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New Warriors Classic - Volume 1 (Graphic Novel PB) Paperback – July 22, 2009

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  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Graphic Novel PB
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (July 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785137424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785137429
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,304,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ADAK on April 14, 2010
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This is a classic tale of not-so-classic characters. Many of them are making come-backs in the Marvel U now and I think the only ones currently not being used in the newer comics are Thrash and Namorita (both of whom died in Civil War and haven't been resurrected yet) and although all of them had their starts as second-stringers in other stories, this is where their personalities really started to show. You can understand that there is continuity before this takes place, but you don't need to know what it is and it truly doesn't add much to the story when you do know (though I do know). For the most part, it's removed from the ridiculous continuity of the regular Marvel Universe at the time - no over-arching schemes that cross from title to title (except for the 2 issues from Thor, but that's from Thor not from NW) so it's just a solid escape.

I admit that I'm a little biased about the quality of this comic since it was my favorite when I was a pre-teen and it helped me through some difficult times in my life by escapism, but the situations of the characters ring true and believable which was kind of new in the world of comics at the time. Though some of their villains are larger-than-life, the growing team dynamic of teenagers trying to become a family and struggling with each other almost as much as they struggle with the "bad guys" plays very well in a much more believable way than Millar's Ultimate X-men.

The art by Bagley isn't the same style as his newer stuff with Ultimate Spider-Man and then DC, but this is the proving grounds that allowed Marvel to take him for his long run on Amazing Spider-Man and you can see his artwork develop as he goes along.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jose Shaffernafferquez on November 15, 2009
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While well written & to the point, the other reviewer for this TPB refers to the New Warriors as a "Failure". I take issue with that proclamation. I have trouble determining how a comic title that spawned almost 3 spin-offs, had an initial 75 issue run (6+ years), 3 subsequent volumes since & characters that have been in the Marvel lexicon in some capacity or another for the last near 20 years without falling into comic book limbo & if nothing else are experiencing a resurgence currently, could be considered anything but a success. Whether by today's standards or by the standards of the early 90's a 75-issue run for a comic book is pretty important.

Another example of how impressive the New Warriors run was, is the obvious love & appreciation today's writers are showing for the Warriors by bringing back or using all the original run characters in some capacity or another. From Avengers-The Initiative, to Thunderbolts, to Nova, to Guardians of the Galaxy, to Runaways, the characters originally popularized by Fabian Nicieza & Mark Bagley have been popping up all over the Marvel Universe recently. Even being prominently featured in the recent video game, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2. (although I shame them for not making Speedball a variant costume for the Penance character)

So to summarize why this is a NEAR perfect collection: The only drawback is the inclusion of the 2 part The Mighty Thor issues #411-412. These issues written by Tom DeFalco & drawn by Ron Frenz offer little to no real insight on what heights Fabian Nicieza would take these characters in his 50+ issue run on the book.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin M. Derby VINE VOICE on October 27, 2009
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"The New Warriors" holds an odd spot in the Marvel Universe. These "heroes for the 90s" attempted to tackle contemporary issues with a group of heroes who were too young for the Avengers and too old for the likes of Power Pack. While the original series ran until 1996, the years since have not been particularly kind to this group and the heroes who helped usher in the era of Marvel dealing with "real life" issues became some of its chief victims. This volume collects the first six issues of the original series as well as a two shot guest appearance in Thor. It is an odd mix of characters to say the least-the shamelessly unoriginal Night Thrasher (one of the joys in this volume is reading the writers notes about him where they made fun of him as half Bat Man, half Punisher), the revamped Kid Nova, Namorita, Marvel Boy, Firestar and resident comic relief Speedball. The first issues are interesting as the heroes tackle such early 90s problems as gangs, evil corporations and those who would exploit the environment. Part of the problem is the complete lack of consistency of the heroes. They're college aged. No, wait they're high schoolers. They're idealists, no they're governed by rage and cynicism. The various notes are fascinating as the editors and writers tried to figure out what they had on their hands and, to be blunt, they never quite figured it out. While you can see shades of the X-Men, the New Mutants and the Teen Titans (amongst others), the New Warriors never quite found their own identity. While the art is solid, the writing is good (there is an especially fun appearance by classic Fantastic Four villain the "mad" Thinker) and the character interaction is well done, you can see even in these first issues the seeds of why the New Warriors were, eventually, a failure despite a noble effort.
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