* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: If your only previous exposure to Machine Man before this was in books like ''EarthX'', [[TheAlcoholic prepare]] [[DeadpanSnarker for]] [[FantasticRacism a]] [[CrazyAwesome shock.]]
* CrazyAwesome: this is a series in which out-of-character established superheroes [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and the Captain]] blow things up while being pursued by a NickFury spoof in an airship made from ''submarines welded together''.
** Wolverine/Chimp hybrids, anyone?
* CrossesTheLineTwice: All over the place, such as the suicidal teddy bear.
** Also, evil beam-shooting Stephen Hawkings getting massacred by the team.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: At least one per issue. Usually more.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: How many other twelve issue comic series have their own [[http://robothobo.net/smurf/audio/NextWave%20Theme.mp3 Theme Song]]?
* GeniusBonus: When [[spoiler: Forbush Man]] mind-whammies the team into their own personal hells, Aaron's is working as an insurance agent. This [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lvod4cQx6j1qgniayo1_500.jpg really was]] a SecretIdentity he had in his past.
** The aliens who meet the Captain are named [[ECComics Spa Fon and Squa Tront.]][[note]]These terms came from the ''Weird Fantasy'' story "The Aliens!" and became a RunningGag across several EC titles, including ''Magazine/{{MAD}}.''[[/note]]
** When Aaron recalls his time with the Celestials in issue 5, the one who gives him the "loser" sign with his hand is [[http://comicsalliance.com/jack-kirby-ten-most-amazingly-underused-concepts/ Arishem the Judge,]] a forgotten Kirby creation that can destroy worlds just by giving it a thumbs down with the "Cosmic Formula" enscribed in his hand.
** During the penultimate issue beatdown of the Beyond Corporation's army of genetic freaks, 1960's Marvel character Hidden Man can be seen fighting them. Also seen are copies of FantasticFour one time adversary, The Infant Terrible.
* GirlsNeedRoleModels: Averted in that despite the team's gender balance being skewed towards female, none of them are terribly good role models. Monica comes across as a JadedWashout, Tabitha is an IdiotHero and Elsa [[EgomaniacHunter seems to just be there for the killing.]] That said, they're paragons of decency compared to the ''guys.''
* {{Padding}}: Gloriously {{averted}}, this series was based on the idea "if it doesn't fit in two [[StuffBlowingUp explosion-heavy]] books, or it's sane, don't do it."
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: All of the Nextwave team members (save for The Captain, who was created for the comic). Oh, and [[spoiler:Forbush Man]].