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


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

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

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

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

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dakota Morgan

    Vita Ayala's New Mutants run is scatterbrained until the finally two issues when the pieces finally click into the place. The idea that certain monstrous-looking mutants might not have as much mutant pride is a solid one, but it took too long to materialize. Side-plots run rampant and, in a recurring New Mutants theme, none of the characters receive introductions (or re-introductions?). Half the mutants I met in Ed Brisson and Jonathan Hickman's runs don't appear. And yet the book is still overs Vita Ayala's New Mutants run is scatterbrained until the finally two issues when the pieces finally click into the place. The idea that certain monstrous-looking mutants might not have as much mutant pride is a solid one, but it took too long to materialize. Side-plots run rampant and, in a recurring New Mutants theme, none of the characters receive introductions (or re-introductions?). Half the mutants I met in Ed Brisson and Jonathan Hickman's runs don't appear. And yet the book is still overstuffed with characters. It doesn't help that Rod Reis's artwork is basically incoherent. The colors: great. The character designs, action, and finished look: lacking.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rylan

    Another new writer and it’s only been 14 issues. This series continues to be very underwhelming like this volume uses Dani and Karma two of my favorites and fails to capture my attention. I was hoping this new run would fix the problems this series has had but it feels more of the same. I don’t know if I will continue this series after this volume.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

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

  5. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Cool to see Honeybadge--I mean Scott get some love but the rest of the cast weren't all that interesting. This book didn't do much for me, got bored pretty quickly through. I guess new Mutants comics don't do much for me. Cool to see Honeybadge--I mean Scott get some love but the rest of the cast weren't all that interesting. This book didn't do much for me, got bored pretty quickly through. I guess new Mutants comics don't do much for me.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joey Nardinelli

    This volume feels very interstitial in its narrative arch. I actually don’t think I’ve read all the content so far about Otherworld which is making jumping around from series to series a bit more confusing than it should be. Cosma remains a character I can see clearly being manipulated by external evils and I wasn’t completely sold on Karma’s arc here since it ended so abruptly and without some sort of reunification with her brother. I think there’s just a lot of character bloat at this point an This volume feels very interstitial in its narrative arch. I actually don’t think I’ve read all the content so far about Otherworld which is making jumping around from series to series a bit more confusing than it should be. Cosma remains a character I can see clearly being manipulated by external evils and I wasn’t completely sold on Karma’s arc here since it ended so abruptly and without some sort of reunification with her brother. I think there’s just a lot of character bloat at this point and while that sounds fun on paper, it means a lot of treading water when there just no really space for any exposition.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amy Rae

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

  8. 5 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    3.5 Stars. With Vita Ayala's writing reins firmly in hand, this book now takes on a much needed emotional depth, diving into what makes the kids tick and giving us the feeling of "new" mutants again, as the "New Mutants" we've come to know and love have now become the teachers and guardians of this new team. I wish that the art would be better, but with some of the more obscure aspects (Cosmar's reality warping, Mirage's dreaming, and all the weird things Warlock does) it works well enough. Highli 3.5 Stars. With Vita Ayala's writing reins firmly in hand, this book now takes on a much needed emotional depth, diving into what makes the kids tick and giving us the feeling of "new" mutants again, as the "New Mutants" we've come to know and love have now become the teachers and guardians of this new team. I wish that the art would be better, but with some of the more obscure aspects (Cosmar's reality warping, Mirage's dreaming, and all the weird things Warlock does) it works well enough. Highlights: - With Magik, Warpath, and the rest of the original "New Mutants" in charge, they take it upon themselves to begin to train the new generation to work together via what they call "Sinergy Training", which is a fancier way of saying combo moves. The newbies need to know each other's strengths and weaknesses so they can work better as a team. - ALL Mutants are welcome on Krakoa, but that doesn't mean that all the 'used-to-be-villains' should be, at least in my opinion. Shadow King is one of these, and we see the trouble he causes the new kids by influencing their young minds in the wrong direction. Not that he's making them out to be villainous, but he is playing on their self-appearance insecurities to make them more reliant on him. - Appearance is a huge topic covered in this Volume, specifically with Cosmar, Anole, and Scout. Cosmar seeks resurrection because the initialization of her powers caused her body to morph to something not human looking at all. Anole has always struggled with his more lizard-like appearance, and Scout, having come to terms with her looks long ago, is the one standing up to Shadow King and his machinations for her two friends. Lots of "You Don't Understand!" talk from our insecure teens. - Josh, a mutant with huge horns (yet his powers are unknown to me) who originally came about in "Age of X-Man", has found a place in Otherworld where he feels comfortable and more normal. Karma and Mirage go to rescue him, but get themselves in trouble with King Jamie and Lady Roma (Merlyn's daughter), owing a favor to her to be paid back in the future. - Lastly, Karma wants to endure the Trial of the Crucible, hoping to be able to separate her brother, whose consciousness she absorbed. Dani Moonstar helps her through it, and she is restored in the end. Wonder when we are going to get the brother back... and how that will affect the team dynamic. Overall, the story is getting really good, but the art is just really unappealing to me. Let's see how the team shakes out post-Gala. Recommend.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Clint

    4.5 stars I’ve enjoyed New Mutants despite its turbulent direction so far, but I think these new issues from Vita Ayala are the best yet, and I’m looking forward to where Ayala’s taking the series. Beyond the great writing, Reis’s art is gorgeous. Nearly every page is amazing and fun to spend time taking in on its own. It reminds me of Christian Ward’s similarly colorful and sloppy digital painting style (Ward even does a few covers here), but Reis’s work feels polished and finished in a way that 4.5 stars I’ve enjoyed New Mutants despite its turbulent direction so far, but I think these new issues from Vita Ayala are the best yet, and I’m looking forward to where Ayala’s taking the series. Beyond the great writing, Reis’s art is gorgeous. Nearly every page is amazing and fun to spend time taking in on its own. It reminds me of Christian Ward’s similarly colorful and sloppy digital painting style (Ward even does a few covers here), but Reis’s work feels polished and finished in a way that I haven’t seen from Ward. The story is fantastic; it feels fittingly youthful without being juvenile or annoying. I love seeing the young adult leads of New Mutants try to watch over and train Krakoa’s unruly teen and adolescent mutants. The emotional exchanges are interesting, and on a more popcorn action level there’s a ton of neat synergy power combos from teachers and students that get shown off. The heavy focus on teen mutants also means there’s a few concurrent threads of identity issues being worked through that I thought were thoughtfully explored. Separately, a core team member deals with trauma and abandonment issues in a compelling way that actually gets pages devoted to fleshing it out instead of X-Factor’s flimsy aesthetic obsession with similar issues. The venture into Otherworld does cool things with that reality’s unique possibilities that the latest Excalibur series never quite has for me. At times, it reminded me of Die’s similarly imaginative fantasy mashup adventure.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Lawson

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

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bat Man

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

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rick Brose

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

  13. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    A good book filled with rag tag selection of young Mutants... Though some I feel have had some vital character development over the years stripped and their character devolved slightly to fit the story. Specifically I am talking about Anole. But some of other characters follow these same elements in the story. The art is great, however, and really hope to Rod Reis pop up in future Marvel projects!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Adan

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

  15. 4 out of 5

    Christian Zamora-Dahmen

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

  16. 4 out of 5

    Matty Dub

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

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tracey Sinclair

    The art is gorgeous (with a definite nod to the classic Bill Sienkiewicz era, which I loved) and there are some lovely moments, though it maybe tries to cram in too many things and too many characters, can be a tad confusing if you aren't intimately familiar with the run. The art is gorgeous (with a definite nod to the classic Bill Sienkiewicz era, which I loved) and there are some lovely moments, though it maybe tries to cram in too many things and too many characters, can be a tad confusing if you aren't intimately familiar with the run.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lillian Francis

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

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

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

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tuni

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

  21. 5 out of 5

    Keke

    vita ayala shat yet another stinking turd

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Shaffer

    DNF.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ross

  24. 4 out of 5

    Declan

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tony

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bruce

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andre

  28. 5 out of 5

    Derek Moreland

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chris

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cay Padron

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