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Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. Ultimate Collection Paperback – February 24, 2010
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!!!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was looking for this since Christmas for my son and finally got it for his birthday in March. He was very excited to recieve it. It was in great condition when i recvd it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lisa McLemore
I love this comic!
Now, I've been reading Marvel comics for a long time, and I usually hate stuff that ignores or contradicts what was previously established, and this... Read more
There are good comics series out there. There are great comics to be found, as well. Then there's books like Nextwave, works that exceed all expectations for the medium and become... Read morePublished 16 months ago by everything bagel
This is one of the funnest, most absurd, and overall most hilarious comic series you will ever encounter. So of course they cut it short after 12 issues. Read morePublished on February 5, 2014 by SJ
I wish that Marvel would continue this series...Especially refreshing from Marvel, great use of minor characters and love the parodies of established characters and organizations... Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by Andre Guillerm
This was a very fun book. Tabitha Smith and Monica Rambeau are old favorites of mine and Warren the writing and art are hilarious and great! Read morePublished on November 5, 2013 by E. Edwards
This book is hilarious in its absolute randomness and pinpoint perfect in it's parody of super heroes. Read morePublished on September 25, 2013 by Eric Sellers
Fast paced and often hilarious! I don't know who suggested Ellis and Immonen to collaborate on this series, but it produced this awesome masterpiece. It is a masterpiece. Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by parkym
If you imagined a paperback of Secret Warriors met an issue of Deadpool and made sweet love and had a deranged baby about a secret team fighting a secret fight against a secret bad... Read morePublished on July 17, 2013 by MichaeL