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Can you actually steal gravity? And is it anything like a festering cavity? Stormwatch thinks so - which is why had to have a go - at a villain who is just full of depravity. True Story - just ask Writer: Paul Jenkins; Artist: Ignacio Calero; and Publisher: DC Comics in April 2012. Or else buy me a puppy please, and I'll promise to be your friend.

So what’s the STORY morning glory?
Part one of 'Supercritical', is like a breath of fresh air upon a clean summers day, whilst at the same time trying your best not to get killed by a very angry light bulb, with legs.

You see, one musky evening in Stormwatch H.Q, new member, Midnighter, spots something strange upon the surveillance monitors, just on the outskirts of the Ukrainian town of Chernobyl. So in turn, Mindnighter's partner on monitor duty, Apollo, decides to zip off over there, to investigate matters further.

Opps! Bad Idea.

Well, I am afraid to say that Apollo is overpowered by a strange energy abnormality within this area. One which Martian Manhunter recognizes, thus prompting him, and Jenny Sparks, to save Apollo, whilst Jack talks to the city of Ukraine, for more information.

However, after these events have played out, and the Manhunter begins to explain this 'entities origins' to Stormwatch, it returns and snatches Apollo away.

To be continued...   

What is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
I loved Jenny's closing mark when Martian Manhunter said to the team, that the Universe is now going to die "Now can I have a puppy?".

Also, I loved it when Midnighter sardonically stated "So a twelve year old with a puppy fixation somehow managed to push back an unknown invading force while simultaneously trapping one inside a theoretical energy bubble?".

Well, it's not something you hear everyday, is it.

What was the BEST thing about this issue?
There is so much to like about this issue that I think that I am going to explode. BOOM! (1) It found that the initial part of this story started off in a very similar vein to Keith Giffens run on JLI - which is a good thing, because it had that 'day in a life' feel to it, without it seeming overtly contrived. (2) Also like Keith's work, this tale was very funny as well, and managed to tell a story whilst it entertained. (3) I do realize that the writer on this book is Paul Jenkins and not Keith Giffen - especially when some of the characters do give off that stoic and alternate vibe that Paul lends to his work.

What was the WORST thing about this issue?
The main villain of this piece is a bit - err - indefinable at the moment, due to 'its' energy like ways. Now maybe that is a deliberate thing, but personally speaking, I like a villain that can talk.

What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: Where a story is concerned, this tale does two things. Firstly, it is basically a set-up type issue, which gradually introduces us - the readers - to what is coming up next. And secondly, it gives us the impression of the style and flavor that this tale till take. Bravo Paul Jenkins for adding these additional creative elements into the mix, I just wished that you could have done the same thing with David Finch on 'The Dark Knight'. 

ART: The art by Ignacio Calero was very nicely executed on this book - it was very clean looking, and has that cinematic edge which imbues it with a larger scope. Though I just have a slight gripe with the how Midnighter looks like a masochistic gnome, and the way Martian Manhunter's head is starting to look like a airplane runway.

I am right, am I not?

If you had to CAST TWO CHARACTERS in this comic book, who would they be and why?
THE ENGINEER: Ever since I first saw this metallic marvel back in the Wildstrorm Universe, I thought to myself that the only woman who could rock that get-up and have a ponytail at the same time, is Jennifer Lopez. Say no more.

DEAD UKRAINIAN SOLDIER: OK, I know that he only had a couple of panels in this story. But what little I saw of this poor pulped up person, did reminded me of James Hooton from brit-soap, 'Emmerdale'.

If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
Buy Jenny Quantum a Puppy, Or Else She Will Not Save the Universe From An Energy Thingy.

If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why? 
OK, so this issue was funny, had a nice relaxed way of introducing itself, plus on top of that, the villain was a bit naff. Hmmm. 'Police Academy ' - yeah - that works for me.

FINAL thoughts...
Please keep Paul Jenkins on this book DC! That way, you can keep Peter Milligan on Justice League Dark, and everybody is happy. Simple, right?

Well, I suppose if DC wanted a simple life, they would not have devised the new 52 now, would they? Damn!

Anyways, I am just pleased that I have had a taste of Paul's good work, and I am just happy that DC has their grips on him for the time being.

MARKS out of 10? 9

STORMWATCH #7 STORMWATCH #7 Reviewed by David Andrews on March 26, 2012 Rating: 5
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