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StormWatch, Volume 1: Force of Nature

(StormWatch (Collected Editions) #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  1,013 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Seminal Warren Ellis-scripted tales of the team that would become the stars of The Authority are collected in StormWatch, Volume 1: Force of Nature. Written by Ellis (Transmetropolitan, Planetary), with art by StormWatch: Change or Die's Tom Raney - who also provides a new cover (inked by Crimson's Sandra Hope) - and Randy Elliott, Force of Nature includes the stories that ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by DC/Wildstorm (first published January 1st 1999)
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May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This reviews Stormwatch Volumes #1-5 (the Entirety of Ellis' Run). Everyone gives props to The Authority as the watershed book, yet I feel this book is actually the true shaper of 21st Century Superheroics.

It's about a "UN-Sanctioned" team who are a bit more ambitious with their problems solving. And it's clear, IMO that Millar and Morrison got many of their zanier ideas from this run (i.e. Millar's Fury is clearly based on the Jackson-era Weaterhman).

This was a well-written teambook with a lar
Giovanni Gelati
Feb 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Looking for something that is drawn a bit darker, something with an edge, plenty of action, multiple characters to follow, a leader of a group that you can both enjoy and dislike almost at the same time? Yes, then this is your graphic novel. Stormwatch by Warren Ellis has plenty of just about everything. I don’t know if he could cram, ram or stuff anymore into this. Here is what is between the covers on this bad boy:
“StormWatch, the United Nations Special Crisis Intervention Team, was formed to
Jun 28, 2020 rated it liked it
That time Warren Ellis took over the Stormwatch series and started laying down the foundations of what would become the Authority. Plot wise, Stormwatch leader, Bendix loks to completely revamp the team and establish it as a world superpower, introducing amongst others Jack Hawksmoor and woman of the century Jenny Sparks, also bringing The Midnighter, Apollo, The Doctor etc. Making a mockery of the staid Marvel and D.C. superhero universe's Ellis injects some realism into a universe with a minor ...more
Jul 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-and-read
First time I read Stormwatch & Authority, I was blown away. I was fresh to the new graphic novel scene, having been away from comics since the late 80's.

This time around I have most of Ellis' works under my belt and a lot more besides. This book still has the "hit the ground running" pacing, fascinating fresh characters being brought on board and a hint of the "screw em if they can't see through grown-up eyes" attitude. I really like the book, though knowing The Authority is soon to come, I can'
Nate Krenkel
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
2 Headed Nerd put me on to this
May 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Warren Ellis joins Stormwatch with these issues 37-42 and hits the ground running. City symbiote Jack Hawksmoor, Jenny
Sparks and Rose Tattoo join the reorganized team, Battalion and others get pulled off field work, Swift gets a makeover and
others just get the big fat boot. It's a big shake up but it makes for an entertaining set up. Ellis seems to be on the ball from the start and he's backed up with some striking visuals from the current artists led by Tom Raney. It's not Watchmen but it is fi
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
So I'm new to Stormwatch, but I'm a fan of Warren Ellis so I decided to check it out.
Within the 2nd page we've already got the team trying to be the Justice League by teleporting to a 'Skywatch' tower in space.
What happened, couldn't think of a different type of base?
As I read partially into this book it just became apparent that it was a type of X-Men ripoff, or perhaps an edgier Avengers. There's just not much character development and they all seem like they have a chip on their shoulder.
Jay Rox
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This comic is really grounded aldough its a super hero comic. The ussues & situations were very real world problems at the time & are still relevant today. The characters seemed very one note & lacked depth, i never felt my self rooting for or against any of them which was really my only issue & that is the main reason why i stay on a book is to see the characters develop so hope that changes in the following volumes but of to a great start . i give this 8.5/10 for video review click on the link ...more
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you aren't a regular reader of Warren Ellis already, this book is a good reason to start. It took the polished veneer of a superhero and scuffed it up, making it more acceptable for the real world. Where people like Alan Moore and Grant Morrison have done this before, Ellis goes for the long haul. He carries Stormwatch through the storm and out the other side, damaged and broken, only to take them through another storm. ...more
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed
It's not clear to me why this AND the Authority both exist. (Or, really, why I should care about most of the characters. The Weatherman is such a tough-guy stereotype that he's pretty unlikeable.) ...more
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reprints Stormwatch (1) #37-42 (July 1996-November 1996). Stormwatch is changing again. Weatherman has created a team shake-up by dividing up new strike teams and introducing new members to the Stormwatch family. With both Jackson and Christine forced into administrative roles, Weatherman has big plans for his new Stormwatch…and Stormwatch’s challenges are also getting bigger!

Written by Warren Ellis with art by Tom Raney, Pete Woods, and Michael Ryan, Stormwatch Volume 1: Force of Nature is the
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bendix reorganizes Stormwatch into three teams populated with old and new SPBs. The active members somewhat lack motivation while the old members start to doubt his decisions. Each issue is a seperate mission with few things in common and fairly limited character progression. Still it's the best this series has had until now and is a good starting place for fans of superhumans, scifi, horror, even for people new to comics.

The first threat comes from the Father, a mass murdering superhuman obsess
Feb 28, 2015 added it
After reading some other Wildstorm titles, coming to a book written by Warren Ellis is a breath of fresh air. The characters are so much more alive and have personalities that show through as more than just gruff. It helps that this volume is the one that introduces Jenny Sparks and Hawksmoor, who are long-time favorites. There isn't an overarcing plot, really; Stormwatch is being reconfigured, which means old characters are out and new characters are in, and some group dynamics are mixed up. Th ...more
Sep 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
Nice blend of super heroes and politics.
After a big mission, Stormwatch is in rough shape goes through a major overhaul, losing some members and gaining some.
There is then a series of smaller stories as we get to meet the new guys and get used to the new set up.
There's a crazy, naked super man rampaging through Germany, a murder mystery, lots of political intrigue and a fight with super powered clones in the middle of Tokyo.

Grim and gritty, yet there are still bits of humor and genuine human emo
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Being a fan of Warren Ellis in general, and his work on Planetary in particular, I picked up this to see the beginning of Planetary. Ellis started his move to that by gutting the generic Image boobs and guns Stormwatch team, dropping characters and adding some of his own to the mix. Although still mainstream, it had a little indie edge with the obvious political points he was making, and he worked in some good stuff.
It does feel a little forced at times, with characters being made to do certain
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is where it all begins... the comics that, twenty years ago (holy shit... 20 years!) made me sit up and say, "YES! This is the superhero comic I've wanted to read since I was a kid!" Warren Ellis proved he was "the man" with his ability to take a terrible, derivative and poorly written series of comics and turn it into a sea-change in how super-universes were to be considered. Those who followed (Millar, mostly) would turn it into a wanker power-fantasy, but Ellis was the best at actually c ...more
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is what I needed after my Grant Morrison streak; some Warren Ellis to remind me of what I love in my subversive takes on common stories.

I've wanted to read the Authority for a while and have ever started it a few times, but I've never been able to get my hands on Ellis' StormWatch run so that I could see where it all really started. I was excited when I saw all these come in.

The art is pretty generic WildStorm/Image, but that's okay. It serves the story well. I love that Ellis starts his ru
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Having started on The Authority I was very eager to see where it all began, as it were; the artwork here isn't perhaps quite as much fun as but the characters, setup and pace certainly are.
A little disjointed at times, although that might simply be because I haven't the knowledge of issues 1-36 - even knowing that they're not strictly relevant to Ellis' run, I'd still like to chase them up, just on principle. Absolutely adore Jenny Sparks and Hawksmoor and will definitely be seeking out subsequ
Daniel Parks
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Not quite up to what Ellis is capable of. The Authority is more well written and personally I'm not a fan of this Image style of art with huge characters bursting out of jagged, diagonal panels. If you're relatively new to Ellis I would recommend the spin-off series The Authority as well as Global Frequency. Of course, Transmetropolitan and Planetary are superb. Haven't read Supergod yet but very much looking forward to it. ...more
Thomas Mcmillen
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
After reading "Gun Machine" by Ellis, I was set on his graphic novel background. Have to admit I have never been a huge fan of the format but the story is well told - especially the idea of striking at the true power behind action and not just the lowly foot soldier. Jenny Sparks and Rose Tattoo are the 2 characters that stand out. I did hear that "The Authority" is Ellis's masterpiece. That I'm looking forward to reading. ...more
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: grim-n-gritty
Generally lauded as Warren Ellis's breakout title, this first volume of his StormWatch run is unfortunately one of the better titles in what is easily the worst genre/era of the comic book industry: the Over-The-Top Age of the 90's. This is a really well gilded turd, but at it's core the main characters in this collection of done-in-one stories are still poorly designed lumps of crap (with really big guns). ...more
Feb 27, 2009 rated it liked it
A fair start to Warren Ellis's Stormwatch run. The stories start to move into typical Ellis weirdness, but none of them are particularly memorable on their own. There are some hints of the stories to come, both in Ellis's intentional foreshadowing and his own development as a writer. ...more
Matt Buchholz
Aug 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Ellis completists
Recommended to Matt by: The Authority, to which this is a prequel of sorts.
Shelves: comics-read
A flawed, but entertaining look at baby Warren Ellis figuring out how to eventually make comics awesome again a few years down the line (Authority, Global Frequency, Planetary, etc). Not essential by any means but educational in the way that rough drafts of great works usually are.
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Loved it, but then I adore almost anything Warren Ellis writes. I really enjoyed seeing the origins of the Authority figures I've come to know and love. I get the feeling that Jenny is almost a self-insert for Ellis, and that makes her even more awesome. ...more
Jun 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
This felt as if it began well before this issue. We jump into the fray to find an egomaniac whose brain is hooked into a computer protecting the earth. America gets sick of the attitude of the "protecters" and says 'not on our soil'.
Well drawn. I will read more.
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
A good jumping on point for both this series and the early work of writer Warren Ellis. Both the story and art have that typically edgy nineties feel, and I always enjoy superhero stories filled with questionable ethics/motivations and political commentary. Dug this a lot. On to volume two.
Mar 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
WoW. This is superhero action and intrigue that isn't found much of anywhere else. Ellis makes Stormwatch fun. This is one of my favorite superhero narratives, despite not having a well known hero. ...more
Jun 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
ellis laying the groundwork for stuff in authority. good superhero stories with espionage thrown in
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Re-reading this series after a few years. Decent start for Ellis' run, but he's only setting things up for later here. ...more
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Completely original as always, Ellis gives us fully dimensional, complex superhumans and challenges all conventions in the process. Love it. Jenny Sparks is my personal fav of ever.
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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, as well as the digital short-story single DEAD PIG COLLECTOR. His newest book is the novella NORMAL, from FSG Originals, listed as one of Amazon’s Best 100 Books Of 2016.


Other books in the series

StormWatch (Collected Editions) (5 books)
  • StormWatch, Volume 2: Lightning Strikes
  • StormWatch, Vol. 3: Change or Die
  • StormWatch, Vol. 4: A Finer World
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