Author: Robert Diehl
Updated: Version 2.1 last modified March 21, 2001
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Index to The New Mutants Version 2.0 last modified January 24, 1998 by Robert Diehl (email@example.com) Introduction: Which New Mutant once dated a dwarf? Which New Mutant literally crashed a slumber party? Which New Mutants speak Latin? Which New Mutant was once on a serious crash diet? Who are Corsi and Friedlander? The Claremont Era: In 1982 Chris Claremont (writer) and Bob McLeod (artist) created the New Mutants as the second generation of X-Men. There were only those two mutant books at the time (what are we up to now, ten?), and the New Mutants were intended as the junior set: X-Men in training. It was an international team of awkward and unskilled teenagers. The series lasted 100 issues and eight years, until Rob Liefeld killed it. (Actually, he reconceived it as X-Force, with less characterization and plot and a lot more aggression.) But Claremont's writing was great. His genius was in making these kids act like kids: going to movies and parties and falling in love, arguing with parents and teachers and preachers and each other, and feeling often insecure. Best: the Hellions, Legion, evil Xi'an, Dani "counting coup" on the Beyonder, Doug Ramsey's crush on Betsy, Larry Bodine's suicide Not-So-Much-the-Best: Xi'an's departure in issue 6, Team America, Kitty Pryde as a robot gladiator Simonson: In issue 55, Louise Simonson took over as writer, lasting till issue 97, and generally mucking things up (except for the very well-done aftermath of Doug's death). Best: the death of Douglas Ramsey Not-So-Much-the-Best: the bird boy, Magneto reverting to evil, Gosamyr, Gosamyr's parents, Magneto fighting Sebastian Shaw in the men's room, killing a giant squid with imaginary dynamite, an Asgardian dwarf forging an imperfect sword, the Mindless Ones, S.U.R.F. Liefeld: In issue 86, Rob Liefeld took over as artist, and by issue 96 he was writing, as well (assisted by Fabien Nicieza). Best: well... Not-So-Much-the-Best: the first version of Cable, Rictor's grudge against Cable, pointless Wolverine guest appearances, and how about dumping Dani, Warlock, Rahne, Rictor and Roberto and replacing them with Cable, Domino, Feral and Shatterstar! Honorable Mention: the uncredited "Tribute the Second" Dishonorable Mention: the carnival story in issue 92. Oh, and in 1990 there was this really awful special edition lecture on the corrupt structure of modern society. Anyway, Enjoy the index. Let me know if you find any mistakes. Issue: New Mutants special (Marvel Graphic Novel #4) Date: 1982 Story: Renewal (47 pages) Feature Characters: Samuel Zachery "Sam" Guthrie (Cannonball) from Kentucky; Roberto "Bobby" da Costa (Sunspot) from Brazil; Danielle "Dani" Moonstar (Psyche) a Cheyenne; Rahne Sinclair (Wolfsbane) from Scotland; Xi'an "Shan" Coy Manh (Karma) from Vietnam Regular Characters: Prof. Charles Francis Xavier Guest Stars: Dr. Moira MacTaggert Villains: Reverend Craig; Keller; the Hellfire Club's Donald Pierce and minions Other Characters: Roberto's father Emmanuel da Costa (misspelled Emmanual), his girlfriend Juliana Sandoval, his teammates Jaime and Dominic; Sam's co-worker Mr. Lewis; Dani's grandfather Black Eagle, Tessa of the Hellfire Club Credits: Creators: Chris Claremont, Bob McLeod Writer: Chris Claremont Pencils: Bob McLeod Letters: Tom Orzechowski Colors: Glynis Wein Editor: Louise Jones Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter Synopsis: Moira, enjoying the Scottish outdoors, is hurdled by a wolf who turns into a girl and asks for help. Moira recognizes Rahne, sees that she has been shot, and realizes she is a young mutant. Craig and an enraged mob arrive to kill the girl as a witch, but Moira orders them off her land and decides to take Rahne to Xavier. In Rio de Janeiro, Roberto plays soccer, is bullied by Keller, and manifests his power for the first time, throwing the young racist across the stadium, and the crowd flees in terror. We learn that he is being monitored by Pierce. In Cameron County, Kentucky, the newly fatherless Sam begins working in a coal mine to support the family. There is a cave-in, and Sam's power manifests for the first time, rocketing himself and Lewis to safety. Pierce looks on. In the Medicine Bow Mountains near Sundance, Dani enjoys the Colorado outdoors and her cougar Ridge-Runner. Black Eagle arrives, telling her about Xavier's school. She is outraged that he would send her to a white, and her power manifests, projecting Black Eagle's fears visually. She apologizes and agrees to go to Xavier. Pierce looks on and tells a captive Tessa that he plans to eliminate Sebastian Shaw and the other mutants from the Hellfire Club. Dani awakes at midnight to discover Black Eagle beaten to death (which had been his fear). She vows revenge. In Westchester, Xavier and Moira run tests on Shan (who was referred to them by Reed Richards in Uncanny X-Men 165), then convince her to demonstrate her power. She possesses Moira, alarming Rahne. She relates her history: a Vietnamese "boat person," her parents were killed escaping, so she is the sole support of her brother Leong and sister Nga. Her dead brother Tran was an evil mutant. Moira convinces Xavier that although they believe the X-Men to be dead (actually detained by the Brood: see Uncanny X-Men 161ff), the dream is still good. He agrees to begin again with the New Mutants. Xavier brings Rahne and Shan to Colorado in time for Black Eagle's funeral, and Dani attacks them, projecting Shan's fear of war-time helicopters. Simultaneously Pierce's minions attack, killing Ridge Runner. The attack is beaten off, and Xavier prevents Dani from killing in revenge of her grandfather. Moira takes Dani and Shan to Rio, and they are arrested on suspicion of abducting Juliana. The girls escape and find Roberto in time to help him fight off Juliana's real abductors (more of Pierce's minions). Juliana, however, is killed. Xavier takes Rahne to Kentucky and is attacked by Sam, who is now working for Pierce. Rahne escapes, but Xavier is taken to a fortified camp, where Pierce plans to tap his brain. Rahne quickly infiltrates, Sam attacks her, Dani scares him off, Roberto trashes the complex, Rahne bites Pierce's bionic arm and is kicked across the room, Sam knocks down Roberto, Pierce stuns Shan, Sam refuses to kill, so Pierce turns on him, Rahne frees Xavier, and he takes over Pierce's mind and gives him to Tessa to deal with. The team takes Rahne to the hospital, leaving Sam behind. Two weeks later in the mansion, the team assembles in uniform, and Xavier announces that Sam will be joining the team. Issue: New Mutants 1 Date: Mar-83 Story: Initiation! (23 pages) Feature Characters: Cannonball, Sunspot, Psyche, Wolfsbane, Karma Regular Characters: Prof. Xavier; Stevie Hunter Guest Stars: Dr. Moira MacTaggert; Illyana Nikolaevna Rasputin (Magik); Gabrielle "Gaby" Haller Villains: Henry Peter Gyrich of the National Security Council, Project Wideawake agents including Feduniwicz Other Characters: Shan's family: father, mother, sister Nga, brothers Leong and Tranh, all as memories Credits: Writer: Chris Claremont Pencils: Bob McLeod Inks: Mike Gustovich Letters: Tom Orzechowski Colors: Glynis Wein Editor: Louise Jones Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter Synopsis: Stevie is changing Shan's hairstyle when Dani's power suddenly interrupts and projects Shan's memories of Vietnam for all to see. Shan attacks Dani to stop this invasion of privacy, and the others have to break her off. Dani wanders through the X-mansion, exploring the rooms of Kitty Pride and Storm and wondering about their fate. In London, Gaby asks Moira to care for her and Xavier's autistic, mutant son (eventually Legion). Xavier vehemently asserts that the New Mutants are not to replace the X-Men; then he shows them the Danger Room for the first time. Four of them attempt to cross the room and are turned back. Dani is too afraid to try and runs off. She later goes back alone and successfully crosses it, but is then stunned by an unknown assailant and awakens in the middle of an advanced training sequence. Issue: New Mutants 2 Date: Apr-83 Story: Sentinels (23 pages) Feature Characters: Cannonball, Sunspot, Psyche, Wolfsbane, Karma Regular Characters: Prof. Xavier; Stevie Hunter Guest Stars: Col. Michael Rossi of Air Force Intelligence Villains: Henry Peter Gyrich, Project Wideawake agents including John Ogilvie; Sentinels; Sebastian Shaw of the Hellfire Club Other Characters: Local kids including Frank, Diana; Bobby's father Emmanuel da Costa Credits: Writer: Chris Claremont Pencils: Bob McLeod Inks: Mike Gustovich Letters: Tom Orzechowski Colors: Glynis Wein Editor: Louise Jones Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter Synopsis: From last issue, Dani is trapped in the Danger Room, chased by monsters including one of the Brood, and takes a bad fall. The rest of the team are in the mall, having seen the movie E.T., and they meet some local kids. Gyrich and Shaw are allied, Gyrich to observe and control mutants, and Shaw to gather the New Mutants to his Inner Circle. Rossi accosts Stevie and tells her the New Mutants are in danger. Meanwhile, Federal agents have already taken them into custody. Stevie and Rossi help free them, but just then Gyrich's Sentinels attack. The team destroys them, but not easily. Back at the mansion, the team revives Dani, and we learn that a Broodqueen has possessed Xavier. Issue: New Mutants 3 Date: May-83 Story: Nightmare (22 pages) Feature Characters: Cannonball, Sunspot, Psyche, Wolfsbane, Karma Regular Characters: Prof. Xavier; Stevie Hunter Guest Stars: Dr. Moira MacTaggert, Sean Cassidy; Magik Villains: Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Chris Claremont Pencils: Bob McLeod Inks: Mike Gustovich Letters: Tom Orzechowski Colors: Glynis Wein Editor: Louise Jones Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter Synopsis: Dani is awakened by thunder and attacked by the spirit form of the bear that killed her parents. Sam and Roberto wake her, and Xavier assures her it was just a dream, but then calls Moira, saying Dani is insane. Dani overhears. Sean proposes to Moira, but she says no, afraid of having more children like Proteus. Dani tells Shan that Xavier is acting strangely, so they gather the team in the boathouse to decide what to do. Sam tries to leave, but they find themselves in an alien environment, so they go through the tunnels. They are attacked by one of the Brood and eventually subdued. Dani wakes in Xavier's study, a captive of the Broodqueen, and is told that the New Mutants are to be implanted with eggs. The creature has been using Dani, augmenting her power to make her fear projections real. The New Mutants attack. Dani tells Shan to possess her so the Broodqueen can't use her, but Shan is possessed instead. Dani gets Sam to knock her out, and the Broodqueen disappears, for now. NOTE: the resolution of this storyline was previously published in Uncanny X-Men 167 Issue: New Mutants 4 Date: Jun-83 Story: Who's Scaring Stevie? (23 pages) Feature Characters: Cannonball, Sunspot, Psyche, Wolfsbane, Karma Regular Characters: Prof. Xavier; Empress Lilandra; Stevie Hunter Guest Stars: Villains: Other Characters: local kids including Peter Bristow, Diana Credits: Writer: Chris Claremont Pencils: Sal Buscema Finisher: Bob McLeod Letters: Tom Orzechowski Colors: Glynis Wein Editor: Louise Jones Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter Synopsis: Shan announces that the New Mutants have decided to investigate threatening phone calls that Stevie has been getting, and Xavier makes it a school assignment, requiring a plan of action for his evaluation. They trace the next crank call to a phone booth, then Rahne tracks the scent to a local high school dance and identifies Peter as the culprit. He flees by car and Sam pursues, saving a mother and child and making his first successful in-flight turn. Peter's car crashes and burns, and he runs into an abandoned building full of explosives. Shan possesses Peter and removes him from the building just as it explodes. Back in the mansion, Peter refuses to explain himself until they threaten to tell his parents, of whom he is mortally afraid. Xavier instructs Dani to use her power on Peter, which reveals that he has a crush on Stevie and that his father beats him. Peter explains that he didn't believe Stevie cared about him because she never punished him. He decided to retaliate by terrorizing her, and he now apologizes. Xavier erases Peter's memory of the New Mutants and turns him over to child welfare. Issue: New Mutants 5 Date: Jul-83 Story: Heroes (22 pages) Feature Characters: Cannonball, Sunspot, Psyche, Wolfsbane, Karma Regular Characters: Prof. Xavier; Empress Lilandra; Stevie Hunter Guest Stars: R.U. Reddy, Cowboy, El Lobo of Team America (motorcyclists); the Dark Rider; Colonel Rossi; Mr. McDonald Villains: Keniuchio Harada the Silver Samurai, Viper and goons Other Characters: Wrench and Georgianna Hebb Credits: Writer: Chris Claremont Pencils: Sal Buscema Finisher: Bob McLeod Letters: Tom Orzechowski Colors: Glynis Wein Editor: Louise Jones Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter Synopsis: Xavier is unable to walk in his new, cloned body (Uncanny X-Men 167) because of a psychosomatic pain that he is unable to overcome. At a fair, the New Mutants see Team America fall under attack while they were performing. All counter-attack and defeat the goons. The Samurai and the Dark Rider appear. The Samurai defeats the Dark Rider, shows her to be Dani, and disappears with her. Dani awakens in a room containing only a motorbike and is attacked by giant, spiked wheels, which stop when she is unable to outrun them. The Samurai takes her to Viper, and Dani pulls forth her fear of war-torn Europe and is slapped down. Viper uses Dani as a hostage to force Team America to do a job for her. With Rossi's help, Xavier realizes that Team America are mutants who can possess any bystander and so make the Dark Rider. He announces he will help them control their power and not immediately save Dani. The New Mutants feel this is a betrayal and decide to save Dani on their own. Issue: New Mutants 6 Date: Aug-83 Story: Road Warriors! (22 pages) Feature Characters: Cannonball, Sunspot, Psyche, Wolfsbane, Karma Regular Characters: Prof. Xavier; Empress Lilandra Guest Stars: R.U. Reddy, Cowboy, El Lobo, Honcho, Geegee of Team America Villains: Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Coy (Shan's uncle); the Silver Samurai, Viper and goons; A.I.M. goons Other Characters: Wrench and Georgianna Hebb Credits: Writer: Chris Claremont Pencils: Sal Buscema Finishers: A. Gil, J. Tartag Letters: Janice Chiang Colors: George Roussos Editor: Louise Jones Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter Synopsis: The New Mutants burst into Coy's penthouse apartment in San Francisco. Shan threatens to make him kill himself, but he calls her bluff. Instead, he agrees to help them find Viper if Shan will work for him for a year, expanding his criminal empire. The Samurai is unhappy that his sister Mariko is now head of Clan Yashida and is engaged to Wolverine. Xavier monitors Team America as they break into an A.I.M. fortress in Black Mesa, Mexico, and steal the crystal Viper wants. The fortress explodes, but Team America is protected by the crystal. They are pursued by hovercraft, but El Lobo consciously summons the power of the Black Rider for the first time and defeats them. The New Mutants attack Viper's mansion in Big Sur, California, while a new, unknown mutant mentally attacks Xavier. Sam and Roberto beat off the Samurai, Shan possesses Viper, but both teleport away. Xavier, having picked up Team America, is on his way to Viper's mansion when the Samurai blows it up, seeming to kill the New Mutants. Issue: New Mutants 7 Date: Sep-83 Story: Flying Down to Rio! (22 pages) Feature Characters: Cannonball, Sunspot, Psyche, Wolfsbane Regular Characters: Prof. Xavier; Empress Lilandra Guest Stars: X-Men Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus Villains: Sebastian Shaw and Hellfire Club goons; Axe Other Characters: Roberto's parents, Emmanuel (frequently misspelled Emanuel) and Nina Da Costa; costume shopkeeper Mrs. Goulart Credits: Writer: Chris Claremont Pencils: Sal Buscema Inks: Bob McLeod Letters: Tom Orzechowski Colors: Glynis Wein Editor: Louise Jones Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter Synopsis: All the Mutants except Shan have survived the explosion last issue. Xavier arranges for Roberto's mother to take the New Mutants on an archaeological expedition up the Amazon River while the X-Men continue searching. Roberto at first refuses, but Sam convinces him not to quit the team. Xavier explains that he believes Shan is alive, but that there is a new, evil mutant on the loose and wishes to put the New Mutants out of harm's way. They go to Roberto's home in Rio and learn that his father is rich and quarrels with his mother. They are in a shop choosing wild costumes for Carnival when the Hellfire Club kidnaps Nina while Axe keeps the team busy. Rahne trails Nina to Axe's hideout; she and Dani defeat the Hellfire Club goons while Sam rescues Nina and Roberto beats up Axe. As the New Mutants and Nina prepare for their expedition up the Amazon, we learn that Emmanuel is in cahoots with Shaw and plans to stop the expedition. Issue: New Mutants 8 Date: Oct-83 Story: The Road to... Rome? (22 pages) Feature Characters: Cannonball, Sunspot, Psyche, Wolfsbane, Lady Amara Juliana Olivia Aquilla (later Magma) Regular Characters: Prof. Xavier; Empress Lilandra Guest Stars: Team America Villains: Sebastian Shaw Other Characters: Emmanuel and Nina Da Costa; riverboat crew members including Silvera, Castro Credits: Writer: Chris Claremont Pencils: Sal Buscema Inks: Bob McLeod Letters: Tom Orzechowski Colors: Glynis Wein Editor: Louise Jones Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter Synopsis: Xavier is in Westchester, training the X-Men and Team America. Along the Amazon, Rahne is overcome by the heat, so Dani pulls her greatest desire out of her mind: a blizzard. Sam, flying around for fun, crashes into a tree and kills it. Dani jumps into the river, not remembering that there are pirhana there, and Sam blasts over and rescues her. They run into a group of female Indians, whom they fight off, capturing Amara. Rahne catches Castro hitting her, trying to force her to speak, and turns into a wolf and scares him off, but then he kills the captain and knocks Rahne unconscious. He captures the rest of the team by drugging their food and strands them on the boat, which goes over a waterfall and is destroyed. Sam and Rahne rescue everyone except Nina from the water, and Amara's Indian disguise is washed off, revealing her to be an English-speaking blonde. The team reaches shore only to be captured by a Roman legion. Issue: New Mutants 9 Date: Nov-83 Story: Arena (22 pages) Feature Characters: Cannonball, Sunspot, Psyche, Wolfsbane, Amara Aquilla Regular Characters: Prof. Xavier; Empress Lilandra Guest Stars: Villains: Senator Marcus Domitius Gallio/Gallo, his wife Selene the black priestess; Roman legionnaires including Octavian, Roman servants including Melantha; Castro Other Characters: Senator Lucius Antonius Aquilla; gladiators including Falco, Rogier Credits: Writer: Chris Claremont Pencils: Sal Buscema Finisher: Tom Mandrake Letters: Tom Orzechowski Colors: Glynis Wein Editor: Louise Jones Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter Synopsis: The New Mutants are brought as prisoners to Nova Roma, a lost city in the Andes. Amara is imprisoned with them and explains that the city is made up of Roman republicans and Inca monarchists, and she is the daughter of the leading senator. Roberto breaks down the door of the dungeon, but the team is shot with curare darts and rendered unconscious. Senator Aquilla ensures that Gallio cannot use the mutants as his own private army, while Castro tries to broker a deal with him for mining rights. The girls are to be enslaved. They bathe, and their wine is drugged. Amara escapes, only to be captured by Selene. The boys are drugged to make them berserk, and sent into the arena. They defeat the gladiators and then turn on each other until Dani pulls an image of Xavier from their minds, shocking them into stopping. Gallio proclaims them children of the gods and gives them a laurel wreath. Issue: New Mutants 10 Date: Dec-83 Story: Betrayal! (22 pages) Feature Characters: Cannonball, Sunspot, Psyche, Wolfsbane, Amara Aquilla Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Senator Marcus Domitius Gallio, his wife Selene the black priestess; Roman legionnaires and servants; Castro Other Characters: Senator Lucius Antonius Aquilla; Nina Da Costa Credits: Writer: Chris Claremont Pencils: Sal Buscema Finisher: Tom Mandrake Letters: Tom Orzechowski Colors: Glynis Wein Editor: Louise Jones Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter Consultant: Dana Schutz Synopsis: Rahne is proclaimed descendant of Caesar because of her red hair, and the mutants are given a triumph through the streets of Nova Roma. Gallio wines and dines them in his home, and Rahne offers to help him against Senator Aquilla, which starts an argument with Sam. Roberto sees his mother a captive, but is stopped by guards from approaching her. Dani escapes but is attacked. Castro shoots Roberto and is felled by Rahne. He claims to have been sent by Senator Aquilla, whom Gallio then orders arrested. Roberto and Sam go along to make sure the senator is not killed in the process. Gallio, in Latin, brags that he now controls Nova Roma, not realizing that Roberto understands Latin. Dani awakens in the sanctuary of the cult of fire with Amara, and they watch as Selene sacrifices a girl to the flames. She says she is an immortal is a goddess who takes life from these sacrifices. Dani attacks her, breaking her control of Amara, but she is knocked into the pit of fire, where she is transformed into Magma.
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