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Review: New Mutants #16

Meet the New Hellions!

General Ulysses supervises Project Purgatory, a research lab weaponizing infant mutants in Limbo. But the military man's playing with fire here, and it's only a matter of time before he gets burned.
 

The Good

The whole concept of the army erecting a base in the underworld is actually rather cool. It's got shades of Avatar and Doom - - or rather, what you probably wanted to see in Doom. Wells gives the military men's macho talk good credibility. This isn't a bunch of cliches cribbed from viewings of Full Metal Jacket, but some genuinely funny drill sergeant parlance. The whole set-up with the one soldier ignoring orders and subsequently getting scooped up by some demon made for some great gallows humor. Kirk's art was a treat, too, adding a real basis of reality to this nightmarish situation - - a quality that made it even more fearsome.

The Bad

The New Mutant's non-presence is sort of a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it allows for a little experimentation to give proper breathing room for the origin of what I presume are going to be the new Hellions. On the other, you might be reading this and wondering where the hell the characters you love have gone to.

The Verdict - 4/5

This actually read more like a short from the likes of the Outer Limits or Analog - - an intriguing military SF with a twist that could stand on its own outside the X universe. For some, it may be a bit too long to be away from the stars of this title, but I think it was a great set-up for what promises to be a memorably-ghoulish gang of new villains. I'm eager to see what happens when these new Hellions finally meet the New Mutants.
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Posted by Korg

I really liked this issue. I wasn't a fan of Hellbound, but this story is approaching the concept of Limbo in a very different way, with things being more linear. The premise of this military unit living in the conditions of Limbo, being subjected to a dimension where time flows differently is pretty cool. It's also very interesting that there are mutants who developed their powers under these conditions, and were unaffected by M-Day.

Posted by N7_Normandy
@Korg said:
"I really liked this issue. I wasn't a fan of Hellbound, but this story is approaching the concept of Limbo in a very different way, with things being more linear. The premise of this military unit living in the conditions of Limbo, being subjected to a dimension where time flows differently is pretty cool. It's also very interesting that there are mutants who developed their powers under these conditions, and were unaffected by M-Day. "

I thought it was interesting as well.  That said, I didn't love this issue, since it deviated away from the new mutants.  I would have preferred to get this information a few panels at a time throughout the rest of the arc.
Posted by Winter Soldier

I havent read any of the New Mutants seires but this cover looks interesting. I might pick it up.

Posted by Jake Fury

I'm liking this arc so far. But I felt like this issue should have been first.
Posted by IllyanaRasputin
@Jake Fury: agreed
Posted by Sobe Cin

I was happy with the issue- was confused when these guys were introduced prior to Second Coming and nothing since then. So I enjoyed. But it would have been cool to have the first panel with Cannonball looking out a window or something, contemplating the choices he has made.
Posted by pixelized

Where is Xerox-Kitty, I consider a credible opinion seeing as how we tend to have the same Loves and Hates (Warpath being the exception of course). I dropped New Mutes back during Second Coming, Wells wasn't delivering for me.

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