Wednesday, March 01, 2006

This Comic Is Good - Next Wave #2

By the by, I have been going under the presumption that the title of the book was Nextwave. Apparently, though, it is Next Wave. Ah well. Whatever it is called, it is awesome.

The current issue features the team attempting to subdue Fin Fang Foom. Along the way, the team banters and bickers as they eventually take down the giant monster. How they do so is fairly gross, but still hilariously awesome.

Stuart Immonen's art is on fine display here, as once again, he finds a way of depicting the oddest things in exquisite detail, while still being cartoony. I honestly do not know how he pulls it off. It is like some sort of sleight of hand trick.

I am sitting here, trying to find a way to adequately express how cool I think this book is. You know, come up with some very descriptive way of telling you folks why I love this book.

It isn't coming to me.

However, I just talked to my pal, Chris, and he said, after pointing out that Next Wave is cool because "It is fresh and it is a much needed distraction from the overthought superheroes of today," that, well, sometimes things just ARE simple.

So I'll go with that.

Next Wave is good.

It has great art.

It has funny dialogue.

It has a funny plot.

It is good book.


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Blogger buckshot said...

It's a Saturday morning cartoon, only with swears.

P.S. What the hell was that nurse dumping into the food processor?

3/01/2006 05:23:00 PM  
Blogger Spencer Carnage said...

Yeah, Next Wave bores me. Its Weird Al for comics. If there was something that I'd be more than happy to admit to, it would be buying some comics with the "overthought superheroes of today" than a weird al yankovic album. Or a comic, for that matter.

3/01/2006 05:40:00 PM  
Blogger buckshot said...

If anything, I'd say it's more along the lines of a Monty Python style of humor. Or Douglas Adams, come to think of it. A lot of the narration, what with its little segways and non sequiturs, reminds me of Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Whatever it is, it's very British. And not nearly as lame as Weird Al.

3/01/2006 07:15:00 PM  
Blogger Bill Reed said...

It *is* Nextwave. Don't listen to the bastards.

Also, there is nothing wrong with Douglas Adams or Weird Al. In fact, they rock.

3/01/2006 08:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Zard said...

I read issue #1 and really didn't think much of it either way, and I planned to buy #2 until I got to the comic shop today.

--I'm trying to cut my comics budget down so I can do something more worthwhile with my money, so I've gotten stricter on products having to please me (because they should be good).--

So when I got there planning to buy it, I realized that it just didn't interest me. It's largely a humor piece, and the humor reminded me of internet forum banter (which isn't as clever as some would think)--and what are they being humorous about? Comic books. Been there; done that. There are other comics that satire other comics. That's also one of the detractors for Invincible for me: the humor is largely based on comic books. This is a Marvel comic that pokes fun at other Marvel comics, but the books with the actual characters (like Nick Fury and SHIELD) often make fun of themselves already--what with talking about how absurd they themselves are quite often (and maybe reminiscing about "how it was all so much simpler 'back then'").

And I too thought it was titled "Nextwave."

3/01/2006 10:02:00 PM  
Blogger Tim Callahan said...

"Why do giant monsters eat people?"

"He's going to put me in his pants."

"I am very full of useful devices." "..yes. Yes, you are." "You're a little to old for me."

It's not a parody--it's just wicked awesome. Best comic of the week.

3/01/2006 10:33:00 PM  
Blogger nicholas danger said...

"P.S. What the hell was that nurse dumping into the food processor?"

Looks to me like it was baby chicks. Which is immensely amusing to me.

And the crack about scary women and babies with robots made me choke on my Chex.

3/01/2006 10:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Iron Lungfish said...

One of the things I like about Nextwave is that its humor doesn't depend on having read a stackload of comics. It's not a parody or a commentary or a wink-wink-nod-nod - it's just plain fun. You don't ever have to have heard of Nick Fury to laugh at Dirk Anger; Nick Fury is already such a pastiche of so many super-spies and tough guy cliches that anybody who's seen an action movie will get a kick out of his Ellisian counterpart. You don't have to know the vast history of Marvel monster comics to appreciate the inherent goofiness of Fin Fang Foom. People who are squinting their eyes suspiciously and looking around, wondering "Is he laughing at me?" are kind of missing the point. For once, this is a comic that's not fundamentally about other comics, which is an amazing relief. It's just Warren Ellis having a lot of fun with the over-the-top tropes of the superhero genre, and I think it's fucking fantastic.

3/02/2006 08:50:00 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Spencer: Weird Al rules. We are now at war.

3/02/2006 04:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Steven said...

WE uses "NEXTWAVE" in Bad Signal; seems like the single word usage is fine. It looks a lot better, too.

3/02/2006 05:57:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

I like Nextwave better, as well.

3/02/2006 06:44:00 PM  
Blogger Spencer Carnage said...

One of the things I like about Nextwave is that its humor doesn't depend on having read a stackload of comics. It's not a parody or a commentary or a wink-wink-nod-nod - it's just plain fun.

Actually, it IS a parody, which I have no problem with whatsoever. I just don't think its that funny. Its full of cheap shots and one trick ponies, which apparently works for some people. Without the history of the insular world of the Marvel U, it loses a lot of its punch, puts it right next things like Scary Movie.

3/02/2006 07:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Alex said...


3/03/2006 11:23:00 AM  
Blogger Chad said...

I want a Father Blood Drench Robo Crush mini-series.

Weird Al my ass. Go read your grim fin-headed rape comics, fanboy!

3/04/2006 11:35:00 PM  

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