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  • Series: Nextwave Agents of H.A.T.E
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (February 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785144617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785144618
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of graphic novels like TRANSMETROPOLITAN, FELL, MINISTRY OF SPACE and PLANETARY, and the author of the NYT-bestselling GUN MACHINE (being adapted for TV by Microsoft Xbox) and the "underground classic" novel CROOKED LITTLE VEIN. The movie RED is based on his graphic novel of the same name, its sequel having been released in summer 2013. His GRAVEL books are in development for film at Legendary Pictures. IRON MAN 3 is based on his Marvel Comics graphic novel IRON MAN: EXTREMIS. He's also written extensively for VICE, WIRED UK and Reuters on technological and cultural matters. Warren Ellis is currently working on a non-fiction book about the future of the city for Farrar Giroux Straus.

His newest publication is the digital short-story single DEAD PIG COLLECTOR, from FSG Originals. His next book will be the novella NORMAL, also from FSG.

A documentary about his work, CAPTURED GHOSTS, was released in 2012.

Recognitions include the NUIG Literary and Debating Society's President's Medal for service to freedom of speech, the EAGLE AWARDS Roll Of Honour for lifetime achievement in the field of comics & graphic novels, the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire 2010, the Sidewise Award for Alternate History and the International Horror Guild Award for illustrated narrative.

Warren Ellis lives outside London, on the south-east coast of England, in case he needs to make a quick getaway.

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The basics: This is an American superhero comic book. It was published by Marvel Comics in 2006-2007, written by Warren Ellis, and illustrated by Stuart Immonen.

Nextwave is a team of superheroes working for H.A.T.E. (Highest Anti-Terrorism Effort) and charged with battling a number of Unusual Weapons of Mass Destruction, like Fin Fang Foom, the Mindless Ones, and the Ultra Samurai Battle Drone. But H.A.T.E. isn't really what it seems to be -- in fact, H.A.T.E. is actually funded by the Beyond Corporation, which used to be known as S.I.L.E.N.T., a large terrorist group, and the entire purpose of H.A.T.E. is to create more Unusual Weapons of Mass Destruction. Nextwave decides that this will simply not do, so they steal a big-ass fancy flying machine called the Shockwave Rider and go on the run, pursued by the frequently suicidal Dirk Anger, Director of H.A.T.E, and his hordes of minions, like the broccoli men, the attack koalas, the Homicide Crabs, and Forbush Man.

The members of Nextwave include:

* Monica Rambeau: Formerly known as Captain Marvel, Photon, and Pulsar. Former Avenger. Straight-arrow leader of the team. Can convert her body into any form of electromagnetic energy.
* Aaron Stack: Formerly known as Machine Man. Has extendo-limbs and all kinds of entertainingly pointy weapons he can extend from his body. Hates the fleshy ones. His robot brain needs beer.
* Elsa Bloodstone: Formerly known as Elsa Bloodstone. Monster hunter with a magic necklace that makes her superstrong and tough. Handy with a gun. Handy with pretty much any weapon, really. Vehemently British. Has high-heeled boots and very important hair.
* Tabitha Smith: Formerly known as Time Bomb, Boomer, Boom Boom, and Meltdown. Former member of X-Force.
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Nextwave is one of those books that made me realize how many comics I've read since I started getting into them a few years ago. I first picked up Nextwave issue 2 and then went back and read issue one (I think I still have those two issues somewhere). I couldn't get into it though so I stopped. I then thought about picking up the trades when those came out but there was other stuff that I wanted to read instead. So finally I picked up this book when they released the Ultimate Collection which collects the entire series. The book is awesome. First off, I'm not the biggest fan of Warren Ellis. I don't have a good reason, except that I just couldn't get into some of the other works that I had read of his. In this book I found his writing to be quite good. He sets up all the characters wonderfully and the pacing for the story never slows. Nextwave keep dealing with one challenge after the other and it makes the book exciting. I feel that by the end, the story reaches a good conclusion but leaves it slightly open-ended so that there could be more stories told in the future.
One thing that is neat about the story is that there are a lot of references to other comics. Having read many comics, I was able to recognize the references and it made me appreciate the book more. Also Nextwave does poke fun at some ideas that occupy many other comics, such as the use of double page spreads. In the end this is a good story, that will make me check out more of Warren Ellis's other works again.
However, the real treat of this book is the art that is done by Stuart Immonen. It is simply fantastic. It's the reason I checked out Nextwave in the first place. His covers are great (Issue 2 was my favorite). The art inside is great.
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A lot has been said about about Warren Ellis. Not enough, though. He is a famous writer who's proven to be capable of writing about virtually anything. This is his take on once-famous-now-lame superheroes. A comic comic book, if you will.

Actually, I guess this is important to say: this is comedy.

Mr. Ellis put these forgotten Marvel characters together to fight lame villains - old Marvel characters, Not Brand Echh comic characters, doubles from lame characters - in an extremely successful attempt to mock the very comic book industry he is writing for.

Stuart Immonen draws fantastically well. In fact, it seems he was having a lot of fun designing and drawing everything, as if he had been finally "unleashed" to show his talent.

Different from the two TPB previously released, this Ultimate Collection brings also the H.A.T.E.Mail section of the original series.

After the end of the series, Marvel, in an attempt to correct the Marvel Universe, rushed to say that everyone involved in the Nextwave comics were either cloned or had their memories erased or had had drug-induced experiences. But fear not, for the Ultimate Collection is here not to let YOU down!!!
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Nextwave is a group of C-list superheroes that worked for H.A.T.E (Highest Anti-Terrorism Effort), but broke off when they found out that H.A.T.E was sponsored by the Beyond Corporation, a front for a terrorist organization called S.I.L.E.N.C.E. Nextwave then looks for the weapons of mass destruction developed by the Beyond Corporation and tries to destroy them, in the way they accidentally destroy cities and run into all sorts of trouble. The group gets to fight a giant dragon, a corrupt Transformers-like cop, mindless lava beasts, a dinosaur, snakes on a plane, hamburger-shooting-Elvis-clones, among many other crazy over the top villains.

One thing I like about the comic, is that its story arcs are two issues long. While there is an overall story arc for the 12 issues, each adventure takes two issues. It is nice to read a comic that doesn't stretch (decompress) its stories. The comic also plays a lot with its medium, there is a sequence where we get six double-splashes in a row, not only displaying the great artwork by Immonen showcasing hundreds of funny villains, but also making fun of the overuse of double splashes in some comics. I like how it makes fun of titles, by sometimes having the tile of the comic multiple times throughout the issues. The issue with the 6 double-splashes has the tile at least 8 times (one for every double-splash, one at the beginning and one at the end), while other issues also have it 3 or 4 times.

The art is really good. I like that Immonen has a loose style but is still able to show a lot of detail. The scenes are very clean and they have a very nice cartoon look. A great artist was needed to make all the goofy villains work. I really like the designs for the villains.

Overall, this is a very funny comic that makes a lot of jokes about the medium and tells good stories. A great comic.
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