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Podcast reveals how Yost and To’s New Warriors came to be and what’s to come

To promote the release of New Warriors #1, writer Christopher Yost and artist Marcus To sat down with dyed-in-the-wool New Warriors fan and Marvel editor Ben Morse and Marvel Digital executive editorial director Ryan Penagos for an episode of This Week in Marvel NOW! at Marvel.com. Listen to the entire podcast for the full details. Here is a rough overview (with parenthetical comments by me to give some background info here and there):

Yost reiterated his love for the original New Warriors series by Fabian Nicieza and Mark Bagley. Marcus To is newer to the characters and brings a fresh perspective to the team.

The book is, in a sense, a spiritual successor to Yost’s Scarlet Spider. Yost knew at around Scarlet Spider #2 that it wouldn’t last forever. They felt it did tremendously well for a book about a clone of Spider-Man, but around the middle of the second year, they started looking for what to do next. He started working with editor Stephen Wacker on the next phase for Kaine and hit upon the idea of a new New Warriors. For a time, it was going to be “an all-clone book”. But because of the relaunched Nova series, and guest appearances by Speedball and Justice, they thought “maybe there’s an appetite for getting the band back together”. The book then transitioned into a “new take on the New Warriors”.

Editor Sana Amanat took over shepherding the book, and when she asked Yost if he had an artist in mind, he immediately suggested Marcus To from their collaboration on Red Robin at DC Comics.

Yost explained that the first story arc is the team coming together with a specific threat occurring at the same time. Again looking to the first series, Yost noticed that the original line-up consisted of a “microcosm of the Marvel Universe”, with a couple of mutants, a superhuman, an Atlantean, a space-based hero, etc. They took that concept to the next level with one of every type of hero in the Marvel Universe. This is what’s being targeted by the villain the High Evolutionary, who thinks he’s saving humanity from being wiped out from these stray species. (This is reflected in the recent High Evolutionary Journals posted to Marvel.com.)

Yost and To then ran through the newer characters joining the team for the first time:

Sun Girl is a regular human whose father was the villain Lightmaster. Her equipment is based on his technology. She is a classic hero and an idealist who had a run-in with the Superior Spider-Man (Doctor Octopus’ mind in the body of Spider-Man, believe it or not).

Water Snake is a brand new character. She’s an Atlantean and her mission on the surface world, which will “speak to New Warriors fans pretty clearly”, will be revealed as the series progresses. She has a connection to Namora (Namorita’s “mother”).

Hummingbird, from the pages of Scarlet Spider, has an Aztech deity residing in her mind, making her a demi-god. She can control people’s emotions. She is 15 years old and is bright and excited.

Heichi is an Inhuman with the power to absorb energy. He will be introduced in New Warriors #2. He will first be seen riding the subway trying to cover the large horn on his head after being transformed. He ties in to the recently concluding Infinity and upcoming Inhumanity events. He is drawn in to the battle with the High Evolutionary.

Marcus To said that Water Snake was one of his favorite character designs to create. For Justice and Speedball, their designs remained mostly the same from their appearances from the recent past. In addition to the cast, he’ll be drawing the Salem Seven, the Morlocks, a character named Hybrid from the fondly-remembered ROM series, along with dozens of other stops throughout the Marvel Universe.

Regarding the ages of the team, Yost speculated that the team roughly ranges from 15 to 24. Scarlet Spider is the oldest at about 24, although being a clone, they guessed he’s really about 3 years old. Sam Alexander is the youngest at about 15 (along with Hummingbird). Speedball was speculated to be about 18 years old. Yost also talked about how life experiences factor into readers’ perceptions of the characters’ ages.

The team dynamic was further discussed. From early on, Yost and Wacker saw the team as becoming a group of heroes that want to be together – “If they weren’t out saving the world, they’d be hanging out, having fun.” They’ll bicker and fight, but they will get along. By the end of the first year, it will be a tight knit group. At issue 5, “they just hang out”.

Getting more specific, Yost considers Justice the linchpin of the team. Sun Girl is the little angel on his shoulder and Kaine is the little devil on his shoulder. They both yell in Justice’s ear to try to influence him in opposite directions. That trifecta will drive the book often. Kaine and Water Snake will form a mutual respect for each other after initially duking it out when they first meet (in issue #2). Hummingbird will have an “unfathomable crush” on Speedball. Everyone will put Nova through the ringer because he’s the rookie.

For callbacks to the original series, Yost said that Namorita will be a presence. He has a soft spot for Silhouette, so he’d be surprised if she didn’t show up at some point. “If I had my way, I would’ve had Firestar in here from issue one.” (Firestar currently has a spot on the team starring in Jason Aaron’s Amazing X-Men.)

Yost described his New Warriors as an old school Marvel comic with big adventure and a lot of fun. It is in the tradition of classic Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, and is the “flagship title of the Marvel Universe right now” that is influencing every other book whether they know it or not.

The High Evolutionary Journals previews New Warriors #1

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New Warriors #1 by Marcus To

Marvel.com posted a 2-part column titled “Open the High Evolutionary Journals” last week. They address the high concept of the series as well as what appears will be the main villain for this New Warriors team. The column breaks down each type of super-human, be it mutant, clone, Inhuman or what-have-you, and highlights one of the members of the new team as the “target specimen”. The Journals are written by New Warriors writer Christopher Yost, and include a preview of New Warriors #1 by artist Marcus To and cover artist Ramon Pérez. Here’s Part 1, and here’s Part 2.

To add to the growing buzz, the same preview pages are making the rounds on news sites, like Comic Book Resources and Comics Alliance, and also include a look at the three variant covers by To, Skottie Young and Chris Samnee.

New Warriors #1 will be on-sale in print and digitally on February 19th.

Ramón Pérez confirmed as cover artist; CBR Poll for favorite All-New Marvel NOW!

Artist Ramón Pérez confirmed to me on Twitter this morning that he is the cover artist for the new New Warriors series. He has released two small sneak peaks to his cover online. Marcus To’s previously seen cover will be a variant for the first issue.

Pérez won three Eisner Awards and two Harvey Awards in 2012 for his work on the beautiful graphic novel Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand published by Archaia Entertainment. Since then he’s been the artist on Wolverine & the X-Men and John Carter: The Gods of Mars, among other comics.

Comic Book Resources now has a poll up asking its readers Which of the Upcoming All-New Marvel NOW! Titles Are You Most Excited About?. At the time of this posting, New Warriors by Chris Yost and Marcus To was in third place out of 13 titles announced at New York Comic Con with over 8% of the votes. Go vote!

Timeline added

Did you know the first 17 issues of the original New Warriors series all took place over the course of 6 months? Introducing the New Warriors Timeline, tracking the passage of in-universe time.

I worked this up a few months ago, and figure it’s time to unveil it. It’s very much a work-in-progress but it’s something I’ve always wanted to have here. Dig in and be sure to add any comments, corrections, etc. You’ll find it in the Menu on the left under Misc. but it’ll probably get its own category eventually.

Meanwhile, artist Ramón Pérez (his graphic novel adaptation of the late Jim Henson’s Tale Of Sand unproduced screenplay is highly recommend) has been posting tantalizing peaks at his cover to the new New Warriors series on his social media accounts. Here he is inking on Tumblr, and here is coloring on Instagram.