While Marauders first issue focused on Kitty Pryde rescuing mutants from nations that wouldn’t allow the mutants to travel, New Mutants has started a storyline where they are bringing mutants, who chose to stay behind for various reasons, back to Krakoa.
This series, penned by Ed Brisson, focuses on Glob and Armor, as they seek to bring mutants back to Krakoa, along with the help of a few others who join due to boredom. In this issue, Brisson focused on the mutant’s Beak and Angel, wo stayed behind to take care of Beaks father. By the end, we see a group of Redneck-like villains ho capture Beak’s kids as a means to trade for the drugs from Krakoa.
Compared to Hickman’s storyline in New Mutants, the characters in this issue are better written. Armor takes the place of Sunspot as team leader, and focuses on helping others rather than being self-centered like Sunspot.
While the team acts in a similar capacity to Marauders, in terms of bringing mutants back, the story is weak overall. Brisson does have one more chapter that releases tomorrow, and New Mutants looks to bounce between the two storylines from Hickman and Brisson, but the story so far is not as exciting as other series. X-Men focuses on the mutants of Krakoa working to survive. Marauders focuses on the politics of Krakoa, from the Black King to the White and Red Queens. X-Force focuses on covert ops as Domino and others look to overthrow the nations that are against Krakoa. Fallen Angels is a redemption story focused on Psylocke, X-23 and Cable as they look to avenge others and redeem themselves. Excalibur focuses on Captain Britain and stopping Morgan LeFaye from killing Braddocks brother, while saving the world. All of these series have some big plot elements in some capacity, but New Mutants has only focused on either bringing mutants back to Krakoa or being in space and Sunspot’s ego.
Having read three chapters into all of these series, it’s safe to say that even if Brisson’s storyline has started off stronger than Hickman’s space plot, the overall storytelling in New Mutants has not been enough to make the series as enjoyable. Brisson gave us new characters to follow with minimal personality, as the only major talking comes from Armor. We also get a heartfelt moment that was nice to see when she saves Beak’s father, but that doesn’t save the series from being average, and below average in terms of the Space dynamic.
While an overall average series with minimal action in this issue, Flaviano did a great job with drawing some of these pages and adding a lot of detail at different moments.
When the team travels to Nebraska, we see a farmhouse and cornfield all drawn out with a bit of detail. We also get a half page spread of Beak’s dad in his bed, with a heart-rate monitor and more. There are other well composed pages in this issue that showcase the detail that Flaviano put in this issue. Each page and panel stands out and you can see the time taken in a lot of these moments through the mix of close-up to wide shots and even some of the action poses too. When the kids are let out to play in the cornfield, there is a small panel done by Flaviano of each kid flying or running out. this sequence was done quite well, giving us a lot of detail in the movement and the emotion and excitement on the kids faces. I really enjoyed the emotion he was able to capture with some of these moments.
Though another underwhelming storyline within the X-Men series at Marvel, Brisson delivers a stronger story for New Mutants than the previous two issues. We also get a lot of great art from Flaviano, along with a heartfelt moment, that’s better than hearing Sunspot spend two issues talking about how great he is. While I can’t recommend this series nor as a graphic novel, It did bring some lesser known mutants to the forefront, and deliver great artistic pages that are lacking in some of the more exciting X-Men series.