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On the edge of Krakoan society, the New Mutants let loose in the Wild Hunt! Going big, blowing things up, and combining powers to see who can be crowned king of the mountain. But something lurks in the trees. Something old…and hungry. And its favorite prey is young mutants! As Karma and Dani delve deeper into their nightmares, a spider sets his eyes on the most vulnerable On the edge of Krakoan society, the New Mutants let loose in the Wild Hunt! Going big, blowing things up, and combining powers to see who can be crowned king of the mountain. But something lurks in the trees. Something old…and hungry. And its favorite prey is young mutants! As Karma and Dani delve deeper into their nightmares, a spider sets his eyes on the most vulnerable among the team. And as the Wild Hunt goes on, someone vanishes without a trace, plans long in motion begin to unfurl — and children who play at being adults must now prepare for the fight of their lives. COLLECTING: New Mutants (2019) 14-18


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On the edge of Krakoan society, the New Mutants let loose in the Wild Hunt! Going big, blowing things up, and combining powers to see who can be crowned king of the mountain. But something lurks in the trees. Something old…and hungry. And its favorite prey is young mutants! As Karma and Dani delve deeper into their nightmares, a spider sets his eyes on the most vulnerable On the edge of Krakoan society, the New Mutants let loose in the Wild Hunt! Going big, blowing things up, and combining powers to see who can be crowned king of the mountain. But something lurks in the trees. Something old…and hungry. And its favorite prey is young mutants! As Karma and Dani delve deeper into their nightmares, a spider sets his eyes on the most vulnerable among the team. And as the Wild Hunt goes on, someone vanishes without a trace, plans long in motion begin to unfurl — and children who play at being adults must now prepare for the fight of their lives. COLLECTING: New Mutants (2019) 14-18

30 review for New Mutants by Vita Ayala, Vol. 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Another volume, another new writer for New Mutants. In comes Vita Ayala to shake things up a little by shifting the core cast, and the status quo, away from what it was before. New Mutants is suddenly a tale of two halves. There's the actual New Mutants like Moonster and Wolfsbane, who have problems of their own, and then there's the new mutants lowercase, like Scout, Cosima, and Anole, who are running afoul of the Shadow King. The problem is that that both stories don't really seem to be going a Another volume, another new writer for New Mutants. In comes Vita Ayala to shake things up a little by shifting the core cast, and the status quo, away from what it was before. New Mutants is suddenly a tale of two halves. There's the actual New Mutants like Moonster and Wolfsbane, who have problems of their own, and then there's the new mutants lowercase, like Scout, Cosima, and Anole, who are running afoul of the Shadow King. The problem is that that both stories don't really seem to be going anywhere, and when they intersect, it's so the characters can all yell at each other for ~not understanding what I'm going through~. I like all of the characters involved in this book, and the Shadow King is always a villain to watch out for, but it definitely feels like there's a disconnect behind this new direction. Because there are two seemingly disparate plotlines going on, neither of them advance very much as the book goes on, so the pacing's all over the place. That, and the suddenly huge cast of characters means that sometimes you'll go two or three issues without seeing certain people. It's bizarre, to say the least. The art's pretty good though, mostly because Rod Reis has stuck around for these issues for the most part. It doesn't help save the story, but at least it's pretty to look at. New Mutants reinvents itself for the third time in twelve issues, to varying degrees of success. It's pulled in too many directions at once, and manages to not be particularly successful at any of them. There are sparks of good ideas for certain, but it's taking a long time to get to the payoffs.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    Another volume of New Mutants and yet another creative team. I don't know why what should be the #2 book for the Krakoa X-a-verse can't keep its writers and artists. But this time around we have both an author who is very respectful of the New Mutants' history and an artist who has a Sienkiewicz vibe without being entirely derivative, so I guess that's god. The downside of this volume is that it's slow and meandering. It doesn't feel like there's a lot of plot here, especially with an anticlimati Another volume of New Mutants and yet another creative team. I don't know why what should be the #2 book for the Krakoa X-a-verse can't keep its writers and artists. But this time around we have both an author who is very respectful of the New Mutants' history and an artist who has a Sienkiewicz vibe without being entirely derivative, so I guess that's god. The downside of this volume is that it's slow and meandering. It doesn't feel like there's a lot of plot here, especially with an anticlimatic fetch-quest taking up the core of the story. But simultaneously with that we're getting great looks at the characters of these classic New Mutants, plus a few of the younger school. And a great question of what's up with the Shadow King. Plus, continuity from the recent Sword of X crossover. So, despite its slowness, this is a fine new New Mutants: I'll look forward to the next volume, hopefully by this same author and artist.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amy Rae

    Gorgeous art (with an eye toward the Sienkiewicz era! love it!), great writing. Vita Ayala captures so much of what I want out of an X-book. The focus is really on what it is to be a mutant teen/young adult, the story has weight and meaningful character interactions without getting grimdark, and the whole thing really allows B- and C-list characters to shine. I love a lot of A-listers, don't get me wrong, but it's when we get to see what Everyday Life With Mutations can be like that a comic feel Gorgeous art (with an eye toward the Sienkiewicz era! love it!), great writing. Vita Ayala captures so much of what I want out of an X-book. The focus is really on what it is to be a mutant teen/young adult, the story has weight and meaningful character interactions without getting grimdark, and the whole thing really allows B- and C-list characters to shine. I love a lot of A-listers, don't get me wrong, but it's when we get to see what Everyday Life With Mutations can be like that a comic feels like Peak X-Men to me. Highlights for me include digging into Gabby as more than Laura's Little Sister and referencing the fact that Evan's STILL NOT REVIVED. The Gabby stuff is especially well-done, imo--she's a weird little 13-year-old who's used to being her big sister's first priority basically all the time. (Just look at All-New Wolverine: Laura clearly cares a hell of a lot more about her little sister than her boyfriend and who can blame her, Warren's boring.) Being on her own while Laura's in the vault, and then recognizing that Laura has a lot to process post-Vault, leads her to trying to make new friends (+ get Daken to hang out with her), and she's not great at it. Despite the fact that her issues are tied up with the fact that she's a mutant, the writing is classic "I'm an awkward middle-schooler and I don't know how to fix it" fare, and it reads true both to the character and to that experience of being a young teen still figuring out socialization. That said, if you're more interested in, say, What's Up With Rahne, it might not be as satisfying a read. A lot of the storylines happening here are going to take multiple trades to come to a conclusion--that's a bonus for me, because I love when stories aren't being written for the trade, but it might be a drawback for you. I jumped in here because Hickman's New Mutants run didn't really do it for me, and I have no regrets. Looking forward to more, especially if the editors will let Ayala do more than hint at Dani/Xi'an. This title and Way of X are my two favourite things happening in X-Men right now.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Lawson

    Like a bureaucratic X-Men antagonist, I hate what I don’t understand. Specifically Otherworld. Only really having read this era of X-Men books, albeit all of them so far, I don’t understand, I dunno, most things? Who is this Shadow Man? Who is Karma? Who so that lady’s kid? I don’t know I don’t know I don’t know. But Rod Reis is great and Magik is cool and Gabby is cool and Dani Moonstar is cool and Warlock is deeply unsettling in all the right ways. I’m only reading the Reign of X via trades, so t Like a bureaucratic X-Men antagonist, I hate what I don’t understand. Specifically Otherworld. Only really having read this era of X-Men books, albeit all of them so far, I don’t understand, I dunno, most things? Who is this Shadow Man? Who is Karma? Who so that lady’s kid? I don’t know I don’t know I don’t know. But Rod Reis is great and Magik is cool and Gabby is cool and Dani Moonstar is cool and Warlock is deeply unsettling in all the right ways. I’m only reading the Reign of X via trades, so this is the first new X book I’ve read since X of Swords was collected a few months back and as much as I didn’t understand what was going on when it was over I wanted to hang out on Krakoa more.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bat Man

    I loved everything with Dani and Shan. More, please. Can’t wait till they kiss. In all seriousness, the other parts of this arc left me a bit cold—A lot of what seemed to be the principle cast are more used as side characters, and Ayala is admirably insistent on following up on a Rahne plot from the late aughts that I really did not like. Overall, this isn’t quite as effortlessly fun as Hickman’s New Mutants, but I think its highs are pretty high, especially Issues 15 and 18. Rod Reis rules at t I loved everything with Dani and Shan. More, please. Can’t wait till they kiss. In all seriousness, the other parts of this arc left me a bit cold—A lot of what seemed to be the principle cast are more used as side characters, and Ayala is admirably insistent on following up on a Rahne plot from the late aughts that I really did not like. Overall, this isn’t quite as effortlessly fun as Hickman’s New Mutants, but I think its highs are pretty high, especially Issues 15 and 18. Rod Reis rules at this. I quite enjoyed myself with this one, and I’m excited to see how it develops.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rick Brose

    At this point, New Mutants has had three writers in the course of two years. It makes for a disjointed feeling to the book. The story and art for this volume are fine. There are some cool moments. But in the end, none of it feels particularly weighty to the X-Men universe. And there are so many characters being juggled that it is a distraction. Will you have some fun with this? Maybe. But I cannot help but feel that there is a far better book to be written than what we have seen in these volumes At this point, New Mutants has had three writers in the course of two years. It makes for a disjointed feeling to the book. The story and art for this volume are fine. There are some cool moments. But in the end, none of it feels particularly weighty to the X-Men universe. And there are so many characters being juggled that it is a distraction. Will you have some fun with this? Maybe. But I cannot help but feel that there is a far better book to be written than what we have seen in these volumes.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Adan

    There is a lot going on in this collection, and I am here for all of it. Dani and Xi’an go through a lot together, Rahne is trying to deal with some trauma, and Amahl Farouk is doing something hinky with some of the younger mutants, including Cosmar and Anole. There’s even a jaunt to Otherworld in this collection. Also, I don’t know if Rod Reis did it on purpose or not, but they’re doing their best Bill Sienkiewicz impersonation, and it’s awesome.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christian Zamora-Dahmen

    This is such an enjoyable book. Ayala does really take to heart the exploration of these characters and flesh them out in such a beautiful way. And Reis’ art is so gorgeous and different from what we usually get in comic books. It’s really a fantastic trip.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Matty Dub

    I was highly invested in Mirage and Karma’s storyline but the book lost me every time it rotated back to Scout, Farouk and the others. It was great to get a whole arc drawn by Rod Reis though, he’s excellent! New writer Vita Ayala was still an upgrade on what Ed Brisson wrote, this is a strong 3/5

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lillian Francis

    Honestly I only read the last issue yesterday and it's already slipped my mind. I don't like the art style on this particularly, so I'm reading for the characters at this point because the plot, well, it seems to have lost the plot. Honestly I only read the last issue yesterday and it's already slipped my mind. I don't like the art style on this particularly, so I'm reading for the characters at this point because the plot, well, it seems to have lost the plot.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Reading this as monthlies, as it wrapped up today, I am not totally certain where it even went. It is better than the non-Hickman New Mutants that preceded Ayala, and there were moments I loved. But where did we end up?

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tuni

    Went through another soft reboot with a new author and this is my favorite yet. I’m really interested to see where all the pull threads lead to. Same great art with Rod Reis. Warpath’s journal entry about the compliment Wolverine gave him is my favorite.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Shaffer

    DNF.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ross

  15. 4 out of 5

    Declan

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tony

  17. 5 out of 5

    Derek Moreland

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cole Daniel

  19. 5 out of 5

    James Huston

  20. 5 out of 5

    Stefferdan

  21. 5 out of 5

    David Akeroyd

  22. 5 out of 5

    Raphael

  23. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sam

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dustin Moon

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Mullins

  27. 5 out of 5

    Garrett Ballendine

  28. 5 out of 5

    Andreas

  29. 5 out of 5

    Xander

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mark

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