Ellis ends NEXTWAVE, picks up THUNDERBOLTS

Written on October 18, 2006 – 3:37 pm | by jk |

Well, Warren Ellis’ brilliant NEXTWAVE is coming to an end with issue #12.

Here Ellis explains that he chose to end the book rather than have a new artist come in. Marvel didn’t want to pony up the dough to keep Stuart Immomen on the book, so that’s that. And I agree with it. This book has been such a gorgeous, mind-bendingly hilarious duet between writer and artist I really wouldn’t want to see someone else do it — and, as Ellis said, it’s hardly fair for them to put Immomen on something else while he continues to do it, essentially firing the poor guy because he did his job so well.

Good news (maybe…) is that Ellis is taking over THUNDERBOLTS - a book I’ve never really liked but trust Ellis can make good.

My problem with THUNDERBOLTS (a book about villains who become heroes) has always been that it’s one of those books that you have to be a real Marvel comics nerd to properly enjoy.

Ellis took STORMWATCH, a really terribly little superhero book, and made it great – transforming superhero fiction until it morphed into THE AUTHORITY, which is still running today, and drawing great talent to the property, which he completely transformed.

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  1. 4 Responses to “Ellis ends NEXTWAVE, picks up THUNDERBOLTS”

  2. By Rick on Oct 26, 2006 | Reply

    “My problem with THUNDERBOLTS (a book about villains who become heroes) has always been that it’s one of those books that you have to be a real Marvel comics nerd to properly enjoy.”

    I disagree, Joe. (He says without having read a single non-Civil War issue of Thunderbolts…heh heh. Guess I’m just picking a fight?) I consider myself the furthest thing from a “Marvel comics nerd” or a “Marvel mark”, but I think the idea sounds potentially intriguing if spun well enough: Rehabilitated super-villians? Bad guys seeking redemption? Or is it all just a big charade? Call me easily entertained, but I think there’s a lot potential there.

    My understanding from my friends who picked up T-bolts right at the get-go was that there was a well-crafted build-up to the revelation about who were actually behind the Thunderbolts’ masks. Busiek started the whole thang and he’s a name to be respected. (Astro City anyone?) I guess, at the very least, I’m trying to give some props to the Busiek run.

    However, all that being said, I’m not excited about Ellis being on the title. Not necessiarly because of what Ellis may or may not bring to the title, but have you seen the new team’s line-up? Part of what made the old Thunderbolt team so interesting was that it was a bunch of has-beens who had hardly appeared on the radar. This new team has some dubious note-worthies who are, apparently, not even trying to hide their infamous identities. Sorry, issue #1 hasn’t even hit the stands and I already find the whole concept difficult to swallow…on a “Marvel comics nerdy” level…

  3. By Joe Killian on Oct 26, 2006 | Reply

    I guess the reason I always thought you needed to be a Marvel nerd to get into Thunderbolts is because – as you said – most of the characters weren’t well known by people who don’t follow Marvel comics carefully, they’re essentially minor villains. Baron Zemo, for instance (or his son, or whatever this one was) goe sback to the 1940′s, a vallain from Captain America, which is one of the most continuity-heavy comic books the company produces.

    To understand the motivations of a lot of these characters you sort of need to know their histories – and I just wasn’t that invested. Superhero fiction isn’t always my thing – so I’m a bad judge of these things.

  4. By Joe Killian on Oct 26, 2006 | Reply

    Wow. Terrible typing. Sorry about that.

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