New Warriors (2014) #1 Review


WARRIORS REBORN! Adventurers SPEEDBALL and JUSTICE have come together with a group of young heroes including NOVA, SUN GIRL, and HUMMINGBIRD (and even a couple of new faces) to stop the latest threat to the Marvel Universe—the Atlanteans, Inhumans, clones and hundreds of other so-called “superior” beings are living among the humans of the Marvel Universe, but not everyone is pleased about it.

THE HIGH EVOLUTIONARY has raised an army to combat the evolution of humanity – and the New Warriors are locked in his sights!



The Good

Cover– The whole team on a plain white background looks pretty decent.

Story– The High Evolutionary and the Evolutionaries have joined forces to apparently rid the earth of all super humans.  They run into Sun Girl, Namora, Speedball and Justice separately before capturing Nova.

Art– Marcos To’s art looks good. A bit too youthful for all the members of this team but decent nonetheless.

Humor– Speedball provided a few funny moments.

Black Hero– Courtesy of the one drop rule we have Sun Girl a Bi-Racial (Black mom, white dad) new kid on the block introduced in Superior Spider-Man.

Mystery– Who is this new Namora?

Action– We also had a small fracas at the beginning with the Salem seven. Not exciting but cool I guess.

Mandate– I like the idea that this book will use the entire marvel universe as it’s playground and not just mutant or avengers stuff. It really opens up where this book can go and the story telling possibilities.

Diversity– There is the usual quota of white guys along with Sun Girl, a Latino demi-goddess and an Atlantean chick. That line up still trumps the all Aryan Uncanny Avengers or the brand new X-Factor.


The Bad

Cast– (Shakes head) I’m not seeing this as a top shelf title. I simply can’t without a single member to anchor this book. That one character who represents the reader in this cross match world Chris Yost is selling. Where is our tether? Justice was never very fun without Firestar, I never cared for speedball……..I love Chris Yost as a writer but for a first issue this one was more of a Lull than exciting.

Night thrasher– I’m not sold on a New Warriors team without Night Thrasher. The last series to bear the New Warriors name like all others had Night Thrasher front and center. Mind you Dwayne Taylor died before Civil War. His estranged brother Donyell Taylor had taken over the mantle under the pen of Kevin Grevioux. Where the hell is NIGHT THRASHER?!  People are complaining about having Nova, Speedball and Justice but without Thrasher in any capacity, I’m not sold, even with Chris Yost as writer.

Average– Honestly this issue left me underwhelmed. I thought this first issue was too short and the cast wasn’t well introduced. I know about the Spider-Man clone than I do about anyone else and considering I’m not a fan of “reworked” Kaine you can imagine how tedious I found that.

Youth– (Sigh) why does Justice and Speedball look like teenagers? Is this a new marvel thing to de-age the cast? Not feeling it, not a fan of it, just irritated by it! Fix that $hit please!


The Ugly

Honestly I had high expectations but thought the entire package was surprisingly average and dull. We give this new outing by the warriors 2.5/5

stars- 2.5 Average



I'm a Caribbean born Lecturer, Multidisciplinary specialist/Androgogue/Philosophical Pedagogue; with backgrounds in Philosophy, Social Studies and Geography; founder/CEO of World of Black Heroes, freelance writer and all around comic book geek. I enjoy a good book, video games, movies and most of all fatherhood. Written credits include work for where my writing inspired the music compiliation "Kindah" available in multiple languages on Itunes, The Caribbean Journal of Education, The University of the west indies, Comicvine, Independent comics etc.

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