AlternateUniverseReedRichardsIsAwesome Alternate Universe Jack Hawksmoor Is Awesome]]: In "The Bleed", we see a universe where most of the membership of Wildstorm's other superteams like the ComicBook/{{WildCATs}}, [[ComicBook/{{Gen13}} Gen13 and DV8]] are part of Stormwatch, under the leadership of Jack Hawksmoor.

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* [[AlternateUniverseReedRichardsIsAwesome Alternate Universe Jack Hawksmoor Is Awesome]]: In "The Bleed", we see a universe where most of the membership of Wildstorm's other superteams like the ComicBook/{{WildCATs}}, ComicBook/WildCATs, [[ComicBook/{{Gen13}} Gen13 and DV8]] are part of Stormwatch, under the leadership of Jack Hawksmoor.



* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Almost everyone who didn't join ComicBook/TheAuthority in the ''{{WildCATs}}[=/=]Franchise/{{Alien}}s'' crossover.

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* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Almost everyone who didn't join ComicBook/TheAuthority in the ''{{WildCATs}}[=/=]Franchise/{{Alien}}s'' ''ComicBook/WildCATs[=/=]Franchise/{{Alien}}s'' crossover.



* TheRealRemingtonSteele: Kaizen Gamorra first appeared in ''{{WildCATs}}'', where he was revealed to be the original "John Colt" that team leader Spartan was based on. The real Kaizen was brought back in Stormwatch.

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* TheRealRemingtonSteele: Kaizen Gamorra first appeared in ''{{WildCATs}}'', ''ComicBook/WildCATs'', where he was revealed to be the original "John Colt" that team leader Spartan was based on. The real Kaizen was brought back in Stormwatch.
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