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365 Reasons to Love Comics #19

It’s the penultimate day of Acronym Week. The funny thing is, I could’ve sworn I had a different idea for today’s entry, but I completely forgot what it was. Then again, I could’ve just deluded myself into thinking that. I have no idea.

Luckily, there are loads of good acronyms in the comics medium. Take today’s entry, for instance:


19. HATE

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HATE stands for Highest Anti-Terrorism Effort, though that’s a crock. You see, HATE is funded by the Beyond Corporation, which is run by the terror cell SILENT. The leader of hate, however, is Dirk Anger, and he’s too busy with his own mania to care.

Yeah, those of you who didn’t read Nextwave (shame on you, by the way) probably have now realized HATE is a thinly-veiled parody of SHIELD and that Dirk Anger is a silly, over-the-top version of Nick Fury. And it’s all true. Marvel wouldn’t let Warren Ellis use SHIELD because Nextwave was, I dunno, too insane. But it is also one of the few comics Marvel put out in 2006 that was any good. So good, in fact, that it was too good to live.

Nextwave is the Chuck Norris of comics. It has done every awesome thing imaginable. Nextwave: Curing scoliosis, one kick-to-the-spine at a time.

The Nextwave squad worked for HATE, y’see, until they found out their evil orgins. And so Dirk Anger dedicated himself to hunting the team down. And he used HATE’s aeromarine (not helicarrier, no; far crazy-cooler than that!) to do it.

Dirk Anger is loaded with mental problems. Insane. Suicidal. Masochistic. Sadistic. Multiple addictions. Basically everything. He is also totally awesome, though you’d never want to meet him.

Dirk Anger.jpg

I hate to use vastly overused terminology, but I’m going to anyway: HATE is SHIELD on crack. And acid. And speed. And numerous other kinds of dangerous and illegal drugs. After all, what other comics organization would attack their enemies with such things as broccoli people, robot samurai, pterodactyl men, killer koalas, homicide crabs, Mindless Ones, cyborg Steven Hawkingses, Elvis MODOKs, Fin Fang Foom, Forbush Man and the cast of Not Brand Ecch, and, of course, snakes on planes?

HATE gave us a hilarious comic that lived fast and died young (well, there’s an issue to go, but, you know, it’s basically dead. Though future mini-series may be likely. That’d be nice). Go HATE!

Tomorrow, for our final acronym, I’ve come up with something I don’t think you’ll be expecting. That’ll be the end of our first theme week. So now I wish to poll the readership:

1. Is there an acronym that didn’t appear that you think is too awesome not to show up? I’m sure I’ve missed out on several really good ones. Remind me of them.

2. Would you like to go back to random stuff or jump right into another theme week?


An acronym that hasn’t shown up…how about SHAZAM!

Another theme week? Yes! hell I’d love it if every week had some kind of theme, even if it was a tenuous one.

An acronym that hasn’t shown up…how about SHAZAM!

…that’s a good one. Crap.

Well, the Captain Marvel mythos will show up one day. Or maybe several days with various facets. So fear not!


January 19, 2007 at 5:55 pm

How’s about M.M.M.S. (Merry Marvel Marching Society), or F.O.O.M. (Friends of Old Marvel), their awesome swag, over-the-top hucksterism of Stan “The Man” Lee and for an aded bonus, all the bizarre acronym membership levels:
RFY, RFF, etc…

Insane (but innocent) fanboyism, craptacular promos & perks & the driving force that was the “House of Ideas”*.

*(y’know… when they actually HAD original ones**)

**((Actually, while I’m not a huge fan of Civil War, I DO have to admit that I think the fall-out will be pretty wild! Very much like olden times Marvel Universe. Just, on it’s ear.)


I’d say P.R.O.J.E.C.T., but I’m pretty sure that doesn’t actually stand for anything.

Nextwave: Curing scoliosis, one kick-to-the-spine at a time.


Somewhere, Warren Ellis is smiling.

I love theme weeks!

Nextwave tries too hard. Some good moments, sure, but to be honest, I regret buying the issues.

I always liked A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics) — those crazy “beekeeper” outfits they wear are pretty cool (much more stylish than, say, Hydra’s uniforms). Plus, they’re the people who brought us not only MODOK, but also the Cosmic Cube AND the Super-Adaptoid. Those guys don’t mess around.

Nextwave is love. And HATE!

“In Jersey! For HATE!”

Damn you Cronin, wait, you’re not Cronin, you’re Reed!

Goddamn you Reed, now I have to reread the first 11 issues again!

In the spirit of the CBLDF, a natural choice would be ACTOR, another very worthy cause.

p.s. HATE is the coolest acronymed organization ever.

ACTOR has since become the Hero Initiative, which is why I didn’t include it originally.

Two comments/quotes about my love of Nextwave…

“HA! Fear my robot head!”


“Nextwave is in your room…and they’re touching your stuff”

For me, that pretty much says it all…

The real tragedy, I think, with ‘Nextwave’ is that they didn’t rush a trade into print ASAP. I mean, they didn’t get the trade of the first six issues out until issue 9? 10? And when they did, it was a hardcover, which means that a lot of people continued to wait for the paperback. So by the time you get a real surge in interest for the title (because let’s face it, “waiting for the trade” is now an industry catchphrase), you’ve already cancelled the book.

The Kirbydotter

March 10, 2007 at 9:44 am

Any comic book with Fin Fang Foom is at the top of the scale of coolness.

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