New Warriors #44
Issue(s): New Warriors #44
Namorita also takes on the name Kymaera. She's initially unsure of her new place in the world, but the Sub-Mariner convinces her that the New Warriors will still accept her, and she goes to Nova in the end.
It's a little surprising to see the normally confident Namorita meekly asking if her changes are "ok" with Nova, and i hope it's not the start of a trend.
Also in this issue, Night Thrasher reveals that Justice's decision to go with Shinobi Shaw was part of an undercover operation that Thrasher and Justice worked out to infiltrate the Upstarts.
Justice later contacts Night Thrasher, confirming their suspicions that the Upstarts are planning to target the surviving members of the New Mutants and the Hellions (continuing the set-up for the Child's Play crossover with X-Force).
Using a photo on a cover was nothing new at this point, but there's a brief Making Of at the end of this issue. I just think it's funny that someone was thanked for the use of their computer.
Sales are down significantly from last year, which i note in the context of the recent decision to launch Night Thrasher and Nova solo books.
Statement of Ownership Total Paid Circulation: Average of Past 12 months = 162,258. Single issue closest to filing date = 122,500.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: It's said to have been a "week" since Justice left with Shinobi Shaw last issue. Justice's appearance in Quasar #60 causes last issue to get placed fairly far back in my project, but that just means a lot was happening that "week" (including all of Punisher's Suicide Run) so it's not quite as bad as it looks (temporal references are always taken with a grain of salt anyway). X-Force #32, which begins the Child's Play crossover, takes place before next issue. Next issue will refer to the same "week" since Justice left with Shinobi, so next issue shouldn't be placed too far from this one.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showFirestar, Justice, Namorita, Night Thrasher, Nova (Rich Rider), Rage, Silhouette, Speedball, Sub-Mariner, Vashti
The "mental instability" seems like a copout to explain away Nita's revealing the Warriors' identities and getting Rage's grandmother killed.
Posted by: Michael | September 25, 2017 8:08 PM
I've only seen this cover on the back of a trading card. Since the image was so small I never realized it was a photo cover! Pretty cool.
Posted by: Bigvis497 | September 25, 2017 8:52 PM
Interesting they didn't even try to make her look blond on cover.
Posted by: Brandon | September 25, 2017 11:49 PM
Not sure if you noted when it first debuted in the credits, but the name "Darick McKinney" is an alias for Darick Robertson with Brandon McKinney.
Posted by: AF | September 26, 2017 10:48 AM
Thanks AF. McKinney is actually not on this issue. That was a copy & paste error.
Posted by: fnord12 | September 27, 2017 12:57 PM
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