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Last week it was announced that we would have the New Warriors coming to TV, via Freeform. In the announcement the only character we got for the show, was the ever popular Squirrel Girl. We have been waiting to hear who the other characters will be to make up the team. Freeform released those details, but first lets talk about the New Warriors history.
The New Warriors in Comics
The new Warriors first appeared in The Mighty Thor #411 in the very last panel, continuing the adventure in issue #412. Just like Wolverine did in his first appearance in Incredible Hulk #180 before being featured heavily in #181. The group consisted of Nova, Namorita, Night Thrasher, Firestar, Speedball, and Marvel Boy. They showed up just in the nick of time to save Thor from the pummeling he was taking from Juggernaut. (If you want to read these articles the Marvel Unlimited program is fantastic and has both of these on there).
A year later in 1990 the team got their first comic book. I remember when this came out being 10 years old at the time I was enamored with comics as my dad had been a collector. I saw the comic at the local 7-11, it jumped out at my 10 year old eyes. The team ripping through all the old classic Marvel comics on the cover. I read that comic over and over and loved it. The series was written by Fabian Nicieza and art by Mark Bagley. The series ran for 6 years with 75 issues Nicieza writing 53 of those. Many of the cast got their own off shoots and mini-series. The series ran like a young Avengers with members coming and going throughout the run and additional volumes.
The New Warriors re-launched in 1999 running for 11 issues. It had the returning members, Namorita, Nova, Speedball, and Turbo. Being joined by the new members Bolt and Aegis. Night Thrasher returns to the team in the last issue of the run. Jay Faerber wrote and there was a rotating table of artists used.
Vol. 3, in 2005, has deep impacts in Marvel, with it’s 6 issue mini-series. A lot of the same members from the previous 2 series were included, Night Thrasher, Namorita, Nova, and Speedball. They were joined by characters Microbe and in issue #4 Debrii joins. The arc was written by Zeb Wells and illustrated by Skottie Young. The team were now part of a reality TV show. During a fight with the villain Nitro, He explodes killing many of the team members and over 600 civilians. If this sound kind of familiar for all you Comic movie geeks that don’t read comics. This was the original story that created the Superhero Registration Act which kicked off Civil War.
Vol. 4 (2008) gives us an almost entirely different team due to members dying prior to Civil War Events. The amount of members is fairly large, Blackwing, Decibel, Longstrike, Night Thrasher, Phaser, Ripcord, Skybolt, Tempest, and Wondra.This one has a little more serious team tone and mixes in some time travel stories as well.
Vol. 5 in 2014 ran for 12 issues. It was created for the Marvel NOW! imprint. Written by Chris Yost and illustrated by Marcus To. This team has returning member Speedball and Justice. The new additions are Nova (Sam Alexander), Scarlet Spider, Hummingbird, Sun Girl, Haechi an Inhuman, and an Atlantean Water Snake.
Who will be in the Freeform TV Show.
- She was the first announced last week when the show was announced to be in development. Squirrel Girl has you guessed it, the powers of a squirrel. She’s acrobatic, strong and can talk to squirrels. She is a current fan favorite in the Marvel Comics. Her first appearance was Marvel Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #8 and she currently has her own series The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.
- He’s been the leader of the Great Lake Avengers. His power is he can’t die, which he discovered in the comics after many suicide attempts. His first appearance was in West Coast Avengers Vol.2 #46.
- The original leader of the New Warriors. No super powers, but has trained in martial arts and has knowledge of Technological devices to use. I know sounds somewhat familiar, lets not go there.
- Another of the regular team members from the comics. Speedball has the ability to create kinetic balls of energy, but has no real control of them. His first appearance was in The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #22.
- A later addition to the team in the comics, He has the ability to communicate with Microscopic organisms and germs.
- She has the ability to move masses of huge objects in her immediate vicinity at will, and is capable of manipulating many such objects at one time. She joined the team in the comics right before the events that set off Civil War.
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