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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 33

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen’s Nextwave, Agents of HATE


Before Nextwave, we all knew that Stuart Immonen was a great artist. It was pretty darn obvious. However, I think beginning with Nextwave, Immonen raised his game from his already impressive level to an entirely new level of awesomeness.

For example, check out this sequence from issue #1…

Look at the power, the fluidity, the detail, the dynamism!!!

I forget who it was (Quesada, maybe?), but someone made a great point about how few artists could draw with the looseness of Immonen but still provide the details of the engine of the car that is being exploded – and make it look like that is what a car’s engine would look like if exploded.

So yeah – Immonen is amazing.

But lucky for him (and for us), Nextwave was not just about the art.

Nope, writer Warren Ellis delivered a delightfully madcap adventure story about five E-List superheroes who got tricked into working for the bad guys. Now that they know that they’re working for the bad guys…hmmm…let’s just let the Nextwave primer get you up to speed…

Along the way, Ellis introduced to the world a great deal of awesome catch phrases, such as…

“Fin Fang Foom put you in his pants”

Machine Man calling humans “Fleshy ones”

“My robot brain needs beer.”

Not really a catch phrase, but I love Tabby’s “I gave him the explodo because I am clever” after Tabitha fails to be mesmerized like her teammates because she lacked the cognitive capacity to be mesmerized…

Speaking of clever, Ellis came up with the great idea of doing an Ultimates riff, only with the Not Brand Echh takes on the Marvel characters…

This was a great book, and the entire series is getting the deluxe hardcover treatment very soon! Hooray!


Wait, it’s a HC edition coming out? I thought it was just one of those “ultimate collections” like those big Miller/Janson DD books or the three New X-Men volumes. Fuck yeah!

Apparently all the ‘primer’ pages are being included in the collection as well. Great write up Brian, but wish you had included some Dirk Anger moments – they are my favourite in the whole book!

Nothing much to add here, but I felt I had to comment just to say that Nextwave = sheer, nonpareil awesome.

I think the primer page for the final issue, where the Answer guy is so beside himself at Nextwave’s cancellation he can barely carry on answering the questions being put to him, is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen in comics. When I got the chance to have Warren Ellis sign one issue for me, it was this issue, no contest.

Tom Fitzpatrick

February 3, 2010 at 5:01 am

Is Ellis and Immonen going to reunite on the nextwave again anytime soon?

I just read the first volume based on the recommendations here. Good stuff. Not sure I’d feel compelled to buy it as a monthly series, but I’ll probably get the next TPB.


I love, love, love this series.

I would sell my soul to Mephisto for more of it.

After the first round of these Year of Comic Moments I went out and pre-ordered the Hardcover of the series. I’m really looking forward to it. So good on you Brian because damn these moments look awesome.

“I am full of very useful devices.”


It’s a paperback, one of Marvel’s “Ultimate Collections” (which are more or less trade paperbacks of trade paperbacks)

I love how Tabby says “Zomg” not once but twice in this series. Nextwave truly is a ???? amazing thing.

(Those question marks were supposed to be the four skulls with crossbones prevalent through the series but I guess they don’t register over here)

A trade? Dang. I thought there was a Deluxe HC too!

Ah well. At least they are finally including the primer pages.

I wonder if they’ll stick the Crayon Variant in too? Or the winning entry?

That would be fun!

“Mark Millar Licks Goats!!”

Need to dip into the longbox and re-read. I’m actually glad this title was cancelled, as wrong as that may sound to people. If this was an ongoing we would’ve eventually had a different artist and writer, and the book would be the new Deadpool instead of what it is today, which is essentially something that feels like a creator owned Ellis book in the middle of the Marvel U with a finite number of issues. I much prefer it that way. I think cancellation was a blessing in disguise.

Not so with Agents of Atlas – BRING IT BACK!!!

I am with fanboy d about Nextwave. It’s a great finite series, but trying to redo it or carry it on would probably lead to disappointing results. Those 12 issues are full of joy and adventure. Just enjoy them!

And I’m really enjoying Agents of Atlas as the Herc backup. If the two other series were as good, I may need to pick them up…

Aaron Stack Says....

February 3, 2010 at 9:40 am

HA! Fear my robot head!

I liked this series quite a bit, but I also think that if it had lasted longer the premise would have started to wear thin. Of course, Ellis is a heck of a writer, so I could very well be wrong. But I think it stands better as the 12 issue series it is. Although I’d pick up a new mini if they released one.

fanboy d:

I don’t think it was “cancelled” per se. IIRC, Marvel took Immonen off the book because it’s sales weren’t high enough to justify the money they were paying him. Ellis could’ve continued on with another artist, but didn’t want to do it with anyone but Immonen. At least, that’s what I remember; I could be wrong.

I’m with you on the part about it being somewhat a blessing in disguise, though. Much like the show Firefly, I think one of the reasons it’s so well remembered is not just because it’s great (which they both are), but also because it was so consistently good for such a short period it was never around for enough time to have a bad installment.

But will the deluxe hardcover edition include a CD of the Theme Song? Nextwave! DuhduhduhduhduhduhduhduhDUH….
By far one of the all time coolest aspects of this book!

The theme song struck me as kind of awful.

Does not make the comic any less amazing, though.

I don’t need to say anything about NEXTWAVE, it’s’ beauty is self-evident. But Stuart Immonen also did the art in a Hellcat story by Kathryn Immonen, that was included in the recent tpb. It’s well worth a look.

I loved the times when Monica flashed back to her days as an Avenger. Those were the golden moments for me.


February 3, 2010 at 5:32 pm

I’m with you on the part about it being somewhat a blessing in disguise, though. Much like the show Firefly, I think one of the reasons it’s so well remembered is not just because it’s great (which they both are), but also because it was so consistently good for such a short period it was never around for enough time to have a bad installment.

I’d have taken some bad episodes of Firefly to get more of it.

Hell, I sat through that movie, and brought the comic tie-ins just to get a little more of those characters/world.
That said, I only watched the movie once… so maybe less is better.

One of my favorite books of ALL TIME! Hillarious, surprising, and exciting in a way that escalates what I looked for in comics to begin with.

I liked Nextwave, but I didn’t love it. It had a nice attitude, but I didn’t find it quite as funny as it seemed to find itself.

That said, Stuart Immonen’s work is excellent. When he first (to my knowledge) moved away from his more realistic style in Ultimate Fantastic Four I thougth it looked quite poor, but with Nextwave he’d pulled that into something that really works.

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