Welcome to July and to Comical-Musings. I feel as though I am running out of snappy ways to intro that. I guess 170 posts will do that to you. Anyways, you know by now that you can always count on us to suggest great titles to jump into and great piles (of manure) to recoil in horror from. Well today, I am happy to offer a little something from column A. Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E is a fun little 12 issue series that is sure to amuse.
Warren Ellis, writer of such great comic book properties as Transmetropolitan, The Authority, Red, Fell, Hellblazer, and Planetary (to name a few), breaks character with Nextwave and pens a truly comical entry into his résumé. D-list characters that we have known or new characters that we are being introduced to are celebrated in all of their irreverent glory on every page. Nextwave reads like an inside joke between James Bond, Guy Ritchie, and The Mighty Boosh. Everything is over the top and shocking as Ellis traipses through long forgotten characters in the Marvel Universe like Fin Fang Foom, Machine Man, and Photon. At a question and answer session at Heroes Con 2006, Ellis described Nextwave by saying, "It's an absolute distillation of the superhero genre. No plot lines, characters, emotions, nothing whatsoever. It's people posing in the street for no good reason. It is people getting kicked, and then exploding. It is a pure comic book, and I will fight anyone who says otherwise. And afterwards, they will explode." So you have all of the zany characters with deep ties to Marvel continuity doing odd things and it just ends up being fun.
This work wouldn't be taken seriously if it wasn't for the art provided by Stuart Immonen. The layouts and progression on each page bring it to the place where you feel like you are watching Snatch or Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. It's fast-paced and action oriented with comedic flashbacks aplenty. Immonen's aggressive cartooning is a wonder on it's own, but the fact that he is able to capture the energy of each moment is really impressive. A big part of the connection that the reader builds with the characters is through the expressions that Immonen paints across their faces. It's very well done.
If you are the kind of person who can watch ten hours of Adventure Time, then this comic is for you. If you like to watch British comedies that poke a little fun at America, then this comic is for you. If you like crazy action and Pteredon Men and rabid attack koalas and suicidal commanders of forces that are now a corporation, but used to be supervillain cults then this comic is for you. If anything that I have said sparks your interest, I highly recommend that you give this one a read. All 12 issues are available in a 312 page Ultimate Collection for only $20.99 at Instocktrades. I can't guarantee that you'll love it, but I can guarantee that you'll laugh.
~ Scott Deaux ~