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Stormwatch: Team Achilles #20

March 9, 2004

Quick Rating: Good
Title: New Beginnings

After The Authority’s takeover of the United States, Team Achilles has a new mission.

Writer: Micah Ian Wright
Pencils: C.P. Smith
Inks: Eric Ngyuen
Colors: Wendy Broome and Carrie Strachan
Letters: Rob Leigh
Editor: Alex Sinclair
Cover Art: Jason Pearson
Publisher: DC Comics/Wildstorm

This issue is a rarity, my friends, a conspiracy comic book I rather enjoyed. Without ever having read an issue of any Stormwatch title before, this was a very accessible read that sets up what appears to be a new status quo for the comic book very nicely. The Authority has conquered America, and the United Nations-sponsored Stormwatch is now outlawed, so the members make the decision to go underground and begin plans to liberate the United States.

Not being a fan of The Authority at all, I have to admit I took a cathartic pleasure out of seeing a few of the members get their butts handed to them in an early fight scene in this issue. Aside from the sadistic thrill of that, though, it gets the point of this issue across perfectly — The Authority are the guys big and bad enough to conquer the world, but Stormwatch may just be the only group big and bad enough to save the world from them.

Even after the early action sequences, when the book went into some of the political and religion conspiracy jargon that usually turns me off, it kept me going. Micah Wright takes a lot of historical and legendary elements I’ve heard of before and puts them together in a new tapestry that I find quite entertaining.

C.P. Smith and Eric Ngyuen also do a fine job on the artwork. With a light line that reminds me very much of Scott Kolins, they tell the story cleanly and clearly, frame some great fight sequences and do impressive tech. The only down point I could see was that some of their characters do have a tendency to look alike, and if they can make their faces more distinctive, they’ll be a really great art team

I also have to give major points to Wright for pushing for the new cover design. Although it’s not in the preview art, the finished cover has word balloons on it, giving a real glimpse into the inside story. It’s a technique that used to be used in comic books all the time but has gone out of style in recent years. In a time where 90 percent of Marvel covers don’t tell you anything about the story at all, Wright has gone the opposite direction and given us a mini-story before we even get to the first page, and I applaud him for that.

Like I said, I’ve never read this book before, and I don’t like The Authority, but this issue has me intrigued. I may just keep reading to find out where this leads.

Rating: 7/10

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