Writer: Christopher Yost
Art: Marcus To
Color: David Curiel
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Created in 1989 by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz, The New Warriors were to be the answer to DC’s Teen Titans featuring new and exiting teen age heroes. The original series lasted six years and over 75 issues before being cancelled. Over the years The Warriors have been revisited and re-envisioned from everything from a reality show for Super Teens to the catalyst for the Marvel Civil War. Well its the Marvel Now and everyone gets a second, third or forth chance at the spotlight.
Our new team has the old stand bys, Vance Asttro as Justice, and Speedball being joined with updated versions of old members Namoria, and Nova along with new members Scarlet Spider, Sun Girl, Hummingbird and a last unnamed hero.
So whats our first issue give us. Mostly set up for the team to meet. Each member is in their own place, Colorado, New York, Mexico etc all fighting the same enemy, members of the High Evolutionariy team of genetic cleansing robots. Its a formula thats worked in the past and if written right these characters could gel into an interesting team. With so much great material coming out of the Marvel Bullpen these days this book could get easily lost in the shuffle. If the New Warriors is going to stand out this first arc has to be really great. Lets hope the New Warriors make their mark in the Marvel Now over the next few months!
Ever since the New 52 update to the DCU i’ve been one of those angry old man comic fans that can’t handle changes to their favorites. Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis on Justice League was ok I thought. Not John’s masterworks from the past but not everyone can hit it out of the park every single time. I felt the Trinity War storyline and the fact that it directly lead into Forever Evil was just plain awkward but some highlights have come from this storyline. First off, many of the minor players in the DCU are getting some well deserved story time along with costume revamps. Cyborg being my primary example here. Since he joined the Justice League his main job was to just chill at their headquarters and make outbound calls. A huge waste for one of my favorite characters. Now with an updated, slim look and powers Cyborg will be the major player in defeating the evil Crime Syndicate with the help of none other then…wait for it. THE METAL MEN!!
Yup, the Metal Men. If your a fan, your a super fan. If you hate them, you really hate them. Thats just how it is with the Metal Men.
Now like I said earlier, the New 52 screwed some costume revamps when it launched and my initial response to the new Metal Men design wasn’t all that great. I wanted my robots to have their trademark pointy noses and body shapes. I thought with these changes DC was going to throw away everything that made the Metal Men the Metal Men and go another direction but lo and behold..Geoff Johns once again shows his fan boy roots and keeps all their personalities intact. The way the team interacts with each other and humanity was such a large part of the joy of the book it would have been a shame if it was changed and it wasn’t. Sure some of the body designs updated but Mercury was still Mercury, Lead was still Lead, Tin was good ol Tin and so on. I’m certainly looking forward to how they are used in the fight against the Syndicate and hope whoever takes the creative reigns of these characters afterward keeps as true to their core as Johns has and not tossed to the wayside like the Creature Commandos when Johns revived them.
and speaking of which.
Frankenstein, Werewolf, Vampire, Medusa, GI Robot fighting Nazis and dinosaurs.
Priced at 19.99 this book is a no brainer. Buy it….now.
Go on, I’ll wait.