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The New Mutants (1983) #36


I mustn’t have ever picked up a New Mutants comic as a kid when I was getting Secret Wars II crossovers. I think I’d remember being this totally perplexed. Claremont’s approach to this title is apparently to throw everything he can think of into the issue, up to and including a floating subway car (and a Ghostbusters reference).

There are demons, there are religious things, mutant things, dating things, it’s just way too much. It’s like instead of creating characters, Claremont wants to discuss “issues” just really, really immaturely. It’s kind of like social commentary with stick figures.

The Secret Wars II crossover is actually all right (it’s far better than demons), just because it deals with the fallout of someone encountering someone as powerful as the Beyonder. What’s incredible is apparently no one realized the Beyonder’s a perfect stand-in for the comic book writer, metaphorically.

Big surprise there.

One response to “The New Mutants (1983) #36”

  1. Back when I was young and collected the second series X-men, I gave up at around #125 or so because it was evident that Claremont was quite possibly as unfocused writer as I had ever seen in comics. Every issue he constantly introduced new characters, kept adding sub plots that were rarely resolved, and had word balloons filled with way too many words for my addled teenage mind. It astounds me to this day that fans still keep his “classic” X-men writer status high. At least you have the interesting if not always comprehensible Sienkiewicz

    artwork to look at. At this time, he was ditching his Adams influences and adapting tricks from his new mentor, Baron Storey. What a mix.

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