The All-New Marvel: ‘The New Warriors’

The All-New Marvel provides an overview of the new series coming from Marvel Comics’ All-New Marvel NOW! banner and the impact they have on the classic and new characters we love (and those we love to hate). With each installment of The All-New Marvel, we see what our favorite characters are up to and where they are headed in the future.


Often thought of as a pair of misfits, Justice and Speedball have decided to reform their very first team along with other young heroes (even if one of them is a clone of Peter Parker).  Regardless of the fact that many in the world view Speedball and his associates—be they past or present members—as ultimately responsible for the disaster that sparked the Superhero Civil War, the two chums believe that nothing else in their career has brought them as much joy and fulfillment as when they were together.  A new Nova, a couple of heroes running away from their responsibilities in Houston, and an assortment of new, colorful characters, band together to become something the world is not entirely ready for: an updated version of The New Warriors.

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Covering Issues #1-6

I will freely admit I have a soft spot for The New Warriors; they were one of the first superhero comics I read back in the '90s before becoming the massive fan I am now.  Since the days of the Civil War event, I’ve longed for a return of these young non-Avengers and am ecstatic that they’ve come back; however, they now have to live up to my expectations, and I’m not easy to win over.

The continuing adventures of Kaine and Aracely are also enjoyable to see, as the end of the Scarlet Spider title left things very open-ended.  Though they are now a part of a group and, thus, the focus is more on the dynamic/interaction between the members, it is good to discover some more about their lives and how they’re handling things.  I hope to see some more exposition and in-depth look at Aracely’s background, because there’s a lot going on there that just needs to be explored, and I can envision it coming to play in a lot of interactions with the rest of the team.

What I don’t want to see, though, is an uneven look into some of the characters at the expense of others.  There are several new characters that need some more background to fill out their stories, but because they’re not as well-known as the older, familiar characters, I’m afraid that they’ll be pushed to the side.  As much as I enjoy Justice and Speedball, there’s been such an in-depth look at their lives surrounding the Civil War and their past associations with the Avengers that I’m likely to stop enjoying the interaction between the two of them and the others if they keep at it too much.  Thankfully, thus far, the title has been pretty even all-around, but, as time goes on, that’s going to be harder to keep up.

So far, the story has been very entertaining, even if there have been some ridiculous moments with some of the High Evolutionary’s creations.  I do like how the last issue addressed the fact that the Warriors were not a junior Avengers team, no matter what Justice & Speedball’s association, and I look forward to some more interaction between the two groups, be they good or bad.  I just hope the title won’t focus too much on the Civil War situation; it’s been done enough over the last few years.

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