StormWatch, Vol. 2: Lighting Strikes
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StormWatch, Vol. 2: Lighting Strikes (StormWatch #2)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  621 ratings  ·  12 reviews

As the "Spirit of the 20th Century," the cantankerous electric woman known as Jenny Sparks has seen her fair share of adventure. With a life spanning the entirety of the 1900's, the unlikely heroine has rocketed through space, solved crimes as a hard-boiled detective, served faithfully in the British military, and globetrotted with counterculture super-heroes i

Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by WildStorm (first published 2000)
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One of the better cynical takes on super heroes from Warren Ellis, from back in the days before he got really uptight about writing super heroes.
Nice mix of short stories giving various members of the team a shot at a solo adventure. The Jack Hawksmoor one was an interesting, if slightly surreal, detective story, Battalion's is a straight forward action mystery, and Jenny's tells her life story through various homages to other styles of comic book art.

The teams night on the town story was fun as...more
Here's where Ellis writing on this series starts to really pick up. He focuses a few books on individual characters, getting deep inside their heads and backstories (or in the case of Rose Tattoo, her psychosis). This has two primary effects: I get to really appreciate who Bendix has put on his team and why (what cool, scary things they're capable of), and Ellis gets to slow down the usual "big hero team" antics and impossible balancing act to create solid story patterns.

The additional stories f...more
Collecting issues 43-47 of the popular Warren Ellis penned Stormwatch, this book lets some of the best of the series characters go solo - well sort of. Jack Hawksmoor tracks a killer, Battalion clashes with anti U.N. terrorists and Jenny Sparks tells the story of her century spanning life.
The Jenny Sparks issue is the best in the book, using retro comic art to illustrate and chart Jenny's career; I loved the famous Gibbons Watchmen pull back, substituting a discarded smiley clock faces dressed d...more
Daniel Parks
Much better than the first volume for me, with several of the more intersting characters (particularly the ones Ellis created like Jenny Sparks and Rose Tattoo) getting their chance to shine on their own. I'm still not a fan of Raney's art, although I know a lot of people get a kick out of the ridiculous Image style art either on an ironic level or just because they think the big splashes and huge muscles and guns are fun. Still, Ellis never fails to deliver a better than average sci-fi story an...more
Daryl Nash
Ellis had not hit his stride here. I guess compared with the rest of the WildStorm line of the mid-90s, this must have looked like high art, but in hindsight: Meh. The highlight is the Jenny Sparks issue, which is a parody/homage of several 20th C. comics, but its reference to Watchmen just reminded me that Moore had already done similar tributes, and better.
A number of one shot stories, the best of which are Jenny Sparks' history and Stormwatch's night on the town(s). The art in the Jenny Sparks story, by Tom Raney, is particularly impressive. Raney's other works is non-spectacular, but in this story he copies styles from different decades to reflect the different time periods of Jenny's century-long life.
Re-reading this series 15 years down the line, I'm not quite as blown away as on first read. This volume in particular sees the series sag, as a few characters are given individual stories, supposedly to give the reader an insight into their inner minds. Doesn't add anything, for me. Only really works as a prelude to the bigger ructions that follow.
Jun 29, 2013 Julie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
Very much like x men. Only sanctioned by the u.n. and all the superhumans were created by a comet and need to be activated. Some intriguing characters enliven the proceedings.
This volume suffers a little for being stand alone stories, but overall they were enjoyable even if they lacked a but of Ellis' usual finesse.
Here we get a lot of character backstory, which is great, but misses the intensity of the first volume. Still, love this series.
Shannon Appelcline
One-off stories that run the gamut from OK to very good, but still, little continuity.
some good ellis stuff pre-authority and planetary
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Second novel, GUN MACHINE, due from Mulholland Books in autumn of 2012.

First non-fiction book due from FSG in 2014.

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