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The Secret Cabal flashes back to two decades ago with the Heroes for the 90’s

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Every week, a secret cabal of Marvel staffers gathers to discuss the best of the best when it comes to the House of Ideas.

It may be 2009, but the "Heroes for the 90's" return in a big way with the release of NEW WARRIORS CLASSIC VOL. 1!

Which teen prodigies of yesteryear have persevered to become heroes of today or at least stay strong in our memories? Read on as the Secret Cabal pinpoints the finest of the New Warriors.

For each character you get the quick rundown as well as a special spotlight comic courtesy of Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited.

As always, these picks reflect the personal choices of the Secret Cabal, not the official opinion of Marvel or Marvel.com, and can be considered subjective at best. Enjoy!

 

 
10. POWERPAX
First Appearance:
POWER PACK #1 (1984)
Why He Makes the List:
"Sometimes you need to leave the nest and do what you think is the responsible thing, even if other people question your motives as selfish. When approached by the New Warriors for a mission, Alex Power, eldest of the Power Pack, thought he was doing the right thing by not involving his younger siblings, taking their powers to become Powerpax. He faced his family's wrath and eventually had to give back the surplus abilities, but his time among the New Warriors was the first step in growing into his own man." - Secret Cabal member RunawayJ
Spotlight Comic:
POWER PACK: DAY ONE #1-Learn the origin of Power Pack!

9. DARKHAWK
First Appearance:
DARKHAWK #1 (1991)
Learn More About Him...
here
Why He Makes the List:
"Darkhawk helped the New Warriors on numerous occasions and was awarded 'honorary member' status, but never stuck around, always claiming he was too busy. While this 'too good for this gig' behavior was annoying, it also made 'hawk seem even cooler; if the New Warriors were the cast of 'Happy Days,' Darkhawk was the Fonz. With his dope costume, awesome array of powers and those neat blades around his word balloons, Darkhawk was a quintessential 90's hero, and we would have loved to see what he could have done as a New Warrior for more than three issues." - Secret Cabal member Annihilator882
Spotlight Comic:
RUNAWAYS #3 (2005)-Darkhawk joins a new team to track down the Runaways!

 
8. RAGE
First Appearance:
AVENGERS #326 (1990)
Learn More About Him...
here
Why He Makes the List:
"Raise your hand if you were a 14-year-old super hero who joined the Avengers and gave them hell for not having a strong enough minority roster. Anyone? Nope, huh? Ya know why? Because your name isn't Elvin Daryl Haliday, aka Rage! And it never will be, seeing as how there's only one Rage and he's almost too awesome for the world to handle. I mean, he kicked the Avengers to the curb and linked up with the New Warriors to become one of the team's core members. Sure he's temperamental and has a ridiculous costume, but Rage is the man." - Secret Cabal member Agent_M
Spotlight Comic:
NEW WARRIORS #14 (2007)-Rage takes to the front lines as two generations of New Warriors do battle!

 
7. TURBO
First Appearance:
NEW WARRIORS #28 (1992)
Learn More About Her...
here
Why She Makes the List:
"Who doesn't love a hero who gets their turbo-powered fan-suit accidentally at a costume party by accident and then goes on to be a pretty great hero in her own right? Mickey Musashi had a questionable origin, but she quickly found the courage within herself to embrace her new role, despite ongoing misgivings. Eventually, due to witnessing so much death and destruction, she decided to hang up the suit and fight crime using her brain and her degree in journalism, proving the pen is mightier than the fan." - RunawayJ
Spotlight Comic:
THE LONERS #1-Turbo attempts to move on from life as a super hero, but it keeps pulling her back in!

6. NAMORITA
First Appearance:
SUB-MARINER #50 (1972)
Learn More About Her...
here
Why She Makes the List:
"By the time of the New Warriors' formation, Namorita had become a mainstay in the Marvel Universe, but getting her away from her stuffy cousin and around kids her own age was probably as much of a treat for her as it was for readers. Nita certainly enjoyed herself as the perky bombshell of the team, letting her free spirit personality loose, but she ended up getting more than she bargained for as leading the team proved a hefty burden and her flirtations with Nova evolved into a real relationship. Even when her skin turned blue and she took the name Kymaera, Nita had the Warriors as a support system and rose to the occasion." - Annihilator882
Spotlight Comic:
NEW WARRIORS #2 (2005)-Namorita faces the pressure of reality TV stardom!

 
5. NIGHT THRASHER
First Appearance:
THOR #411
Learn More About Him...
here
Why He Makes the List:
"Without Night Thrasher, there would have been no New Warriors, thus his inclusion on this list is pretty much a given. An angry young man driven by the murder of his parents, rather than pursue a lonesome path of vengeance, Dwayne Taylor channeled his resources into recruiting a team of heroes he felt would define a new, more complicated generation. Thrash didn't expect to find friends, love and the many layers of his mysterious past along the way, but he did, and as he matured, Dwayne became a true force for good." - Annihilator882
Spotlight Comic:
NEW WARRIORS #1 (2005)-Night Thrasher reunites the New Warriors to face a daunting new challenge: reality TV!

 
4. SPEEDBALL
First Appearance:
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #22 (1988)
Learn More About Him...
here
Why He Makes the List:
"Robbie Baldwin may go by the name Penance these days, but as the happy-go-lucky teenager known as Speedball, he helped form the New Warriors, giving the team-and readers-a much-needed sense of levity and light-heartedness. Speedball also made Rage feel more at ease by having a more ludicrous costume. What a guy! In all seriousness though, while Speedy may not have been all that welcome by his older, more serious teammates early on in his tenure, he proved himself time and again, and before the tragic events that transformed his life, he emerged as one of the most powerful New Warriors and a team leader." - Agent_M
Spotlight Comic:
SPEEDBALL #1-The Masked Marvel makes his solo debut!

 
3. NOVA
First Appearance:
NOVA #1 (1976)
Learn More About Him...
here
Why He Makes the List:
"A lot of times, Nova seemed like-and acted like-the varsity kid slumming on JV during his time with the New Warriors, but it's tough to deny that some of his best days came while he was on the team and that they were one of the best things to ever happen to him. Rich Rider developed entertaining and heartfelt dynamics among the Warriors, from his love-hate relationship with Night Thrasher to his enduring friendship with Speedball to his star-crossed romance with Namorita. The Human Rocket has done pretty well on his own these past couple years, but we miss seeing him with his surrogate super-family, and we bet he longs for those times once in awhile too." - Annihilator882
Spotlight Comic:
NOVA #3 (2007)-During his return to Earth, Nova encounters a former New Warriors who has undergone a dramatic transformation!

2. JUSTICE
First Appearance:
GIANT-SIZE DEFENDERS #5 (1975)
Learn More About Him...
here
Why He Makes the List:
"No Warrior earned their codename more aptly than Vance Astrovik. Once known as Marvel Boy, Vance dreamed of being an Avenger, but was denied membership due to his age. However, his desire to fight crime would not be deterred, in part due to an abusive childhood at the hands of his father. Shortly after the foundation of the New Warriors, Vance accidentally killed his father in self-defense. Rather than run, he faced the charged and did his time, emerging a new man: Justice. After all that, he finally got his wish: membership in the Avengers. Who says there are no happy endings?" - RunawayJ
Spotlight Comic:
AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE #1-Justice begins training the next generation of Avengers!

 
1. FIRESTAR
First Appearance:
UNCANNY X-MEN #193 (1985)
Learn More About Her...
here
Why She Makes the List:
"For years, Angelica Jones served as the heart and moral compass of the New Warriors. Through the tough times and the hard choices, Firestar kept her teammates on track, serving not only as the most powerful member of the team, but the most compassionate. During her tenure as a Warrior, Angel faced the incarceration of her lover, the near-fatal shooting of her father, the rape of her best friend and the possibility that her own powers were adversely affecting her health-she never let any of these hardships make her bitter or vengeful, instead persevering and serving as a beacon to those around her. During a decade known for its darkness, Firestar was a source of light in more ways than one." - Annihilator882
Spotlight Comic:
AVENGERS #13 (1998)-Firestar must choose between the New Warriors and the Avengers!

 

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7 comments
Fayt_Leingod
Fayt_Leingod

Even though the latest incarnation of the group had a short shelf life, I still hope the original Warriors(what's left of them)gets back together someday.

Miles_Warren
Miles_Warren

I'm personally a fan of Rage. I want to see more of him in the future Marvel :grin:

PaxHouse
PaxHouse

....Although I'm truly grateful that Alex/Powerpax, Mickey/Turbo & Chris/Darkhawk were included among the T0P 10 listing; still I agree that it's a shame that none of the Warriors included within their 3rd series make the list....(along with Slihouette, who {IMHO} I thought might've been included as well)......Nice to know that Marvel is still keeping Power Pack & the Loners in mind as well...... :wink: :cool:

BlackSamurai
BlackSamurai

...and Firestar's all well and good, but she doesn't carry the presence of Nova, now OR back in the day. The list's arguments are fairly well supported, but Nova, Firestar, Thrasher, Speedball then Justice seems a little more the correct 1 to 5. I wouldn't have even put Firestar so high except for what her 'Why...' says. When I think back on Warriors, she does come to mind, but the real standouts are Nova, Speedball, Thrasher then Justice - in that order, though I'd admit I missed some of the later issues when she was apparently more prominent.I'd say she's getting the favoritism from being such an established character from X-Men/Hellions fame, and I've always liked the character. I've always wondered why in honor of her roots and the Amazing Friends cartoon, why there isn't the occasional homage by having her and Iceman guest star in an Amazing Spider-Man arc or something. I mean, Iceman gets lost in the shuffle of X-Men once again anyway AND up until Marvel Divas, Firestar was basically a reluctant or retired hero because of the cancer risk her powers started giving, so why not give them a little face time in alongside Spidey? [For Iceman] It'd help an X-Man other than Wolverine get face time guesting in the MU wouldn't it? [For Firestar] It'd cement an official comics-based use of Angie as a replacement for Johnny Storm back then too.

DarkBomber
DarkBomber

I definitely think nova and night thrasher shouldve been higher. being they did more for the series and team in general

R_Nitelight
R_Nitelight

That clearly doesn't reflect well on the Volume 3 series....