New Mutants #1 – Review

New Mutants was one of two new titles debuting this week in the Dawn of X. It was actually the one that I was looking forward to the most. Like a lot of people, I have a fondness for the original New Mutants. While X-Force pleasantly surprised me, New Mutants gave me what I wanted. Did it give me more? Well, let’s get the business out of the way first.

art by Rod Reis, (edited for this review.)

There will be some spoilers.

New Mutants 1

Cover by Rod Reis, Source: Previewsworld

New Mutants #1

Writers: Jonathan Hickman and Ed Brisson
Artist: Rod Reis
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Designer: Tom Muller
Cover Artists: Rod Reis; Nick Bradshaw and Morry Hollowell, Stanley “Artgerm” Lau; Mark Bagley, John Dell and Israel Silva; Tom Muller
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 06, 2019
$4.99

Solicitation:

THE NEW GENERATION CLAIMS THE DAWN!
The classic New Mutants (Sunspot, Wolfsbane, Mirage, Karma, Magik, and Cypher) get together with a few new friends (Chamber, Mondo) to seek out their missing member and share the good news… a mission that takes them into space alongside the Starjammers

Review:

This issue starts with a lot of emotional healing. When Rahne Sinclair was killed in Uncanny X-Men, it was a really undignified end to a very sympathetic character. The very first thing we see in this comic is Rahne being brought back and given a new start in paradise. This isn’t just a meta reference. This underlies the new start that mutants get on Krakoa. It helps to reinforce this sense that this is a new beginning for so many mutants.

Mondo’s relationship to Krakoa is refreshing in how uncomfortable it is. Neither of them wants to be too connected with the other. Mondo can’t wait to get the feeling of the island off of him. This also underlines that while Krakoa seems like paradise, it may just appear that way, and not everything is perfect. The coffee scene is, to quote Sunspot, “almost perfect.” It also reminds us that not every mutant is on Earth. That brings us into the plot of the book, a trip with the Starjammers.

The Starjammers are pirates. Hickman and Brisson drive this point home. In the past, we’ve been given the sense that they are a good kind of pirate, but here we get the sense that they will always be pirates, which may not be a good thing. It leads the New Mutants into showing their naivete. Corsair may be Cyclops’ father, but he isn’t Cyclops. He’s a pirate. I don’t like how he treated the New Mutants, but it all makes bizarre sense. I’m looking forward to next issue’s space lawyer, which really raises an issue that sticks in my craw. Where did Sunspot get the number for a space lawyer?

Final rating: 7.0 (out of 10)

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