DC Comics Relaunch: 7 Titles With Edge Coming: Stormwatch, Deathstroke, Grifter, Blackhawks, & More

Seven more titles announced, bringing us to 46 officially announced. Today’s bunch is a strange lot to say the least.

Stormwatch is a dangerous super human strike force whose existence is kept secret from the world. Jack Hawksmoor and the rest of the 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. Featuring a surprising new roster, STORMWATCH #1 will be written by the critically-acclaimed Paul Cornell (Superman: The Black Ring, “Dr. Who”) and illustrated by Miguel Sepulveda.

Skitch Commentary: OH! That’s where Martian Manhunter ended up. And Paul Cornell is writing it! This sounds like a really cool way of bringing Stormwatch/Authority into the DC Universe. Really looking forward to this one.

Blackhawk is an elite group of mercenaries made up of brave men from around the world equipped with the latest in cutting-edge hardware and vehicles. Their mission: Kill the bad guys before they kill us. A set of contemporary tales that battle the world’s gravest threats, BLACKHAWKS #1 will be written by Mike Costa and illustrated by Ken Lashley.

Skitch Commentary: Real nice way of updating the Blackhawks concept. Sort of has a G.I. Joe feel to it, which is a very good thing. Definitely a must buy for me.

The grandson of the original Sgt. Rock assumes the command of Easy Company, a team of crack ex-military men financed by a covert military contractor, as they brave the battle-scarred landscape carved by the DC Universe’s super-villains. SGT. ROCK AND THE MEN OF WAR #1 is contemporary military story fighting under modern conditions, and will be written by Ivan Brandon and illustrated by Tom Derenick.

Skitch Commentary: Sort of seems redundant with Blackhawks, I hope both of them have a unique feel to them.

Even when Gotham City was just a one-horse town, crime was rampant – and things only get worse when bounty hunter Jonah Hex comes to town. Can Amadeus Arkham, a pioneer in criminal psychology, enlist Hex’s special brand of justice to help the Gotham Police Department track down a vicious serial killer? Featuring back-up stories starring DC’s other western heroes, ALL-STAR WESTERN #1 will be written by the fan-favorite Jonah Hex team of Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and illustrated by Moritat.

Skitch Commentary: Another great idea. I really like that DC is doing everything possible to spread their ideas out as much as possible.

A metahuman mercenary who made a living taking out the toughest targets, Deathstroke will reclaim his fearsome legacy by any means necessary in DEATHSTROKE #1, a new series from rising star Kyle Higgins (Batman: Gates of Gotham) and artists Joe Bennett and Art Thibert.

Skitch Commentary: Kind of like Deathstroke’s new look, but I have no real interest in this one. The character has a certain cool factor, but in small doses.

Ex-black ops agent Cole Cash is a charming grifter that few can resist. And yet he’s about to be branded a serial killer when he begins hunting and exterminating inhuman creatures hidden in human form – creatures only he can see. Can the biggest sweet talker of all time talk his way out of this one when even his brother thinks he’s gone over the edge? Find out in GRIFTER #1, written by Nathan Edmondson with art by CAFU and BIT (the team behind T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS).

Skitch Commentary: Another Wildstorm character lands his own book. Again, this seems redundant with Deathstroke, but I’ve always liked Grifter much more. Probably on my maybe list.

A man loses control of his life as the omnipresent Brother Eye transforms him against his will into a powerful killing machine OMAC #1, written by DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan DiDio and co-written and illustrated by Keith Giffen and Scott Koblish.

Skitch Commentary: I have no strong feelings baout this one way or the other, but I have always loved Giffen’s art. Probably not enough to get me to buy this one.

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