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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: If your only previous exposure to Machine Man before this was in books like ''EarthX'', [[TheAlcoholic prepare]] [[DeadpanSnarker for]] [[FantasticRacism a]] [[CrazyAwesome shock.]]
* 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 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.
* 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.''
* HilariousInHindsight: A SHIELD-like organization which was infiltrated by their opposite number and is now controlled by it? [[spoiler:''ComicBook/SecretWarriors'' went and had that same reveal a few years later, only with SHIELD itself]].
* {{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 from their respective original series (save for The Captain, who was created for the comic). Oh, and [[spoiler:Forbush Man]].
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