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Nextwave: Agents of HATE #6

Posted: Saturday, July 1, 2006
By: Ray Tate

Writer: Warren Ellis
Artists: Stuart Immonen(p), Wade von Grawbadger(i) Dave McCaig(c)
Publisher: Marvel

In the opening to Nextwave Stuart Immonen, Wade von Grawbadger and Dave McCaig amuse with a martial arts demonstration by Ellie Bloodstone. Boom Boom lives up to her name, and Monica Rambeau gets nasty.

Ellis jokes twist the dialogue into unbelievable distortions of pleasure, and the characters actually mesh well as a team while Dirk Anger becomes increasingly unhinged.

The hero of the day turns out to be Aaron Stack, the artist formerly known as Machine Man, and he'll be happy to boast about it. The Captain though is willing to make a brave sacrifice to save the lives of his mates.

It's all the typical fun and games of a typical issue of Nextwave. This issue tends to focus more on the visual and the visceral rather than Ellis' ability to relate hilarious anecdotes at the local pub.

The Ellisonian (Some Spoilers Be Here)

Homicide Crabs--The use of killer crabs first appeared in Ian Fleming's Dr. No. Dr. No has his men stake Honey Rider down and released ordinary crabs, which will if unimpeded strip a creature's flesh bit by bit. The scene was cut from the script of the film.

"This is getting silly now."--The late, great Graham Chapman in Monty Python's Flying Circus in one episode as well as on stage masqueraded as a Brigadier who monitored the silliness of the skits. His signature was stopping skits on the grounds that they were "Too damn silly."

Robots stealing beer--Theft and beer were the trademarks of Bender on one of the funniest shows ever made Futurama--returning in 2008!

Neo-Hyde Gutspawn--cells from the stomach that are undifferentiated have been suggested as good sources for cloning. Such cloning occurred in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

They Eat Girls--in a scene from The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, Hyde steps on a little girl. That the clones would go even farther is an over the top suggestion perfectly suiting the philosophy of Nextwave.

Atomic Puppies--Got me, folks.

"Bow down, hoo-man 'friends'"--Hoo-man is close to the pronunciation Ferengi make when trying to say human. The Ferengi are denizens of the Star Trek cosmos.

"Bite my valve."--Bender's favorite phrase is "Bite my shiny metal ass!"

Andrea Dworkin--massive, deceased, rabid decrier of pornography.

"It's all right mother."--Psycho.

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