Just in time for the movie, the New Mutants are returning to Marvel this march in a six-issue mini-series from Matthew Rosenberg and Adam Gorham, as announced in a press release Friday.
Rosenberg, fresh off bringing back adult Jean Grey in Phoenix Resurrection and also fresh off the apparent end of both Secret Warriors and Marvel’s “make the Inhumans happen” initiative, seems to be the go-to writer for Marvel to bring back X-Men characters in minis, only to have ongoing series handed over to another writer, as is the case with Tom Taylor‘s Jean Grey led X-Men Red. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride; that’s ol’ Matthew Rosenberg.
Rosenberg has become quite the utility player for Marvel since signing an EXCLUSIVE contract back in September. Formerly an indie darling behind such books as 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank and We Can Never Go Home, Rosenberg has adapted quickly to the Marvel machine, though he has hasn’t let his newfound fame, riches, and power go to his head. Don’t be fooled by the contract he got; he’s still, he’s still Matty from the block.
“To me, The New Mutants exemplify everything I love about a superhero team,” said Rosenberg in the press release, quick to throw the rival Inhumans franchise under the bus. “They are true underdogs, doubted and dismissed, but always ready to prove themselves. They’re the weirdos, the outcasts, the leftovers, and the misfits, but they are there for the people who need them.”
“They’re constantly in way over their heads, but always rise above,” he continued. “Our series takes all of that, collects some of the best New Mutants alongside some oddballs better known for their time with X-Factor and X-Force, and throws them into a mission they aren’t at all ready for. We pack it full of nods to the history of the team and hints about their future, and enough creepy moments, epic battles, offbeat humor, and dysfunctional family dynamics to make a book worthy of the title The New Mutants.”
Artist Adam Gorham is fresh off the latest Rocket Raccoon series with writer Al Ewing, and he’ll be joined by colorist Michael Garland, who also colored Rocket. Gorham, a rebel, broke standard Marvel protocol by announcing the name of a colorist on Twitter.
— THE ADAM GORHAM: DEAD SOULS (@AdamTGorham) December 1, 2017
Interestingly, the New Mutants series will tie into the Fox movie at a time when it’s hotly rumored that Disney could be looking into buying the studio. Combined with the move away from Inhumans, Marvel’s unsatisfying mutant substitute, could this mere six-issue comic book signal the return of the X-Men to the Marvel Cinematic Universe? We’re gonna go ahead and say yes, because if we’re wrong, no one will remember anyway, and if we’re right, we can brag about it for years.
Here’s the description of the book, from the press release:
NEW MUTANTS: DEAD SOULS finds Magik leading a group that includes Wolfsbane, Rictor, Boom Boom, and Strong Guy as they attempt to figure out why strange events are occurring in the universe. But there’s more to their mission than meets the eye…and a bigger mystery is brewing, as the team realizes Karma – the mind-controlling mutant who has brought them together — may not be telling them the entire story. With each issue serving as a standalone tale, the mutants will try to uncover the truth behind these paranormal events – no matter who they have to battle!
From Frost Giants to zombies, Marvel fans will find themselves stunned by this terrifying team-up tale. It’s New Mutants meets X-Factor in NEW MUTANTS: DEAD SOULS!
Look for this in stores in March!
NEW MUTANTS: DEAD SOULS
Written by MATT ROSENBERG
Art by ADAM GORHAM
Cover by RYAN STEGMAN
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