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Nextwave, Agents of H.A.T.E., Vol. 1: This is What They Want (Nextwave, Agents of H.A.T.E. #1)

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The Highest Anti-Terrorism Effort, or HATE put Nextwave together to fight Bizarre Weapons of Mass Destruction. When Nextwave discovers that HATE and Beyond are terrorist cells themselves, and that the BWMDs were intended to kill them, they are less than pleased.
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published September 13th 2006 by Marvel Comics Group (first published 2006)
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Jul 16, 2016 Josh rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Action-packed parody of superhero team-up comics. The Nextwave team takes on a different threat every two issues. The bite sized format works really well with this type of story. Art is cartoony and compliments the silly writing. This shit is fun, dude!
There is nothing more fun than reading a book that the creators obviously had a ridiculously fun time making. Wolverine and the X-Men, Sex Criminals, Superior Spider-Man, Casanova, Atomic Robo, The Goon, Chew, and NEXTWAVE.

These are my bibles, the salve to soothe the addled and jangled mind of a corporate whore, someone for whom creativity is measured in how subtle the joke must be before it escapes the attention of Human Resources - the subtle flourish of choosing a colour that is not Sanctione
12/5/15: Re-reading for Book Club and seriously, it is still a riot. I may have to buy this series because it is too spectacularly absurd. I can't stop laughing out loud and I'm in public. I don't care. Words were invented so that they could be this funny.

12/28/10: OMG. This is singularly the funniest thing I've read in a very, very long time. Hilarious. Just, frakking hilarious. I couldn't stop laughing out loud and woke up my sleeping husband several times. (Poor fellow.) I may have to buy the
Sep 25, 2012 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
Review for both volumes of Nextwave. What this is, in a nutshell, is an excuse for explosions and big fight scenes, held together by sarcasm. It's (mostly) a satire of overly action-oriented comics, while still enjoying huge fight scenes. Shallow? Sometimes. Any substantive value in plot or characters? God, no. Fun? Absolutely.
Aug 15, 2016 Jedhua rated it liked it
Book Info: This collection contains Nextwave, Agents of H.A.T.E. issues #1-6.

Other Useful Reviews: Martin's review, Jordan Lahn's review, and Sesana's review


Nextwave is a group of five superheroes working for General Dirk Anger – director of H.A.T.E. (Highest Anti-Terrorism Effort). When the group finds out that their employer was being funded and armed by the Beyond Corporation, (i.e. a former terrorist cell turned power-hungry corporation) who plans to use H.A.T.E. to product-test their sent
Aug 18, 2007 Brad rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of superhero irreverence
Shelves: comics, marvel
Warren Ellis regularly has jarringly original ideas with superheroes. He's the one that turned a one-issue Justice League stories into four-issue cinematic experiences with The Authority. Planetary is the best homage-comic there is. Nextwave doesn't tread quite so nicely on superhero conventions.
Ellis calls Nextwave a "remix" book, which almost has it. He brings together several of the lamer characters in the Marvel Universe (Photon, Boom Boom, Machine Man), and has them fight a S.H.I.E.L.D. an
Jordan Lahn
I guess I'm not really the target audience for this book. I suppose it's an understatement to say it's over the top in terms of the violence and language. I get that it's a parody of the more violent comics out there. I think it just leaned a little heavily on that and didn't give enough character development for my taste. All of this is acknowledged in the back matter. Nextwave is what it is. It just isn't my kind of thing. But don't let that stop you from checking it out if a comic full of bro ...more
Oct 14, 2015 Dan rated it it was ok
Bunch of c list heroes compose this team. No substance to this just fights against stupid robots and monsters....why this as a 4star rating I do not know why.
Apr 17, 2015 Felipe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite possibly the greatest comic in the history of comics.
Oct 05, 2013 Martin rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Warren Ellis obviously had a LOT of fun writing this book (maybe too much?). The irreverent spirit of Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. was mostly refreshing, however at times it seemed to me that Ellis was trying too hard. Still - I enjoyed most of the stories and the um... "threats" the team went against were imaginative. The best part was the banter between the teammates.

Art-wise, Immonen went for a style that is somewhat more stylized than his usual output and the frequent "overly-cartoony-ness"
J.G. Keely
Feb 16, 2009 J.G. Keely rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, humor, reviewed, capes
Most of the time, comics do not benefit from deep and patient consideration. The vast majority owe their popularity to a world of powerless men trapped in a work-a-day world that provides them little pride and less edification. Readers of history often fantasize about living in another age, readers of travelogues imagine impossibly pricey vacations, and fans of Romance want an 'unbound pillar of desire', which I think is a piece by Rodin.

Likewise, many comic readers have been happy for little mo
Sep 18, 2014 Danika rated it it was amazing
I first read this years ago, when I was introduced to it by my friend Chris (who also introduced me to Halo and Usagi Yojimbo). One of the Tumblogs that I follow put up a photo of herself cosplaying Monica, and I found myself wanting to read NextWave again, especially since I'm rather more familiar with the SHIELD end of the Marvel Universe.

Still funny, still ridiculous, still a bit offensive. Stuart Immonen's art is still as fantastic as I remember. The whole thing is done as a parody/farce of
Jan 30, 2008 Doug rated it it was amazing
A holiday gift from Monte, we got the two volumes of this series that was put out in singles most of last year juuust in time before i went to purchase them myself.

I loved these books. They are the funniest things i have ever read in graphical form, lampooning comic cliche's, characters and scenarios. Not only funny, though, is self admittedly a straight up action monster of a book that "striving to kick you in the face via a comic book." It works best for comic junkies who can get the inside wi
Sep 06, 2015 TheTick rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
I've been meaning to read this, and I never should've waited. It's hilarious and fun, like a rated R version of The Tick - superhero satire that still works as darn good superhero fare. Need some more Monica Rambeau in the world.
Sep 17, 2015 Concertina rated it it was ok
Con un toque de humor negro pero lo siento hasta cierto punto muy forzado, ¡mírenme cómo me burlo de los super héroes siendo perdedores!
Algo así como the loser squad...
Niken Nastiti
Dec 03, 2015 Niken Nastiti rated it really liked it
i like this one. it's not your ordinary super-heroes with OBVS super power. makes me laugh big time. recommended!
Oct 14, 2015 Shelley rated it really liked it
Nextwave was an antiterrorist group working for HATE, until they learned that HATE was part of Beyond Corp, a, well, terrorist cell. They've gotten their hands on the plans to take over the world (Tabby has a bit of a stealing habit), so they go rogue to save the world. Darkly, bitterly hilarious and awesome. I can't quite believe this is Marvel. (I cracked up when Monica admitted that Captain America was the only Avenger who didn't hit on her, and that she thought he didn't like girls; Ellie th ...more
Jul 28, 2014 Joshua rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Stumble across a glowing review of this on and it happened to be in my local library so I checked it out. It is clever, funny, irreverent, ludicrous, and crude, and if those are all positive adjectives for you, then you'll love it. The crudeness undercut the experience for me too much, but it's still a good book for its cleverness. It is a straight up superhero story, almost in the form of Silver Age comics, but it is even more fundamentally a parody of so much in comics, especia ...more
Apr 11, 2009 Hugh rated it liked it
Ellis writing Marvel is pretty awesome. Also, good to see the old Captain Marvel in action. I hope they bring this title back.

The only thing that bothers me about Ellis sometimes is that all his characters talk like him - an old smartass British guy. American characters using words like "trodden" or "ill" can be distracting.

Other than that, really great facekicks and explosions.
Apr 06, 2010 Wealhtheow rated it really liked it
Recommended to Wealhtheow by: kevin
Tagline: "Saving the world by beating people up."
Hilarous send-up of superhero comics tropes. Art is vibrant and colorful, and delivers emotion and physical actions very well. I cackled out loud on pretty much every page. Definitely a must-read if you're well-read in comics--probably not quite as funny if you're not.
Sam Poole
Nov 09, 2015 Sam Poole rated it really liked it
Wtf. Ridiculous. Everything I thought it would be and more. It's not "good" but it jd excellent because of that i guess. Ellis succeeds- no development, no denouement, nothing emotionally satisfying just explosions and inanity and insanity. This is the dumbest (well second dumbest after old
Man Logan) comic I've read
But... I'm nt complaining. This was a huge deal at the time and remains relevant today by being about basically nothing and doing nothing but succeed at being about nothing. I can't r
Jun 02, 2007 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphicnovels
If this comic is ever made into a movie, I hope someone like Quentin Tarantino does it. This is a pretty mindless, fun, shot-um-up story. I just have to mention too that I love the title of the first chapter: "Nextwave: Healing America By Beating People Up." I think that's pretty funny.
Jun 07, 2007 Airy rated it really liked it
"It's like Shakespeare, but with lots more punching."

Got a sense of humor? Like seeing explosions? Want to see often overlooked Marvel characters get some decent attention? Want to see Fin Fang Foom stuff an angry robot down his pants? Yeah, I know you do.
Christian Lipski
Jun 18, 2009 Christian Lipski rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks
Over-the-top satire of superhero comics, using the very same characters they satirize. Captain Marvel, Machine Man, and the rest. With super-silly stuff. A fun romp!
Seizure Romero
Explosively brilliant. Or, brilliantly explosive. With punching.
Nov 04, 2015 Anna rated it really liked it
I was a little slow going into this, but by issue 6 it was worth it. I feel like there are some references in this story that I don't know, but the story was seamless enough and understandable without quite knowing what they were. I think the characters in this series are incredibly individual and concrete. That alone made the experience enjoyable. The final comic, though. Heh. So funny in subtle and yet not so subtle ways. The obvious comedy made me smile, but also made me feel kind of warm ins ...more
Much funnier than I expected
Oct 04, 2009 Jason rated it liked it
The Comics Should Be Good! blog has spent 2009 covering a year of cool comic book moments — three of which, so far, have come from nextwave.I didn’t know anything about nextwave but I know amusing when I see it and this bit from issue #9 which mocks a key moment from Ultimate Avengers is amusing. So, I decided to try it out.

I’m not a Warren Ellis uber-fan. I think he’s a good writer and have enjoyed some of his runs on more traditional super hero books (his Ultimate Fantastic Four work was real
Sinai C.
Nov 09, 2011 Sinai C. rated it did not like it
WOAH! MAJOR MISS! *Explosion in the background* [Insert lame comeback here] Sigh...yes...I read this book. Yes...Marvel actually published this thing. Good manga like X-Men Misfits gets canceled after one volume...but there is more of THIS?! How can this possibly go on!
Ok--the wrong things about this book: The characters, the humor, the everything. It wasn't funny. I saw where they were trying to put the jokes...and was just bad. Fighting a monster in purple underwear? Are they five yea
Dmitry Yakovenko
Feb 10, 2016 Dmitry Yakovenko rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
Это просто несусветный, абсолютно неизобретательный бред, о пятерых героях, которые раскрывают целый заговор, в который втянуты бывшие начальники главной пятерки. Комикс начинает раздражать еще с первого выпуска и это назойливое чувство, бросить чтение и никогда не возвращаться к этому комиксу, исчезает только на последних, выпусках, когда уже хоть немного, совсем чуть-чуть становится интересно, чем вся эта катавасия закончится. Но финал огорчает похлеще самого комикса, ведь он бьет все рекорды ...more
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Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of graphic novels like TRANSMETROPOLITAN, FELL, MINISTRY OF SPACE and PLANETARY, and the author of the NYT-bestselling GUN MACHINE and the “underground classic” novel CROOKED LITTLE VEIN. The movie RED is based on his graphic novel of the same name, its sequel having been released in summer 2013. His graphic novel GLOBAL FREQUENCY is in development at Jerry ...more
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