With the news that Squirrel Girl is coming to TV as the leader of the New Warriors, it occurred to me that many of you may not have context for what that means. Fortunately, I keep my back issues numbered for just such an emergency… Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of New Warriors #1 awaits!
Every five years or so, since the 1990s, Marvel Comics has relaunched New Warriors in the hopes of getting past twelve issues. This volume didn’t pull it off, but how does the last issue measure up? Your Major Spoilers review of New Warriors #12 awaits!
Or – “My Refutation Of Marvel’s Obvious Embarassment…” A great disappointment for me comes in the fact that while Marvel is willing to revamp Venom, Carnage, and frickin’ X-Force every ten minutes, someone in editorial seemingly sees the New Warriors as an embarassment. Of all the awful drek and flotsam that the House of Ideas vomited up during the Great Speculation Wasteland of the 90s, the first fifty or so issues of New Warriors have to stand among the most re-readable. As part of my Major Spoilers Anniversary celebration, it’s time to once and for all put a nail in the coffin
Or – “The End Of Our Elaborate Plans, The End…” I have always loved the New Warriors.Â Weellll, scratch that.Â I hate the DeFalco-written issues of Thor that introduced the team, with Firestar as angelic handler of a rabid Night Thrasher, and that horrifically stiff Ron Frenz “freeze-frame” pose at the end, like an episode of Starsky and Hutch.Â After that, I mean, I loved the New Warriors, and some of their best stuff came during time-travel epics.Â Though I dropped this iteration of the title several months ago, in the doldrums of a porrly written and drawn fight with
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Or – “For The First Time Ever, An Actual New Warrior Appears!” Hint: It ain’t Night Thrasher. But he does look all manly, and stuff, doesn’t he? Anyway, in recent years, comics have entered a phase wherein each individual issue is no longer treated as a singular entity. The old Jim Shooter storytelling method of explaining everything in each issue so casual readers won’t be lost has been thrown aside for a “write for the inevitable trade paperback” mentality. Nowhere has this “It’ll read better collected” mentality been so aptly illustrated than in the monthhly trainwreck called New Warriors. Will
Or – “Sometimes A Decision Makes Itself…” For some time now, I’ve been wavering back and forth on this title, sliding from casual optimism to hate-filled diatribes on the new New Warriors and the surprises contained therein.Â Kevin Grevioux started out strong, with some compelling mysteries, but the reveals we’ve seen thus far have been anti-climactic, and many of the story beats puzzling, to say the least.Â This issue is the sixth since I made my customary “Six Issues To Wow Me Or I’ll Have To Drop The Title” resolution…Â How will the chips fall?
Or – “Weren’t We Just Doing This?” Here’s the problem with New Warriors: Three quarters of a year into the title, and we still haven’t had a decent, clear shot of the characters costumes, nor have we been given a reason to connect with their new identities, instead coasting on the name recognition that comes with their old hero selves.Â With the exception of the Night Thrasher mystery, the basics of it all have been an endless series of scenes with half a dozen or more heroes milling about in darkness, and a big death scene that fell a bit
Or – “More Members Revealed, But Secrets Still Abound.” The mystery that began promisingly in New Warriors #1 is still out there, and while we keep finding out the identities of some of the Warriors (all of whom are former X-Men or Generation X members) we still have no real clues as to who the mysterious Night Thrasher may be. Is he Donyell Taylor, the brother of original Thrash Dwayne? The Black Panther, source of some of their technology? Former Gen X member Synch? At the rate we’re going through former X-Men, we’re about down to the point where he’s