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New Mutants #1
Zeb Wells (writer)
Diogenes Neves (pencils)
Klaus Janson (inks)
Christina Strain (colors)
I missed New Mutants, the first time around. By the time I got into comics, New Mutants #100 was the latest issue, and, as X-buffs undoubtedly know, there was no New Mutants #101 – Rob Liefeld had transformed the book into X-Force.
I also missed New Mutants the second time around, in 2003 or whatever, because that was during my return to comics, and the series had just been canceled to be turned into New X-Men (which is not to be confused with Grant Morrison’s New X-Men, which ended that same year.)
So, I figured, “Hey, a new number one. That’s a good jumping-on point, right?” So I read it.
Essentially, the story is that all the original New Mutants who are still alive (Cannonball, Sunspot, Magma, Karma, and the returning Magik, hot on the heels of X-Infernus) are headed out to investigate a possible mutant power manifestation from a 7-year-old girl. And, as is the case in all X-books, trouble follows. And then Legion shows up (which isn’t really a spoiler, because all of the ads leading up to NM#1 say that the team is back to combat Legion).
Diogenes Neves’ artwork is solid. Everybody is easily-distinguishable from everybody else, even when they’re all suited up in their funky new X-costumes. And, y’know, Christina Strain is totally my favorite colorist in comics today, so having her on board certainly doesn’t hurt.
And, it’s a solid first issue. It made me want to read issue two, and I’m very much contemplating buying the wraparound cover (pictured above) to add to my collection. And I just might, if we have any left by the end of the day, today.
After reading both #1 issues today, I’m more excited for New Mutants #2 than I am for Power Girl #2, even though I was more excited to read PG#1 than NM#1. I’m not sure if that’s because I’ve been an X-Family fan for over 15 years, or if it’s because Zeb Wells wrote a more intriguing story than Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti did. But, whatever the reason, I’ll be back to check out both of these comics, next month.
Also, Marvel totally has the first few pages of New Mutants #1 up on their website, if you want to take a look, yourself. Head on over to http://www.marvel.com/news/comicstories.7845.Preview~colon~_New_Mutants_%231 and check it out!