Directed by Josh Boone, The New Mutants is 20th Century Fox‘s latest entry into their world of the X-Men. Based on the classic comic series, the movie comes to theaters April 13, 2018.
While there’s been numerous iterations of the team this one features Maisie Williams as Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane, Anya Taylor-Joy as Illyana Rasputin/Magik, Charlie Heaton as Sam Guthrie/Cannonball, Henry Zaga as Sunspot/Roberto da Costa, and Blu Hunt as Danielle Moonstar/Mirage. The film also features some time X-Man Dr. Cecilia Reyes who is being played by Alice Braga.
Inferno was one of the first releases under the Secret Wars banner, and while it might have been overshadowed by some other titles by this point into what is becoming a pretty big crossover, it still has its fans. The first issue was received pretty well, despite the fact that the readers didn’t exactly know what they were getting into with the series. The series was inspired by the original crossover, and featured Colossus as he ventured into a demon infested New York City while he tries to rescue his sister, Magik, who was captured there by demons and who seemed happy enough to stay that way. Occurring on the anniversary of her abduction, Colossus leads a strike team into the city to free her, but not yet having succeeded he launches one last mission despite the protests of Scott Summers.
If there are any armchair generals that have been following along with the plot, then they would know that letting your enemy know the general timing of an attack is a bad idea, and that is the case here. After all it is easier to defend than attack, and Magik is more than aware of that as she has successfully manipulated the situation over the course of the first two issues. At the end of the last issue she managed to both imprison and corrupt Nightcrawler, and he now becomes her teleporting demon-mount. With no place that she can’t go, she is now under less restrictions and launches a full-on assault on the X-Men, hoping to defeat them once and for all.
The interesting part about this series is that there are a lot more question marks than usual for its resolution. As has been shown elsewhere in the Marvel Universe, there are less restrictions across the board on wiping characters off the roster. Numerous big names have already died in various tie-ins across the Secret crossover, though of course there are several versions of each character. This adds to the tension here, as readers are used to the heroes usually winning, but that might not be the case here at all. As it stands the odds are against the heroes, and it makes this easier to enjoy. It continues its solid performance as a less noteworthy but equally good entry into the Secret Wars world.
Story: Dennis Hopeless Art: Javier Garron
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
Setting a comic inside a post-apocalyptic world run by demons inside another mini-dimension run by a powerful overlord might seem like one of the strangest concepts for a superhero book, but it is the basis for the Inferno series which is tying into Secret Wars. The first issue was a solid introduction to this universe, where the X-Men patrol what is left of New York City against a demon horde, while the same horde led by Colossus’ sister does pretty much as they want inside their own domain. Once per year Colossus leads a strike team to try to rescue his sister, and the first issue focused on the most recent attempt to do so. Previous attempts resulted in tragedies of one kind or another, and this attempt seemed equally doomed from the onset.
It should be said that even for someone following along that this setting is pretty weird and confusing. Domino and Colossus were separated and thrust into two different sub-plots involving the Goblin Queen, Madelyne Pryor. As the characters try to regain a stronger foothold, the development of the story takes some strange twists as the strike team is fractured and then almost reunited. Meanwhile Magik and Nightcrawler face off against each other, with Nightcrawler at a distinct disadvantage being her prisoner.
There is a general lack of description in this issue, as the reader is seemingly supposed to let go of trying to make sense of what is happening in the interest of allowing the demon world to exist. While this is a bit of a letdown in terms of the pacing the issue is saved by the well written characters, as specifically the interaction between Colossus and Madelyne, and also between Domino and Madelyne’s son save this issue from going off the tracks. Heading into the next issue it would seem as though there is a stronger direction for this series, and while the setting is bizarre, that the creative team is making it work.
Story: Dennis Hopeless Art: Javier Garron
Story: 8.3 Art: 8.3 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Read