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Wolfsbane: Rahne Sinclair

The New Mutants Marvel Graphic Novel #0

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One of the New Mutants founding members, Rahne Sinclair alternates between a religious Scottish teen and a werewolf. Needless to say this dichotomy presents a ton of Catholic Guilt. Emotionally complex, tortured and sometimes withdrawn, Rahne found her footing and family while at the Xavier Institute. She’s since graduated and proven herself a hero many times over as a member of X-Factor, X-Force and even Excalibur.

New Mutants #1

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The oldest son of a Kentucky coal mining family, Sam Guthrie discovered he was a mutant with the ability to fly as fast as a jet while projecting a force field that, in his own words, makes him “nigh invulnerable when Ah’m blastin’!” As Cannonball, Sam went on to become a model X-Men student and even went on to lead incarnations of the New Mutants and X-Force as well as a member of the Avengers.

New Mutants #16

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A young man from a wealthy Brazilian family, Roberto da Costa was a teen quick to anger who can channel solar energy into becoming a powerhouse of unbelievable strength. As Sunspot, he’s often the pillar of resolve for the New Mutants. While privileged and brash, Da Costa has matured over the years to become current leader of the team ('s New Mutants).

New Mutants #18

in New Mutants () #18

Dani Moonstar is Native American, a member of the Cheyenne people. She is gifted with psychic powers, including the ability to cast illusions or project people’s nightmares. She can even create weapons from her own mind! A young woman of strong convictions, Xavier made her co-leader of the first New Mutants team alongside Cannonball. In later years, she would even becoming a Valkyrie (New Mutants Special Edition #1).

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The younger sister of the X-Man Colossus, Illyana Rasputin is a mutant with the power to teleport. But she’s also gone on to become a sorceress of great repute! As Magik, Illyana has had some complicated teen years that range from pivotal member of the New Mutants to the leader of the demon-infested realm known as Limbo. Her relic is the Soulsword, forged from shards of her own life-force. Try her origin series here.

New Mutants #6

in New Mutants () #6

The niece of a Madripoorian crime lord, Vietnamese-born Xi'an "Shan" Coy Manh overcame her legacy of violence to become a dedicated New Mutant and educator. A young person with a great deal of responsibility, Shan’s chief concern has been raising her two younger siblings Leon and Nga. Her powers are psychic in nature—Karma can seize control of another’s mind, or plant herself into their consciousness or body.

New Mutants #8

in New Mutants () #8

The multilingual Magma was raised in the secluded jungles of South America in a colony that modeled itself after the Roman Republic. When her mutant powers first erupted, she discovered her control over geothermal activities, including tectonic plates and even lava. In her Magma form, she is a mutant volcano, capable of projecting orbs of fire. She would even have a brief stint as one of Emma Frost’s Hellions!

New Mutants #21

in New Mutants () #21

Before realizing he was a mutant, Doug Ramsey was a kid who befriended Kitty Pryde. Later, his ability to decipher any language, spoken, written, or binary, became clear to Professor X. Doug joined the New Mutants’ ranks, gaining the moniker “Cypher” as a testament to his powers. Now, Doug is the creator and keeper of Krakoan, mutantkind's very own language that is spoken throughout their island nation.


The First 10 Members Of The New Mutants, In Chronological Order

The New Mutants arrived in Marvel Comics in , debuting in Marvel Graphic Novel #4 by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod. The New Mutants was a teenage mutant team that would bring back the idea of Professor X helping young mutants following the apparent deaths of the X-Men. It was a very different story than what was shown in the New Mutants movie in

RELATED: 10 Questions About New Mutants' Sunspot, Answered

While the origin of the kids' entry into the world of superheroes was different, the names and faces were mostly the same. The New Mutants started as children trainees, but they became so much more over time. These kids grew into their roles, some becoming major members of other teams such as X-Factor and the Avengers. These young heroes became powerhouses in the Marvel Universe and are equal in stature and power to the X-Men.

10 Karma

When Professor X and Moria had Rahne at the Xavier Institute, a second mutant was also introduced at this time. This was Xi'an Coy Manh and Reed Richards had contacted Xavier to help the young mutant. When Xavier learned if he turned her away, she would turn to the Hellfire Club or Magneto, he relented.

With Karma as the first New Mutant, Xavier made one proclamation. He said he would train these mutants in how to use their powers, but he would not send them into battle for any reason. Karma ended up a long-time member until she lost her powers after M-Day. She later regained her telepathic ability to control people's minds and currently resides in the mutant utopia Krakoa.

9 Wolfsbane

The second member of the New Mutants was Rahne Sinclair, also known as Wolfsbane. Moria MacTaggert was trying to convince her old friend, Charles Xavier, to restart his school and train young mutants who needed guidance on how to use their powers and protection from potential threats to their existence. The first student Moira brought to Xavier's was Rahne.

RELATED: 10 Questions About The New Mutants' Wolfsbane, Answered

This story played out in Marvel Graphic Novel #4, and it was Moria that saved Wolfsbane's life when a group of men hunted her down to save her from the "demon" inside her. Moria found Rahne on her own land and was able to get her to safety and then to the Xavier Institute. Wolfsbane never wanted to be a mutant but was one of the New Mutants' longest-standing members.

8 Mirage

Mirage is Danielle Moonstar, the main character from the New Mutants movie. Just like in the film, where her father tried to protect and save her after her powers developed. In the comics, her grandfather and Professor X were blood brothers who served in the war together. Mirage was untrustworthy of any white man, but because her grandfather insisted on it, she joined the New Mutants to learn control of her powers and gain revenge against the men who killed her grandfather. Mirage was one of the co-leaders of the team at times with Cannonball, joining Storm as a powerful female mutant leader in the s.

7 Sunspot

While playing soccer in Brazil, Roberto Da Costa grew angry when he got into a fight with another player and that was the first time his powers manifested themselves. His father locked him away for his safety, especially with Donald Pierce trying to kill every new mutant that showed up.

Moira, Karma, and Dani went to find Sunspot to bring him to Professor X for help. They ended up in a battle with Pierce and his minions but were able to save Roberto and bring him into the New Mutants. Sunspot never felt comfortable with his powers as a teen, but as he got older he became one of the most powerful members of the New Mutants.

6 Cannonball

When Cannonball's powers first manifested, he was working in the mines. Unlike the movie, where he accidentally killed his father, in this case, he saved someone's life. This put him in the crosshairs of Donald Pierce, who convinced Sam to join him.

Cannonball attacked the New Mutants when they tried to save Sunspot, and he was their first superpowered villain. However, he had no idea what was going on and ended up turning on Pierce and Xavier invited him to join the team. Along with Mirage, Cannonball ended up a team leader on more than one occasion and was the only founding member to join X-Force when the New Mutants disbanded.

5 Magma

The first new member to join after the core lineup was a young woman named Magma. Karma went missing after a battle and the team was down to four members. They went to Brazil and set off on an expedition with Sunspot's mother. When a mutant villain named Selene captured them, they found this new mutant Magma.

Magma teamed up with the New Mutants to beat Selene. After this, her father told her to go to the United States to learn how to control her powers and she joined the team. Like Karma, Magma left the team early on to search for clues regarding her true lineage. She shared a brief romance with the Hellion Empath before returning Nova Roma.

4 Magik

Magik made her debut in X-Men comics as the little sister of Colossus. She ended up trapped in Limbo, and while it was only for seconds in real-world time, she was there for years. During her absensce, her mutant ability of teleportation not only developed, but she also trained in dark magic and became a powerful sorceress.

RELATED: 10 Questions About New Mutants' Magik, Answered

Illyana Rasputin demanded to accompany the New Mutants when they were out to save a young mutant named Cypher. She ended up joining the team just in time for the Demon Bear Saga, which is what the movie was based on. She grew far beyond the New Mutants and is now the Sorceress Supreme of Limbo.

3 Warlock

While the New Mutants were battling the Demon Bear, an alien crashed onto Earth and went into hiding at the Xavier Institute. This alien was a techno-organic being known as Warlock and when the New Mutants battled him, they decided to find help talking to him.

They sought out Doug Ramsey and he was able to explain that Warlock's father, Magus, was trying to kill his son. The New Mutants saved him and took him into their group. Since that time, Warlock and Doug remained connected to each other, a relationship that has lasted despite both of them dying at various points in Marvel continuity.

2 Cypher

Douglas Ramsey joined the New Mutants at the same time as Warlock. He was already appearing in the comic books as a friend of the New Mutants before Professor X realized he was a mutant who could understand and speak any language, either with other humans or with computers.

He joined with Warlock and became a key member until his demise by the Ani-Mator. Sadly, fans did not take to him very well but his death was one of the most heartbreaking in X-Men comics because of how devastated his teammates felt. Doug would later be revived as Douglok and then as his human self following the events of Necrosha.

1 The X-Terminators

There was not another new member of the New Mutants until New Mutants #76 by Louise Simonson and Rich Buckler. This wasn't just one new member, either, as four people joined at the same time. These were the X-Terminators members, Boom-Boom, Skids, Rusty (then known as Firefist), and Rictor.

The X-Terminators were trainees of the mutant supergroup X-Factor. After Xavier's Mansion was destroyed and the New Mutants had no home, Cyclops offered them a place to stay and the X-Terminators merged with the New Mutants. Rusty and Skids would later be recruited by the villain Stryfe for his Mutant Liberation Front while Boom-Boom and Rictor would join Cable's militant X-group X-Force along with Cannonball.

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New Mutants


Armor, Mirage, & Sunspot; formerly Karma, Magik, Cable, Cannonball, Magneto, Professor X, Storm, Warlock

Current Member(s)

Armor, Boom-Boom, Chamber, Cypher, Glob Herman, Karma, Magik, Magma, Manon, Maxime, Mirage, Mondo, Sunspot, Warlock, Warpath, Wolfsbane

Former Member(s)

Bird Boy, Blink, Cable, Cannonball, Rusty Collins, Gosamyr, "Domino", Feral, Prodigy, Rictor, Shatterstar, Skids, Sprite, Strong Guy, X-Man


Ani-Mates, Ani-Mator, Arbitrators, Axe, Beyonder, Brood, Cameron Hodge, Crotus, Deadpool, Death, Demon Bear, Demons, Dupen'th, Emmanuel Da Costa, Empath, Freedom Force, Genegineer, Gladiators, Gosamyr, Gyrk, Hela, Hellfire Club, Hellions, Hydra, Legion, Magistrates, Magus, Marcus Gallio, Mindless Ones, Morlocks, Mutant Liberation Front, Mystique, N'astirh, National Security Council, Nitro, Raek, Reverend Craig, Right, S'ym, Sabretooth, Selene, Sentinels, Shadow King, Silver Samurai, Skrull Slavers, Spyder, Tinkerer, Viper, Vulture, White Queen

Base of Operations

Krakoa, Pacific Ocean


Mission Street, San Francisco, California; Utopia, San Francisco Bay, California; Graymalkin Industries, Marin Highlands, San Francisco, California; Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, Salem Center, North Salem, Westchester County, New York; X-Factor's Ship


Marvel Graphic Novel #4
(September, )



Charles Xavier, founder of the X-Men, became increasingly worried after losing several students. The first Thunderbird died on his second mission, and Phoenix had committed suicide. In an attack by the Brood, Xavier believed that all of his X-Men perished. He sank into depression and vowed not to put any more young mutants in danger.

His friend and colleague, Moira MacTaggert finally convinced him to reopen the school to help young mutants after receiving a letter from Mr. Fantastic regarding Xi'an Coy Manh's need to control her powers. She said her alternatives were the Hellfire Club or Magneto. This time, Professor Xavier would only train them in the use of their special powers, and not send them out into combat.

Moira returned to Muir Island where she encountered a wolf that changed to the form of an orphan adolescent girl she knew, Rahne Sinclair. She had been shot and was being pursued by villagers led by the Reverend Craig. Moira backs them down. She then became Rahne's guardian and took her to Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters where they met Xi'an (Shan), a.k.a Karma, who had just arrived. Karma's power is to possess a person, controlling the body.

That same day, Charles received a letter from Black Eagle, the father of a man who saved his life in Korea, William Lonestar

Marvel Comics: The New Mutants Explained - Comics Explained

Comic Book / New Mutants

The New Mutants is the first major spin-off of the popular X-Men franchise published by Marvel Comics. To date there have been four ongoing series, three of which have featured the same team as main characters.

For the movie of the same name based on the team, see here.

Characters from left to right - Mirage, Cannonball, Wolfsbane, Sunspot and Karma (on the second plan). And Professor X's giant flying head.

The first team of "New Mutants" was created by Chris Claremont, the long-time writer of Uncanny X-Men, and artist Bob McLeod. They first appeared in 's Marvel Graphic Novel #4 and subsequently featuring in their own ongoing series from until

As their name suggested, they were a new generation of teenage mutants at the Xavier School being taught by Professor X to control and develop their superpowers. They originally took inspiration from the original five X-Men as a team of five teenagers with matching uniforms, but were also multi-ethnic and international as the modern X-Men had been since They consisted of:

  • Karma (Xi'an Coy Manh) &#; She possesses people. Refugee from Vietnam. Originated in an earlier story from "Marvel Team-Up" written by Claremont.
  • Mirage (Danielle Moonstar) &#; Originally called Psyche, she can create projections of a person's greatest fear or greatest desire. Cheyenne, from Colorado.
  • Cannonball (Sam Guthrie) &#; Can blast off and fly like a rocket, and (as he frequently says) is nigh-invulnerable when blasting. White American, hailing from a poor coal-mining town in rural Kentucky.
  • Sunspot (Roberto da Costa) &#; Super-strong but not invulnerable, powered by sunlight. From a very wealthy Brazilian family, with a black father and white mother.
  • Wolfsbane (Rahne Sinclair) &#; Can turn into a wolf, as well as into a transitional form halfway between wolf and human. Raised in a very strictly religious upbringing in Scotland.

Although Professor X doesn't intend the New Mutants to be a team of superheroes at all, but instead a training team only, the main characters ended up getting caught up in dangerous adventures regardless. The book highlighted interpersonal drama as well as action and adventure, and soon expanded into a large ensemble cast. Karma was soon written out of the series and several new main characters were introduced:

  • Magma (Amara Aquilla) &#; Controls lava. From Nova Roma, a Lost Colony of the Roman Republic in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.
  • Magik (Illyana Rasputin) &#; Originally introduced in Uncanny X-Men as Colossus's little sister, was lost in the hell dimension of Limbo for six years in a case of Year Inside, Hour Outside and emerged as a teenage demon sorceress. Can create teleportation portals through space and time, travelling via Limbo, and also has a magic "Soulsword" that can cuts through magical influences and creatures. Became the series' Ensemble Dark Horse.
  • Cypher (Doug Ramsey) &#; Able to speak and understand any language. Introduced as a local boy who was friends with Kitty Pryde from the X-Men.
  • Warlock &#; A shape-shifting techno-organic alien. He actually is a mutant as well: coming from a species of remorseless killers, his mutation is that he has a sense of empathy and just wants to make friends.

Various stories include the team confronting Dani's fearsome foe the Demon Bear, a confrontation in Nova Roma with the ancient sorceress Selene, a rivalry with the Hellions (a Rival School formed by X-adversary Emma Frost), Karma's reappearance under the possession of the Shadow King, the team's death and resurrection at the hands of the godlike being the Beyonder, and a confrontation with Warlock's evil father the Magus. Professor X left the school due to events in Uncanny X-Men and was replaced as Headmaster by former nemesis turned ally Magneto. Chris Claremont left the series with issue #54, at which time Karma also left the team again.

Louise Simonson took over as the new writer with issue #55, with her run seeing the characters initially seem to regress in age and maturity; however, her run soon took a dark turn with the death of Cypher. Magma left the team around this time as well. Gosamyr, an alien Charm Person, was added to the team shortly afterwards but written out just as quickly. Four new team members were added in the Inferno crossover, all of whom had been recurring characters in X-Factor and had starred in the miniseries X-Terminators (both also written by Simonson):

  • Rictor (Julio Esteban Richter) &#; Generates earthquakes and other seismic waves.
  • Boom-Boom (Tabitha Smith) &#; Creates exploding balls of energy which she calls "time-bombs".
  • Rusty Collins &#; Pyrokinetic. Technically has the codename Firefist but almost never uses it.
  • Skids (Sally Blevins) &#; Generates forcefields.

Around the same time, the team broke from Magneto after he made a Face&#;Heel Turn. Most of the team subsequently became caught up in a long adventure in Asgard, although Rusty and Skids remained on Earth.

Rob Liefeld came aboard as the series' new artist with issue #86 and shot some new energy into the book, as his creative energies would quickly overwhelm the pages &#; there was nothing else like him at the time, and his extreme linework, flashy cyborgs and armoured characters were very unique in the era before the Iron Age Of Comics. The cyborg character named Cable was soon introduced as a new mentor figure for the team, preaching a more militaristic and extreme approach to heroics; Mirage remained behind in Asgard, while Rusty and Skids were brainwashed by the new villain team known as the Mutant Liberation Front.

Louise Simonson's run as writer ended with the crossover X-Tinction Agenda, which saw the death of Warlock and the departure of Wolfsbane to join X-Factor. Rob Liefeld took over plotting duties for the book as of issue #98, with Fabian Nicieza scripting the dialogue. Over the course of those final three issues, Liefeld set about transforming the book into the much more edgy and gritty X-Force, dropping Sunspot and Rictor from the team while adding ex-Hellion member Warpath as well as his original creations of Domino, Shatterstar and Feral. New Mutants ended with issue #, and X-Force began with issue #1 four months later. For more on that series, see its own page.

Characters clockwise from the bottom: Wind Dancer, Elixir, Surge, Icarus, Prodigy, Wallflower

The second New Mutants series, launched in and written by Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir, featured another group of teenaged mutants - air-controlling Wind Dancer, skill-copying Prodigy, super-fast energetic Surge, healer Elixir, emotion-controlling Wallflower, and flying Icarus - but unlike the original New Mutants, they were only part of a huge cast of students at the Xavier Institute. At first they were notable for their drive to become superheroes, but soon rival groups played a large role in the series. Mirage and Wolfsbane of the original New Mutants had become teachers at Xavier's Institute and had problems coming to terms with the fact they were now the "old guard&#; in the eyes of the new generation. In the comic was relaunched as New X-Men: Academy X &#; for all tropes relating to this incarnation of the team, see that page.

Old school is back to kick some butts

The third New Mutants series written by Zeb Wells, reuniting most of the original team, launched in May of This new series incorporated a few elements from both New X-Men and the limited series X-Infernus, beginning with the return of Magik and the New Mutants being reassigned to help her blend back into mutant community. This was problematic, considering that, after their last two encounters, the youngest generation of X-Men hated her guts. The team roster quickly expanded with addition of Warlock and return of Cypher. After his defeat at their hand, Legion became their supporting character and unofficial member of the team. The series has been focusing on a larger Myth Arc about upcoming threat from Limbo, with occasional tie-ins to various X-overs and one guest-written tie in to Siege.

After Wells' departure, this series was taken first by Mike Carey, as a part of his Age Of X storyline, during which he introduced an alternate reality with a much darker history which was later revealed to be a Lotus-Eater Machine all present had been dragged into by one of Legion's personalities, and later by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. In face of all their accomplishments Cyclops decided to not disband the team (despite three members leaving as Karma lost a leg, Cannonball was traumatized by events from Wells and Carey's runs and Magik had to be restrained after she manipulated her friends and almost got them killed for personal vendetta) and to make their new mission taking care of all the loose ends that remained unresolved after the threats the X-Men faced and making sure they won't come to haunt them again (in other words, he made them a less lethal and more moral version of the third X-Force). This started with the retrieval of Nate Grey, who'd been trapped in the Omega Machine since his encounter with Norman Osborn and was being tortured/used to open portals by Sugar Man. He was rescued, but underwent a significant De-Power that chopped his formerly near cosmic levels of power back to 'residual telekinesis'. Lacking other options, he joined the team. This volume lasted until issue 50 where it was cancelled. Much of the team subsequently became cast members in other series as of the "Marvel NOW!" relaunch.

Old School IN SPACE!!!

The fourth New Mutantsseries, written by Jonathan Hickman and Ed Brisson, began in as part of the Dawn of Xrelaunch. It features Magik, Sunspot, Cypher (merged with Warlock), Mirage, Karma, Wolfsbane and Cannonball alongside former Generation Xmembers Chamber and Mondo together on a mission in outer space; meanwhile, a parallel story on Earth stars Boom-Boom along with former New X-Menmember Armor and others.

For more on this series, see New Mutants ()

  • '80s Hair: Lila Cheney and Gosamyrdear God, Gosamyr
  • '90s Anti-Hero: X-Force was the signature team for this before Youngblood. Somehow, X-Force actually managed to survive.
  • Aborted Arc:
    • Towards the end of the s, Louise Simonson was building up a plotline involving Selene and the Hellfire Club having dark plans for Magma, plans that ultimately got dropped after the "Inferno" arc.
    • The Externals was another famous aborted arc that got shut down once the thread ran too long and the writers wanted to go in a different direction (this was done so quickly and clumsily that many to this day believe it was due to a threat of lawsuits from the Highlander people for ripping them off) — most Externals were quickly killed off, and Cannonball was Retconned into not being onenote incidentally, Cannonball being an External was a Retcon to begin with, so we ended up with two Retcons canceling each other out.
  • Aborted Declaration of Love: In the original series, Dani 'Mirage' Moonstar is comforting gal-pal Rahne 'Wolfsbane' Sinclair on a clifftop in Scotland; '&#;he's an old man, filled up with hate; without you those people would be dead. You're not alone. Moira loves you; and I&#;' 'I know' says Rahne. '&#;but that doesn't make me ache any the less.' A follow-up 20 years later is also aborted by a simple interruption.
  • Academy of Evil: The Massachusetts Academy &#; a front for the Hellfire Club that produced the Hellions, rivals to the New Mutants, taught by Emma Frost.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Wolfsbane and Catseye.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Magik. Belasco planned to user her as the portal to let his masters, the Elder Gods, into Earth, whereupon fun will most definitely not ensue.
  • Arc Words: The "Highlord Ascension" got tossed around a lot in the early years of X-Force.
  • Artifact Title: Though later incarnations establish that the group is officially an X-Men team, the book is still called "New Mutants" decades after the team was first introduced.
  • Bad Future: Illyanna could teleport in time as well in space. When she botched it, she often visited one of these by accident. The third series even begins by her coming to save Dani and Shan from a Bad Future we never see.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: In issue number 47 (entitled "My Heart for the Highlands"), several of the team find themselves in 14th century Scotland and fight on behalf of Robert the Bruce. Afterward, Doug Ramsey has a question, and the answer implies this trope:

    Doug: Pardon my asking sir, but—Aren't you afraid of us? We pop up out of nowhere, wielding fantastic powers. You've only our word that we're not demons or worse.

    Robert the Bruce: True Douglas—But any hadesspawn able to assume so young an innocent, an' noble a seeming deserves our respect rather than our fear—for that demon has become more human than most men.

  • Becoming the Mask: Copycat was sent into the team while impersonating Domino so that she could help Deadpool and Toliver kill the team. But they didn't count on Copycat losing herself in the "role" she was playing, leading to her turning against Deadpool and Toliver and rescuing the real Domino.
  • Big Bad: Selene and Emma Frost.
  • Black Magician Girl: Magik.
  • The Blank: Zero.
  • Braids, Beads and Buckskins: Dani and Warpath are this in spades, though it does get toned down to less offensive levels over time and in Dani's case is somewhat justified, as the Cheyenne tribe did wear this style. Much less excusable are Tom Corsi and Sharon Friedlander, two white people who are permanently transformed into Native Americans by the spell of a Demon Bear. They had no say in this, but it is quite uncomfortable when they choose to start wearing headbands and fringed boots after they change.
  • Break the Cutie: Illyana, with all Belasco did to her in Limbo, followed up by the events of Inferno and then contracting the Legacy Virus.
  • Burn the Witch!: We're introduced to poor Rahne running from an angry mob who believe she's been possessed by the Devil and want to burn him out of her. And yes, they have both torches and pitchforks. Moira tells them they're being daft.
  • Butt-Monkey: Nate, initially, in Volume 3 - he joins the team after suffering a spectacular De-Power from 'Reality Warper powerful enough to flatten entire teams of X-Men' to 'spoon bender', is the odd one out amongst a team who've all known each other since they were kids, and has a hard time finding a role and actually making himself useful. A little pep-talk from Roberto, of all people, and some training in how to fight like a normal from Hope Summers helped him with that, and he became the team's expert on time travel, reality warping, and alternate realities.
  • Came Back Strong: Amara's powers as Magma don't manifest until Selene throws her into lava as a sacrifice.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The last panel of the original Marvel Graphic Novel has an oddity in it; Professor Xavier is looking on as the New Mutants team is assembled for the first time. The narration boxes say how proud he is, but Chuck has got an awful evil grin on his face. We find out why a few issues later, when it's revealed that the Brood that was living inside/controlling Professor Xavier at the time had assembled the New Mutants to provide her (it was a queen, after all) with a new set of host bodies.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Gabrielle Haller, introduced very early on in the series, and her son, who becomes much more important some ways down the line.
  • Chick Magnet: Doug Ramsey, who has had a grand total of five love interests even though he was only around for about 50 issues in the original run.
  • Christianity Is Catholic: Averted; Xi'an and Roberto are Catholic, but Rahne and Sam are Presbyterian and Baptist respectively.
  • Cliffhanger Copout: One early issue ends with the kids supposedly being caught in an exploding supervillain lair. The next issue shows they're fine. Well, almost all of them. Xi'an's gone missing.
  • Cosmetic Catastrophe: Employed in the New Mutants Summer Special where Rahne is given a makeover by one of the residents of Megalopolis to seduce her over to Consumerism. The "mirror" shown to her is a glamor shot. Her actual makeup consists of childish scrawling and a badly fitted wig.
  • Country Mouse: Sam Guthrie a.k.a Cannonball. Rahne as well, having been raised by an utterly insane Sinister Minister. At the beginning, she's not even used to films.
  • Cross Through: The end of issue #3 ties in to Uncanny X-Men issue #, when the X-Men return from space to deal with the Brood Queen that's in the Professor.
  • Custom Uniform: All the team initially wear the same gold and black outfit, except for Dani, who modifies hers to include a few Native America elements. The Professor muses how he'd once have made a big deal about this, but lets it slide.
  • Darker and Edgier: The entire transformation into X-Force.
  • Dating Catwoman: Pretty much all the female Hellions wanted Doug.
  • Defeat by Modesty: Back when Genosha was a country where mutants were enslaved, the New Mutants were teleported there by a character whose powers didn't affect clothing, then had their powers neutralized. Most of them were a little embarrassed, but Wolfsbane, (a devout Presbyterian) was paralyzed with shame.
  • Deal with the Devil: In order to get help from her uncle to find a kidnapped Dani, Xi'an agrees to work for him for a year.
  • Delusions of Doghood: Catseye of the Hellions; thought she was an actual cat.
  • Demoted to Extra: The ultimate fate of anyone who's ever been in any of the various incarnations of the New Mutants; even Cannonball, who seemed to have escaped it by joining the X-Men, ended up being cast off into limbo.
  • De-Power: Nate undergoes this during his rescue in Unfinished Business. One moment he's a Reality Warper and nigh cosmic level psychic, the next, he's barely bending spoons with his 'residual telekinesis'. Needless to say, he does not adjust well - though eventually comes to terms with it, managing to develop it into something approximately useful (he can lift himself or someone else, fire off energy blasts, and move things), resurrecting the sarcastic tendencies he had before he became a somewhat strange cosmic All-Loving Hero in the process.
  • Divine Race Lift: Dani Moonstar, a Native American, becomes a Valkyrie.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything? : Doug and Warlock's fusions are intimate.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • In issue 2, we see Henry Gyrich and Sebastian Shaw discussing Project: Wideawake, the US government's plan to deal with Mutants, Gyrich doesn't know Shaw is in fact a Mutant.
    • During the first visit to Nova Roma, Sunspot thinks about his good relationship with his father. What he doesn't know is that his father is part of the reason the kids have wound up in the mess they're in to begin with, thanks to his attempt to join the Hellfire Club.
  • Empty Shell: The New Mutants become this at one point during Claremont's run. The Beyonder murders every single member of the team (for once, not hyperbole, the members are each killed as they are trying to escape). He then brings them back to life, complete with memories of their death. The resulting characters are incapable of feeling and only barely interact with the world. The storyline makes the sixth season of Buffy look like Sesame Street, and is considered by many to be the most evil thing Claremont ever did to his characters (which is saying something, considering the Mutant Massacre).
  • Evil Counterpart: The Hellions to the original New Mutants had this going on, though some were more clear than others: Jetstream=Cannonball, Catseye=Wolfsbane, Tarot=Moonstar (illusion-casting), Empath=Karma (mind control), Roulette=Magik (kinda), Thunderbird=Sunspot (super-strength). The trend wasn't continued with the New Mutants' later members, however.
  • Evil Mentor: Cable started out this way, but he gets better with character development.
  • Exposition of Immortality: Our first introduction to Selene is that she's your garden-variety evil witch in a hidden Roman city. Then, after she's sacrificed a few young maidens, she monologues about how she's lived for thousands of years.
  • Face&#;Heel Turn: Sunspot, Mirage (though neither stayed evil for long, and Dani's heel turn was retconned as her being undercover for S.H.I.E.L.D), Feral.
  • Fanservice: The original book loved to show the team in their skivvies, particularly during Bret Blevins' run as artist; on top of that, he also seemed very fond of showing the effect of cold weather on girls wearing skintight suits, even when they were surrounded by lava.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Five-Token Band: With Dani Moonstar the Native American, Rahne Sinclair the Scot, Sam Guthrie the Southern coal-miner's boy, Xi'an Coy Manh the Vietnamese immigrant raising her younger siblings, and Roberto da Costa the Brazilian rich boy, it's fairly diverse.
    • The original Hellions also qualify: Thunderbird is Apache; Empath is a Spanish nobleman; Tarot is French; Jetstream is from Morocco; Roulette is American, and Catseye's precise origins are never specified.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Cypher after discovering due to interfacing with a sentient alien computer he will eventually conquer the world and have everyone with techno organic armor that allows him to control them.
  • Hide Your Lesbians: Happened in a big way when Chris Claremont left and Louise Simonson took over. All of the kids were turned boy/girl crazy along strictly heterosexual lines. The most obvious homosexual casualty was the very-nearly-explicit romance between Dani and Rahne, but the more ambiguous Ho Yay relationship developing between Warlock and Cypher was axed too. Likely part of wider Marvel policy at the time, as EIC Jim Shooter was steering creators away from homosexual characters in an unsuccessful bid to avoid controversy. This was later walked back, with Karma being explicitly lesbian, and the Ho Yay between Cypher and Warlock returning.
  • Hidden Elf Village: Nova Roma, a Roman city that has been hidden away in the middle of Southern America for the last two thousand years.
  • Hostile Terraforming: Fighting a losing battle against hordes of demons infected by the transmode virus, Illyana plunges her Soulsword into the earth of Limbo itself in desperation. She later discovers that the sword had turned Limbo into a green and pleasant place, theorizing that Belasco corrupted the dimension to make it more suitable to him.
  • I Have No Son!: Goes both ways in issue #12 with both da Costas. Roberto's dad tells him he has no son, and Roberto shoots back that this means he's now half an orphan.
  • Internalized Categorism: In Marvel Universe, it is a social stigma to be a mutant. That is, to have superpowers. One issue of New Mutants had a boy hanging himself in shame of being able to create beautiful sculptures of light.
    • Well, those anonymous threats to sic mutant-hunters on him that some other kids kept sending his way as a prank — while blissfully unaware that he actually was a mutant themselves — might have had a little something to do with it, too.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind:
    • Legion has the habit of absorbing people into his mindscape. Which is crowded.
    • Nate helps Doug with one of these.
  • Lampshade Hanging: In the early days, the kids get knocked out a lot. After one such incident, Rahne wakes up muttering "why does this always happen to me?"
  • Legacy Character: Right after Thunderbird died, the mantle was taken up by his brother Warpath. Since then, Warpath has grown from this trope into a character all his own.
  • Likes Older Women:
    • Cannonball towards Lila Cheney, and later to Rogue.
    • Briefly, Cypher to Psylocke.
  • Magic is Feminine: Illyana Rasputin and Dani Moonstar are the team's mystical members. Illyana acquired mystical knowledge thanks to her travels to different dimensions and Dani is a Valkyrie.
  • Mechanical Abomination: Warlock's race, the Technarchs, is composed of giant amorphous shapeshifting machines any one of whom would destroy a planet with minimal effort. Warlock himself is a baby Technarch, not nearly as powerful as his monstrous progenitor the Magus. Even so, it's worth noting that (even if it was all in fun), he was able to fight the Impossible Man to a standstill, and silly as he is, Impy is danged near unstoppable when he wants to be.
  • Messianic Archetype: Sam Guthrie a.k.a Cannonball was destined to lead the Mutant race by combining Magneto, Xavier and Cable's dreams into something better. It didn't take once the "External/High Lord" thing ran its course and got tired during a change in the creative team.
  • Metamorphosis Monster: Gosamyr's race. At first, they're cute, delicate, winged creatures (although with the annoying ability to empathically — and involuntarily — cause conflicts among male humans), but then they enter the cocoon phase (which lasts centuries) which turns them into their adult form: gargantuan abominations.
  • Mind Rape: Used by Empath on Magma and pretty much anyone who comes across him.
  • The Mole: Copycat pretending to be Domino.
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • Pretty much the whole purpose of the Gosamyr character, both in-universe and out.
    • Sometimes Surge and X would be this, depending on the artist.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Empath, in revenge against Emma Frost for binding his powers and knowing that she had plans to corrupt the New Mutants, spitefully arranged for Roberto and Amara to be kidnapped and inducted into the Gladiators, a deadly arena game run by a shadowy crime boss. Had he left well enough alone, the team would never have discovered that said boss was their old teammate Karma (possessed by the Shadow King) and rescued her, ultimately making the New Mutants even stronger and close-knit than ever and scuppering whatever scheme Emma had been cooking up.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: Issue #6 of volume 1 ends with a cliffhanger when Viper detonates a bomb on a clifftop that sends the team hurtling toward the ocean, and the next issue cuts to the aftermath of that fall, with all the team having made it out in one piece except for Karma, who had disappeared and was presumed dead. It's not until issue #32 that we get to see what actually happened to the team during that fall and what became of Karma afterwards.
  • Opposing Sports Team: The original Hellions came across as very much this trope — a bunch of prep school kids whose fights with the New Mutants were usually fueled by school rivalry more than anything else. In their first appearance, Sam even compares the New Mutants (and their opponents by extension) to "high school varsity".
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Rahne. She's a genetic mutant who can shapeshift from human to wolf. Eventually, she gained the ability to take on a variety of "transitional" half & half states, and during the 90s she spent some time unable to change fully back to humans. Eventually, after her pregnancy with Tier, she gained Nigh-Invulnerability and Super Strength.
  • Poirot Speak: When Claremont's at the helm, some of them. Karma occasionally peppers her speech with French, and Sunspot with Portuguese.
  • Power Incontinence: The whole point of the Institute is the kids learn how to control their powers. Not so much a problem for Rahne, who actually has an easy handle on her wolfiness, or for Cannonball, but for Dani, whose powers tend to go off at a moment's notice, or Magma, who nearly wipes Rio de Janerio off the map just by getting heatstroke, it is.
  • Psycho Rangers: The Hellions.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Shatterstar from Mojoworld.
  • Race Lift: In-universe; Tom Corsi and Sharon Friedlander, a cop and a nurse, were unlucky enough to be caught by the Demon Bear as it hunted Dani. Part of its magic transformed the two of them, both white, into Native Americans, and unlike the rest of the Bear's magic this is not undone when it is defeated. It takes quite some time for the two of them to come to terms with suddenly being entirely different people.
  • Rape as Backstory: Xi'an and her mother were both raped while escaping from Vietnam. Claremont was careful to only make vague allusions to an "assault" for several years, as the established timeline would have made Xi'an 12 or 13 when it happened.
  • Rescue Romance: Of a sort with Nate and Dani. She led the team that rescued him and beat up Sugar Man, who had imprisoned him. That said, the actual romance aspect didn't kick off for a while.
  • Ret-Gone: In one storyline, the New Mutants were Ret Goned by the Beyonder. The only one to remember their existence was Kitty Pryde, who had a magical connection to Illyana that even the Beyonder's godlike powers couldn't erase.
  • Sapient Ship: The shapeshifting Warlock often turned himself into a starship to transport the New Mutants around.
  • Scary Black Man: Axe, a large, towering man hired by Emmanuel da Costa to abduct his ex-wife. He's also got super-strength, and as the name suggests, a big axe.
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  • Shout-Out:
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Feral, replacing Wolfsbane (later, her older sister Thornn briefly served as this for her) and Douglock for Warlock and Cypher.
  • Taking the Bullet:
    • Roberto's girlfriend jumps in the way of a Hellfire goon shooting at him.
    • Doug died doing this for Rahne (who didn't even realize what had happened until the fight was over).
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman:
    • In the first annual, Cypher, whose superpower was the ability to learn languages really really fast, ends up saving the solar system because he's the only one who can read an alien instruction manual.
    • With his recent resurrection, Cypher has turned this into Heart Is an Awesome Power, in addition to vindicating numerous fan theories about how his powers would work in the age of modern computers.
  • To Hell and Back: Magik rules her own region of Hell called Limbo and all of her teleportation disks have to pass through Limbo in order to reach a different destination on Earth, meaning she and her teammates technically go to Hell and back at least once an issue.
  • Token Religious Teammate:
    • Wolfsbane. Cannonball and Karma are regularly shown talking about their faith as well, but it comes up much more often with Rahne due to how badly it conflicts with her identity as a mutant.
    • In the second series, there is Dust, a devout Muslim who still observes niqab.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl:
    • Boom Boom and Siryn. Rahne and Danielle Moonstar.
    • Kitty Pryde and Magik were a subversion. Both were kick-butt girly girls.
  • Superhero Team Uniform: They originally wore the old X-Men "school uniform".
  • Touch of Death: Wither, whose power was decaying any living (or once-living) thing he came into contact with. He eventually left the institute and fell in love with Selene, who was immortal and couldn't be affected by his power.
  • Tragic Dropout: In the original New Mutants Graphic Novel, Sam Guthrie was obliged to quit high school and give up his hopes for college to work in the local coal mine after his father died of black lung. His first day on the job is marked by being caught in a cave in, his powers kicking in, and the owner of the mines finding another use for him.
  • Wham Line: An early issue has Moira Mactaggert meet with a woman named Gabrielle Haller, who has a son she wants Moira to meet. And the father is Charles Xavier.
  • Wham Shot: The final page of the final issue of the first volume as mutant terrorist Stryfe removes his helmetand is a dead ringer for Cable.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway??:
    • Poor Cypher had the mutant power to understand languages. This made him useless in battle, forcing Chris Claremont to have to come up with the plot point of Cypher being able to safely merge with Warlock to get him involved in fight scenes.
      • Not so much now in the new run of New Mutants since he seems to have had a decent boost in the scope of his powers.
    • Subverted with Domino. Originally a generic gun-carrying Action Girl, she had the uber-generic "luck" power that no one ever mentioned until 's Amalgam Universe comic X-Patrol, which used Domino's luck powers alongside Elasti-Girl and The Wasp to reinvent her as an uber-lucky super-heroine. Years passed again and it took Matt Fraction coming up with the idea of her being an UBER-lucky Action Girl, capable of always showing up by chance when evil is going down, let alone always able to make her shots no matter how hard they are, to make her powers useful.
      • Actually, she was always implied to have it by her "ability to make things fall in her favor" (hence the name "Domino," get it?), Fraction just turned it up to ""
    • Shatterstar's energy blast power, used once and required so much power-up time he may as well have been a Super-Saiyan.
  • You Are Not Alone: Danielle Moonstar to Rahne Sinclair after a battle alongside her: "Without you those policemen would have died. You're not alone. Moira loves you, and I"
  • Your Heart's Desire: Rare heroic example: Danielle Moonstar, AKA Mirage, could create a mental illusion of your worst fear, or your heart's desire. She could choose which emotion to interface with, but her powers didn't extend to giving her a preview of what her target's fear or desire was, leading to several instances of her revealing things about people's deepest thoughts that should really have been left well enough alone.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: A problem with Dani's power. And even if it doesn't, being confronted with your absolute worst nightmares is often enough to scare people to death.

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What The New Mutants Movie Characters Looked Like In The Comics

The oft-delated X-Men spinoff movie, The New Mutants, has been released and it's changed the look and details of many of the comics' main characters.

How do the characters from The New Mutants movie differ from their original depictions from the comics? The X-Men adjacent title has a long and expansive history, but the youngsters' relative obscurity allowed for greater flexibility than previously displayed in Fox's other superheroic movie outings. That said, the adaptation wasn't a total departure from the source material.

The long-awaited and frequently-delayed The New Mutants made its theatrical debut on August 28, before reaching larger audiences (kept from movie theaters due to the entertainment-altering COVID pandemic) on November, Directed by Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars), the film stars a predominantly young cast who find themselves locked away in a strange hospital for super-powered teens and overseen by a mysterious caretaker. From interviews with Boone prior to the film's release and a horror-injected trailer dropped back in , it was clear that "The Demon Bear Saga" - one of The New Mutants' most popular arcs from the comics - would be used as the film's primary source material.

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The X-Men spinoff was first published as a graphic novel in and was written by the franchise's "godfather" Chris Claremont, whose historic seventeen-year run authoring the X-line was incredibly important to Marvel's success during that era. Having created all but one of the characters in the film (Cecilia Reyes was introduced a bit later by Scott Lobdell in ), it is exciting to so see so many of Claremont's under-sung creations finally making their way to the big screen. Here is how The New Mutant's characters and cast relate to their comic book counterparts.

Dani Moonstar (Mirage)

Portrayed by actress Blu Hunt, the cinematic depiction of Danielle Moonstar stays true to her traditional Cheyenne heritage - as in the comics, her association to the legendary Demon Bear serves as the main catalyst for the story's action. Physically, Hunt appears similar to Dani, however, unlike the comics, the film chooses to tamper down the character's more headstrong tendencies and makes her one of the younger mutants in the cast. In the original source material, she is one of the older team members and co-leaders.

Mirage's powers are slightly different in the comics, as well. As in the movie, Dani is able to manifest a person's greatest fear with her psionic abilities, although Hunt's version appears to use her gift at a far greater range, able to project her apparitions from across the hospital. The movie is never clear as to whether or not Dani, like her comic book counterpart, is able to also create her target's greatest desire (although this may be implied when she unknowingly creates a seductive mirage of Illyana Rasputin who swims and flirts with Bobby). Additionally, her comics-accurate ability to communicate with animals doesn't make its way into the movie.

Sam Guthrie (Cannonball)

Charlie Heaton (who also plays Jonathan in Stranger Things) embodies another fairly comics-accurate portrayal of his character. Kentucky native Sam Guthrie, like Heaton, is blonde, gangly, mild-mannered, and has a past involving the loss of his father (in the comics, Sam doesn't cause the mining accident which resulted in his death, however). Cinematic Sam has similar powers to his comic book version, as he's able to launch himself into the air like a cannonball. However, the character's broken arm may imply that he injured himself while using his abilities, going against his comic-book counterpart's oft-made assertion that he is "nigh invulnerable while blastin.'"

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Roberto Da Costa (Sunspot)

Played by Henry Zaga, Roberto "Bobby" Da Coasta is perhaps the New Mutant who strays the furthest from the comics. At the time of Zaga's casting, there was controversy and accusations of white-washing the character, who Claremont introduced as being Afro-Brazilian. The actor, though Brazilian, has far lighter skin than Bobby does in his original appearances, although the character has unfortunately been subject to whitewashing in the comics over the years, as well. Additionally, Bobby is the second youngest of his teammates, often explaining his immaturity and impulsivity. Zaga is the eldest New Mutant in the film.

Bobby's powers are also drastically different in the film. In the source material, Da Costa is able to absorb solar energy and convert it to physical strength, assuming his "sunspot" form. Zaga's version of Sunspot is capable of burning victims with his touch, which appears to be an invention for the movie.

Rahne Sinclaire (Wolfsbane)

Fans were thrilled to learn that Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams would join the film as Wolfsbane, the team's youngest and most innocent mutant. Like her onscreen counterpart, the shapeshifting mutant is slight, kind-faced, has short red hair, and is capable of turning into a wolf (and any of the intermediary stages between human and animal). While the character's strong religious background and persecution prior to joining the team is borrowed from the comics, the character is not cruelly branded by the villainous Reverend Craig in the source material.

Illyana Rasputin (Magik)

Like Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy (star of The Queen's Gambit) is physically a perfect fit for the blonde and mysterious Magik. The Russian Illyana Rasputin (sister to X-Man Colossus) is known for her oddness and swagger, well-captured by the actress in the film.

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However, the appearance and nuances of onscreen Magik's teleportation powers differ from Claremont's original version. In the source material, Illyana (who is also a skilled sorceress) is the ruler of the hell-like "Limbo" dimension, where she spent much of her childhood after a misadventure with her elder brother and his mutant teammates (in the film, Rasputin says that she constructed Limbo herself as a means to escape her real-world childhood trauma). Crucially, in the comics, Illyana must pass through Limbo when teleporting, a detail not entirely consistent in the film. Furthermore, the cinematic Magik is accompanied by puppet/dragon Lockheed, a creature who - in the comics - is the companion to Illyana's good friend Kitty Pryde.

Cecilia Reyes

Medic and surgeon Cecilia Reyes has played a supporting role in the X-Men comics since her debut in Played by Alice Braga in The New Mutants, the creators (again) failed to cast a black actor for the role, despite the character's stated Afro-Puerto Rican background, furthering criticisms of the film's whitewashing. Reyes' forcefield abilities are consistent with her comic book counterpart, who is also capable of constructing barriers (clear in the comics, as opposed to the orange ones in the film).

Although The New Mutants has received some mixed reviews and experienced some box office struggles, the film has found its financial footing since its release to VOD, bringing these powerful teens to their widest audience since Claremont invented them. While Fox's X-Men franchise may have come to a close after its decades-long run, hopefully, these super-powered kids will make their way back to the big screen soon.

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7 Best New Mutants Comics to Prepare for the Movie

While you’re waiting for The New Mutants movie to hit -- and the wait certainly has been long -- why not check out the Marvel Comics stories where these mutants got their start? These are the seven most essentially New Mutants comic books you should check out to better get to know Wolfsbane, Magik, and the rest of the team.

The tense and scary trailers for Josh Boone’s The New Mutants trade the usual pop-whizz superhero movie aesthetic for a spooky slice of asylum-centric horror. Surprising? Maybe, but a little less so if you’re familiar with the history of the New Mutants, which represented one of Marvel’s first attempts to leverage the X-Men’s popularity into other titles. Like their more famous forebears, the New Mutants have undergone a variety of iterations over the years, so let’s get you caught up on who they are and why they all seem to be trapped in some creepy haunted jail.


Back in , comic book writer Chris Claremont had transformed Marvel Comics’ X-Men from a little-discussed collection of mutant teen C-Listers into one of Marvel’s premiere titles. The X-Men became a bonafide sensation, and Marvel wanted more. So Claremont recruited artist Bob McLeod and they created the New Mutants. By the 80s, the X-Men had grown to adulthood and were far removed from their original conception as a group of high schoolers under the tutelage of Charles Xavier. Claremont’s idea was to recapture the idea of Xavier’s mansion as a school, and he did it with a whole new group of students: the new mutants.

The early issues are mostly introductory, introducing the super class to each other and to readers. The waves of teen angst gave Claremont a chance to stretch his soapy, melodramatic muscles — an opportunity he was already famous for never turning down. The New Mutants would spend as much time brooding over love, loneliness and loss as they did going toe-to-toe with super threats, but that was the original idea of New Mutants: they weren’t superheroes, vigilantes or explorers. They were kids, dealing with changes and powers they couldn’t understand and being forced by these changes to grow up faster than they wanted. It was another one of Marvel’s ace allegories for adolescence, although it only hinted at what was to come.


While New Mutants never became the same sort of a-list team of household names that the X-Men were, they’ve had an influence over the comic book medium that far outweighs their notoriety. Most of that influence is largely owing to this series: the awesomely titled Demon Bear saga, which lasted only three issues but sent shockwaves reverberating throughout the industry.

Beginning with issue #18, McLeod was replaced as the New Mutants artist by Bill Sienkiewicz, who made New Mutants one of the most visually bold series of the 80s. While capable of rendering the team with lovely, photorealistic care, Sienkiewicz preferred to push the boundaries of what was considered acceptable for the superhero comic book medium. He was prone to impressionistic flights of fancy, crafting fantastically detailed pieces of abstract-indebted art that artfully conveyed the characters’ interior lives. It allowed the artist to be in conversation with the writer in ways never before seen in mainstream superhero comics,

The story — which follows the New Mutants facing off against an evil, Pennywise-like force that has merely chosen the form of a demonic bear in an effort to kill off one of the team members — is rumored to big a major influence on the movie. There was no sign of a demon bear in the trailer so it’s anyone’s guess how accurate those rumors are, but the Demon Bear Saga is the furthest the New Mutants ever strayed into horror comic territory, so its influence was certainly implicit in the trailer, if nothing else.


In , husband and wife duo Christina Weir and Nunzio DeFilippis relaunched New Mutants with Keron Grant handing the artwork. The story focused on Dani Moonstar, a former member of the team from Claremont’s original team, returning to Xavier’s school as a teacher to help raise yet another generation of new students.

While Claremont’s run found the new team turning to superheroics against Xavier’s better judgment and later iterations turned them into something of a paramilitary squad, Weir, DeFilipps and Grant returned to the essential notion of the idea of Xavier’s school as a real school. They greatly expanded the class size, handed teaching duties over to various X-Men, and created other buildings on the “campus” to act as dormitories. There were dances, sleepovers, roommates and homework — and the occasional Danger Room session.

The delight of this series is in Moonstar’s trips across the U.S. and beyond to recruit new students. The creative team has a blast exploring the possibilities of mutant powers, which ranges from useful (one mutant can absorb the intellectual knowledge of anyone in his immediate vicinity) to tragic (another’s very touch causes physical decay) to whimsical (a girl who can control wind, carrying distant voices and sounds to her own ears). The appealing cartoonishness of Grant’s art really sold these new mutants as an exercise in comic book creativity, and leveraged their abilities into all manner of angst-ridden adolescent adventures.


Sienkiewicz’s run on the New Mutants was not long, but the Demon Bear wasn’t the only iconic storyline he jammed into his brief tenure. He finished his time on the series nearly as strong as he started, introducing one of the X-Men’s most fascinating nemesis: Legion. The son of Charles Xavier, a mutant of near immeasurable power and a mind badly wrecked by trauma.

Sienkiewicz depicted Legion in oddly disproportional lines, the disorienting frame of his body mirroring his warped persona. And if his physical form was a little off putting, Sienkiewicz relished the chance to draw the Astral Plane — a psychic landscape in which the subconscious takes shape. By creating a landscape in which the abstract is reality, Sienkiewicz was able to make his unique art stylings a genuine part of the characters’ adventures instead of just an impressionistic flourish. The result gave grand, staggering stakes to the psychic conflict between Xavier and Legion.

Legion’s own adventures debuted in his titular FX series, created by Noah Hawley. It’s an excellent series and although there are no known plans to bring the movie characters into the show or vice versa, Legion certainly dabbles in some of the psychological horror tropes that New Mutants looks to be doubling down on.


When New Mutants returned in , it was at the hands of writer Zeb Wells and illustrator Diogenes Neves, who brought Claremont’s original team back together to face off against a new, far more damaged Legion, who they found trapped in a crate in rural Colorado. This series takes place after the events of M Day, in which a large portion of earth’s mutants had been de-powered — including Dani Moonstar. This leads to excellent tension points between Dani, who still wants to help her team in the field; and Cannonball, who judges her to be a liability.

Neves’ art is a treat, depicting a dynamic showdown rendered in bold, sweeping action while forsaking small character beats. This version of the New Mutants is more of an out-and-out superhero comic than most other iterations of the team, featuring all the standard costumes, codenames and smackdowns you’d expect from a standard X-Men spinoff, but Wells and Neves still found ways to make the book stand out. The New Mutants are under no delusions that they’re a-listers — frequently calling in more seasoned pros like Cyclops and Rogue when things get too heated — and their field chemistry is still gelling. They are, despite everything, still new, and gives their adventures a thrilling edge of uncertainty.


Louise Simonson was only supposed to briefly take over for Chris Claremont while he got a few other X-titles off the ground, but she ended up writing the series for three years and, along with artist Bret Blevins, wholeheartedly embraced the elements of fantasy and mysticism that Claremont and Sienkiewicz had been flirting with. Under Simonson’s writing, the New Mutants embarked on a quest to Asgard, Hell, dark dimensions without any real name, and back again — tangling with all manner of evil Norse gods. It’s more indebted to J.R.R. Tolkien than it was to Jack Kirby, but there’s something thrilling about seeing a group of mutant-powered teenagers pitted against stakes so high they’re nigh eternal.

Blevins clearly relished depicting Asgard’s otherworldly spires and dangers, and the magical fantasy elements continue to be cranked to eleven by including the likes of Doctor Strange and Hela. But this series all featured the X-Terminators, a young group mutants who were acting as wards to yet another team of mutants calling themselves X-Factor. Confusing? A little, but it also grounded the whole series in the baseline premise of super-powered mutants. Just because they were facing off against ancient, magical threats doesn’t mean that they weren’t, at their core, still a group of teenagers sworn to protect a world that hated and feared them.


Finally, a single but essential issue in New Mutants history, written by Claremont and drawn by Sienkiewicz. The issue starts simple: with a slumber party at Xavier’s school, hosted by the girls. But things slowly grow complicated as the New Mutants various insecurities and neurosis manipulate the party in ways subtle and dramatic — and then things take a turn for the very weird with the introduction of Warlock, one of the most out-and-out bananas creations ever to be depicted on the comic book page. While deeply unsettling in his asymmetrical techno-organic appearance, Warlock would reveal himself to be a gentle soul and comedic foil in future episodes, though it goes without saying his first appearance is not without drama. No Claremont plotline was ever without drama.

This double-sized issue let Sienkiewicz and Claremont excel at their respective strengths in singular, memorable ways. The issue starts slow, allowing Sienkiewicz to exercise his skill in photorealistic art until the introduction of Warlock lets him cut loose with some of the bizarre visuals that made him famous. And a slumber party is a natural habitat for the sort of moody dialog Claremont relished, casting his characters down bottomless holes of teen angst and hormonal writhing before pulling them back out to meet the needs of the plot. It’s everything New Mutants set out to be — cautiously indebted to the X-Men while carving out a name for itself as something unique.

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New Mutants

Marvel Comic series

"The New Mutants" redirects here. For the film based on the comics, see The New Mutants (film). For the graphic novel, see The New Mutants (graphic novel).

New Mutants
New Mutants.jpg

Cover of New Mutants vol. 3 #1 (April ) by Diogenes Neves. Clockwise from top left: Warlock, Sunspot, Cannonball, Danielle Moonstar, Magma, Karma, Magik, Cypher, and Legion

PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceThe New Mutants (September )
Created byChris Claremont
Bob McLeod
Base(s)Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, Ship

The New Mutants is a group of fictional teenaged mutantsuperheroes-in-training appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. They have been the main characters of three successive comic book series, which were spin-offs of the X-Men franchise.

The first team of New Mutants characters was created by Chris Claremont and artist Bob McLeod. They first appeared in The New Mutants (September ), part of the lineMarvel Graphic Novel, and are subsequently featured in their own title from until Like its parent title, The New Mutants highlighted interpersonal and group conflict as well as action and adventure, and featured a large ensemble cast. With the end of the first series, the characters were relaunched as X-Force in a new, eponymous series.

The second New Mutants series, launched in , featured a new group of teenage mutants. Unlike the original New Mutants, they were part of a huge cast of students at the Xavier Institute. In , it was relaunched as New X-Men: Academy X, after which the central group was formally dubbed the "New Mutants." In the aftermath of the "M-Day" crossover storyline in late , the remaining students were merged into one junior team, the New X-Men.

The third New Mutants series, reuniting most of the original team, was launched in May

A horror film featuring the New Mutants was released on August 28, [1]

The New Mutants, volume 1[edit]

By the early s, Uncanny X-Men (under the authorship of Chris Claremont) had become one of the comic book industry's most successful titles, prompting Marvel editor-in-chief Jim Shooter to launch The New Mutants, the first of several X-Men spin-offs. X-Men editor Louise Simonson recalled "Neither Chris [Claremont] or I really wanted to do it. We wanted X-Men to be special and by itself, but Shooter told us that if we didn't come up with a new 'mutant' book, someone else would."[2] The name was a modification of Stan Lee's original name for the X-Men, "The Mutants".[2]

The New Mutants were teenaged students of Professor Charles Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters and wore matching uniforms, much like the original X-Men, who had since grown into adulthood.[3] These students, however, rather resembled the "all-new, all-different X-Men" of their era in terms of ethnic diversity.

The original team consisted of:

  • Cannonball (Samuel Guthrie), a year-old boy from Kentucky, United States and eventual co-leader, with the ability to generate thermo-chemical energy and propel himself through the air.
  • Karma (Xi'an Coy Manh), a year-old girl from Vietnam and the team's original leader, who could mentally possess other people's bodies.
  • Mirage (Danielle Moonstar, originally codenamed Psyche), a girl who is a CheyenneNative American and eventual co-leader after Karma's apparent death, who could create visual empathic three-dimensional illusions.
  • Sunspot (Roberto da Costa), a year-old boy from Brazil who had superhuman strength fueled by sunlight and could store solar energy in his body to use his super strength.
  • Wolfsbane (Rahne Sinclair), a year-old religious girl from Scotland, United Kingdom who could transform into a wolf and a werewolf-like creature.

The team was intended to debut in their own series. However, as the first issue was nearing completion, Shooter ordered it to be reworked into a graphic novel so that Marvel Graphic Novel could make its deadline for the next issue. Thus, the New Mutants debuted in Marvel Graphic Novel #4 (December ), which continued a plotline from Uncanny X-Men. (Despite this, the graphic novel missed its shipping slot by two weeks due to artist Bob McLeod's honeymoon.)[2]

The series was originally written by Claremont and illustrated by McLeod, the team's co-creators, but McLeod soon passed artistic duties on to Sal Buscema. McLeod was unprepared for the demands of doing both pencils and inks on a monthly book, prompting him to have Buscema do the breakdowns after the first three issues, and left entirely after issue #8 when he began to lose interest in the stories.[3] Claremont gave the series a darker tone, which was heightened with the arrival of artist Bill Sienkiewicz. Sienkiewicz's avant garde art style and painted covers broke through the conventional comic book boundaries of the day and helped The New Mutants stand out on the shelf.[3]

In addition to very serious depictions of teenage angst and growing pains, the series featured themes of mysticism. The stories also relied on wilder, more far-fetched premises than were typical of X-Men at the time, shaping into more of a science fiction and fantasy series than the superhero coming-of-age comic it had been touted as in its early days.[3] Locales included demonic dimensions, alternate futures, and an ancient Roman civilization hidden within the Amazon rainforest. The New Mutants also encountered a secret society called the Hellfire Club, and began a rivalry with their young apprentices, the Hellions.

After the apparent death of Karma, Cannonball and Dani Moonstar act as co-leaders.[4] New recruits included:

  • Cypher (Douglas Ramsey), an otherwise ordinary young man who could learn to read or speak any language rapidly, whether it was human, alien, or machine, making him an unmatched computer expert.
  • Magik (Illyana Rasputin), sister of the Russian X-Man Colossus and long-time resident of the X-Mansion, an accomplished mystic who could open "teleportation discs" allowing travel to Limbo and from there, any point on Earth.
  • Magma (Amara Juliana Olivians Aquilla), a fiercely tempered native of a secret Roman society in the Amazon who can control lava.[3]
  • Warlock, an extraterrestrial of the techno-organic race known as the Technarchy. Considered a pariah due to the uncommon trait of empathy.

A supplementary New Mutants Annual series began in These annuals were always written by whoever was the regular New Mutants writer at the time and often included significant changes to the status quo which were not explained in the parent series so that readers would have to buy New Mutants Annual in order to follow events in both series annual was solicited as New Mutants Annual #2, but published as New Mutants Special Edition #1 because it exceeded the maximum page count for an annual.[5]

In , Professor X was written out of the series. Before he left, he made the X-Men's one-time nemesis, Magneto, headmaster of his school.[6] Magneto would be the team's longest-running headmaster, holding the position from New Mutants #35 through to # Fiercely overprotective of his students, particularly after the events of the "Mutant Massacre" and "Fall of the Mutants", he was increasingly used as an uptight foil for the adventurous New Mutants, setting rules that they would inevitably break in the interests of helping their friends.

With Claremont taking on Wolverine and Excalibur, he left The New Mutants and the series was turned over to writer Louise Simonson and illustrator Bret Blevins with issue #55 (Sept. ). Simonson was intended to be only a fill-in writer for the six months Claremont needed to get the two new series launched, but he ultimately remained with his new projects, and Simonson ended up writing the series for over three years.[2] During her run, Magma is written out of the book,[7] and Magik is de-aged back to childhood.[8] Due to his unpopularity with New Mutants readers and artists, Cypher is killed off in The New Mutants #60 (February ). Simonson recalled, "He wasn't fun to draw. He just stood around and hid behind a tree during a fight Every artist who ever did him said 'Can't we kill this guy?' We would get letters from fans about how much they hated him."[2] Simonson also folded the X-Terminators, a group of young wards from X-Factor, into the New Mutants.[9]

The X-Terminators added to the team were:

In , Simonson crafted a saga in which the team journeyed to Asgard, the home of the gods of Norse mythology. The storyline wrote Dani Moonstar out of the series, as she joined the Norse pantheon as one of the Valkyrior.[10] However, the most controversial issue of her run was New Mutants # Titled "Instant Replay!", the story deals with the New Mutants' mourning for Cypher, and includes a scene in which Warlock attempts to resurrect Cypher by taking his corpse out of its coffin and showing it to Cypher's loved ones. Simonson holds it to be her favorite New Mutants story, though she acknowledges that many readers found it too morbid.[2]

Sales of the series had slumped for several years, but took a sharp upturn after Rob Liefeld took over the penciling and co-plotting chores at the end of [citation needed] A new mentor for the group, the mysterious mercenary Cable, was introduced,[10] further helping sales. Over the next year, several longtime team members were written out or killed off. However, the relationship between Liefeld and Simonson was fraught with tension, and Simonson claims that editor Bob Harras dealt with the situation by rewriting her plots and dialogue so that the characterizations did not make sense: "Although I wasn't being fired, I think I was being shoved out the door with both hands by Bob Harras. Bob was only doing what he had to do, I expect, which was make Rob Liefeld happy."[2] Simonson eventually gave in, leaving after issue # When Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza, who wrote dialogue based on Liefeld's plots, took over as writers of the final three issues of the series, they included several harder-edged characters:

  • "Domino" (Vanessa Geraldine Carlysle), Cable's pale-skinned, black-garbed mercenary lover. Actually Copycat, impersonating Domino.
  • Feral (Maria Callasantos), who possessed a bestial temperament and appearance.
  • Shatterstar (Gaveedra Seven), a swashbuckling warrior from another dimension.
  • Warpath (James Proudstar), the younger brother of slain X-Man Thunderbird and a former Hellion, an Apache who possessed super strength and speed.

The New Mutants was cancelled in with issue #, but the new platoon-like team formed by Cable continued in X-Force, a successful series (whose first issue sold approximately one million copies)[citation needed] that would continue until , and feature a variety of the former New Mutants cast.

Volume 1 Writers[edit]

Volume 1 cast[edit]

Volume 1 collected editions[edit]

The New Mutants has been reprinted in several trade paperbacks, some containing specific story arcs (such as the "Demon Bear Saga" by Claremont and Sienkiewicz), and some collected as part of a larger crossover of the various X-titles. Only in , however, did a chronological reprinting of the series begin, with the commencement of The New Mutants Classic series of trade paperbacks.

TitleMaterial collectedPublication dateISBN
New Mutants Omnibus, Volume 1The New Mutants #1–34, Annual #1; Marvel Graphic Novel #4; Marvel Team-Up Annual #6; Marvel Team-Up # (A story), #; Uncanny X-Men #, #, #, #, #; Magik # December
New Mutants Omnibus, Volume 2The New Mutants #35–54, Annual #; New Mutants Special Edition #1; X-Men Annual #; Power Pack #20, #33; Fallen Angels #; Firestar #; New Mutants: War Children #1; Material from Web of Spider Man Annual #2 November
Secret Wars II OmnibusNew Mutants #30, #36–37; Secret Wars II #1–9; Uncanny X-Men #, #–; Captain America #; Iron Man #; Fantastic Four #, #, #, #–; Web of Spider-Man #6; Amazing Spider-Man #, #–; Daredevil #; Incredible Hulk #; Avengers #–, #–; Dazzler #40; Alpha Flight #28; Thing #30; Doctor Strange #74; Cloak and Dagger #4; Power Pack #18; Thor #; Power Man and Iron Fist #; Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #; Defenders #; Quasar #8 May
Mutant Massacre OmnibusUncanny X-Men #, Annual #11; X-Factor #, Annual #2; New Mutants #46; Thor #, #; Power Pack #27; Daredevil #; Fantastic Four VS. The X-Men #; X-Men VS. The Avengers # May
X-Men Inferno OmnibusX-Factor #, X-Terminators #, Uncanny X-Men #, New Mutants #, Power Pack #40, #, Avengers #, Fantastic Four #, Amazing Spider-Man #, Spectacular Spider-Man #, Web Of Spider-Man #, Daredevil #, #, Excalibur #, Mutant Misadventures Of Cloak and Dagger #4, and material from X-Factor Annual #4. May
Atlantis Attacks OmnibusNew Mutants #76, Annual #5; Silver Surfer Annual #2; Iron Man Annual #10; Marvel Comics Presents #26; Uncanny X-Men Annual #13; Amazing Spider-Man Annual #23; Punisher Annual #2; Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #9; Daredevil Annual #4; Avengers Annual #18; X-Factor Annual #4; Web of Spider-Man Annual #5; Avengers West Coast #56, Annual #4; Thor Annual #14; Fantastic Four Annual #22 March
Acts of Vengeance Crossovers OmnibusNew Mutants #84–86; Uncanny X-Men #–; Fantastic Four #–; Wolverine #19–20; Dr. Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #11–13; Incredible Hulk #; Punisher #28–29; Punisher War Journal #12–13; Marc Spector: Moon Knight #8–10; Daredevil #–; Power Pack #53; Alpha Flight #79–80; X-Factor #49–50; Damage Control #1–4; and Web of Spider-Man #64–65 August
X-Force Omnibus, volume 1New Mutants #, Annual #7; X-Men Annual #15; X-Factor Annual #6; X-Force #; Spider-Man #16; Cable: Blood & Metal #; material from New Warriors Annual #1, X-Force Annual #1 February
TitleMaterial collectedPublication dateISBN
New Mutants Epic Collection, Vol. 1: RenewalMarvel Graphic Novel No. 4 - The New Mutants, The New Mutants #1–12, Uncanny X-Men #, Marvel Team-Up Annual #6, Magik #1–4 and material from Marvel Team-Up # March
New Mutants Epic Collection, Vol. 2: The Demon Bear SagaThe New Mutants #13–31, Annual #1 July
New Mutants Epic Collection, Vol. 6: Curse of the ValkyriesX-Terminators #1–4;The New Mutants #71–85 February
New Mutants Epic Collection, Vol. 7: CableThe New Mutants #,The New Mutants Annual #,The New Mutants Summer Special #1 and material from X-Factor Annual #5 and X-Men Annual #14 October
TitleMaterial collectedPublication dateISBN
New Mutants Classic, Volume 1The New Mutants #1–7; Marvel Graphic Novel #4; Uncanny X-Men # May
New Mutants Classic, Volume 2The New Mutants #8–17 January
New Mutants Classic, Volume 3The New Mutants #18–25, Annual #1 May
New Mutants: The Demon Bear SagaThe New Mutants #18–21 December
New Mutants Classic, Volume 4The New Mutants #26–34 March
New Mutants Classic, Volume 5The New Mutants #35–40; New Mutants Special Edition; Uncanny X-Men Annual #9 March
New Mutants Classic, Volume 6The New Mutants #41–47; Annual #2; Uncanny X-Men Annual #10 August
X-Men: Mutant MassacreThe New Mutants #46; Uncanny X-Men #–; X-Factor #9–11; Thor #–; Power Pack #27 October
New Mutants Classic, Volume 7The New Mutants #48–54; Annual #3 May
New Mutants ForeverThe New Mutants #53–54; New Mutants Forever #1–5 February
X-Men: Fall of the Mutants Vol. 1 The New Mutants #55–61; Uncanny X-Men #–; Incredible Hulk # February
X-Men: Fall of the MutantsThe New Mutants #59–61; Uncanny X-Men #–; X-Factor #24–26 February
X-Men: Fall of the Mutants KopitiusNew Mutants #55–61; Uncanny X-Men #–; X-Factor #19–26; Captain America #; Daredevil #; Fantastic Four #; Incredible Hulk #; Power Pack #35 May
X-Men: Inferno PrologueThe New Mutants #62–70, Annual #4; Uncanny X-Men #–, Annual #12; X-Factor #27–32, Annual #3; Material from Marvel Age Annual #4; Marvel Fanfare #40 December
X-Men: InfernoThe New Mutants #71–73; Uncanny X-Men #–; X-Factor #36–39 December
X-Men: Inferno (Hardcover edition) New Mutants #71–73; Uncanny X-Men #–; X-Factor #33–40; X-Terminators #1–4; X-Factor Annual #4 June
Cable and the New MutantsThe New Mutants #86–94, New Mutants Annual #5January
Cable Classic, Volume 1The New Mutants #87; Cable: Blood and Metal #1–2; Cable #1–4 March X
X-Men: X-Tinction AgendaThe New Mutants #95–97; Uncanny X-Men #–; X-Factor #60–62 November
X-Men: X-Tinction Agenda (Hardcover edition) New Mutants #95–97; Uncanny X-Men #– & #–; X-Factor () #60–62 August
Deadpool Classic, Volume 1The New Mutants #98; Deadpool ("The Circle Chase") #1–4; Deadpool, vol. 2 ("Sins of the Past") #1–4; Deadpool, vol. 3 #1 May
X-Force: ShatterstarThe New Mutants #99–; X-Force: Shatterstar #1–4 August
X-Force: A Force to be Reckoned WithThe New Mutants #98–, X-Force #1–4, Spider-Man #16 January

The New Mutants, volume 2[edit]

Main article: New X-Men

The second incarnation of the New Mutants debuted in with an ongoing series of the same name, written by Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir. The series would continue for 13 issues, until June , before being relaunched as New X-Men: Academy X in July , with a new #1.

The series featured a handful of the dozens of mutant teenagers attending the Xavier Institute, as well as their instructors, which included various X-Men as well as former members of the original New Mutants (Karma, Magma, Dani Moonstar, and Wolfsbane).

The featured group of students never refer to themselves as "the New Mutants" before the series relaunch as New X-Men: Academy X in , and the reorganization of the Xavier Institute student body into various training squads. The New Mutants, advised by Dani Moonstar, were:

  • Elixir (Josh Foley) – Josh is an Omega-Level mutant who can manipulate his or others' biologies to heal or harm. In addition, Elixir possesses gold skin which converts to black when he uses his powers offensively. He was one of the 27 students at the Xavier Institute to retain his powers after "M-Day". He was seemingly killed by the Dark Riders before returning with vastly enhanced abilities. He is currently taking refuge in Tibet with Xorn.
  • Icarus (Joshua "Jay" Guthrie) – Jay possesses red angelic wings on his back that allow him to fly and which grant him an accelerated healing process. Furthermore, he possesses the ability to manipulate his own voice. He was one of the 27 students at the Xavier Institute to retain his powers after "M-Day". Jay's wings are amputated by Stryker,[11] who later kills him.[12]
  • Prodigy (David Alleyne) – David was the team's co-leader who could temporarily gain the knowledge and skills of those near him. Although he was de-powered after "M-Day", he has retained all the knowledge he had acquired prior to the "Decimation".[13] Current member of the Young Avengers.
  • Surge (Noriko Ashida) – Noriko is Japanese. She absorbs electricity from her environment which she can discharge as powerful electric blasts or utilize as superhuman speed. She requires mechanical gauntlets to prevent overcharge. Surge was one of the 27 students at the Xavier Institute to retain her powers after "M-Day". She is currently a student of the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning.
  • Wallflower (Laurie Collins) – Laurie is a shy girl who generates highly potent pheromones that influence people's emotions. She was one of the 27 students at the Xavier Institute to retain her powers after "M-Day". Laurie was later killed by one of Stryker's men.[14]
  • Wind Dancer (Sofia Mantega) – Sofia was the other co-leader and was a temperamental aerokinetic who was particularly adept at using this power to manipulate sound. She was depowered after "M-Day" and joined a group of fellow ex-mutants as part of the New Warriors. Donning a variety of mechanical gear, she took up the codename Renascence before the group disbanded. Her current whereabouts are unknown.
  • Wither (Kevin Ford) – Kevin could cause organic material to decay with his touch. He eventually switches to the Hellions squad.[15] He is later killed by Elixir.[16]

Another such group, advised by Emma Frost, was known as the Hellions and, like their predecessor, was the arch-rival of the New Mutants. Whereas the original New Mutants series revolved around battles with world-threatening menaces, New Mutants volume 2 focused on the characters' personal relationships and struggles with controlling their powers.

After "M-Day", the cataclysmic event that decimated the world's mutant population, only 27 of the students enrolled at the Xavier Institute retained their powers. The New Mutants and the other training squads were disbanded, and the remaining students were folded into a single junior team, the New X-Men.[17]

Volume 2 cast[edit]

  1. ^As Sofia Montega
  2. ^As Julian Keller until issue #9
  3. ^As Laurie Collins
  4. ^As Kevin Ford
  5. ^As David Alleyne
  6. ^As Josh Foley
  7. ^As Noriko Ashida

Volume 2 collected editions[edit]

TitleMaterial collectedPublication dateISBN
New Mutants: Back to SchoolNew Mutants, vol. 2 #1–6 March
New Mutants: Back to School – Complete CollectionNew Mutants, vol. 2 #1–13; X-Men Unlimited #42–43 January

New Mutants, volume 3[edit]

In May , a third volume of New Mutants was launched. The series was initially written by Zeb Wells and pencilled by Diogenes Neves with the titular characters forming a new field team for the X-Men. The team is a reunion of the cast from the first volume, consisting of Cannonball, Karma, Magik, Magma, Dani Moonstar and Sunspot.

The reunion is spun from events from the limited series X-Infernus. Magik shows up at the X-Men headquarters in San Francisco, claiming to be from the future and warning that Dani Moonstar and Karma are in danger. Once tests show that Illyanna is not an imposter, Cannonball leads a rescue mission with her. They are joined by Magma and Sunspot.[18] They end up taking on Legion.

In later issue, Warlock returns to Earth[19] and Cypher reappears alive, under the control of Selene. After Warlock frees him from Selene's control, Cypher joins the team.[20][21]

During "Siege", Hela empowers Dani (now going by the codename Mirage[22]) as a Valkyrie to bring the souls of the fallen Asgardians to her. During "X-Men: Second Coming", Karma loses her leg after being repeatedly stabbed by Cameron Hodge.[23] It is replaced with a bionic one.

Magik leads the team to Limbo, as part of her plan for revenge against the Elder Gods. Cyclops has her imprisoned for her actions.[24] In the same issue, Cannonball and Karma also leave the team.

After they successfully rescue him from Sugar Man, Nate Grey joins the team.[25]

When the X-Men split in X-Men: Schism, the team sides with Cyclops and stays on Utopia.[26] Their next mission is to find Blink. After locating her and helping her defeat a mutant rock band (Diskhord), Blink returns with them but decides to join the X-Men at the Jean Grey School of Higher Learning.[27] She does join them during the last issues of the series.[28]

Volume 3 cast[edit]

Volume 3 collected editions[edit]

TitleMaterial collectedPublication dateISBN
New Mutants: Return of LegionNew Mutants, vol. 3 #1–5; Marvel Spotlight: New MutantsDecember
New Mutants: NecroshaNew Mutants, vol. 3 #6–11 May
X-NecroshaNew X-Men #32; X-Force vol. 3 #11, #21–25; New Mutants vol. 3 #6–8; X-Men: Legacy #–; X-Force/New Mutants: Necrosha One-Shot; X Necrosha: The Gathering; material from X-Force vol. 3 Annual #1December X
X-Men: Second ComingSecond Coming: Prepare; Second Coming #1–2; Uncanny X-Men #–; New Mutants, vol. 3 #12–14; X-Men Legacy #–; X-Force vol. 3 #26–28 September
New Mutants: Fall of the New MutantsNew Mutants, vol. 3 #15–21 March
X-Men: Age of XAge of X: Alpha; X-Men Legacy #–; New Mutants, vol. 3 #22–24; Age of X: Universe #1–2 July X
New Mutants: Unfinished BusinessNew Mutants, vol. 3 #25–28 October X
Fear Itself: Wolverine/New MutantsFear Itself: Wolverine #1–3; New Mutants, vol. 3 #29–32 April
New Mutants: A Date with the DevilNew Mutants, vol. 3 #33–37 April
New Mutants: De-AnimatorNew Mutants, vol. 3 #38–41 November
Journey Into Mystery/New Mutants: ExiledNew Mutants, vol. 3 #42–43, Exiled #1, Journey Into Mystery #– September
New Mutants: Fight the FutureNew Mutants, vol. 3 #44–50 December

New Mutants, volume 4[edit]

New Mutants was relaunched in November as part of Dawn of X. Written by Jonathan Hickman and Ed Brisson, and drawn by Rod Reis, the initial team comprised Chamber, Cypher, Karma, Magik, Mirage, Mondo, Sunspot and Wolfsbane.[29] A second team comprising Armor, Boom Boom, Glob, Maxime and Manon debuted in issue #3 (December ).[30]

Vita Ayala took over the title December with a cast comprising Karma, Magik, Mirage, Scout, Warlock, Warpath and Wolfsbane.[31]

Volume 4 cast[edit]

Volume 4 issues[edit]

Collected editions[edit]

Title Material collected Format Publication date ISBN
New Mutants by Jonathan Hickman – Volume 1New Mutants #1–2, 5, 7 Trade paperback May 12, [40]ISBN&#;
New Mutants by Ed Brisson – Volume 1New Mutants #3–4, 6, 8–12 November 24, [41]ISBN&#;
New Mutants by Vita Ayala – Volume 1New Mutants # August 10, [42]ISBN&#;

New Mutants Members[edit]

In , the team debuted in Marvel Graphic Novel #4.[43]

Character Real name Active in
ShadowcatKatherine Anne Pryde Uncanny X-Men # ()
MagmaAmara Juliana Olivians Aquilla New Mutants #13 ()
MagikIllyana Nikolievna Rasputina New Mutants #14 ()
WarlockNew Mutants #21 ()
CypherDouglas Aaron Ramsey
MagnetoMax "Magnus" Eisenhardt Uncanny X-Men # ()
Bird-BrainBird Boy New Mutants #55 ()
FirefistRussell "Rusty" Collins New Mutants #77 ()
SkidsSally Blevins
RictorJulio Esteban Richter
Boom-BoomTabitha "Tabby" Smith
CableNathan Christopher Charles Summers New Mutants #89 ()
WarpathJames Proudstar New Mutants #99 ()
ShatterstarGaveedra Seven/Benjamin Russell New Mutants # ()
FeralMaria Callasantos
s recruits
BlinkClarice Ferguson Cable # ()
XLaura Kinney
ArmorHisako Ichiki
Strong GuyGuido Carosella Phoenix Resurrection #2 ()
ChamberJonothon Evan "Jono" Starsmore New Mutants, vol. 4 #1 ()[44]
Allies, honorary, & reserve
Brightwind / Darkwind New Mutants Special Edition #1 ()
GosamyrNew Mutants #67 ()
ArtieArthur Maddicks New Mutants #77 ()
CopycatVanessa Carlysle New Mutants #98 ()
X-ManNate Grey New Mutants, vol. 3 #27 ()
ProdigyDavid_Alleyne New Mutants: Dead Souls #1 ()
GlobGlob Herman New Mutants, vol.4 #3 ()
Honey Badger / Scout Gabrielle Kinney New Mutants, vol. 4 #14 ()

Other versions[edit]

Rahne of Terra[edit]

The graphic novel Rahne of Terra, by Peter David, is set in a heroic fantasy universe in which Wolfsbane's counterpart is Princess Rain of Geshem. Other denizens of Terra include Rain's lady-in-waiting Tabby (Boom-Boom), the knights Richard (Rictor), Robert (Sunspot), and Samuel (Cannonball) and the peasant boy Douglas (Cypher). The Terrans all duplicate the powers of their counterparts in one way or another.[45]

New Mutants: Truth or Death[edit]

In , a three-issue reunion series written by Ben Raab and illustrated by Bernard Chang, New Mutants: Truth or Death, featured the young New Mutants traveling forward in time to meet their older, jaded selves in X-Force.

Worst X-Man Ever[edit]

Here the New Mutants consist of X-Ceptional, who can explode permanently, Riches, who turns whatever he touches to gold, Minerva, who can manipulate reality, and Riches' sister Rags. Riches kills Professor X and takes over the world. Rags begins a relationship with Gambit, and Minerva goes to pure idea. X-Ceptional grabs Riches and explodes, killing them both.[46]

Ultimate Marvel[edit]

In Ultimate X-Men, the Academy of Tomorrow (previously called New Mutants) is founded by Emma Frost. It is loosely linked to the X-Men via Emma Frost's professional relationship with her former lover and teacher Charles Xavier. This Academy accepts any talented students, regardless of their genetic status. The team is headed by a non-telepathic and more pacifistic version of Emma Frost and headed by field leader Havok. During Ultimatum, the Academy of Tomorrow is destroyed in a terrorist attack by Multiple Man.[47] Former members include Angel, Beast, Cannonball, Cypher, Dazzler, Karma, Northstar, Polaris, and Sunspot.

In other media[edit]


  • The animated TV series X-Men: Evolution (–) featured a group called the New Mutants who, like their comic book counterparts, were a junior team living at the Xavier Institute concurrently with the X-Men. The team featured Boom-Boom, Cannonball, Magma, Sunspot and Wolfsbane. Other members, such as Berzerker, Iceman, Jubilee, and Multiple Man were not New Mutants in the comic book series, but were featured in other X-Men comics. Mirage also appeared in the show's penultimate episode where she joined the team in a dream she projected into Shadowcat's head.
  • New Mutants is the name given to the "race" of Mutants on the television show Mutant X ().


  • The live-action film X-Men: Days of Future Past () featured several of the New Mutants characters in supporting roles, namely Clarice Ferguson / Blink, James Proudstar / Warpath, and Robert da Costa / Sunspot portrayed by Fan Bingbing, Booboo Stewart and Adan Canto, respectively.[48][49][50][51][52]
  • A film adaptation of the characters was released on August 28, The film was directed by Josh Boone with the script written by Boone and Knate Gwaltney and stars Maisie Williams as Wolfsbane,[53]Anya Taylor-Joy as Magik,[54]Charlie Heaton as Cannonball,[55]Blu Hunt as Mirage[56] and Henry Zaga as Sunspot,[57] as the members of the team.[58][59][60][61][62][63][64][65][66]


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