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New Warriors, Vol. 1: The Kids are All Fight Paperback – September 16, 2014
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Christopher Lee Yost (born February 21, 1973) is an American film, animation and comic book writer best known as the head writer of the Marvel animated series The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes and co-writer (with his frequent collaborator Craig Kyle) of the comic book series X-23: Innocence Lost, X-23: Target X, New X-Men and X-Force. Yost was one of the screenwriters of Marvel's Thor: The Dark World feature film.
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THE KIDS ARE ALL FIGHT
I am a huge fan of the original “New Warriors” from the 90’s and even got my little sister into comics as she loved them [Firestar in particular]. So with every new version of the team I have been on board. Some better than others and none surpassing the original run from the 90’s. But I had high hopes for this version because it would be the first time since the 90’s that The Scarlet Spider would return to the group. Sure this was Kaine and not Ben Reilly but still I loved it.
The story follows original members Justice and Speedball as they are putting a new team of Warriors together, even if one of them does it reluctantly. As they are doing that there is a being that is looking to save humanity from an oncoming attack by taking out non-humans. It is these attacks in fact that bring this new team together including one Kaine Parker now known as Scarlet Spider fresh from his time in Houston. The new Nova among a few others have to pull together to defeat this new threat to the entire world, as well as the beings this new threat says is coming.
I will admit that at first I really was a little put off with some things especially the way Kaine comes off at first. But the next thing I know I am totally into the story and amerced into this world. The story is a really good one with some cameos from Avengers and the great Peter Parker. I also really liked the little hints at past events that have happened in the New Warriors stories, including but not limited to the first Scarlet Spider on the team back in the 90’s, Firestar, and even that event that lead to the “Civil War” story. They are all there amongst others if you are looking for them.
I also was really happy that Christopher Yost was the writer on this since he was the man that wrote the Scarlet Spider series as well as many other favorites out there. This collection consists of “New Warriors” 1-6 and the “Kaine” story from “The Amazing Spider-Man” #1. That story was a cool little one that was about Peter Parker going to Houston to check on his “brother”. It is a great addition to the book and is a short and quick read. Over all I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any fan of The Warriors or any team member here. Sure I would have gotten it anyway because of the title but I rushed to get it for The Scarlet Spider.
But the start of the book is much stronger than the second half. Inconsistencies hurt the end of the book as the plot spirals out of control and--there’s no nice way of putting this--bringing some furries isn’t helping.
The original “New Warriors” was a hit for Marvel back in the early 1990s. Subsequent attempts to breathe new life into the team simply haven’t been anywhere near as successful. There is some potential here but I am not sold this latest series will survive. Some of the New Warriors get some spotlight--namely old standbys Justice and Speedball--but some of the other personalities on the team range from non-existent to annoying. Still, after reading this collection, the plot was often on a treadmill, going nowhere despite a lot of motion. The action scenes are enough to make this book passable but certainly are not enough to make this a recommended read--and this is coming from a fan of the original “New Warriors.”
Yost could learn a lesson from the original run in the early 1990s. The team’s development and character growth were hindered when the big guns from the Marvel Universe--X-Men, the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, Punisher, Spiderman--showed up. The New Warriors often came off playing second fiddle in their own comic. The newest incarnation certainly end up in the galleries while the Avengers dominate the stage at the end of the book.
Still, my advice could be for naught. Based on sales figures, this comic probably doesn’t have much shelf life. There is some potential here but, so far, this series is underwhelming at best. Hate saying this but I don’t expect the “New Warriors" to see 2016.
To be sure, there is some potential and more than a few fun moments but the flaws are also very pronounced. The story simply ran out of gas and the last half of the book really undermines it in general. Passable but not recommended except for die hard fans.