Today’s Super Comic: New Mutants Special #1 (1985)

In which I review one comic a day, every day — but only the good ones. If you don’t have anything nice to say…

New_Mutants_Special_Edition_Vol_1_1_WraparoundTaking characters out of their element can yield great results when executed properly. And New Mutants Special #1 nails it.

The X-Men have had many spinoffs over the years, but the New Mutants were the first “second” team of mutant characters at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. And they were meant to be students first and foremost, not superheroes. These were young teenagers learning to control their powers in a world that fears and hates them.

So this story scatters them across an entirely different world…Asgard. Yes—Thor’s Asgard, the mythical Norse realm full of gods and goddesses. In this extra-sized special, writer Chris Claremont gives each individual New Mutant ample focus as they’re separated across different regions of this fantastical realm full of creatures and characters they never expected to meet. Some of the mutants initially enjoy the experience while others find themselves in troublesome predicaments, but strong characterization drives everything.

And Arthur Adams’s pencils and layouts provide a suitably epic feel to the proceedings. The book is a treat to both look at and read.

This was a special that earned the label. Classic stuff. My favorite New Mutants story.

Writer: Chris Claremont

Penciler: Arthur Adams

Inker: Terry Austin

Publisher: Marvel

How to Read It: back issues; Marvel Unlimited; included in X-Men: The Asgardian Wars (TPB)

Appropriate For: ages 10 and up