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New Warriors Classic - Volume 1 (Graphic Novel PB) Paperback – July 22, 2009
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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. Almost immediately out of the gate in the first issue of New Warriors, Nicieza & Bagley create a rich, character based dramedy of these teen superheroes that team up to take on the threats that they see the more professional super heroes overlooking. There are countless scenes in the first issue that illustrate how well Fabian Nicieza saw this series playing out & just how well he knew how to create these characters into believable young adults fighting in a world that neither understands nor appreciates their efforts. All the while, building on the foundations of charm that make the Marvel Universe one of the most fun places to read about.
I can't say enough good things about the first 50+ issues of New Warriors. Fabe & Mark Bagley, then Darick Robertson next, built a truly unique corner of the MU into something really fun exciting & original. Not many comic books where out at the time that resembled the New Warriors & yet, many comic books existed by the time it ended that resembled it.. b/c they re-invented the genre well. With strong characterization, great art, deference to continuity, & respect for their audience. Fabe's Punisher rendition which will hopefully appear in the New Warriors Classics vol. 2 (Hey Joe Quesada! We're talking to you!), is one of the coolest renditions of the Punisher in a comics code approved books that I've ever read, & I've read all of Garth Ennis' run!
Buy this book so the suits & ties know we want a vol.2 !
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. The art in issue 6 is already better than it was in Issue 1 and by the time you get to 16-17 (okay, that's probably going to be Vol. 3 if they ever re-publish it), it's crisp and clean and barely matchable by other artists of the time.
The story is told a lot more quickly than most stories I read today - if it were re-written now, each of the first 4 issues would probably have been a 4-6 issue arc, but the faster pace has a lot to be said as well. A great read for any new comic fan and if you remember the comic from your childhood as I do, then it'll give you a few hours of happy nostalgia as you remember what it was like to look at these pages in individual issues before and perhaps it will take you back to a happier time when Night Thrasher and Namorita were still alive, Speedball had more of Spidey's sense of humor and less of his crippling sense of grief and guilt and Nova half looked down on the Avengers for their superiority complex.