Exclusive new artAs part of our ongoing "second look" at the new titles being relaunched in September by DC, Newsarama turns attention to Stormwatch, the title that will explain how characters from the former WildStorm universe are now part of the DCU.
Of course, series writer Paul Cornell would have us believe the Stormwatch members have always been part of the DCU. At least, that's the way he's telling the story.
The first time we talked with Cornell about the book, he said the title was "at the crux of a lot of things for where DC is going to be in September. It's a bit of a kingpin book. It united a lot of things."
Now Newsarama gives Cornell a second chance to add any details he might have left out.
Newsarama: Paul, is there anything you couldn't talk about or detail before, when we first talked, that you can tell readers now?Exclusive new art Paul Cornell: We've now got the full nine members of Stormwatch that we can talk about. The Martian Manhunter's place on the team isn't the mystery we kind of accidentally played it up as. When you see the first issue, you'll go, oh, right.
Nrama: Now that you've seen the reaction from fans to the news about your comic, what are the top three things you want to clarify about it?
Cornell: Stormwatch aren't 'coming into' the DCU, they've always been part of it. The book's got a very serious, deadly tone to it, leavened with the wit of the characters. Apollo and the Midnighter meet for the first time in issue one. Most asked question: yes, they're still gay.
Nrama: Now that you're further into writing the comic, how would you describe the direction your title is taking?
Cornell: We're getting more and more into the mythology of Stormwatch, how it connects with the entire history of the DCU. This all comes to a head at the end of issue four, when the first four issues have been getting to know our characters during this huge battle against, you know, the moon. Stormwatch connects across to current DCU books, and back into the universe's history. But I don't mean in a crossover, event-led, way, I mean that you'll get extra joy if you read it alongside the rest of the DCU, not less if you don't. New readers can just walk in, at any point, actually, because we're doing 'previously' at the start of each issue.
Nrama: What character(s) in your comic do you expect to become beloved by fans? And why?
Cornell: Well, that's absolutely not up to me. And I love them all equally. I think fans might get as angry at Adam One as I am, and his team are, actually. They might like the style of Harry Tanner, the Eminence of Blades, and as we get into Jenny and the Engineer (who don't perhaps get as much screen time in the first couple of issues as they should, because they have fewer immediate issues), I think people will start to see how hugely important they're going to be.
Nrama: You've dropped a few names there, and we've seen covers and solicitations, but can you clarify the line-up of the comic? Is there a regular team and supporting cast?
Cornell: The team are: Adam One, Apollo, Midnighter, Engineer, Jenny Q, Jack Hawksmoor, Manhunter, Harry Tanner, and The Projectionist. And we've got enough going on with those guys not to worry about a supporting cast yet.
Nrama: Most important thing you want readers to remember about your comic?
Cornell: We join them in chaos, and it's a very high-speed adventure, but I hope you'll see we value character above all else.Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's FACEBOOK and TWITTER!
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