And here’s where Paul Cornell convinces me that I’ll be buying the new Stormwatch series, as he tells the DCU blog about the new characters he’ll be introducing in it (emphasis mine):
Adam One, who’s been aging backwards since the Big Bang, the master of tactics who… forgets things and isn’t that great at convincing people he knows what he’s doing; the Projectionist, the voice of and god of the internet and the Eminence of Blades, the universal master of bladed weapons, who has terrible doubts.
Firstly: “The Projectionist” is the greatest choice of name for “the voice of the internet” imaginable. Secondly, I don’t know why, but “the voice of and god of the internet” sounds so Warren Ellisy that I can’t help but hope that there’s some Ellis parody in the character somewhere. Even if there’s not, it feels appropriate to the book by evoking Ellis, considering his run on the original (and then, The Authority) remains the most well-known, and well-beloved, of the history of the characters.
Of course, it helps when Cornell goes on to explain that the book will have the Martian Manhunter having “conflicted warrior feelings about how super heroes do what they do,” and then goes on to describe the new series thusly:
This one’s the angry teenage sibling of the DC Universe, except in this case it does know better. Stormwatch were here first, saving the world is their job and they think super heroes are decadent gaudy amateurs. They’re the ruthless stone cold professionals. Right now it looks like they might be facing the enormous threat they were created to combat, only to find themselves having a bit of a crisis of leadership.
I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to this series now, and hoping that it lives up to its own hype. If nothing else, I’m already hoping for a Projectionist spin-off (It could even be digital-only, which would be somewhat fitting)…