Hey, check it out, it's the only DC comic book I picked up this week! Man, there was a time when I used to pick up 3 DC books for every one Marvel book I'd get... Nowadays, that ratio is something like 5 parts Marvel to 1 part DC... Sad.
What Happened: While Apollo deals with the chunks of rock the moon launched at the Earth, the rest of Stormwatch head to the site where one of the moon rocks landed and a giant monster emerged from said moon rock. The team follows Adam's plans and try to attack the moon monster, while Midnighter tells Adam to call for an immediate retreat since the moon monster was absorbing everything thrown at it. Adam is too indecisive as a leader and this issues ends with the moon monster absorbing all but Midnighter, leaving him alone to face the moon monster which now possessed the powers of the rest of Stormwatch.
The Good: This one was action packed from start to finish, with no slowdown whatsoever. Apollo was shown to be Superman-level strong, which is always a plus. Midnighter was shown to have a keen mind for strategy, which is always a plus. We learned a bit more about Jack Hawksmoor and his power, which is always a... All right, I'll give it a rest... The cliffhanger has me interested in seeing what happens next issue with Midnighter(and possibly Apollo) forced to combat the enormous moon monster.
The Bad: We still haven't REALLY been introduced to these characters in a proper way. I mean I know the basics about some of them(Jack Hawksmoor, Jenny Q, Engineer), while I know others better(Apollo, Midnighter, Martian Manhunter), but there are still some characters(Projectionist, that Adam guy, Mystery Swordsman #1) I know next to nothing about... After three issues I'd have hoped we'd have gotten some better characterization work done here...
The Verdict: I thought this was a really good issue. Sure, I'd like to know more about the individual Stormwatch members, but I'll have to assume that's in the cards sometime soon... Hopefully. So while the story and characterizations are coming along slowly, the action is keeping me invested in this series. Bottom line? This series successfully passed it's three month test, meaning it's permanently on my pull list.
Score: 9 out of 10.Yep, three issues in and it's already painfully obvious who the leader of this squad should be.