The CrashPod Episode 2, plus New Warriors #5 and more added


After some scheduling snafus, Tawmis from New Warriors Dot Com, Doug from the Nova Prime Page and myself finally got together for the second episode of The CrashPod!

Thank you to everyone who has subscribed and written reviews on iTunes, posted comments at our forum, and talked to us on Twitter (@CoreyBlake, @Tawmis, @nova64) and Facebook (New Warriors Dot Com and Nova Prime Page). We love hearing from you.

We discuss issues 3 through 5 of the current New Warriors series, and issues 15 through 17 of the current Nova series. Those issues have also been added here to the NWCC. We also talked about issues 3 through 5 of the original New Warriors series.

New Warriors #3 & 4 added, more Crashpod, and more

The two latest issues of New Warriors are on-sale now and have been added to the site. This wraps up the opening story arc, and sets up the rest of the series. Also added is the latest issue of Nova, which also concludes a story arc. Still debating the order of the two stories. It will probably be more clear in another issue or two. And don’t miss Nova’s prominent role in Original Sin.

Oh and check out my column on Robot 6: A Tale of Two Novas. It’s been getting a lot of comments.

Another episode of The Crashpod will be recorded and released soon discussing these issues. Thanks to all that have listened and posted reviews.

PS: The Crashpod is now on iTunes! Subscribe, rate, review, and help spread the word!

New Warriors #2 now on-sale

Haechi made his debut in today’s issue of New Warriors #2 by Christopher Yost and Marcus To, so now he has a page here. The team is starting to come together!

Also out today is Nova #14 by Gerry Duggan and David Baldeon. I think we’ll have to give this a little time to figure out where this story takes place in relation to Sam’s appearances in New Warriors. There’s an interview with Duggan here that’s worth reading, and there’s also this video interview.

Check out the revised Characters menu on the right. It’s now been broken up into each volume of New Warriors or each era or team. So there are the founders, everyone from volume 1, everyone from volume 2, and so on. Hopefully that makes it a little easier to find your favorite.

Adam WarRock pays tribute to original New Warriors #1-25

Nerdcore rapper Adam WarRock has released My New Warriors E.P., an 8-track digital release that pays tribute to the original New Warriors issues #1-25 by Fabian Nicieza and Mark Bagley. Each of the original New Warriors gets a song inspired by them, as well as a track for Psionex and the bonus track “Insurance”. Pop rock band The Ampersands make a special appearance for “Firestar”.

Excerpt from the liner notes by Adam WarRock:

I’ve long been a fan of New Warriors since issue 1 of Nicieza and Bagley’s run that started in 1990. To this day, it’s still one of my favorite series. The Marvel Boy trial, the mystery behind Night Thrasher’s family, the introduction of Silhouette, and the flirtation between Nova and Namorita. As much as the series was filled with a lot of humor and goofiness, it remains intensely sad at its core (at least in that first 25 issue run), and that was why I was always drawn to it. I mean, I guess I’m a darker person than I’d like to admit, but when you have team drama mixed with teenage angst, something about it rings true to an actual teenager reading the darn thing. So it’s no surprise that this mixtape EP came out, well, a lot more serious than I ever thought it would be. I hope there’s some positivity in there, as there always was at the end of the tunnel in the comic itself.

You can download the entire EP for free here.


  1. Nova
  2. Firestar (by The Ampersands)
  3. Nita
  4. Astrovik
  5. Night Thrasher
  6. Speedball
  7. Psionex
  8. Insurance (Bonus Track)

Tempest to be in X-Men: First Class movie

Missed this from back in August. (Thanks, Liam Sharp from the New Warriors Crash Pad mailing list.)

Angel Salvadore, who took the guise of Tempest during New Warriors volume 4, will appear in this summer’s big X-Men: First Class feature film, according to a Variety article. Actress/model Zoë Kravitz (No Reservations) will play the role of Angel. Despite the use of characters from throughout X-Men’s history, the movie will be set in the 1960s.

Image from IGN's Know Your X-Men article (click to read)

Angel will be the third New Warrior to make it to the big screen. With Jubilee’s addition to the team in 2007’s New Warriors volume 4 under the name Wondra, she retroactively took the mantle. The character was portrayed by Katrina Florece in the first X-Men movie in 2000. Kea Wong took over the role in the sequels X2 in 2003 and X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006.

New Warriors volume 2’s Bolt appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine from 2009. Dominic Monaghan (Lost) played Chris Bradley. Original reports in 2008 stated he was to play Beak (Blackwing in New Warriors volume 4) but they ended up being erroneous, so you never know about these kinds of announcements.

Firestar still holds the honor of being the first New Warrior on the small screen, with her co-starring role in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, as voiced by Kathy Garver (Family Affair). The series originally aired on NBC from 1981 to 1983. Jubilee was among the cast of the X-Men animated series (1992-1997) and also the 1996 Generation X live action TV movie that both aired on Fox. Jubilee was played by Alyson Court (Resident Evil) and Heather McComb (Party of Five), respectively.

X-Men: First Class will be in theaters starting June 3, 2011.

Darkhawk goes hip hop

[UPDATE: Lyrics added, release date updated]

Possibly one of the most unique appearances.

Geek rapper Adam WarRock has released a free concept album called The West Coast Avengers EP, which includes a song called “Darkhawk”. And yes, it’s really about Chris Powell. The lyrics include references to Darkhawk’s battles with Hobgoblin and Savage Steel. You can listen to the entire track and download the digital album exclusively at Comics Alliance.

“Darkhawk” samples Above the Law’s “Murder Rap” from their debut album Livin’ Like Hustlers, released in 1990. That song in turn samples Quincy Jones’ 1971 song “Ironside” from his album Smackwater Jack.

Adam WarRock’s official full-length debut album The War for Infinity is scheduled to drop October 7th and could include more New Warriors references. Watch for it at

Here are the lyrics to the song, provided exclusively to the Continuity Conundrum by Adam WarRock. Thank you, Adam!

“Darkhawk” by Adam WarRock from The West Coast Avengers Mixtape

Just the holder of boulder, the soul controller
Late night patroller, used to be a loner
Hobgoblin wanna battle gotcha playas sobbin’
Even Peter Parker didn’t want start shit

Cuz in the streets, where we battle for real
And the gangstas peel caps with the savage steel raps
Now we got ’em on the run, cuz we rock it so hot
All the playas havin’ fun while doin’ the robot

My man Chris brings the dope game consistent
Sees the aliens that never even existed
Cuz he’s havin’ like a nervous breakdown
Anxiety attack, in the concrete playground

Suicide, it’s a suicide
If you runnin’ in the dark, then there’s nowhere to hide
Watch ya back, in the dark it’s pitch black
And we strikin’ like a hawk with the west coast raps

Crazy ass cyborg, playa with his mind gone
Stalkin’ in the night, gonna strike like a python
Queens is chillin’, West Coast Chillin’
What more can I say to y’all villains…

Now I got a murder rap (repeat x4)

And now you can’t sleep cuz you stay up at night
So scared that you’re gonna see the black and silver in the light
We ain’t players on the Oakland Raiders
Cuz Al Davis (what?), never paid us (yeah)

Darkhawk, always stalkin’ when you walkin’
All alone, waiting for you when you open your apartment door
Can’t see his eyes, so you better recognize
He could kill you in a flash, darkstalker in disguise

And don’t confuse him like I used to do with Sleepwalker
Cuz Sleepwalker’s green and purple, and he’s sleepwalker
Actually, they’re not similar, so just forget it
Don’t know why I confused them even for a second

Flying through the air, metal razor wing tips
British Knight kicks, plus he’s got a beeper on his hip
Creepin’ and cruisin’, haters get a bruisin’
The crazy ass dude with a freakin’ robot suit, man