|The New Warriors: Beginnings. Written by Fabian Nicieza and Tom DeFalco. Pencilled by Mark Bagley and Ron Frenz. Inked by Al Williamson, Joe Sinnott, and Larry Mahlsedt. New York: Marvel Comics, 1992. 1v. (unpaged). $12.95. ISBN 0-87135-916-2.|
NOTE: This book reprints New Warriors #1-#4 and The Mighty Thor #411-#412.
The stories aren't even worth talking about; as with The Power of Shazam, this stuff has been done countless times. There are numerous feeble attempts at humor, many coming from the revamped Speedball, but again, the Damage Control appearance was considerably funnier (partially because it poked fun at the stupidity of some of these heroes; for example, Night Thrasher zips around on a skateboard. A skateboard? And I thought the Silver Surfer's board was stupid... at least it can fly and is under his mental control). Maybe the humor was squished out by the weight of the committee that created this book, or maybe the writers were simply not capable of being genuinely funny. Choose whichever interpretation you prefer. The end result is the same.
Hard to tell from my remote pinnacle how popular this series is, especially eight years later. I guess if it's popular it belongs in comprehensive library collections, but those of you who haven't heard of it have no reason to read it or purchase it unless for some bizarre reason you really, really like these characters.
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