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Stormwatch VOL 05: Final Orbit (Stormwatch (Graphic Novels)) Paperback – August 1, 2001

Book 5 of 5 in the Stormwatch Series

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Warren Ellis is the acclaimed writer of Transmetropolitan, The Authority and Planetary. His work has included memorable runs on Hellblazer and Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, and he's currently helping to revamp the X-Men for Marvel. Bryan Hitch has drawn The Authority, Superman, Batman, WildCats and X-Men among many other titles. He is currently drawing DC's bestselling JLA. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Stormwatch (Graphic Novels)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: WildStorm (August 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563897881
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563897887
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.7 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #714,792 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ted Blanton on January 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
This volume reprints the final two issues of Stormwatch vol. 2 as bookends for the Wildcats/Aliens crossover. The Stormwatch bookend stories in and of themselves are pretty slow, serving as bread for the "meat," the gory and destructive invasion of the Stormwatch team's orbital satellite by the critters from the "Aliens" movies.
Most intercompany crossovers have no bearing on the characters' regular series. Although entertaining, the intrusion of the Aliens on superhero worlds usually result in a clear-cut victory for our heroes, who then conveniently forget that they ever ran into the beasties who can usually kill anyone but Sigourney Weaver (e.g. Superman/Aliens and Batman/Aliens--don't Supes and Bats ever compare notes?).
But of course Warren Ellis would not be satisfied by playing the superhero game safe. Basically, the Aliens kill half of Stormwatch. Thankfully, Ellis spares the more interesting characters, who then go on to form the core of The Authority, one of the best superhero titles running. But the moral issues concerning the exercise of power by superhumans that forms the common thread linking Ellis's run on Stormwatch with The Authority are completely missing from this storyline. Too bad.
So the bottom line: the Stormwatch/Aliens crossover is a good one, and should be picked up by anyone who is a fan of The Authority. Let's not forget the art by the always-dependable Chris Sprouse (Tom Strong). Just don't expect too much.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hizon on February 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
What impressed me the most in Final Orbit is the seamless weaving in of an inter-company crossover gimmick into its continuity. In fact, its effect has very crucial repercussions in the Wildstorm Universe. I feel it's the most unexpected ending for a series (when was the last time you saw characters from another company obliterate the title group?), and even though the overall book can be improved, it's a worthy read. However, since this was the first Stormwatch book I picked up (my last one was during the Jim Lee/Brandon Choi era, so at least I was familiar with some of the characters), I share the sentiment that it would've been better if there was an idiot's guide in this TPB so it can be more accessible to the readers. Otherwise, it's good and I'm looking forward to buying more of the Stormwatch collected editions.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James A. Pappas Jr. on May 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
This comic marks the end of the Stormwatch series and the beginning of the The Authority.
Throughout it's brief, bright lifespan, Stormwatch introduced us to brand-new heroes, cut from a far different cloth than the "silver age" Supermen of yesteryear. This was an admirable attempt at bringing superheroes up to date with the global politics of today, infusing it's characters with a wry wit and a jaded outlook. No longer were superheroes going to be aloof, intervening only for the benefit of mankind against the usual cavalcade of supervillians and extiction-level events, these guys played politics and played it rough.
Of course, in retrospect, this series just seems to be a warmup to the Authority, who take the superhero-as-politico two steps further, with far more violence and in my opinion, even better stories and artwork. But Stormwatch is still a great series, well written and lavishly colored and it's diehard fans will be disappointed at the cavalier and laughably cliche way in which their favorite heroes are shuffled off the stage to make way for The Authority (A few make the cut, I won't give away who). Fans of the series should buy it for the closure it represents and use it like the bridge it was intended to be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By shaxper on April 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
Since the "Bleed" storyline in the previous issue, the dramatic action of this series has been building and building until what readers can only expect will be a gratuitous crescendo by the end, but the last issue just fizzles in the worst of ways. While a good story on its own, this final installment in the Stormwatch saga effectively ends the team and title without even showing the ending on the page. The conclusion to Ellis' legendary run is more of a side note in a less than significant WildC.A.T.S. story. This felt like a slap across my face when I read it. Ellis even admits in his first Authority TP that he had grown tired of writing Stormwatch and simply didn't care anymore. If only he could have maintained his interest for one more issue. These are still great stories in their own right, but this wasn't the ending Stormwatch deserved.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel V. Reilly VINE VOICE on December 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
Reading Final Orbit is like coming into a great movie halfway through.....I'm a big Warren Ellis fan, and I own all of the other Stormwatch trades, as well as his whole run on The Authority, but for a good portion of this story, I was lost. A brief "Story so far" and character bios would have been invaluable. As it was, I had a hard time feeling anything upon seeing the Stormwatch team being ripped apart by the Aliens. The characters are pretty generic; we don't even get to see their deaths onscreen.
The Alien sequence in the middle of the book is very cinematic, and zips along briskly. The rest of the book had me scurrying to my back issue collection to get some answers..What did Bendix have in that tube in his apartment? What did he do to honk off Jenny Sparks? Why did I.O. want The Weatherman's brother dead? To say nothing of the never-explained starship the Aliens are aboard....
If you can suspend your disbelief, and go with the flow, you'll enjoy Final Orbit. Be sure to check out The Authority trade paperbacks, too.
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