Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E.
Writer: Warren Ellis
Art: Stuart Immonen
Apparently I’m on some kind of Warren Ellis kick, because the next review I have to write up after this is another Ellis series. Anyway!
Nextwave is the very definition of a tongue in cheek comic book, and if it weren’t actually part of the Marvel universe, I’d think it was a book mocking every single aspect of superhero comics.
Wait, it is.
Ellis has a very tongue-in-cheek tone here, using high humor, plots that don’t need to be any thicker than paper and a self-awareness that comes with having written some of the best comic book runs over the years. Every character is almost a caricature of themselves, every line is hilarious, every action scene pushed to the max. While parts of it seem to me like Ellis is trying a little too hard, the humor and brilliance in most of it makes up for any imperfections. It’s shame the series didn’t last long.
Immonen’s art is good here, though there’s something about it that that bugs me. I can’t put my finger on it. Maybe it’s Tabitha and Elsa’s giant hair, who knows.
None of what I find imperfect about it doesn’t matter, though, because IT HAS ITS OWN THEME SONG:
Fuck yeah Nextwave!