New Mutants: Dead Souls #1 – Review

Before I start reviewing this latest New Mutants series, I want to make one thing clear. I always want to review any comic written by Matt Rosenberg. Since We Can Never Go Home, he’s been one of my favorite writers. 

New Mutants: Dead Souls #1

Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
Artist: Adam Gorham
Cover Artist: Ryan Stegman

Release Date: Mar 14, 2018
Rated T+ / $3.99

Solicitation:

THEY AREN’T JUST THE X-MEN IN TRAINING ANYMORE!
The New Mutants are launching themselves headfirst into some of the creepiest corners of the Marvel Universe, going on the missions no one else will. But does the team know what they are really hunting for? And what are they willing to do to get it? The enigmatic MAGIK will lead her team of WOLFSBANE, RICTOR, BOOM-BOOM and STRONG GUY and bring them face-to-face with paranormal threats that they may not be prepared for, and that might just tear them apart! Rising-star writer Matthew Rosenberg (PHOENIX RESURRECTION) teams up with future superstars Adam Gorham and Michael Garland (ROCKET) to bring you the next chapter in the lives of Marvel’s underdog team. Welcome to the new class of New Mutants – hope you make it out alive.

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Review:

Like I said at the beginning, I really like the way Matthew Rosenberg writes. He has a way for writing small talk. I’ve heard a lot of fans critique other writers for doing it. What sets Rosenberg apart is his ability to give each character a distinct voice. The characters also seem consistent with past portrayals, but my experience with Richtor is very limited, so I can’t speak about him too much.

Magik is probably my favorite, just because she seems a little guarded. My favorite thing about her is that she has experienced so much in her short life that her teammates cannot imagine. Magik has a darkness in her soul. That gives her a maturity that is on display here. My least favorite is Strong Guy, but he’s one of those characters that gets to treat everything as a joke, even dealing with horrific circumstances. It doesn’t feel right and doesn’t make them well-round. I hope that Matt Rosenberg can make me like him. The rest of the characters, especially Boom Boom and Karma sit very well with me, making me really appreciate their inclusion.

The art is good and helps the book have a spooky feeling about it. Magik’s design with pale eyebrows and sunken eyes help define her character. Strong Guy doesn’t look as grotesque as he has with some artists, including those that defined him. The book has a mood that matches the story, and it’s always a bonus when the writer and artist mesh well together.

Final Rating: 8.5 (out of 10)

I don’t like all of the characters, and Strong Guy has absolutely no history with the New Mutants. I’m not certain what his inclusion here brings to a team calling itself the New Mutants. While I don’t like him, Matthew Rosenberg handles him well, but I look forward to more development from Rahne and Boom Boom.