April 15, 2004
The Storm Is Over
I'm sure you've all heard me sing the praises of writer Micah Wright's ongoing comic series, Stormwatch: Team Achilles, about a United Nations team of normal human special ops charged with policing the world's superhumans, for months now. Well, unfortunately, it looks like you'll only hear me wax nostalgic about the good old days after July, because the title was just cancelled, largely due to slow sales.
In retrospect, I suppose it was only a matter of time. Micah used his comic to relentlessly skewer modern America's political landscape, with characters like Patrick Kent, the illiterate President of the United States who is also a former Klansman, or the utterly inept morons who make up the official U.S. sponsored superteam, the Homeland Security Squadron, or their leader, who quits to go work for Corporate America as the Hallibastard, or Sonny Terns, a racist Southern senator that Stormwatch kidnaps and keeps tied up in their basement, forced to watch as they replace him with a pod person who redirects all his legislation to fund historically black colleges.
Who knows what was the straw that broke the camel's back? Was it the use of George Washington, now reincarnated through Freemason witchcraft, who's so horrified by what he sees as the perversion of America, that he becomes a terrorist and leads a guerilla army to try to overthrow the government?
Or maybe, just maybe, it was the most recent issue, where the real Merovingian, i.e. the Holy Grail, the descendent of Jesus & Mary Magdelene's love child, asks Stormwatch to assassinate his brother so that he can consolidate the power of the Mysterium Tremendum into himself and initiate the Second Coming.
And, when confronted with the descendant of the Word made flesh, Stormwatch's leader, the ultra-Machievellian Ben Santini, replies, "Superpowers don't impress me", and then cooly shoots a totally innocent bystander in the head and insists that the Merovingian raise him from the dead to prove his identity.
Just hardcore stuff. I'm really sad to see it go.
The interview in the title link above features Micah's thoughts on what worked, what didn't, and some of the things he was planning to do down the line. Check it out.