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The cool kids growing up in the '90s had Doc Martens, Starter jackets, Nirvana queued on their Discman, and, most importantly, copies of Fabian Nicieza and Mark Bagley's NEW WARRIORS.
Daniel Kibblesmith was not one of these cool kids.
“I think, at the time, I thought [NEW WARRIORS] was a title for someone hipper than me, kids who could take and throw punches and maybe even swear,” recalls the former Late Show with Stephen Colbert writer, who made his biggest mark on Marvel to date with the launch of last year’s LOKI. “I knew they were cool. No, really, that's the main thing I knew. When I started reading comics, it was mostly X-Men reprints and my dad's Silver Age collection, so the New Warriors were intimidating as hell to my seven-year-old brain. During that period, I was still getting the lay of Marvel's land, so I was blowing my allowance on anything with Spider-Man on the cover. The most comparable title to suck me in was SLEEPWALKER, whose weird Muppety-scarecrow vibe clicked with me more than the aggressive overt NOW-ness of NEW WARRIORS.”
Jump ahead to 2020 and Kibblesmith has finally scored a spot among the in crowd as architect of a NEW WARRIORS limited series reuniting many of the original volume’s key players.