“Let’s save America by beating up everything we see.”
I’m going to miss this series so much after it goes away next month. Nextwave has been exactly the kind of wacky, irreverent, downright silly comic book that Marvel Comics has needed for a while.
With the regular Marvel Universe in the midst of a pointless Civil War, this comic loudly and proudly proclaims that it is emphatically not part of a Marvel Comics event. Of course it’s not; the agents of H.A.T.E. have business of their own to take care of. They have to take down Dirk Anger, the leader of H.A.T.E., who just plain hates these heroes. This issue, they take the battle to State 51, the Beyond Corporation’s floating terror facility and the home of Anger and his agents.
Naturally, Nextwave has to run a gauntlet to get to Dirk, and naturally they have to fight a series of crazily silly villains to get there. In a perfect example of why this series is so wonderful, Immonen is given the freedom to really show his chops in depicting the battle. He delivers with no less than six double-page spreads, with the heroes battling ever more absurd villains, from monkey Wolverines to purple gorillas to…, hell, why should I spoil it for you? Take a break from the grimness and pick up this comic. You’ll laugh, you’ll pant in excitement, and you’ll admire the wonderful richness of Stuart Immonen’s art. Then you, like me, will be sad that this series is ending.