Hey Kids, remember back in the Fall of 2012 when Marvel started rolling out new #1 Titles that gave a number of characters in the Marvel U a “Soft Reboot” under the banner MARVEL NOW? Guess What? They’re doin’ it all again, Baby!
It’s the ALL NEW MARVEL NOW! Over the next few months, I’ll be taking a look at the first issue of each new title as it hits the comics stands. (This only applies to REAL #1 Titles – None of this .Now stuff.) Wanna know if this series seems like a keeper or is destined for the quarter bin of our interest? Sit back and enjoy my analysis. You just might learn something.
I’ve never been a New Warriors fan. They never really did anything for me. I don’t know, maybe it’s the bright colours and flashy gimmicks remind me too much of the 90s, or maybe I’m still mad at them for blowing up Stamford. Whatever the reason, I wasn’t really jazzed about yet another comic starring Speedball and company. Can you really blame me? This team has seen failed reboot after reboot. It’s not a popular team but there has to be a cult following out there demanding “one more chance” for these underdogs. There has to be, right? Why else bring them back yet again? This time around Christopher Yost and Marcus To are in charge of bringing the band back together with tons of bright colours care of David Curiel. Would this be the team to make me change my mind on these New Warrior kids? It might be too early to tell.
The book begins with a shocking scene involving the High Evolutionary and Bova, the evolved cow (don’t worry, it’s not pornigraphic). We then get introduced (or re-introduced) to this year’s line up of New Warrior hopefuls. Justice and Speedball get in a tussle with the Salem Seven while passing through the magical city of New Salem. Nothing serious, just your run of the mill misunderstanding between powered folk. Seems that Justice wants to reform the New Warriors (surprise!) to help people finally get over the explosion in Stamford (which kicked of the Hero Registration Act from Marvel Civil War). Meanwhile, you have the Scarlet Spider down in Mexico trying to run from his destiny of being a hero and the demigod Humingbird trying to get him back in the game. Sun Girl (a character who I’ve never heard of before) is doing the superhero thing in New York City (not like anyone’s doing that) when she sees big explosions coming from beneath the subway. Turns out a force of robots have shown up in the Morlock tunnels and are doing some mutant cleansing. Similar events are taking place in New Salem and Atlantis. Even Nova’s got some troubles in Albuquerque. How’s the High Evolutionary connected to all of this? That’s the question as we come to the end of the first issue.
While not the greatest first issue, it wasn’t half bad either. We got a few pages with each of the characters, got to know where each of their heads were at, and then called it a day. Nobody did anything amazing but we still got a feel for each of them. The High Evolutionary being involved is intriguing as I feel he’s a villain that has really been under utilized for a long time. There’s plenty you can do with the character. Unfortunately, it seems that they are retreading on a old plot thread with him. I could be wrong but it seems that he’s second guessing evolution once again. It does look like he’s getting a bit more violent this time around so it’ll be interesting to see his endgame for this one.
What really stands out for me is how young all of the characters look. This isn’t a real problem for most except when it comes to Justice and Speedball. These two guys have been around the block when it comes to being superfriends. Last I saw them, they left their positions as instructors at Avengers Academy (I still miss that book) to once again be, you guessed it, New Warriors. So why do they look and act so young here? Marcus To does a great job of making the book look and feel exciting even though not a lot happens and Yost and To present a bunch of interesting characters to whet your appetite for what’s to come. But is enough presented in this first issue to make you want to come back? I think if you’re a fan of the New Warriors, then yes. But as I stated before, there isn’t a huge fan base for these characters, which is why they can’t keep a book going and why they were the easy choice for instigators in the Civil War story. Making them seem to be all young heroes does nothing to help the book as books about young superheroes don’t last (see Avengers Academy, Future Foundation, Runaways, etc.).
This is a book that will most likely be defined by it’s first story arc. Unfortunately, with it’s previous track record, this title needed it’s first issue to be a home run. They only got a double at best. Like I said, if you like the New Warriors, this first issue is for you. For everyone else, we’ll have to wait and see.
Check back here for more ALL NEW MARVEL NOW first issue reviews. Until then, stay in the NOW!
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