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Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E., Vol. 1: This Is What They Want Hardcover – August 30, 2006


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Product Details

  • 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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,103,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dave on September 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Nextwave is all-action, and it's not characterization.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lemon Magic on February 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
There's Ellis when he's wants to comment on politics and history ("Transmetropolitan"), there's Ellis when he wants to tell a cracking good Science Fiction adventure ("Ocean"), there's Ellis when he wants to hit the reader in the bone marrow ("Global Frequency")...and there's Ellis when he just wants to have some fun, make some snarky remarks and blow crap up. "NextWave" is Ellis just having fun with some super hero 2nd bananas and has-beens, and what a lot of fun it is.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. B. Poore on January 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
One of the best comics to come out in 2006,collected in a hard cover, I have to say this is my favorite new comic. Too bad the series is ending after only 12 issues. Nextwave is what appears to be a parody of Marvel Comics, using B and C list characters to tell the story. The author claims that Nextwave is the only comic to actually take place on Earth-616 continuity. All the rest are fakes and Skrulls. This off beat story follows the exploits of our heroes, as the try to avert the use of UWMD's (unusual weapons of mass destruction) created or found by the Beyond Corporations. I'm not going to bother to give away what few plot points there are in Nextwave. Basically it's a comical rollercoaster. The flashbacks are great. Machineman's deadpan humor sells the book on it's own. Buy Nextwave, or they may satirize you too!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sleeping sheepsnake on April 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I don't want to get too complicated here--I'm not sure nextwave really deserves that kind of treatment, complicatedness--but after reading this thing, I've decided there are two types of super-hero spoofs, and I also know which kind I prefer...nextwave being, luckily, the kind.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin T. Quinn on November 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
A friend lent me the first monthly issue of the series, and after reading it I knew I was going to pick up the trade when it came out.

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.
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