So, Wildstorm is being integrated into the reborn DCU (DCNU? Is that for real?). I'm glad. The only problems I had with that idea back when Wildstorm was being slowly killed was that the characters I know and love wouldn't (and in many cases couldn't) fit into the DCU. With the whole universe being reshuffled however, things could be made to work. Sadly, not everything will (I can't imagine Majestic will be more powerful than Superman and be allowed to have the visibility/presence he had in the WSU. I think he'd have to be weakened or lose major page time, or be made into some kind of villain, which would be a bad combination of both options.), but from what DC has shown so far, I think there's hope. Granted, everything right now is ideas, and whether they are executed well or not remains to be seen, but below are just my thoughts at this point.
First up is Voodoo: Priscilla Kitaen has just found out she’s a monster. A half-alien hybrid, the woman known as Voodoo must confront the secrets of her past to make sense of the nightmare her life has suddenly become. VOODOO #1 will be written by Ron Marz with art by Sami Basri.
Looks very pretty, but honestly I don't care. I was never a huge fan of Voodoo and she didn't make much of an impression on me. If they do something interesting with her, great, but I'll have to find out about that through other people.
Then there's Grifter: 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).
Picking it up of course. I like Grifter and this looks interesting. I think it's a good use for the character. No reason not to try it. I haven't read Thunderagents so I don't know the team, but whatevs.
Last but certainly not 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.
There's no part of this I'm not excited about. Ok, maaaaaybe the costumes/art (alright, definitely the costumes, I mean really, a chin spike? And apparently Jack thinks he's a balding Apollo), but other than that I'm on board. It's got my favorite character (Hawksmoor) and a couple others I like a lot (MM and Midnighter), written by Paul Cornell (whom I also like quite a bit) and they're a bit separate from the rest of the universe so some of the problems of integration might be avoided. I guess I am assuming their personalities will all be the same, which may not be the case, but if those are intact, I feel like this will be great. I've wanted MM and Hawksmoor on the same team for quite a while, and this is better than I thought it would be. My only reservations comes from 2 things. First is that MM is really powerful. I hope he doesn't get played down too much to hang with the rest of the team. Apollo is there so he shouldn't be the only big gun and have to be super gimped, but I'm still worried. The other thing comes from this statement from Dan Didio: "I think it’s not just the Stormwatch characters we all know brought into the DCU. They’ve been reimagined. They have been re-thought through and I think last year ended the characters at a good place. I think what is really interesting is that these characters are new and different, yet somewhat like the ones that readers remember from the Wildstorm days..." I know some reworking needs to take place, but I really hope that the things that make these characters who they are remain intact. That has a lot to do with character/personality as well as powers. I'm cool with histories being changed and things like that, but who they are and what they can do seem integral to who these characters are and I hope they're not sacrificed to make them fit.
PLEASE DC, don't screw this up.