by Dylan Duarte, CMRO Contributing Writer
Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning, Art by David Lopez
Published: February 2012
Not only are the New Mutants like the teenage X-Men, but the series seems written to appeal to a younger audience as well. In issue #35, the team is still on the hunt for the missing mutant Blink, following a trail of “natural” disasters. The team catches up with her just in time to join her on her mission to root out the cause of the disasters. The suspects? A rock band named Diskhord.
I should preface this by saying that I’m not the biggest fan of the series. I have a deep love for the X-Men, which more or less extends throughout the entire universe, but New Mutants is far from one of my favorite titles. That isn’t to say I don’t have fun with it.
This issue moves a little too quickly for its own good, proven by the fact that they just up and skipped an entire fight scene. It’s more than a little ridiculous. The New Mutants start to throw down, we get an exciting four pages, and then it literally flashes forward to the aftermath. It’s such an odd choice that I’m not even willing to call it lazy. It feels deliberate, but to what end, I have no idea. But it definitely takes what was already a mediocre issue and completely ruins it, cheating us out of a third act and fast forwarding straight to the cliffhanger. Building up to a climax and then skipping over it entirely is kind of a big deal.
Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning definitely get points in the creative department for thinking up a rock band with weather-controlling powers. But this issue is just ill-conceived. I can understand that maybe the writers wanted to save the big showdown for later on in the arc, but then why not avoid it entirely rather than having it happen off screen? New Mutants #35 was a bad execution of a bad idea.