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Nextwave: This Is What They Want v. 1 [Paperback]

Stuart Immonen , Warren Ellis
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

28 Feb 2007
Action! Excitement! Explosions! The Highest Anti-Terrorism Effort, or H.A.T.E. (a subsidiary of the Beyond Corporation) put Nextwave together to fight Bizarre Weapons of Mass Destruction. When Nextwave discovers that H.A.T.E. and Beyond are terrorist cells themselves, and that the BWMDs were intended to kill them, they are less than pleased. In fact, they are rather angry. So they make things explode. Lots of things. Starring Monica Rambeau (formerly Captain Marvel and Photon), Aaron Stack (Machine Man), Tabitha Smith (X-Force's Meltdown), monster-hunter Elsa Bloodstone and the Captain! Guest-starring Fin Fang Foom! Collects Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. 1-6.

Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics; Direct Ed edition (28 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785119094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785119098
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 16.9 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 777,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My brain needs beer... 16 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The first comic in years that made me laugh out loud. Forget Watchmen and Dark Knight. This? This is how you deconstruct superheroes. A bloody good read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stupid fleshy reviewers. 15 Mar 2008
I haven't a clue what Moonchief was going on about, but Ellis is amazing at what he does. Take his Transmetropolitan for example, or Planetary.

NEXTwave is a book that doesn't take itself seriously. Ellis' use of internet slang, his reference to old can't go wrong here, especially when you read the panels which concern the NEXTwave's past experience before coming together.

The Celestials calling Machine Man a loser? Swearing at him? Hilarious.
Captain America ordering Monica to make the Avengers dinner, whilst 'Gamma Activated Bull Men Beyond the 19th Perimeter' appear? Fab.
I don't see where you can really go wrong with such a fun book. Take Cable's quote for example, when Tabitha refers to her days in X-Force;

'Tabitha! Quickly! To ME, my X-Bait! Help me lift my gun! Techno-organic prolapse imminent!'
Really, NEXTwave takes the MU, and pokes fun at it completely. You shouldn't take this book seriously. Just sit back, relax...order the book, and await till you see Immonen's fantastic, bright vibrant art.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Big dumb fun 2 Feb 2010
I bought this book on a whim after reading about its silliness on the TV Tropes website. Three two-issue stories are collected here, linked by the arc plot of superhero team Nextwave being pursued by their former paymasters at H.A.T.E., which becomes the main plot for the final story.

More than anything else, it reminds me of a Marvel version of Tank Girl - censored swearing as befits the Multiverse, but with a similar level of glorious cartoon violence and infantile humour, and arse-kicking females. Not that the male members of the team don't keep up with them in the posterior-panelling department. The jokes are wilfully low-brow, though the finely honed geek aesthetic that generated them (the return of the incredibly obscure Fin Fang Foom, the various "Origins" diversions) may raise appreciation levels for seasoned comic-book fans.

Unlike many other reviewers, I found the bits *between* the silly jokes to be the weak side of the book. That's a consequence of its eminently throwaway setup, I suppose. Still, speaking as someone raised on the UK Transformers comic, which came with Machine Man as a backup strip, it's great to see Aaron Stack back in action.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average Story To Pay The Bills From Ellis 6 Oct 2007
By DocBhoy
I am a big Ellis fan , and have enjoyed some of his work for both Vertigo and Avatar , as well as some of his more recent Image and Marvel forays . But whilst I have enjoyed some of the humour in this series ( Fing Fang Foom put you in his pants ! ) , there is not much story , and the series feels like a quick ten minute read and no more .
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as clever as it thinks it is. 8 Feb 2008
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I really dont get the attention that Warren Ellis garners. Admittedly, his stories can rattle along at an enjoyable pace and he handled the JLA-esque Authority well but there is little else to him. He really cant add any depth or (more importantly) variety to his characters - they all seem to be wise-crackin' anti-heroes - and thats it. His dialogue is wooden and one-dimensional. When its trying to be snappy, it just seems like an episode of Friends. Worst of all are his expositions of his (transparantly Grant Morrison-esque) 'big concepts' that are generally really badly handled. Clearly, he is someone with a fertile imagination but not someone who can execute it very well.

This is a real curate's egg. The original concept of using Marvel's weird, daft aspect is quite interesting but when you read his own pitch (to Marvel) in the back of this TPB, you realise that he really hasn't thought it through well enough. Again, he handles the set pieces well, but the humour and 'anarchy' are pretty embarrassing and juvenille (in a bad way!). The art is lovely, in those sort of Fleischer-esque hues and Dirk Anger could have been such a good character, but it just doesnt go the distance. The chords and tab for a NextWave song at the end of the book is skin crawling, in a 'cool dad' sort of way.

Not quite as clever as it thinks it is. Which i think sums up at lot of his work.
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