on 17 October 2001
This collection bridges the gap between the last run of Stormwatch and the beginning of the Authority, and in true Warren Ellis style features lashings of death and mayhem. The end of Stormwatch actually took place in a crossover between WildC.A.T.S.and Aliens which was rumoured to have infringed Aliens copyright, hence the unavailability of these reprints until now. Lovely writing and art make this collection essential for Ellis fans and completists of the whole Stormwatch / Authority saga.
on 15 September 2001
To all things, there must be an ending, and Warren Ellis certainly ended his tenure on STORMWATCH in, what you might say, a definitive manner. Drama, tragedy, unstoppable Aliens; it's all rendered wonderfully by Bryan Hitch, Chris Sprouse and Michael Ryan, and in full computer colour to boot. Suffice to say, this volume leads into Ellis and Hitch's subsequent collaboration, THE AUTHORITY, and while not exactly a must read, it most certainly is worth your while.
on 1 September 2012
This is an odd volume. It has a three part story that kills off just enough characters to prepare for the launching of Ellis' Authority series but the second is an interruption by a WildC.A.T.S/ Aliens crossover.
Part one is a promising start. We are dealing with the fallout of the parallel world story and there are some interesting questions, about how much you should interfere in things outside your backyard, on the table. Then a mysterious asteroid turns up and we get a feeling of dread. It is nice to see Molly Perkins continue her rise from background character to foreground star.
Part two takes the best bits of the Scott and Cameron Alien films and pastes them into the DC universe. Lone female survivor of an Alien attack, not sure if she is infected, macho hero types underestimate alien danger, spookily lit corridors, you get the picture. Literally replace deserted LV427 with deserted Stormwatch; and Colonial Marines with WildC.A.T.S. It works but only because two great filmmakers are being ripped off wholesale. If you don't know who these WildC.A.T.S are then you won't get to know them as there is no attempt to introduce them or give them meaningful characterisation.
Part three is the loose ends. Funerals, the disbanding of Stormwatch, and an encounter with Henry Bendix. Ellis has lost all interest in the property at this point. He told his two amazing stories and now he washes his hands of the property before cherry picking the good stuff for his next project.
The art is good but quite murky in places. Part two has a different artist and it is nice to see a more open, cleaner style at work before it all descends to spooky corridors.
I want to give it a thumbs up I really do. If you are a fan of Stormwatch, the WildC.A.T.S or Aliens you should check it out. But it isn't Ellis or Stormwatch at their best. No Thumbs today sadly.
on 21 December 2001
It's very short, and although Ellis in one sense "earns his spurs" with the shocking end of Stormwatch there's no real animation or verve to the characters as there was before. Final Orbit does exactly what it says on the tin and nothing more.
There are a few interesting scenes at the end previewing what would become the brilliant Authority, but otherwise you're not missing that much.
on 2 March 2004
First of all I loved the whole storm watch world but this book was not worth the money I spent. The only thing that is worth reading in this book was jenny sparks kicking bum, & the beginning of the authority. On this book though I was left feeling "what a cop out" Major heroes die and I'm sitting there going o well was that it? Now I can only think Warren Ellis was having a bad day when this was written, I love this man's work and I cannot recommend his authority series enough.The authority showed how different a comic could be. Don't buy this last storm watch go to a library borrow it and save your money.