Why Are the New Mutants Called the New Mutants Again?

Why Are the New Mutants Called the New Mutants Again?

Posted by March 14, 2018 Comment

The first New Mutants team were created by Chris Claremont and artist Bob McLeod in the 1982 Marvel Graphic Novel of the same name and subsequently featured in their own title from 1983 until 1991, changing cast members along the way, before being was relaunched as X-Force.

There have been a few iterations in the years since, and we have an upcoming movie (now delayed) including Magik, Wolfsbane, Cannonball, Sunspot, Mirage and Cecilia Reyes.

And today we have a new New Mutants series, New Mutants: Dead Souls reuniting originals Magik, Karma and Wolfsbane, later recruiting Rictor and Boom-Boom and also Prodigy and Strong Guy, who all first appeared in New Mutants.

But while calling the comic book New Mutants feels apropos, it feels really weird when the characters call themselves that.

Because, well, none of them are New Mutants. X-Men Blue has the mutant population set to quadruple. They would be new mutants. But these guys? At this stage, they are really old mutants. It reminds me of seeing episodes of The New Schmoo from 1979 when they air it on Saturday mornings. It’s really not new… and it’s weird.

It’s also weird that Strong Guy didn’t take the piss over that exact point. It’s kinda what he does…

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Adam Gorham (CA) Ryan Stegman
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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About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

(Last Updated March 14, 2018 7:45 am )

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