New Warriors Issues 1-6

New Warriors is written by Zeb Welles and is collected in the Civil War Box Set Prologue. The feel of these issues is light and fun, mixing character building and humor with action. The art, by Skottie Young, fits the writing style perfectly.

Unfortunately, the series faced an early cancellation after only six issues. However, even with this limited amount of material, you can tell that New Warriors is unique.

There is a lot of experimenting in the series. The New Warriors want to help people beyond New York City, and they need resources to do so. So their exploits are filmed for TV, bringing a new host of difficulties.

The New Warriors: Microbe, Speedball, Night Thrasher, Nova, and Namorita.


Night Thrasher, the leader of their team, and has a somewhat Batman-like secretiveness. I felt that Thrasher and Nova didn’t get the chance to fully develop before the series met its untimely end. There isn’t a lot of differentiation between the two, except for Nova’s naivete, briefly shown in issue #3.

Namorita has an understandable opposition to being on a reality TV series. Her indigence and easily-kindled rage place her in sharp contrast to most of the other team members, other than Debrii.

Debrii, the only other female New Warrior, has a magnetic control over small objects. She was added to the team by the TV executives to cause conflict, a job she does well.


Speedball, whose power is channeling kinetic energy, is, as the team’s producer put it “the cool ‘slacker’ the kids can relate to.” He, like most of the other team members, doesn’t express a positive or negative opinion of being on the TV show.

Microbe can talk to microorganisms. He’s a very unconventional hero and, although he proves his power’s effectiveness on several occasions, doesn’t seem very comfortable on the battlefield. He has an interesting backstory that lends more color to Thrasher’s character.

The New Warriors’ interactions make them feel like real people. There aren’t a lot of arguments or conflicts in the team, which allows the reader to get a positive understanding of the characters without choosing sides.


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