Friday, January 27, 2006
So let's see...
We have Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen on an all-new ongoing team book. Which doesn't have an X in the name (okay... it does, but not THE 'X') or even a cameo of Wolverine.
So you know I just had to check it out.
Especially when it gets as hyped as it did. I mean if this book flopped it was gonna FLOP!
Fortunately, it doesn't do that. The book is a solid read. Although, Immonen's simplified art style took a few pages to adjust to. But I will say it looks better on paper than on the computer.
The characters are interesting enough. It was good to see all these third stringers find a home.
I enjoyed the little bits of camp exposition that Warren put every few pages in small captions, such as-
"NEXTWAVE is a super hero comic about five people who have just minutes to prevent a town from being eaten by a giant lizard monster. In purple underpants."
Elsa Bloodstone comes off acting a lot like Grace (from THE OUTSIDERS), with a bit of a Buffy backstory. And a liking of tea.
The Captain doesn't really get to do much but fly and tell us why he's just named 'The Captain'.
Monica Rambeau (Captain Marvel/Photon) gets a bit more respect in this book than I've seen in recent years. However, the puppy scene was kinda disturbing coming from this character.
Aaron Stack (Machine Man) appears to be one of the more interesting characters as Warren plays up his Data-esque feelings toward "fleshy ones" (humans).
Tabitha Smith (Book Boom/Meltdown) might get a bit of redemption here as she's decided to go without a code-name, therefore avoiding the problem of having to come up with one that's not so bad.
And Dirk Anger (Ellis' Nick Fury joke) has a moment of attention. I wonder if he's going to end up on the regular team.
Fin Fang Foom fits right in with the story and it's played with a bit of tongue-in-cheek satire.
I didn't care much for the "Broccoli Men" or the phone that Dirk uses in the middle of the comic, however I see what Ellis is shooting for. It seems that he may be trying a bit too hard to be over the top. But it is Warren fuckin' Ellis. So why not?
Overall, it was a fun read.
It's camp. But serious. Satirical. But sincere.
It was just crazy.
I'm sure I'll be picking up #2. It'll be interesting to see if he can keep this momentum going.
NEXTWAVE Theme Song
It's like Shakespeare,
but with lots more punching.
It's like Goethe,
but with lots more crunching.
Like Titanic, but the boat's still floating.
No, it's not, the mother####ing boat is exploading!
Dirk Anger is one bad mamajama.
He leads H.A.T.E., sitting around in his pretty pink pajamas.
H.A.T.E. was formed by the Beyond Corporation.
Purposely to bring about catastrophic devastation.
Do you need a haircut?
The Beyond Corporations gonna help you out.
Do you need a toothbrush?
The Beyond Corporations got an extra one.
Do you have a stepson?
The Beyond Corporations gonna wipe him out.
Do you see a monster, or a pirate, electric emu, a giant sky rat, a midget Hitler or Pontius Pilate?
Don't call your mom or a doctor, just pick up the phone and call.
Monica- is gonna microwave your ####.
Tabby- is gonna steal all your stuff.
Aaron- is going to organize your sock drawer.
Elsa- is gonna speak with an accent.
The Captain- his name is The Captain!
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