This is the first time I’ve ever read a comic with the title “New Warriors”. I don’t know much about the main team members, other than Speedball’s involvement with Civil War, Fear itself Homefront and Avengers Academy. Really, the only reason I’m picking this up is because of the Scarlet Spider’s involvement. Because of that, I’m also not sure whether to recommend this to those who’ve enjoyed previous New Warriors titles.
On my first reading, this felt a bit disjointed. I still think that, but there’s a stronger link than I first noticed. Many of the team’s characters are in completely different geographical locations. Speedball, Justice and a few others are in New Salem, which is supposed to be a safe haven for magical beings. Kaine Parker (Scarlet Spider) and Aracely are in Mexico. Sun Girl is in New York. Nova is in New Mexico. They each have a little fight to show their abilities and personalities, and all of these scenes are entertaining. Afterward, each of these teams face villains bent on wiping out “impure blood” on Earth.
Their geographical distance holds this issue back a bit, but each individual scene is still enjoyable. It’s clear that the Evolutionary threat will bring the team together by the end of this storyline. The art is also good, and only adds to the sense of fun. It’s bright and colourful. Half of the time, the New Warriors are smiling as they’re fighting criminals though, and that was a little distracting.
As fun as this comic is, it’s almost trying too hard to be fun. There are a few too many jokes for a comic where the villains are attempting genocide. Despite its shortcomings, I’d still recommend this to fans of Yost’s Scarlet Spider series, or for those who are interested in a team book that’s neither Avengers nor X-Men related. I enjoyed it enough to at least try the second issue. Hopefully this series will find a better balance in the future.