I was excited for New Warriors because I was hoping they would have continued with Kaine and Hummingbird. Yost set up some big event between them when Kaine saved Aracelly in Kaine's SS #1 but it never happened in Kaine's series run nor in the last New Warriors run. I guess it was a pipe dream they would have been on the roster again and finally maybe...resolve that loose end.
I mostly know these from a YouTuber's assessment of them. New Warriors feels half potentially interesting, half trying too hard, and I'm not crazy about the neon look.
Children of the Atom look like someone's fan-made "alternate reality" version of existing X-Men. I say fan-made, specifically because it's like it was done by that one fan, FOR that one fan, who thinks they're a prodigy.
But hey, I haven't bought Marvel in years, so it hardly affects me. Maybe the writing will make up for the questionable aesthetics and it'll find itself an audience.
If you want something done, it's going to take time. If you want something done RIGHT, it's going to take longer.
Okay. I've actually been rather fond of the direction Marvel has gone in lately with their newer heroes, like Miles Morales, Ironheart, Ghost-Spider, Jeff the Land Shark, Ms. Marvel... Though it's kinda hard to call Kamala a new hero now, as she's been a major face on the company for a while now. And while I find it disturbing, I like the direction the X-Men have been going in and I'm wondering when it'll blow up in their face. (Probably in the form of a Doom-Sentinel or an Atlantean king yelling Imperious Rex.) And even stuff I'm not too fond of, like the recent Outlawed... It is what it is, but its harmless and there could be some good stories in there. And it's a concept easily moved aside when it's played out.
But you know what?
First the New Warriors.
Seriously, Snowflake and Safespace? Okay, I don't hate the name Snowflake, as it's a cryokenesis power and those are cool. But then they added the sibling who can make "safespaces" bubbles and they're playing off the names of ironic. This is stupid on a level of having a black superhero in the 90s and calling him "Ice Decibel". (I may have been guilty of that one.) I mean, look, in the 90s, I thought Night Thrasher and Rage were pretty dumb names too. But at least they were dumb unintentionally. Not dumb trying to sound witty and clever. Screentime... Again, I'm rolling my eyes... Reminds me in design of a character from The Wicked + The Divine. But the idea of him? A meme-obsessed superhero? Experimental internet gas? WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?! Yeah, this will age well. B-Negative... *sigh* Moving on. At least Trailblazer has some potential in the way that Faith from Valiant does and out of all these losers, she's got the best chance at being a real character. But Jesus Christ on a flaming pogo stick, this does not look promising for her.
The art is pretty, which is all I'll give it. I seriously wonder if this is a parody or not.
Children of the Atom...
Look, there's ways to make modern younger Gen Z superheroes without making them condescending. Ironheart, Ms. Marvel, Amulet, Robbie Reyes, Miles Morales, Gwenpool, Franklin & Valeria Richards. This falls so badly into that Steve Buscemi "How do you do, fellow kids?" meme. (Screentime will be thrilled.) I can't even TRY to take this seriously. The thing is? With Krakoa and the whole concept being explored of Mutant Genetic Enhancements that Mr. Sinister is currently exploring... This concept is with total merit and could be amazing. Hell, you could even say these kids are the rebirthed kids from the Crucible who were given powers of existing mutants. And I'm willing to bet I just made a better story than the writer did.
On a positive note? The IDW Marvel Action comics? They're really good and fun!