Donít let it be said that they ever do anything small in Vegas. This is a lesson that the StormWatch: Post Human Division learns very quickly in the third issue of this serial.
While the Prime division of StormWatch flies around the world, the Post Human Division acts as more of a domestic police force, handling the ground level threats within the United States. Headed up by Officer Doran, the PHD is composed of a motley group that includes killers and criminals as well as heroes. Up to now they have performed their job well enough that the higher-ups have sent them off to Las Vegas to train a local branch of the PHD. Similar to the way the FBI has local offices in every state, the PHD is expanding to increase its capabilities. That description sounds boring and bureaucratic, but the team behind Post Human Division makes it great fun.
For one thing, the mayor of Las Vegas has something that he wants the visiting professionals to take a look at. Unfortunately, it isnít the girls at the Palomino Club. It does, though, provide for an introduction to a character that this reviewer was not familiar with, namely Dr. Mordecai Shaw, a.k.a. The Monstrosity. Dr. Shaw has a relatively small part in this issue and at the same time illustrates what is best about it; that Post Human Division team has created a cast of characters that are interesting, fully rounded and full of surprises. Part alien, Dr. Shaw spends his quiet moments wrestling with cannibalistic demons. These moments, combined with quiet exterior that Dr. Shaw projects to strangers and friends alike, shows more about the character than any bio ever could.
This masterful story-telling isnít just focused on one character. The small glimpses that the reader is given into each character are equally revealing. In addition to setting up a progressive narrative, each issue of Post Human Division has given the reader an in-depth look at one or more of its characters. In this issue, the history of Paris is examined and it is as intriguing as it is repulsive.
The art in StormWatch suits the nature of the comic well. Detailed, gritty and revealing, it makes it a surprise when the super-powered bad guys show up, but when they do they seem to fit right in.
Bottom Line: The third issue takes something that could have been routine and turns it into some fun and excitement. Just like Las Vegas. StormWatch: Post Human Division holds as much promise as any current WildStorm title.