- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (August 30, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785122788
- ISBN-13: 978-0785122784
- Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 7 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,377,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E., Vol. 1: This Is What They Want Hardcover – August 30, 2006
|New from||Used from|
Top 20 lists in Books
View the top 20 best sellers of all time, the most reviewed books of all time and some of our editors' favorite picks. Learn more
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
But that's a good thing.
It's fun. And sometimes, when you're trudging through the rest of the Marvel & DC Universes, it's good to have a fun book. This, GLA: Misassembled, and X-Statix Presents Dead Girl are titles released during the last few years that show that comics still know how to be fun.
The art is stellar, the dialogue is funny, but, again, don't come with the expectation that there will be a "message" to take away or with expectations caused by Ellis's reputation. The art is very fluid looking, and works well with the dynamic characters in the title. If you're going to want a balance of characterization and humor, head for X-Factor. If you're willing to just be entertained, this is your title.
People might complain about the characterization of Monica and Tabitha in the title, but just drop all notions of how you've seen them before.
Nothing here is meant to be taken seriously. Everything here is just an excuse for sarcastic Hunter Thompson gonzo style dialog and the thinnest of plots that allow artist Immonen to cut loose and show what he can do. You would never show an issue like this to a Mavel fanboy who lives and breathes Fantastic Four and X-Men continuity...but you would show it to people who just love the comics form (even superhero comics) and secretly wishes that superheroes would cut the moralizing and emotional anguish and just beat the hell out of the bad guys in a visceral, energetic and satisfying way.
I'm sorry that the comic was cancelled, but I'm pretty sure that after this display of high powered panache that Immonen can write his own ticket, and Ellis will simply move onto the next project. And it's nice that the series was never taken over by lesser lights and turned into a lame copy of itself.
One sort of superhero spoof would be, oh, something like Spectacular Spider-Ham, where the character is clearly a version of Spider-Man but smelling like bacon. And you couldn't have what happens to a Spider-Ham happen to the real (uh, yes, the "real"--real, as in, well I know what's real and what's not, but, I mean the actual...never mind) the real Spider-Man, because then his continuity would be in the dumper. But a ham in a web suit is spoof, but identifiable with Spider-MAN, so Spider-MAN is in fact being made fun of. That's why it's funny; the character is made to look ludicrous, but it's a stand-in.
Another kind of super-hero spoof is like what we have here, in nextwave, and it seems that this approach is becoming more popular as time goes by. I seem to have encountered this kind of humour in Cable And Deadpool, back in the New Warriors (so one writer comes to mind), the Bloodstone mini-series, and other comic books and graphic novels as well. And this approach to spoofery, as perpetrated by various spoofniks, is the Spoof That Is Still Within Continuity, With A Plot That Could Just As Easily Fit Into A Serious Comic Book.
And you could say "Well that's just a humourous comic. That's not a spoof. Besides...how can it be a spoof if it really is taking place in the continuity of an established superhero universe? It's just a funny story.". And I would say "That's just the point! It's NOT a funny story.Read more ›
The trade is a nice hardcover with dust jacket. It's slick and well-produced.
The stories inside are awesome. Very goofy sense of humor, and good action scenes. It's a fun romp through the Marvel universe with some traditional second-bananas. I didn't know a lot about the characters before reading the book, but Ellis does a good job with filling in the character's backgrounds during the stories, and there's a synopsis about the characters at the back of the book which helped clear up lingering questions after reading.
The book includes three, two-issue story arcs, making for fast-paced stories.
If you like irreverent humor and flashy action scenes, you'll probably enjoy Nextwave.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a really great comic. It's well-written, funny and beautiful to look at. Nextwave gently mocks the superhero genre while warmly embracing it at the same time. Read morePublished on October 12, 2009 by fruit_tie
Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. is one of the most fun comic series in a long time. It captures absurdity, violence, and humor, puts it all in a paper bag, sets it on the front stoop,... Read morePublished on October 3, 2007 by R. Zimmer
NextWave: Agents of H.A.T.E. is all about the heroic poses and mindless violence and wonky and terse, darkly humored dialogue. Read morePublished on September 13, 2007 by H. Bala
Ellis invents a couple of characters, and takes a few others that had disappeared, the other Captain Marvel, Boom-Boom, and the daughter of Ulysses Bloodstone and even Machine Man. Read morePublished on September 3, 2007 by average
Nextwave is quite possibly as close as one will ever get to a "pure" comic book. This is what the medium was invented for:... Read morePublished on July 28, 2007 by Edward Burton
Warren Ellis writes a strange book, at times. This is one of those. An enormous spoof on comics on the whole, but Marvel comics in particular, Nextwave deals with a group of... Read morePublished on July 26, 2007 by Carl Jon