New Mutants #1 kicks the next generation of mutants into an intergalactic adventure. The original team is back together with new members Mondo and Chamber but one member is missing. Sam Guthrie, Cannonball, is still in space and the team wants to go out and get him. So, they hitch a ride with the Starjammers.
Written by Ed Brisson and Jonathan Hickman, the debut issue is absolutely fantastic. There’s so much personality and fun oozing from the pages and characters. And that’s helped in a way by the simplicity of the series. It’s a journey to find a friend, nothing more. But, that journey leaves open so much opportunity for adventure.
What Brisson and Hickman nail down is the personality of all of the characters. Each get their moments and each are unique. You get a sense of who everyone is and the two writers have these characters down in their attitudes and speech patterns.
There’s also something just fun about the comic. Jokes are made and a scene as simple as a sparring session adds to the depth of the characters and situation. There’s real thought put into the comic and it shows. Some of that includes touching upon how this all relates to Krakoa and “Dawn of X.” There’s revelations as far as that but nothing is jarring for new readers. Instead, the focus is on Cannonball and these friends getting back together.
That includes the return of Rahne Sinclair, Wolfsbane, who was murdered in the last volume of Uncanny X-Men. Seeing her return feels like it rights a wrong but like all the other return of the dead, it feels rather hallow. It is nice in that there’s a religious connotation about it all and the character being deeply Catholic, it’s a much-needed detail.
The art by Rod Reis is fantastic. Travis Lanham provides lettering and the combination is the best looking of the new line of X comics. The characters all look fantastic and there’s just some amazing panels. Tom Muller continues on design and like other Dawn of X books, there’s use of this to enhance the world.
New Mutants #1 is a hell of a debut that’s just a lot of fun and one of the best things to come out of “Dawn of X.” The issue captures something that’s been missing from the numerous attempted reboots over the years and carves out a unique space in the line of comics.
Story: Ed Brisson and Jonathan Hickman Art: Rod Reis
Letterer: Travis Lanham Design: Tom Muller
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
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