To the citizens of the Marvel Universe, the New Warriors have become synonymous with tragedy, but that may soon change. It was the hasty actions of the team which lead to the destruction of the town of Stamford, the passage of the Superhero Registration Act and the resulting "Civil War." This June in the premier issue of a new ongoing series, readers will see that Registration may be the law, but a new team of "New Warriors" has gathered together in defiance of that law and are taking on the evil doers of the Marvel U. CBR News spoke with "New Warriors" writer Kevin Grevioux about the series.
Most people probably know Grevioux from his work on the first "Underworld" film which he co-wrote and acted in as the Lycan character known as Raze, but it was his work writing comics that landed him the "New Warriors" assignment. "Joe Quesada and Axel Alonso read some of my work," Grevioux told CBR News. "I had my own Creator Owned imprint Astounding/Darkstorm Studios and based on that Joe thought I'd be right for the book and offered me the job. It was really a dream come true working for Marvel and both he and Axel gave me an opportunity."
In addition to giving Grevioux a chance to script a Marvel comic, Alonso and Quesada also offered him the chance to relaunch a book that he's been a fan of. "I was definitely a fan of the old 'New Warriors,'" Grevioux said. "The first team in particular. I thought it was an interesting mix of characters and it marked the first time that some of Marvel's teenagers had banded together to form some kind of group."
When "New Warriors" #1 begins, the new team will have already banded together. "When we first see the New Warriors they've definitely been active for about a month or two," Grevioux explained. "We see that despite the government edict prohibiting non-registered superhero activity, they've been going around catching villains and basically gift-wrapping them for the police."
The New Warriors actions as unregistered superheroes have caught the attention of the media and the general public. "The media has definitely gotten wind of the New Warriors," Grevioux stated. "You find trussed up super-villains all over the city or the country for that matter, you realize that somebody had to put them there. That's news worthy material. As far as support for their illegal activities, I'd have to say its split. Some want the New Warriors arrested like the criminals they are, while others, especially the youth culture, praise their efforts."
As readers may have guessed, many members of the superhero community are less than pleased to learn that a new group of heroes are out there fighting crime illegally and that they've chosen to use the New Warriors name. "I can't reveal too much because that's the meat and substance of the series," Grevioux said. "But suffice it to say, Tony Stark is not too happy about them. The superhero landscape is a very delicate and politically challenging situation right now in the Marvel Universe and any wrong turn could upset the applecart. So, falling in congruence with what has happened with the previous incarnation of the New Warriors, Stark doesn't want this new group to hurt anyone, and he doesn't want them to hurt themselves either. That could be disastrous for all that he's tried to accomplish in the last several months."
While many heroes of the Marvel Universe have gotten behind what Tony Stark has been trying to accomplish, Grevioux feels the members of the New Warriors give voice to feelings that the old school style of superheroics is still valid in the post "Civil War" MU. "I think they represent the voice of a certain segment of the Marvel Universe populace that is against registration and what it could mean in terms of strict government control on any level," Grevioux explained. "This sentiment comes mostly from the youth culture who feels that if the old way of 'superheroing' was good for Spidey and the boys, it's good enough for them now."
Grevioux couldn't give too many specific details as to who makes up the membership of the New Warriors, but readers should expect both new and familiar characters. "All I can tell you is that there are about nine members of the group," Grevioux said.
While he couldn't give specifics about the line-up of the team, Grevioux was able to give a few clues about the mysterious team member who's defacing the poster of Iron Man on the cover of "New Warriors" #1. "He, or she, is Wondra," Grevioux stated. "And, he or she is arguably the most powerful member of the team. Once again, that's all I can say."
When asked if the team would be a gelled group of friends or a team of reluctant allies with lots of personal friction, the writer cryptically answered, "All of the above.
The group dynamic among the New Warriors needs to remain a mystery for now, but Grevioux was able to elaborate a little on where the group will spend time when they're not on missions. "They have a cool headquarters," he said. "And it will be revealed to be even cooler once the series gets going. I have a lot of plans in store for this one."
Grevioux explained the New Warriors HQ will be a place where the team can plan and launch missions that will take them around the globe and the action won't be limited to New York City.
But with a cool headquarters and worldwide missions comes with a cost, one involving cold, hard cash. Past incarnations of the New Warriors have been funded in a variety of ways and Grevioux said readers will learn how the new team is funded in due time.
The first story arc of "New Warriors" will examine who the current members of the New Warriors are and the role they play in the new order of the Marvel Universe. "The central question of this first arc will deal with the identity of the New Warriors; who they are and how to stop them," Grevioux stated. "I think the team trying to find themselves in this new superhero landscape will be the most challenging thing for them to deal with; that and trying to adjust given their new status quo as heroes."
The "New Warriors" is certain to star an intriguing cast of heroes and the book will feature some interesting supporting characters as well. "They actually have a very interesting supporting cast that harkens back to the early days of Stan and Jack's Marvel," Grevioux explained. "I won't reveal exactly what that is just yet, but I think the fans will find it very interesting."
If the "Mighty Avengers" and "The Initiative" represent the mainstream of superheroics in the Marvel Universe, readers can sort of think of the "New Warriors" as the Punk Rock style alternative to that mode of crime fighting, with the team fighting both supervillains and for rights. "The book will be cool and hip. Incorporating a lot of contemporary youth culture," Grevioux said. "But at the same time, this is a book about kids engaged in what they perceive to be a real war. They see themselves as freedom fighters of sorts and are trying to make the world a better place. That should provide a very interesting dynamic for the book."
"New Warriors" will be a book with an interesting dynamic and even more intriguing visuals. "This book wouldn't be possible without the phenomenal work of the artist, Paco Medina," Grevioux stated. "Paco is doing a fantastic job and I think he's turning in some of the best work of his career. Also, Juan Vlasco's inks are amazing. He really brings out the best in Paco's work, if that's even possible. And Nik Klein's eye-popping covers will really make the book standout on the shelves at the comic shop."
Now discuss this story in CBR's Marvel Comics forum.