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The Order, Volume 1: The Next Right Thing (The Order #1)

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  216 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
A team of long-dormant Soviet super-weapons is awake, angry, and heading straight at the heart of Los Angeles ready to finish World War III The front line of defense is a team that's been together since just before nine this morning The queen of PR starts her spin A dead body hides more than just a murder mystery And-and-and - a super-sex tape What on earth could justify t ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published March 5th 2008 by Marvel
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Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
nothing earth-shaking here but if you write a comic book that has 1) a sober lead character 2) quotes from mike davis, john mcphee, and suisho tobita in it i will come on here and give you five stars
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting concept, but also the framing of the interviews is a good device for moving the story along.
John Wiswell
Jan 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Comics readers, culture critics
This was a pleasant surprise. A superhero book with impossible powers, implausible physiques, costumes for all, massive battles, and yet none of it felt cheesy. These trademark elements of the superhero comic were filtered through real human problems (love, alcoholism, paralysis) and parallels to real events (international military crises, media sex scandals), and all filtered down into some interesting personalities. The Order is very much a personality book, with each chapter focusing one on p ...more
Apr 22, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, marvel
In the wake of Civil War, Iron Man created a bunch of new superhero teams. One is The Order, in which regular folk get superpowers, but just for just one year. The first volume is barely tied to Marvel's characters (Pepper Potts is a character and Iron Man has a few cameos) and doesn't create very compelling original heroes. But, with a team of largely disposable heroes, that's kind of the point.
Matt Fraction's story format--where each issue starts and ends with characters' job interviews--is i
Eric England
Dec 21, 2013 rated it liked it
The Order: The Next Right Thing is an interesting graphic novel that focuses on a team of celebrity superheroes that are given powers by Iron Man and Stark Industries. The team must deal with interpersonal conflicts, external challenges, and numerous super-powered enemies. The graphic novel works primarily because of the distinct voices that Matt Fraction imbues in each of his characters. They all feel like real people in extraordinary situations. However, some of the traditional superhero antic ...more
Neil McCrea
Apr 18, 2013 rated it liked it
One of Marvel's post Civil War titles. I suspect the title died on the vine, but I could be wrong about that.

After the Superhero Registration Act went into effect. Iron Man set about creating legal, government regulated super teams for all 50 states. The Order is his flagship new group and represents California. It is a team made up entirely of new superheros. They are all highly trained, normal humans, briefly given superhuman abilities for a year long term of service.

The premise is solid, the
Hannah Givens
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
The setup is pretty typical, a new team of young celebrities given superpowers, but Fraction makes it engaging. The powers they're given are a little different, I like the idea of a whole organization hiring and firing the superheroes (in the wake of Civil War), and the script makes each character seem interesting and significant. The whole "pantheon" approach is totally irrelevant, but I got invested in each individual character, and especially like the team leader. He was a body double (?) for ...more
Gary Lee
Oct 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
I liked this one much more than I probably should have.
But in this day or "concept-shattering" superhero story-arcs and serious, heartwrenching, ultra-personal indie comics -- it's nice be reminded from time to time that some comics are simply balls-out fun.
I'm not a fan of what little Civil War-era Marvel I've read, nor its effect on the overall Earth 606 universe. The Tony Stark Initiative (a plan to give each state it's own team of highly trained superheroes) was bound to fail, on its own epi
Gayle Francis Moffet
More 3-1/2 than 3; this book works really hard to sell the post-Civil War idea of how the 50-states Initiative would function. In short, everyone chosen for the program gets a year as a superhero, and those who don't follow the strict morality clauses in the contracts get booted. The Order is made up of a bunch of people whom Fraction tries to characterize as much as possible in his limited time in the first run, and a couple of them manage to stand out. Unfortunately, I didn't find the team lea ...more
Jun 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I purchased this book at a used book store. The names of Matt Fraction and Barry Kitson are more than enough to earn my support, however one aspect of the book I did not enjoy was how on multiple occasions the page layout would match the next page in a double page spread, tiered in three different ways, but the reader was supposed to read the entire page one before the reading the matching grid on page two. Other than that, this was a decent effort of new or established D-list like characters. I ...more
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"How he got started in comics: In 1983, when Fraction was 7 years old and growing up in Kansas City, Mo., he became fascinated by the U.S. invasion of Grenada and created his own newspaper to explain the event. "I've always been story-driven, telling stories with pictures and words," he said.

Education and first job: Fraction never graduated from college. He stopped half a semester short of an art
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