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To QUOTE Brian Tracy: 'If you like a person you say "let's go into business together". Man is a social animal after all, but such partnerships are fraught with danger'.
Excuse me, good sir. But did you see how you just blew up that asteroid looming over Earth's past? Well, I was wondering if me and you were going to do the same thing to 'the Kollective' in the near future?
You know. Just me and you. Jenny Soul and Extremax. Both us together. Hand in hand. Kicking these tyrants back to whatever hell they spawned from. And leaving it relatively easy for us to snatch their cosmic artifact away from them.
Huh? What's that, Extremax? We have as much chance of doing that, than the Shadow Lord of accomplishing his 'Justice League' part of this story? Hmm. Sound's fairly reasonable to me. I'm game.
Now the way I see it, 'End Game' relies heavily on us Stormwatch fans buying into the Extremax and Jenny Soul partnership. If you don't buy into it, you've got no chance for change. Yet if you do buy into it, you get paid back in spades.
Thankfully, I bought. And with it came a fairly nice adventure that was one part 'cosmic field trip' and a one part 'eighties style'.
Obviously the style part of the equation came from the two artists assigned to this title -- Allan Jefferson and Cliff Richards -- who didn't do a bad job of illustrating it in a very clear and simple manner.
And as for the 'cosmic field trip' part of the equation, well, it was OK I suppose. Jim Starlin did his best to present us with a story that was innovative in its approach, whilst being simplistic in its tone.
Just like a stroll through a park made up of candied jellies and marshmallow rings.
After the great built up last issue, I'm afraid to say that the Shadow Lord / Justice League part of this adventure was a right let down for yours truly. Not only because it was too sparse on the page, as all he did was turn up, outsmart Hawkman, and then wipe the Leagues files clean. But in addition to this, I would have liked for this secondary-sub-plot to have had more substance to it too, rather than a couple of pages full of filler.
In my most humble opinion, I'd say this story would benefit greatly from the inclusion of the following theme tune. The Odd Couple. As heard on television sets everywhere during the seventies and eighties.
Aesthetically this tale was very much like a perverse and rather warped version of a relationship a pupil would have with their teacher. So that's what I am going to compare it to. A pupil / teacher relationship.
By now I'm sure many of you have heard the sad news that 'Stormwatch' is going to be cancelled in a couple of month's time. It's a shame really. A real shame. Because I would have liked to have seen what Jim would have created after this 'Kollective story-line' finally came to a close.
Saying that, though, if you've followed this title from the very beginning like I have, I'm sure you could have seen the 'writing on the wall' from the get go.
Well. You name it. This series has been plagued with it. Numerous creative teams jumping on and off this book. A roster of alternate-heroes that aren't always to everybody's tastes. A cosmic concept and an earthy premise that never really had a chance to kick into gear yet. And, of course, a couple of story-lines that were either confusing in the telling, or too silly by default.
Still, with a bit of luck, hopefully DC with eventually get this team rocking and rolling again in another capacity. As you never know. Stranger things have happened.