Membership: Agent-X (James
Burley), Snare (Robert Fielder), Turk (Todd Flaminirezck);
formerly Fin, Sandman (William Baker)
Purpose: Money and glory
Affiliations: Frenzy (Joanna Cargill), Hairbag (Shaun Suggs), Hydra (Baron Strucker/Wolfgang von Strucker, Cassandra Romulus, others), Knights of Wundagore, Pyro (St. John Allerdyce), Sauron (Karl Lykos), Siege (John Kelly), Stingray (Walter Newell), Weapon X-Force (Deadpool/"Wade Wilson," Domino/Neena Thurman, Lady Deathstrike/Yuriko Oyama, M/Monet St. Croix, Mystique/Raven Darkholme, Omega Red/Arkady Rossovich, Sabretooth/Victor Creed), the Wild Pack (Battlestar/Lemar Hoskins, Amy Chen, Crippler/Carl Striklan, Doug Powell, Raul Quentino, Silver Sable/Silver Sablinova), unidentified mutants
Enemies: Beast (Henry McCoy), Church of Human Potential (Mentallo/Marvin Flumm, Reverend William Stryker, others), Cyberwarriors, Genesis Coalition (Dr. Franz Lubischt, Dmitri Petrovich, Fritz Sablinova, Ivan Trefkov, others), Ghost Rider (Danny Ketch/Noble Kale), Penner Security Associates (Frederick Penner, Posse, Security Teams), Shriker (Jack D'Auria), Team (Stacy Dolan, Kalmanu, Lt. "Ski" Sokolowski, Tempest, Sean Tully), Wolverine (James "Logan" Howlett)
Base of Operations: A building in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA
First Appearance: Ghost Rider III#29 (September, 1992)
(Ghost Rider III#29) - Agent-X, Snare and Turk had been working for the Penner Security Associates for two years, where they used their super-powers to accomplish special missions for the firm. They became the most popular operatives of the firm.
Thus, the three mercenaries decided to gain greater benefits from their exceptional abilities. Agent-X asked for a far better contract, personally negotiating with Penner, but the manager refused their request.
Shortly later, when Agent-X told to his two partners that they would go independent, Turk lost his temper and unwittingly shot down the wall of their room, which was right in front of the Penner building. Guessing that a retaliation was coming, the three superhumans started apre-emptive strike with an intimidating attack on the Penner compound. They were met by the Penner Security Teams that were unable to stop their assault. Nearby, a woman cried for help and Turk accidentally destroyed her house and killed her! The innocent's shed blood attracted the Ghost Rider so the mercenaries had to fight him as well. They showed a particular grudge against him when they learned that Penner Associates wanted to hire the Rider. Snare momentarily entangled Ghost Rider in his Omnium web but Wolverine and the Beast freed him. Turk destroyed Ghost Rider's body but he eventually regenerated. The Rider punished Turk with his penance stare and knocked out Snare and Agent-X.
(Silver Sable and the Wild Pack#7) - The Next Wave established the base of
their enterprise in Greenwich, Connecticut, in an ancient luxury building, with a fine receptionist. Business was rewarding, nonetheless, in
a process of expanding it, they sought for other metahumans to join the
One day, Agent-X and his affiliates had a meeting with Sandman. They offered him a full membership which would have multiplied the earnings that Baker already received working for Silver Sable. Sandman left the Next Wave's house neither accepting the offer, nor declining it, waiting for Agent-X to provide him detailed information about their plan.
(Silver Sable and the Wild Pack#9 - BTS) - Sandman informed Silver Sable that he quit the Wild Pack.
(Silver Sable and the Wild Pack#11 (fb) - BTS) - Sandman and Fin joined the Next Wave.
Hydra lost a sea battle station to the Genesis Coalition. Baron Strucker ordered to form an external strike team to retake the base. Cassandra Romulus hired the Next Wave.
(Silver Sable and the Wild Pack#11) - Thanks to the intel provided by Hydra
the five mercenaries were able to find the sea station in the
Mediterranean Sea. While their submarine approached, Agent-X explained
that their first objective was to retake control of the base, but if
they would give any help to Silver Sable, he could use that fact
to provide good publicity for the group.
The Genesis Coalition's troops were already distracted by the attack of the Wild Pack outside, so the Next Wave could breach the underwater hull of the base without interference. Nonetheless, they were detected and a garrison of Cyberwarriors was dispatched to destroy them. They defended themselves well, while the water flooded the base. Then the Wild Pack arrived.
(Silver Sable and the Wild Pack#12) - Snare and Turk caused great casualties among the Cyberwarriors roster, but they also further damaged the structure of the base. More water flooded it and the base began to sink. Agent-X and Sandman tried to calm down Turk and Snare, without result. However, they managed to leave the base before it was completely flooded.
The Wild Pack abandoned the base, using an escape pod. The Next Wave followed them and arrived in Transia. There, the Genetic Coalition, with the Cyberwarrior army, was assaulting Mount Wundagore. There the Genetic Coalition, with the Cyberwarrior army, was assaulting Mount Wundagore. The Next Wave joined forces with the other defenders of the mountain, the Knights of Wundagore, the Wild Pack and Siege. The battle went on until Sandman deactivated one of the Cyberwarriors, and then Quentino altered its program. Using its broadcasting signal, Quentino sent a shut down command to all the other cyborgs, ending the battle.
Agent-X apologized to Silver Sable for the exaggeratedly violent behavior of his associates. He admitted that they were undisciplined, and proposed Silver Sable to lease Next Wave's services. Silver Sable denied that possibility because Next Wave did not meet her standards.
Sandman understood that his place was with the Wild Pack, so he asked Silver Sable to rejoin them. She welcomed him back.
(Silver Sable and the Wild Pack#12 - BTS) - Baron Strucker was displeased with the Next Wave's failure to recover the lost battle station.
(Silver Sable#12 (fb)
- BTS / Silver Sable and the Wild Pack#15 (fb) - BTS / Silver Sable and the Wild Pack#23/2 (fb) - BTS)
- Silver Sable started to gather some of the superhumans at her
disposal, in a team to be used in special occasions. Sandman
left the Next Wave. Fin
followed him and they both formed the special team known as the Intruders as part of Silver Sable International.
(Ghost Rider III#56) - For months, the Next Wave (Agent-X, Snare and Turk), earned high rates for their services as top-level mercenaries. They never met defeat.
Until in Hong Kong the Next Wave was ambushed by another group of mercenaries, the Posse, and had to escape. For one month the three mercenaries kept moving from place to place but didn't succeed in clearing their tracks; the Posse pursued and attacked them everywhere they went.
The Next Wave was attacked again when
they were in Chinatown, New York City, during the festivities of the first
day of the year. Tired of being on the run, the three made
their stand against the Posse. Agent-X, Turk and Snare used their full force against the attackers, but to no avail.
They destroyed the parade and
wounded many people, but the Posse remained unscathed, and hidden on the
top of the buildings. The destruction attracted the NYPD's Team and Ghost
the Next Wave waited for an opening to flee from the battle, Shriker
and Ghost Rider attacked the Posse. The sneaky mercenaries chose to
avoid the battle.
Ghost Rider jumped down the building to punish the Next Wave but they managed to activate a bomb. The distraction worked because Ghost Rider had to carry the bomb away, in order to save the innocents. The Next Wave fled while Ghost Rider exploded.
(Ghost Rider III#57) - Ghost Rider survived. The Next Wave hid in a motel. They could not even relax a moment because they received a phone call, even though nobody should've known they were there! Frederick Penner, on the other end of the line, warned them that the Posse were simply the executioner of their punishment: termination. Immediately after, the Posse crashed through the windows. Turk was smashed through the wall, falling three stories down. Agent-X and Snare jumped down, being pursued by several mercenaries. Agent-X reckoned that, for the first time, they were being defeated, so he called for a retreat. In the meanwhile, NYPD's Team had arrived, and shortly after, Wolverine and Ghost Rider as well. Wolverine took care of the Posse members, while Ghost Rider punished the Next Wave with his painful penance stare.
(Weapon X III#24) - Reverend William Stryker and Mentallo
created a satanic cult in Aspen, Colorado. They captured many
super-powered beings, then had them fight to the death an arena in their
secret base. Among these super-beings there were also the three
mercenaries of the Next Wave. All the superhuman captives were mind-controlled
When the group of Weapon X-Force was captured as well, the Next Wave and the other captive thralls were sent into the arena to kill Weapon X-Force. The ceremony needed a blood sacrifice for Satan. Weapon X-Force held their ground for a while, then Domino managed to break Mentallo's grip on the crowd attending the death match. The psychic shock also freed the superhuman thralls so Agent-X, Turk and Snare reacquired their free will and escaped from the base with all the other captives.
Once safe in the woods, Sabretooth asked for repayment for the help in the escape. He convinced everybody to go back to the church and kill Stryker.
(Weapon X III#25) - Stryker, seriously damaged in the previous riot, was promptly revived by the flames of Satan; he was attacked by the full force of the captives. Snare was able to entangle him while Turk shot him at close range. Stryker's cybernetic shell was seriously damaged, then Sabretooth cracked it with a final blow. A black mist emerged from the armor's debris to enter in the pit of sacrifices and there Stryker was regenerated anew by Hellfire from the midst of Hell, vowing revenge against Weapon X. A sudden explosion destroyed the pit and Stryker was no more. The captives, including Next Wave, guessed that Hell's revenge was directed at X-Force, decided not to be involved anymore in the problem and fled.
Comments: Created by Howard Mackie, Andy Kubert and Joe Kubert.
In Chinatown the Next Wave probably killed
many civilians. They were punished by Ghost Rider but it is unknown if
they were convicted for that crime.
The Next Wave were also mentioned in the Marvel Encyclopedia Vol. 5: Marvel Knights.
The members received their civilian names in Ghost Rider (Dan Ketch)'s profile in All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z Premiere#4 (October, 2008) in Dan Ketch's profile.
Somewhere I read that the original formation of the Next Wave was a parody. It mocked the "new wave" of talents who had left Marvel Comics and had later founded Image Comics: Jim Lee (Agent-X), Rob Liefeld (Turk) and Todd McFarlane (Snare).
Profile by Spidermay.
Next Wave has no known connections to:
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Silver Sable and the Wild Pack#11, p14, pan2 (Next Wave, the five members together)
Silver Sable and the Wild Pack#7, p9, pan2 (the receptionist at the Next Wave main office)
Ghost Rider III#56, cover (Snare, Turk and Agent-X)
Ghost Rider III#57, p20, pan1 (Ghost Rider served vengeance on the Next Wavers)
Ghost Rider III#29 (September, 1992) - Howard Mackie (writer), Andy Kubert (pencils), Joe Kuberk (inks), Gregory Wright (colors), Bobby Chase (editor)
Silver Sable and the Wild Pack#7 (December, 1992) - Gregory Wright (writer), Steven Butler (pencils), James Sanders III (inks), Joe Rosas (colors), Craig Andeerson (editor)
Silver Sable and the Wild Pack#11 (April, 1993) - Gregory Wright (writer), Tom Grindberg (pencils), Joe Rubinstein (inks), Joe Rosas (colors), Craig Andeerson (editor)
Silver Sable and the Wild Pack#12 (May, 1993) - Gregory Wright (writer), Tom Grindberg (pencils), Joe Rubinstein (inks), Joe Rosas (colors), Craig Andeerson (editor)
Ghost Rider III#56 (December, 1994) - Howard Mackie (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils), Sergio Melia (inks), Kevin Somers (colors), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Ghost Rider III#57 (January, 1995) - Howard Mackie (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils), Sergio Melia (inks), Digital Chameleon (colors), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Weapon X III#24 (December, 2018) - Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente (writers), Luca Pizzari (artist), Frank D'Armata (colors), Chris Robinson (editor)
Weapon X III#25 (January, 2019) - Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente (writers), Luca Pizzari (artist), Frank D'Armata (colors), Chris Robinson (editor)
First posted: 04/03/2022
Last updated: 04/03/2022
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