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Stormwatch : Change Or Die Paperback – January, 2001


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Warren Ellis has worked for Marvel Comics on X-Men, for DC/WildStorm on The Authority, Transmetropolitan and the award-winning Planetary, and on an array of other titles, including Ministry of Space, and the forthcoming Global Frequency and Orbiter. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Image Comics (January 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887279466
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887279468
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,856,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of graphic novels like TRANSMETROPOLITAN, FELL, MINISTRY OF SPACE and PLANETARY, and the author of the NYT-bestselling GUN MACHINE (being adapted for TV by Microsoft Xbox) and the "underground classic" novel CROOKED LITTLE VEIN. The movie RED is based on his graphic novel of the same name, its sequel having been released in summer 2013. His GRAVEL books are in development for film at Legendary Pictures. IRON MAN 3 is based on his Marvel Comics graphic novel IRON MAN: EXTREMIS. He's also written extensively for VICE, WIRED UK and Reuters on technological and cultural matters. Warren Ellis is currently working on a non-fiction book about the future of the city for Farrar Giroux Straus.

His newest publication is the digital short-story single DEAD PIG COLLECTOR, from FSG Originals. His next book will be the novella NORMAL, also from FSG.

A documentary about his work, CAPTURED GHOSTS, was released in 2012.

Recognitions include the NUIG Literary and Debating Society's President's Medal for service to freedom of speech, the EAGLE AWARDS Roll Of Honour for lifetime achievement in the field of comics & graphic novels, the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire 2010, the Sidewise Award for Alternate History and the International Horror Guild Award for illustrated narrative.

Warren Ellis lives outside London, on the south-east coast of England, in case he needs to make a quick getaway.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Adam Noble on November 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
"Change is what we wanted, right? It's what you told me you wanted," Jenny Sparks says, "it's what I signed up for."
"No," Henry Bendix answers, "I want change, yes. On my terms."
The first half of this StormWatch collection (#48-50 of vol. 1) is the conclusion of Warren Ellis' 14-issue run on the superhero series. All the loose plot points from the previous two collections (Force of Nature and Lightning Strikes) draw to a close here, as we learn what Henry Bendix's intentions have been all along.
Warren Ellis' favorite movie is Citizen Kane (his affinity for journalism shows through in his science-fiction satire Transmetropolitan), and here he takes Charles Foster Kane's tragic flaw and applies it to the commander of StormWatch, the UN's superhuman crisis intervention team. Kane wanted love on his own terms, Bendix wants order on his own terms. Their arrogant and sprawling desire for these intangibles bring their incredible authorities and powers crashing down upon them.
As the book begins, Jenny Sparks, leader of StormWatch Black barely survives an assassination attempt, and apparently, Bendix couldn't care less. He's more concerned with a superhuman from the 40's named "The High", who is gathering a force of superhumans from around the world to make a sudden and startling shift in society, using their power and science and magic to cure all of mankind's ills, with no strings attached. Bendix doesn't trust them, of course, for reasons he won't share with StormWatch. But the silent, mysterious assassin Rose Tattoo knows all about The High and his allies, and she's eager to help Bendix stop them.
`Change or Die' is a story of benevolence and selflessness being crushed by selfishness. The High is the classical idea of a superhero.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Madelyn Pryor VINE VOICE on December 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
Stormwatch: Change or Die reprints Stormwatch vol. 1 #48-50, the Stormwatch Preview, and Stormwatch vol. 2 #1-3. This is an excellent next step in the series, and shows Ellis becoming ever more comfortable with his characters. He responds to this increased knowledge of his characters by sending them on in an entirely new direction, but not before showing us just how messed up everything can be.

In the first story arch, we see the true intentions and background of Rose Tattoo, the betrayal of the team by one of their own, and the shaking of the team to the core. We also see a very smart storyline that further gives hints of the Authority series to come, and lets us glimpse the Doctor and Engineer for the first time, though in different forms than we are used to. The plot itself is deliciously intriguing, and keeps you turning the pages.

The second story arch is reprinting Stormwatch #1-3, and is the revamping of the team. The story and plot have their moments, but are a bit overshadowed by the first half of the book. The pencil work is more to my taste, since Jimenez took over, so that is a treat.

By this book for the first storyline alone and you will not be disappointed. It is classic Ellis and gives new layers to the characters, and hints of things to come.

Highly recommended to Authority, Stormwatch, and Ellis fans, though I think most people will enjoy it. Not recommended for younger readers due to extreme violence and sexual reference.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By m-goose@nwu.edu on August 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
Since its inception, "Stormwatch" was the bastardchild of the Wildstorm universe. The stories were boring and thecharacters lacked any sort of depth. That was until Warren Ellis came along. In his 13-issue run, he gave the United Nations superteam a heavy dose of reality where no one can be trusted and everyone is to be feared. This is a must for fans of the Stormwatch spinoff "The Authority" as well as anyone who appreciates a good read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Bayer (abayer@cs.oberlin.edu) on June 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
One of the strongest trends within superhero stories over the last 20 years has been the superhero with too much power...Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen, Squadron Supreme, and Kingdom Come all mined that territory. With all that power, should a superhero or group of superheroes have the right to make decisions for the rest of the world? What Ellis has done in Change or Die is make it feel a lot closer to our own reality. Rather than setting it in the future or an alternate universe, he has set Change or Die in the mainstream continuity of a major superhero universe, using characters and storylines that had been introduced over the previous few years. Also, by using Stormwatch, a UN sponsored superteam, he draws effective analogies to real life, raising the issue of superpower politics and ethics. The biggest problem with this collection is that it doesn't have the whole story, though. Warren came on to Stormwatch with issue #37, and this trade collects #48-50 of Volume I and #1-3 of Volume II. The entire arc building up to Change Or Die started the moment Warren began writing the book, and without the hints and suggestions layered throughout his run, you can't get quite as good an appreciation for what he's doing. Still, this was my favorite comic story of the late '90s, hands down.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Dennett on August 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
In StormWatch: Change Or Die, the third collection of Warren Ellis work on StormWatch, bad things happen. Worse than even Jenny Sparks has seen before.
If you were thinking Henry Bendix (Chief Officer or "Weatherman" for the organization) was a little too tightly wound before now, you ain't seen nothing yet. The member nations of the U.N. were already worried about him, but now the team members are as well. He's sent them to stop a renegade super-powered group that's threatening to...make the world a better place.
I can't really tell you more about it than that without giving away the biggest thrills in the storyline. But I can say that this collection delivers on everything Ellis has been building up to as he's been systematically tearing down everything that this series used to symbolize. Meaningfully, he finally shifts over to multi-issue stories, leaving the book's traditional single-issue adventure format in his dust. And the art finally measures up to the demands of the writing for what turns out to be Tom Raney's swan song on the series.
It's a different world from here on out...
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