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‘Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. vol. 1’: a comic review

Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. is a series that is far, far, far off the beaten path for superhero comics. Writer Warren Ellis deliberately created a work that didn’t follow the traditions of superhero comics. And well, he didn’t. There is little like Nextwave in the comics industry, especially with the mainstream companies. It’s an ensemble team story with little explanation, and none needed. So, let’s take a look at it.


While many of the characters in Nextwave are from other minor Marvel series, there is no requirement to read those to prepare yourself. You can literally read any issue of Nextwave and be able to follow the action and events. This isn’t a series with an overarching plot. It’s a series aimed at being pure simple fun. There is a lot of action and humor (both lighthearted and crude). The series is easily one of the most fun comics I’ve read in a long time. There were a few moments where I was laughing pretty hard. And others where I was just enjoying simple action. Writer Warren Ellis does a good job at balancing these elements nicely, and making each work well. It’s definitely a light read, but a fun one.


Artist Stuart Immonen’s art compliments the narrative very well. It captures the visual aesthetics that Ellis uses in the narrative in written form. The designs are quick, fun, warm, and easy to access. This works to the advantage of the work since much of what Ellis writes is often silly and over the top and Immonen matches and/or enhances his creations. The style Immonen uses is perfect the series. Colorist Dave McCaig uses a lot of warm and bright colors that help add to the lightheartedness of the narrative. The art is easily just as fun as the writing is. And of course Immonen goes out of the way as Ellis does with what’s given to him (see below) which definitely adds to the fun factor that the series has.

Final Opinion:

The final issue of the collection ends with ‘Nextwave is love.’ And that’s exactly the kind of emotion I have for this series. It’s far from the seriousness of the Marvel continuity events that occur at the same time as Nextwave, but that’s not a bad thing. It’s an awesome thing. Nextwave is awesome. The series is definitely a nice change of pace from the seriousness that the mainstream continuities have. It’s a great, lighthearted and a fun series that should be read by anyone who likes to read comics. You won’t regret it.

Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. is owned by Marvel. It’s written by Warren Ellis, with art Stuart Immonen.

They even got a theme song.

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  1. June 30, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Right on!

    My favorite scene: Monica, Capt. Marvel, as a child. A barking dog annoys her, so so she incinerates it. Bad Doggy!

    Only Immomen could have rendered this script as simultaneously awesome and cartoon-funny.

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