Writers Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Artists Felix Ruiz (pages 1 – 6, 19 – 25) and Klebs (7 – 18)
Colorist Val Staples with Jesus Aburto
Letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Dated December 2012
Cover Artist John Tyler Christopher
The New Mutants, from the cast page, are – Dani, Sunspot, Magma, X-Man, Blink, Cypher and Warlock.
Issue opens with a page of Tyro, a fellow member of Warlock’s people – the Phalanx. Tyro is trying to fight off his father, who is co-habitating in his body. That is one of the aspects of that species, the son is meant to kill the father. Warlock didn’t to and it appears Tyro, also had difficulty. Everything I know about Tyro, comes from this issue.
San Francisco. Cannonball, Sunspot and X-Man are trying to grill outside. Sam doesn’t know how to light a grill, so he over does it and destroys it.
Magma shows up, rightly insulted that she wasn’t originally asked to help, and creates a mini volcano so the boys can grill. Good for her! Plus, I always enjoy seeing mutants using their powers in practical ways.
Karma, with both legs, and Dani are making a salad. Doug is still moping about.
Look at all the people who showed up!
Kitty is taking a picture that she isn’t included in, so she should turn around and take the picture properly. But then, we wouldn’t know that Kitty was in this issue.
What I like most about this issue is that it really is the combination of everything that came before.
Doctor Strange shows up.
Cannonball interrupts a conversation that Dani and Nate were having. I am not sure if those two were an official couple, I do know they flirted but that doesn’t mean anything.
The Disir, from the Exiled storyline, show up.
Doug speaks with team therapist, Mr.Grim.
Mephisto, in a more human form, but still red, shows up. He is still trying to pursue Magma. Sunspot gets jealous, like he do. Magma thinks he is sweet and kisses him on the lips. These two are always on and off, but never officially on.
Wolverine tells Dani that that the New Mutants have successfully accomplished Xavier’s dream of unity.
We are reminded of Cyclops’ goal for the New Mutants – to clean up the mess that the X-Men leave behind.
Then the action sequence of the issue begins, as Tyro has crashed into the backyard.
We are treated to a pretty impressive double splash page of all the heroes coming together to fight Tyro.
Doug saves the day by using his knowledge of the future to calm Tyro and deletes his father’s programming from his system.
Everybody goes back and enjoys the barbeque.
In a rare instance, the cover image actually happens in the issue. I like how it is the first image we see and the last.
Covers use to reflect the contents of the issue but nowadays, they work more as mini posters than as a preview of what is to come.
There is an ad for Avengers that sports Cannonball and Sunspot as members. That Sam, always earning his big league status. From what I have read, they are essentially the comedy relief.
Dani joins Fearless Defenders.
Karma joins Astonishing X-Men.
Warlock and Doug take a year off, before joining All New X-Factor.
Not sure what happens to Magma or to X-Man and Blink, for that matter.
Shame that Magik couldn’t make it to this final issue.