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StormWatch, Volume 2: Lighting Strikes (StormWatch #2)

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Jenny Sparks
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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Jan 10, 2017 Fizzgig76 rated it really liked it
Reprints Stormwatch (1) #43-47 (December 1996-May 1997). Jack Hawksmoor tracks a killer protected by the government, Jenny Sparks recalls her hundred years of adventure, Battalion finds himself the target of a rogue militia bent on battling the U.N., Rose Tattoo escapes her cell, and a new threat of Daemonites surfaces on Earth.

Written by Warren Ellis and with illustrations by Tom Raney and Jim Lee, Stormwatch 2: Lightning Strikes is the second collection in Ellis’ popular run on the series. Ori
May 19, 2009 Travis rated it really liked it
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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
May 19, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it
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
Jul 31, 2010 Mike rated it it was amazing
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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
Jan 02, 2016 Neil rated it really liked it
The only reason I gave this four instead of five is that I know how good Ellis' Stormwatch/Authority will get and I needed room for improvement. (Still wish goodreads allowed for half stars.) The purposeful use of "comic eras" as a way to tell Jenny Sparks history, as well as the general ability of Warren E. to somehow bring the most cliche of characters to unique life with dialogue that actual people might say (actual people in a superhero universe, of course) is what makes you actually care wh ...more
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May 04, 2012 Daniel Parks rated it really liked it
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
Aug 16, 2015 John rated it really liked it
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This is an odd volume. Rather than a cohesive story arc, this book contains 4 issues focusing each on a different team member, and one story involving several team members featuring only one illustration per page, like a picture book. Each story has a bit different mood, but I'm really warming Jack Hawksmoor, the guy who can communicate with cities. There is some very unusual stuff here for a super team title, and I'd like to read more.
Aug 12, 2011 Adam rated it really liked it
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.
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Dec 09, 2009 Daryl Nash rated it it was ok
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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.
Mar 03, 2009 Ben rated it liked it
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.
Jun 29, 2013 Julie rated it liked it
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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.
Mar 13, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it
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Here we get a lot of character backstory, which is great, but misses the intensity of the first volume. Still, love this series.
Mar 25, 2011 Kate rated it liked it
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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.
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One-off stories that run the gamut from OK to very good, but still, little continuity.
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Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of graphic novels like TRANSMETROPOLITAN, FELL, MINISTRY OF SPACE and PLANETARY, and the author of the NYT-bestselling GUN MACHINE and the “underground classic” novel CROOKED LITTLE VEIN. The movie RED is based on his graphic novel of the same name, its sequel having been released in summer 2013. His graphic novel GLOBAL FREQUENCY is in development at Jerry ...more
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