Good-bye New Mutants, it was fun while it lasted

This graphic created for Comics Alliance by Irene Y. Lee perfectly captures why I’m giving up the last mutant book I was half-heartedly reading, New Mutants.

How many titles is that a month? Who can afford to follow this saga? X-fans must be dropping a mint.

New Mutants was the first series I ever collected. It had its ups and downs with classic stories like the Claremont/Sienkiewicz, which hold up to this day, and some less impressive tales like Bird Brain and the Animates.

READ ALSO: Coolest New Mutants cover concept of all time?

Recently relaunched with writing team of DnA (Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning) at the helm, there are some completely serviceable stories in the first couple of years it’s been around. Unfortunately for casual X-book readers, the title suffers from cross-over overload. And if you only care about characters from the original lineup, forget it. They’re now scattered across the X-verse and it’s your best guess where a pivotal moment might pop up between characters, like Sam Guthrie and Dani Moonstar finally officially hooking up – which apparently happened in a one-shot, no less.

It’s no wonder Magik looks so angry (in this sweet pin-up by one of my fav artists, Farel Dalrymple).

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