My second title for DC's September relaunch is Stormwatch!

That's Apollo, The Midnighter and, hey, the Martian Manhunter on the lovely cover to issue one. I can say very little else so far except that Apollo is also in the book, as are other characters, old and new, and yes, Apollo and The Midnighter remain out and proud. It's going to be a very exciting book, and, put together with Demon Knights, I think I've found a new playground I'm very happy with. More as the release date approaches, obviously.

And talking of Demon Knights, I've done an interview with Newsarama about the book, and just got off the phone with poor Vaneta for another one coming up soon about Stormwatch.

In other news, I'm very excited to have a story in George R.R.Martin's new Wild Cards anthology, Fort Freak, which is out very soon now. As a trailer for the book, an entire story from it, by Melinda Snodgrass, 'The Rook' is now online, and it happens to feature, in passing, my own new character for that lovingly-developed super hero universe. See if you can guess which she is.

Finally, the event concerning time travel that I'm appearing at tomorrow night at the British Library has sold out, so if you have a ticket I'll see you there! Until next time, phew, an exhausted Cheerio!

32 Response to "Stormwatch"

  • Alex Jamieson Says:

    These look great...I really hope you're still on a Superman book as well.

  • D.D. Heal Says:

    Does Warren Ellis know that you're writing the new Stormwatch series?

  • Matt D Says:


    I'm very excited for this book. Someone on a message board I frequent did raise a potentially salient point however. Let me quote, and excuse the tone. It's not mine.

    "How exactly are Hawksmoor, Apollo and Midnighter to fit into the DCU without being completely neutered?

    Even ignoring the whole 'killing the bad guys' thing they got going. Stormwatch/Authority stood out different from JLA or the Avengers in that they proactively sought out permanent changes, overthrowing dictatorships and even the United States at one point."

    Personally, I think how you answer that dilemma is going to be the crux of what will make this book interesting, but I suppose it's still worth raising.

  • The Sword Is Drawn Says:

    Stormwatch?!! Wow. Congrats. Way to go!

    I am a huge fan of Stormwatch from yesteryear. And now part of DC proper, this could be very interesting indeed.

    Kudos to DC. I'm going to be picking up quite a few books from the new reboot, it seems... :)

  • cerebus660 Says:

    Looks interesting, Paul. Any chance of the Planetary team guest-starring?

  • Chris Striker Says:

    I'm looking forward to seeing you take on the Stormwatch idea in the DCU as I really enjoyed the 'Captain Britain and MI: 13'. At first I thought that was Apollo on the cover cause of the because of the sun looking emblem on the chest.

  • Omni Says:

    Really excited you've writing this comic Paul! It's in my top five of those announced so far.

    Also awesome to see more queer characters leading in DC books.

  • NathanW Says:

    im just happy to see The Martian Manhunter has a role in this new world, but i'm still annoyed he's not in his rightful place with the justice league. I'll definately but this though.

  • Anonymous Says:

    Dear Paul
    This is the first time I'm writing a comment on your blog.

    I am a big fan of Warren Ellis' Authority. And Mark Millar's Authority, through I had read only his first story, because it was the last company licensing the Authority published in my country before bankruptcy. I always liked this team.

    I am not trilled about the fact that people like Midnighter or Jack "You realize you're talking to a man with a human head in his hands who has every intention of using it to beat these people to death?" Hawksmoor are now in one Universe with Superman, paragon of morality. It denies logic in my eyes, hat they can coexist and do not fight to mutual death. Needless to say, I was very, very mad about the reboot and incorporation of Wildstorm characters into DCU.

    Now, having say that, I trust you as a writer - having seen at last one episode of Doctor Who that was written by you.

    I'm not buying comics right now, not until I figure out how use this fancy internet multi-national payment thing they got there. But I want to know - will you address this issue and provide satisfying explanation? Can I trust you in that? Can I trust you that, once I'll figure out how to buy Stormwatch, I will be not having to scratch my head about that question anymore?

    Very concerned and strongly apologizing for that disastrous butchery of grammar I'm trying to pass as English

  • mathematicscore Says:

    The "behind the scenes" design stuff on the DCU blog seems to indicate that front and center is in fact Apollo. Am I correct?

    Also, please treat Martian Manhunter with the respect he deserves. I love him so. Good research hub, if you haven't checked it already is

  • TAO Says:

    Stormwatch doesn't overthrow governments, they were funed by the U.N. to deal in international incidents(fighting terrorists, etc). The Authority was born out of that and they answered to no one. T

    This being Stormwatch they will probably operate outside the U.S. and function like Checkmate. Honestly, i miss Henry Bendix..a stormwatch without a weatherman doesn't feel right.

    Anyways congratz

  • Jeremy Bement Says:

    I'm really looking forward to Stormwatch. And personally, I don't think you need to take the no-code-against-killing aspect with the team. I always liked the pre-Ellis Stormwatch much more than the later one.

  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Thanks very much, all. Did I say that was Jack on the cover? Bloody hell, there it is in the blog, I'm working too hard. Obviously that's Apollo. ('He can't even recognise the characters!') DD: I should think so, why do you ask? Matt: they only did that after Mark took over the writing. I'm following Warren's lead, with a pinch of my impersonation of Steve Gerber thrown in. They'll be looking down on the world of super heroes from a great height, but they won't be overthrowing governments. Unless they need to. Omni: my thoughts exactly. F: there are a lot of people who co-exist in the real world who would 'fight to mutual death' if you put them in the same room. Math: obviously I'll show respect for the Manhunter, but some of that research may now not be true, of course. You'll get to meet the new MM. Thanks again, all. Feeling the love. Cheers.

  • Matt D Says:


    Thanks for the response,

    For what it's worth, I much prefer the Ellis run on the book to the Millar one, so you following in that lead is fine by me.

    And of course, we don't have enough Gerber in comics in general.

    Oh, and since I didn't mention it before, out of all the 48 or so titles mentioned so far, this is the one I'm looking forward to the most, and that's saying a lot as they're restarting Resurrection Man of all things.


  • DanielW Says:

    Paul ... writing Stormwatch... *is knocked over by a feather*

    Dream. Come. True. (WELL a dream come true would be if you were writing Planetary with Nick Roche on pencils, but this is a close second).

    Any chance of a "Jenny" being in the series, or are "Century Babies" a bit too Wildstorm to end up in DC? There's some talk about where Doctor Fate would find a place in the new DCU - could he be on this team?

  • robert Says:

    Hi this is my first time posting on your blog. I just wanted to let you know that I'm interested in the book but will preorder it tomorrow if you can confirm Winter from Stormwatch is in it. Heck i'll even buy a second copy when it comes out.

  • robert Says:

    Hi this is my first time posting here. I just wanted to say this book has my interest but if you confirm Winter from Stormwatch is in this I will go preorder tomorrow. Heck i'll even pick up an extra copy when it comes out.

  • Jennifer Says:

    I'm so here. I'm here double time if Jack WILL be involved in the book. (I thought that was him too...blame the tradition of every dang new artist drawing Jack so differently he can't be recognized except in context).

  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Thanks very much, everyone. I hope that, when the first issue's out, you'll come back here and talk about it with me. I can't give any more info on characters, but, yes Jen, Jack will be in the book. I'm a huge fan of him. Cheers.

  • D.D. Heal Says:

    In response to the last comment I made, I was just curious.

  • Brian Knippenberg Says:

    Paul, I'm sure you cannot comment on this at the moment, but I admit I'm very curious to know if the 'Adam One' character mentioned in the final solicitation for issue #1 is in any way connected to the Adam One who was leader of the Heroes of Wonderworld in Grant Morrison's JLA run or someone new?

  • NathanW Says:

    i know your probably not allowed to say but was the manhunter still a founding member of the original league? or is he not even a publicly known hero, ill definately pick this and demonknights as i really enjoyed your team and magic writing on cpbritain and mi13.

  • Jill Says:

    I am very excited about the new Stormwatch book. :) Though, and I realize this isn't your doing, I am not fond of the costume redesigns... Apollo and Midnighter had GREAT costumes. But if they are there, I just want to make one request. Apollo must have his costume torn to shreds at least once every few issues. It's tradition. ;)

  • JayBay Says:

    This is painfully exciting. Looking forward to this the most and hoping Apollo isn't raped this time!


    *shakes fist at miller*

  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Thanks, all. Brian: I've never read that arc, and hadn't heard of him, so no, completely different. Jill: I'll make sure. Jay: we don't allow criticism of other creators here, but that shouldn't be too hard to avoid. Cheers.

  • Jill Says:

    yay! I was serious when I said it was tradition, he must order his costumes in bulk. Also, I forgot, he needs his halo.

  • Anonymous Says:

    "They are Stormwatch, a dangerous super human police force whose existence is kept secret from the world Directly following the ominous events of SUPERMAN #1, Adam One leads half the Stormwatch team to recover the [INFORMATION REDACTED] from deep in the Himalayas. Meanwhile, Jack Hawksmoor and the rest of the Stormwatch crew look to recruit two of the deadliest super humans on the planet: Midnighter and Apollo! And if they say no? Perhaps the Martian Manhunter can change their minds… "

    Adam One is an entirely new character? I know of an "Adam One" who appears in Mark Millar's WANTED, but that's Top Cow not DC, so that can't be the same guy?

  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Again, didn't read that, so yes, this is an entirely new character. Wow, and I thought I'd come up with a new name there!

  • Anonymous Says:

    I was a bit confused myself on Adam One, as this was ALSO a character from Grant Morrison's JLA run, the leader/Superman analog of "Wonder World", preparing for the coming of Mageddon.

    So thanks for the clarification! Very excited!


  • ChrisL Says:

    I am absolutely loving Stormwatch. I can't wait to see what happens. I'm a huge fan of Apollo and The Midnighter and I think you will do some great things with them.

  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Thanks very much!