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Stormwatch Vol. 4: Reset (The New 52) (Stormwatch Vol. III series) by [STARLIN, JIM]
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Jim Starlin is the acclaimed author of classic graphic novels including COSMIC ODYSSEY, BATMAN: A DEATH IN THE FAMILY, DEATH OF THE NEW GODS and MYSTERY IN SPACE as well as the 1982 Marvel Comics graphic novel The Death of Captain Marvel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 142691 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 52nd edition edition (10 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K7EIXXA
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By Squirr-El HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 29 July 2014
Format: Paperback
The story running through issues #19-30 of DC Comics' New 52 title `Stormwatch' is collected as Stormwatch Volume 4: Reset TP (The New 52) (Stormwatch (Numbered)). This story begins with some shifty aliens changing Earth's timeline in order to remove Stormwatch, who they believe will be troublesome to their plans, and so Stormwatch never existed. However, as we have 12 issues to fill, it is fortunate that the Shadow Lords who are behind Stormwatch exist in the Bleed, and are therefore outside normal time and space. They have seen the Earth's timeline altered twelve times so far, and they decide it is time to do something about it. The Storm King, the Shadow Lords' mouthpiece directs the new Stormwatch leader, Storm Control to recruit a new set of operatives, which include several of the usual suspects, but who now have different origins, such as Apollo and Midnighter, who were both abducted by aliens and experimented on, before they escaped, and Century Baby Jenny Soul, who is a high-powered telepath, among other things. There are some new recruits, including Lobo, who is drafted during the first operation, and the Weird, a Starlin character from a 1980s mini-series, among others. The team slowly gathers intelligence on the meddlesome aliens, who are a race which has given up corporeal form to become energy beings, and are dedicated to making the galaxy a safe place for themselves by preventing any one species from achieving dominion, and by shutting down advanced technologies in order to allow civilizations to follow their path to enlightenment. Strangely enough, no one else has managed it so far.Read more ›
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HASH(0x8d96a528) out of 5 stars Yeah--Betta Watch Out For This Storm... 9 Oct. 2015
By Harold Holt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Once upon a time in the 90s, there was a non-descript, mediocre team book published by Image Comics called Stormwatch. I say “mediocre” because there were no standout traits to distinguish this book from Image's other half-dozen or so titles that also focused on a government-sanctioned team of paramilitary super-heroes (Youngblood, Bloodstrike, Stryke Force, et al). Stormwatch meandered along for a couple years, actually outlasting some of the other books I listed, until an English writer named Warren Ellis came along, waved a magic wand, and turned this title into something truly special. Now the title blossomed, flourished and eventually evolved into a different title featuring several of the same characters. To this day, Ellis' Stormwatch run (and his subsequent AUTHORITY run) are heralded by comics fans as nothing short of phenomenal. Eventually, the characters featured in these titles, along with the creative subsidiary that owned them, were swallowed up by DC comics.

Fast-forward about fifteen years or so... DC relaunches its entire universe with The New 52. In this revamped universe, a new Stormwatch #1 appears, written by Paul Cornell. Cornell tried to touch on the flavor established by the Ellis run, but alas, his bread & butter—and therefore his loyalty—was to his publisher, so the Stormwatch characters had to exist and operate within the context of the rebooted DC Universe, but in a way where their paths would never cross that of DC's mainstream superheroes.

Now fast-foward to the trade paperback in question. Stormwatch: Reset is literally that: kind of a 'soft' reboot within a rebooted universe. Jim Starlin, who—as Marvel readers know—is practically the Duke of the cosmic opera (when he hasn't self-immolated from Thanos burnout), is the writer for this collected edition (Stormwatch #19-30). In the first half of this book, a redesigned Stormwatch team takes on a trio of cosmic buttinskis called The Kollective. They've made it their business to rewrite timelines until reality adheres to their vision.

The second half of the book introduces Extramax, a super-buffed-up blue & purple cosmic bruiser who's not just brawny but cunning and brainy. In fact, his personality (as well as his appearance) is quite derivative of another big, blue & purple cosmic Starlin creation wreaking havoc over at DC's Timely competition... But I digress. Extramax is apparently over a century old, and may have a vested interest in helping Stormwatch defeat The Kollective.

I've never seen Starlin's writing so lifeless. Many of this story's elements regurgitate plot points you've seen play out in a hundred other adventures, and featuring key characters that happen to be ultimate cosmic-level badasses is Starlin's stock & trade. Having said all this—I STILL could have enjoyed this story more if not for the following: This latest version of the Stormwatch characters (Midnighter, Apollo, The Engineer, Jenny, Hellstrike, Force—fka Fuji, plus The Weird—a late 80s Starlin creation for DC) are a flat, uninteresting bunch. Even the back-and-forth between Apollo and Midnighter was nothing memorable. Where was the sharp wit and the dimension of soul we usually get from these characters? For the most part, I found myself not really caring what happened to any of them. The art by Yvel Guichet is dry and bland, reminiscent of something you'd find in the Sunday funnies. At least if Starlin had drawn the issues, you'd have his beautiful art to look at. But this volume doesn't even have that to offer.

The last story in this collection is actually done by a different creative team: Sterling Gates and Jeremy Roberts. I wish Roberts could have done the art for the entire collection. Although it's only one issue, It read slightly better than the Starlin issues, in my opinion. However, we're still not seeing these characters in their full glory, as they were under Ellis' watch.

I saw that there are vendors on here selling this book for $76 to $100 dollars, and I said to myself these must all be ginormous Type-Os! Were only a limited number of these printed? For anyone interested in reading this, there are also vendors on here selling it for $4.00 or so plus shipping. Hell, I will probably end up selling MY copy on here.

In any case, I found this collection average at best, mediocre and forgettable at worst. Most of the high points for me were in the second half of the book with the introduction of Extramax and his armored troops. I would recommend this ONLY if you are a Stormwatch completist, or a Jim Starlin completist. And by no means should you pay what these vendors on here are asking for it. If no one on Amazon is offering it for cover price ($19.99) or less, I'm sure you can hunt it down at a discount book outlet or a comic convention. Since I can't give it two and a half stars, I'm gonna go with just two. I thought about giving it three, but I've rated other collections on here with three stars that were far more engaging than this was. Sorry, Jim.
HASH(0x8d96a57c) out of 5 stars Disappointing 19 May 2016
By Serene Night - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I'm not really sure what this mess was all about. It seems like the last book ended, then suddenly we are in another timeframe where Apollo/Midnighter are already a couple, the costumes are back to the old ones, new characters, Engineer is a good guy... Apollo/Midnighter abducted by aliens as children. Um... What happened? Art was toony and ugly, and plot was silly mostly because of the addition of Lobo and some other characters I cared nothing about. I dunno... Who are these weird second stringers? Why are there pages and pages of backstory about characters that disappear at the end of the book. The entire book felt dumbed down and written for kids.

Ugh... What a mess.

The only thing worth reading was the last scene, and a couple good exchanges between some of my favorites. Primarily Apollo/Midnighter/Jenny

I'm still not sure now what the timeline is, or whose origin is what. I'm totally confused now.
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HASH(0x8d96abac) out of 5 stars Oh HELL NOOOOOO! 23 Jun. 2014
By Clyde Straw - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
First the good:
Jim Starlin is The Man. His writing is tight and his art is tighter.
Now: I hate the new reset. One of the things that made Stormwatch so damn good was its edginess. It's ability to push the envelope where so many other comics couldn't.
Now that DC owns the characters the edginess is gone. And so many good characters gone or reset. Winter, gone. Fuji? Gone. Battalion? Gone. Midnight wearing colors other than black? Why? This watering down is happening with all of the image created characters that DC now owns. What's worse when DC tries to retcon origins to include other DC characters the regions don't fit. I think that unless these characters are really pushed out there towards the edge again Stormwatch and the other image characters will suffer.
By Harjinder S. Parmar - Published on Amazon.com
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They reboot with a new team,and the last issue rebots again with the old team. The reason why I gave this 2 stars instead of 1 is because the story with the new team is actaully alright.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d96abb8) out of 5 stars Gates and Roberts have a Perez and Wolfman chemistry 30 Jun. 2014
By Wayne Nubile - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The beginning of the graphic novel starts like typical Stormwatch/Authority with cryptic dialogue and just okay art work. The last book is written by Gates and the art is by Roberts and I think it is a huge leap forward in storytelling and definitely the artwork. I have always felt that when the story lines are very bizarre and stretches the envelope of believability then it is more important to have a realistic and believable artwork illustrating the storylines. Roberts delivers in a big way with spot on art work and Gates writing has big and bold action with several subtle nuances especially between Midnighter and Apollo. I prefer Midnighter being more thoughtful and not just a blood thirsty psycho. Gates adds depth to the characters and this is a quality I always thought was missing from previous incarnations of this group and characters. I love it. Well the last 20 pages of the graphic novel anyway were my favorite and I would like to continue reading that quality of writing and artwork.
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