The Massive: Ninth Wave #1

Writer: Brian Wood Artist: Garry Brown Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: December 9, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 2
7.8Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

In the pages of The Massive, Ninth Wave was struggling to repair a broken world. But before that, they were the preeminent global environmental-rescue unit, taking on criminals, polluters, politicians, and rogue states. The Massive: Ninth Wave tells these stories in a stylish, high-action, done-in-one format, reuniting the entire creative team from the original series.

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Dec 2, 2015

    I loved the "done in one" nature of the story and look forward to this format continuing. People who have never read The Massive can jump right in with this issue and pick it up as it goes along. If you read the Massive, this is like old home week. In particular, since Wood pretty much tapped out his exploration of the post apocalyptic setting from the previous series, it's quite fun to see the slightly younger versions of the characters interacting with people and situations we can see reflected in the world we're living in. I'm looking forward to joining Wood for as long as he continues to put out these stories. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Dec 9, 2015

    With its focus on standalone tales, something we also saw Brian Wood do recently on Rebels, The Massive has a lot of potential for some great fun here. I really enjoyed the original work so a chance to reconnect in smaller standalone chunks here is hugely appealing. The opening tale is well told, though naturally a bit light at first, but it comes together in a great way and makes for an engaging second read. A lot of this is also due to Garry Brown's fantastic artwork that gives this a really strong rough and raw edge that is wholly appropriate to everything here. It's a great looking book with beautiful flow and colors wrapped up in intriguing concepts. A wonderful complement to the original work. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Nov 24, 2015

    "The Massive: Ninth Wave" #1 is a welcome look at a strong cast of characters who are at their peak, rather than suffering through the effects of a world gone mad, which allows them to stand out without the distraction of a pseudo-apocalypse. It doesn't have the hook of the original series, but Wood and Brown prove that this issue doesn't need it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Dec 11, 2015

    This is a really interesting way to look at the Ninth Wave, as opposed to how they all are in The Massive. I think we can expect a lot of action and a lot of conviction in this series. This might just become one of my new favorites! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Chris Smith Nov 23, 2015

    The premise is excellent, while not being overly political. Garry Brown's artwork reminds me a lot of Sean Murphy's scraggly yet clean artwork, giving each character a sharp look to them. His art definitely helps the book keep a crisp, stark appearance for the no doubt heavy subject material to come. Wood has a great team behind this comic, and hopefully can keep up the pace that this debut issue has set. This issue honestly felt like a movie trailer, showing the team pulling the heist while their captain says some badass lines to the villain. In a way it's a great set up for the rest of the series, but I wish that a little more had transpired. But hey, they've have to save something for the rest of the series I suppose. So far so good, Ninth Wave is definitely shaping up to be a book to look out for in 2016. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Outright Geekery - Aubrey Douglas Dec 9, 2015

    The story is one that I could see myself following. Whether you agree or disagree with the protagonists, if terrorism or the environment is something you are worried about, then reading this story is for you. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Alex Mansfield Nov 22, 2015

    Ninth Wave #1 is a tightly written, beautifully looking book that indignantly tells you that "We have to go back!" with as much tact as Jack from Lost. If one has never read The Massive, this issue is highly recommended; a sharp, compelling heist mission intricately backed by smart and somber real world commentary. With only a single issue to stand on, it's hard to fully judge the larger scope of this prequel's mission and how worthwhile its new insights may be, but for fans of The Massive, one would be forgiven for coming away from reading Ninth Wave #1 asking, "why?" Read Full Review

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