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Spinning out of the best-selling Dark Nights: Metal epic comes New Challengers, a group of fearless explorers who will uncover the worst—and weirdest—the DC Universe has to offer. A new team of misfits are given a second chance at life by the mysterious figure “The Professor”…but only if they’re willing to explore the most unknown reaches of the universe. Seeking a set of p Spinning out of the best-selling Dark Nights: Metal epic comes New Challengers, a group of fearless explorers who will uncover the worst—and weirdest—the DC Universe has to offer. A new team of misfits are given a second chance at life by the mysterious figure “The Professor”…but only if they’re willing to explore the most unknown reaches of the universe. Seeking a set of powerful artifacts, the team must defeat a rival group of explorers to combine them…or the world as we know it could end. From legendary artist Andy Kubert (Batman: The Dark Knight: Master Race) and writer Scott Snyder (Dark Nights: Metal, Batman), New Challengers emerges as one of the flagship titles of the New Age of Heroes! Collects issues #1-6. The DC Universe just got bigger! In the New Age of Heroes, DC introduces a bold new line of comics starring a thrilling array of heroes—some you know, some you may have glimpsed in the pages of Dark Nights: Metal. They embody a spirit of epic, adventurous bravery—the kind you may remember from another era, but updated in an exciting way for today. Illustrated by DC’s Master Class of artists, including legendary names like Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, John Romita Jr., Ivan Reis, Tony S. Daniel and others, these new series are great entry points for new readers and a welcome addition for longtime fans of the DC library


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Spinning out of the best-selling Dark Nights: Metal epic comes New Challengers, a group of fearless explorers who will uncover the worst—and weirdest—the DC Universe has to offer. A new team of misfits are given a second chance at life by the mysterious figure “The Professor”…but only if they’re willing to explore the most unknown reaches of the universe. Seeking a set of p Spinning out of the best-selling Dark Nights: Metal epic comes New Challengers, a group of fearless explorers who will uncover the worst—and weirdest—the DC Universe has to offer. A new team of misfits are given a second chance at life by the mysterious figure “The Professor”…but only if they’re willing to explore the most unknown reaches of the universe. Seeking a set of powerful artifacts, the team must defeat a rival group of explorers to combine them…or the world as we know it could end. From legendary artist Andy Kubert (Batman: The Dark Knight: Master Race) and writer Scott Snyder (Dark Nights: Metal, Batman), New Challengers emerges as one of the flagship titles of the New Age of Heroes! Collects issues #1-6. The DC Universe just got bigger! In the New Age of Heroes, DC introduces a bold new line of comics starring a thrilling array of heroes—some you know, some you may have glimpsed in the pages of Dark Nights: Metal. They embody a spirit of epic, adventurous bravery—the kind you may remember from another era, but updated in an exciting way for today. Illustrated by DC’s Master Class of artists, including legendary names like Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, John Romita Jr., Ivan Reis, Tony S. Daniel and others, these new series are great entry points for new readers and a welcome addition for longtime fans of the DC library

30 review for New Challengers, Vol. 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    What a cluttered mess of a book. The writing is so obtuse. I couldn't follow what was happening half the time. Even the art was poor. The characters all looked the same. The action didn't flow. What a wasted opportunity. All they had to do was follow the same setup as previous Challengers series and this time have them investigate incursions from the dark multiverse. Instead there was this convoluted plot with multiple incarnations of people. The art made it impossible to tell who was who. The o What a cluttered mess of a book. The writing is so obtuse. I couldn't follow what was happening half the time. Even the art was poor. The characters all looked the same. The action didn't flow. What a wasted opportunity. All they had to do was follow the same setup as previous Challengers series and this time have them investigate incursions from the dark multiverse. Instead there was this convoluted plot with multiple incarnations of people. The art made it impossible to tell who was who. The original Challengers looked like the same person with variations in hair color. Andy Kubert couldn't even make it through 3 issues of the book. The art he did leave was shaky and hurried. Don't waste your time with this.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    A overly complex, unfocused mess of a book. World: The art is not good, there is not difference between the team of characters and the action is not framed in a way to be easy to follow, it’s messy, choppy and sometimes a mystery of what’s going on. The faces of the characters are lost in the armor that constantly changes without reason and is a plot fixing suit that annoys. The world building here is also a mess. I am too young to read the Challengers of the Unknown, but I’ve heard of them, I kn A overly complex, unfocused mess of a book. World: The art is not good, there is not difference between the team of characters and the action is not framed in a way to be easy to follow, it’s messy, choppy and sometimes a mystery of what’s going on. The faces of the characters are lost in the armor that constantly changes without reason and is a plot fixing suit that annoys. The world building here is also a mess. I am too young to read the Challengers of the Unknown, but I’ve heard of them, I know what they are about and their pulpy awesome stye adventure was what I was hoping to get out of this new world and this new series. With Dark Nights Metal opening up a can of worms there was going to be so many cool things they can do, but that’s not what we get here. The world building is choppy, it’s barely put together and there are barely any rules to makes this world understandable. Can’t they just have introduced a Government or a privately funded team that was going to run around exploring and then go from there? Can’t they just refer to the original Challengers and their legacy or maybe have old Challenger characters be the benefactors or Government officials that were this new team’s superiors? Nope, instead we have a convoluted mess that makes little sense and for a new series with new readers a well constructed world was not given. It’s bad writing. Story: I love Rick Remender’s Black Science, it’s got adventure, family drama, team drama, weird worlds to explore and a fun pulpy campy sense of fun. That’s what I was hoping for when DC announced a New Challengers series and this is not what we get. In concept yes they wanted something like this but the writing here is so bad that this is nowhere near what we are getting. The pacing and the structure of the story is overly complex and not easy to follow and when all the pieces come together it means nothing and is unimportant and boring. I wish some writers could just start by trying to walk instead of trying to run out of the gate and fall on their faces. The story could have been, Challenger mountain appears, team is assembled by the Government to explore it, we see clips and snippets of each new team member and what makes them tick, create them team dynamic drama, discover some interesting science fictiony thing, defeat or escape it, end credits for first arc. And for the most part that’s what we get here but it’s convoluted, it’s so poorly written the dialog, the characters, the art, the world building, all fail miserably and we get a mess. A first arc that is suppose to draw in new readers becomes a steaming pile of missed opportunities cause the book did not keep it simple. This book died cause of the writing and it’s sad. Characters: Honestly none of the new characters stand out at all. They do have their little snippets of history but the coming together is sudden, the working together is sudden, the characterizations is basic and then their ascending at the end of the arc is just as sudden. I know this is an action book but look at what the current Suicide Squad book is like with the character moments and the insane missions and you see the characters here and you cringe. There is nothing that makes them interesting and bad dialog does not help also, it’s sooo wooden and bad. The villain the use of the old Challengers was also rather ho hum. I’m done talking about this book, this could have been so cool. This could have been like Sliders or Stargate or Black Science where a ragtag new team goes around the DCU Multiverse finding new planets and civilzations, fighting villains and the writers and artists growing nuts with insane world building being free from the shackles of Earth 1 rules. Nope, we get a steaming pile of missed opportunities killed by bad writing and art. Onward to the next book! *read individual issues*

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. DC Comics’ The New Age of Heroes line-up is drawing to an end with multiple runs getting axed and leaving those stories unfinished as their quality wasn’t up to par with anyone’s standards and as they had a tough time to truly find a niche or a lifeline to hold onto. With so many of the newly introduced characters and groups of superheroes presenting evident resemblances with Marvel’s property, it was only a matter of time before things went hay You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. DC Comics’ The New Age of Heroes line-up is drawing to an end with multiple runs getting axed and leaving those stories unfinished as their quality wasn’t up to par with anyone’s standards and as they had a tough time to truly find a niche or a lifeline to hold onto. With so many of the newly introduced characters and groups of superheroes presenting evident resemblances with Marvel’s property, it was only a matter of time before things went haywire and the ensemble of writers and artists were reallocated to much more substantial comic book series. Following the aftermath of DC’s latest cosmic event in Dark Nights: Metal, a whole new volume of threats surfaced from the dark multiverse only for new and old heroes to rise to the occasion and start their own legacy alongside the long-established line of superheroes we all know and love. Collecting issues #1-6, New Challengers is the before last series part of The New Age of Heroes that was prematurely abandoned and that will not have more to tell than what it offers fans here. New Challengers (Vol. 1) follows the story of five misfits who are given a second chance at life by a mysterious individual who goes by the name of “The Professor”. Working on borrowed time, they are to explore some of the strangest and darkest regions of the multiverse in hopes of finding pieces of a powerful artifact that controls the dark frequency. As they learn to work with each other, they quickly find out that they aren’t, however, the only ones who are tasked with a life-threatening mission. With the world on the brink of extinction, if they do not successfully accomplish their assignment, these five adventurers find themselves kick-starting a team of heroes that was long-lost in history without knowing what they are getting themselves into. The first noteworthy remark that needs to be addressed is the creative team on this project. Having Eisner Award-winning superstar writer Scott Snyder and legendary artist Andy Kubert was enough to reanimate a dead corpse with the amount of electrifying creativity these two can come up alone. What however dims it all down is the fact that they’re working on a New Age of Heroes title that got quickly canceled. New Challengers also turns out to be a reboot of a team of superheroes that never truly got time to breathe known as The Challengers of the Unknown. Unverifiably credited as Jack Kirby’s creation, this team-up is known to go up against some of the most paranormal creatures throughout time. But does this all-star creative team manage to successfully revamp them in this latest story arc? Yes and no. While we won’t be getting more of these new heroes, this volume contained incredible potential that merits this title a second chance. Where it truly fails is in its narrative structure. Not only is there too much crammed into this volume, but it also bounces around from one timeline to another (past and present), it explores different time periods (prehistoric, unknown, etc.), all the while covering the origin story of all the different characters—which totals to more than five different unmemorable heroes. This story simply had no hopes to ever capturing anyone’s attention with the way it was structured. While it might have been one of the most chaotic and messy stories I’ve ever enjoyed reading, I strongly believe that the artwork played a huge role in keeping me hooked from cover to cover. This is a beautiful example of how different writers and artists are able to work together and make it impossible for readers to distinguish one from another. And with Andy Kubert’s art style always being eye candy for me, it was even more of a pleasure when V Ken Marion was able to deliver a consistent style that made it impossible to know who drew what. I simply loved how detailed and colourful their designs were, especially when it came down to the action sequences that sometimes were much gorier than I would have ever thought possible for this flagship title. The seamlessness of these artists’ work is also present in the writing style of both Scott Snyder and Aaron Gillespie who deliver solid dialogues, although the structure haunts the overall execution. It’s also worth mentioning that this story is filled with some of the easiest cliches imaginable, but aren’t impressive enough to annoy me in the end. New Challengers (Vol. 1) is the reboot of a DC title that delivers stunning artwork with a confusing and convoluted plot about a group of misfit superheroes and their hunt for mysterious powerful artefacts. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Kinda disappointing....

  5. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    I have a soft spot for the Challengers and have read so many versions. I get what they were shooting for, but between the time they'd waded through the crap from the last couple DC crossovers, done their world building and put the team through the bad thing that would forge them into an actual team, nobody cared and the ongoing got turned into a mini. Love the attempt to mesh the weirdness of the old school Chals and this new team, but again it's built on an event comic I did not read, and by the I have a soft spot for the Challengers and have read so many versions. I get what they were shooting for, but between the time they'd waded through the crap from the last couple DC crossovers, done their world building and put the team through the bad thing that would forge them into an actual team, nobody cared and the ongoing got turned into a mini. Love the attempt to mesh the weirdness of the old school Chals and this new team, but again it's built on an event comic I did not read, and by the time the writer had dealt with all that, it was too late. Didn't help that the two women were drawn too much alike, so I couldn't keep track of which was which, the strong guy was a cute nod to DC history, but was otherwise too weak to be given the spotlight as much as he did. So, you spend too much time hoping the old team comes back. Lots of potential here and good ideas, but the set up took so much time, that it never got a chance. Unfortunately, the info dump stuff hurt it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mike Jozic

    What a hot mess this book is. It's cluttered, clunky, and clichéd in a way that, rather than feeding on nostalgia for the previous Challengers books, just throws ideas at you haphazardly and resembles a tie-in for a toy line from the '80s. I don't know if this would play better if I had read the Dark Metal series that spawned this but I'm beyond caring. Also, what's with Kubert leaving after 3 issues?? Pretty much ruined 80% of what made this book bearable.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sarospice

    Really lacks character and direction.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Norman Cook

    Although Scott Snyder gets billed as a co-writer, I suspect most of the heavy lifting was done by Aaron Gillespie. The artwork starts with the great Andy Kubert and gradually shifts to Ken Marion whose style is very compatible. I don't remember ever reading the original Challengers of the Unknown, but this incarnation is certainly compelling. The time and location transitions are sometimes a little hard to follow, but there's plenty of action and suspense. Some of the science is hard to swallow, Although Scott Snyder gets billed as a co-writer, I suspect most of the heavy lifting was done by Aaron Gillespie. The artwork starts with the great Andy Kubert and gradually shifts to Ken Marion whose style is very compatible. I don't remember ever reading the original Challengers of the Unknown, but this incarnation is certainly compelling. The time and location transitions are sometimes a little hard to follow, but there's plenty of action and suspense. Some of the science is hard to swallow, but you don't read a comic book like this for scientific accuracy. I liked the character Moses Barber quite a bit, a computer nerd with some personality. Krunch is a bit of a stereotypical muscle-man who I hope will develop a little more personality in the issues to come. The two women in the group, Trina and Bethany, are both excellent, albeit somewhat hard to tell apart, especially in distance shots, because they both have long, black hair. If this volume is any indication, the New Challengers should be an exciting science fictional team fighting some outlandish villains. They are a nice addition to the DC Universe.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

    I really struggled with rating this one. It *should* be a 4/5-star book, but it just misses the mark. The potential here is incredible, and could really fill-in the gap for any FF fans out there, BUT it just isn’t executed well. Don’t get me wrong: it’s well-written, but there’s a lot of ways this could’ve gone that it didn’t. Instead, it felt like more of the same. Alas... The art, even Andy Kubert’s sections, felt rushed or just weak. Not sure if that’s the case (being rushed), and if so, that’s I really struggled with rating this one. It *should* be a 4/5-star book, but it just misses the mark. The potential here is incredible, and could really fill-in the gap for any FF fans out there, BUT it just isn’t executed well. Don’t get me wrong: it’s well-written, but there’s a lot of ways this could’ve gone that it didn’t. Instead, it felt like more of the same. Alas... The art, even Andy Kubert’s sections, felt rushed or just weak. Not sure if that’s the case (being rushed), and if so, that’s on the editorial staff, but it really detracted from the good parts of the tale that Snyder was able to craft. So, combine all of that, and I give it a conservatively-generous 3-star rating. If that rating makes sense to you, you understand also what I expected & hoped for, but didn’t ultimately get by the finale.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Butcher

    Honestly, I think this would have worked better as a return of the old Challengers. At least this does tie into Metal unlike some of the others impacted by that story. But geez, I couldn't always tell who I was cheering for and if I want this group to even continue. So I would have preferred original Challengers. 2.5.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lukas Holmes

    A love anything new and unique, which is weird to say about this since the Challengers of the Unknown is such an old property, but it's true. My only real complaint is because of the uniforms and the way a few characters are drawn, it can get confusing about who is doing what.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    Not good. There's too much going on, nothing is adequately explained, there's no breathing space to get to know the characters, and those characters don't really have independent voices. It's just a mess.

  13. 4 out of 5

    John

    New Challengers part-1

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mitchell Kukulka

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jean

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

  17. 5 out of 5

    Phil Bova

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jason Simpson

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ian Kelly

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ricardo Fortunato

  21. 5 out of 5

    Albert

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marcus Leong

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kenny Porter

  24. 5 out of 5

    M

  25. 5 out of 5

    Henry

  26. 5 out of 5

    Scott wachter

  27. 4 out of 5

    C. Sellner

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jason

  29. 4 out of 5

    AwH

  30. 4 out of 5

    TheKing161

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