Title- New Mutants (Volume 1) #7
Release Date- September 1983
Writer- Chris Claremont
Artist- Sal Buscema
First appearance of Sunspot’s mother and Axe. Features the X-Men
Flying Down To Rio!
Sunspot is standing by the shoreline of the Big Sur thinking about what has happened to the team over the last few days. After the New Mutants’ victory over Viper and the Silver Samurai they had been in good spirits but an explosion had spoiled all of that. Most of the New Mutants seemed to escape with their lives but Karma is missing and he fears that she has been killed.
The other members of the team catch up with him to see how he is and he is told that the X-Men are continuing the search for Karma. There has been no sign for her and they begin to think that she is indeed dead. Wolfsbane refuses to believe that she is gone and the entire team leave so that they can go back to Professor Xavier.
When they reach Xavier Storm, Colossus and Nightcrawler are also there helping with the search. Wolfsbane is once again put off by Nightcrawler’s appearance and they wish that Wolverine was there since his keen senses would be a great help. When Sunspot asks Xavier why he has summoned him he sees that his mother has arrived. The two embrace in a hug and she knows that he is a mutant. He asks why she wasn’t with him sooner and she says that she was on a dig. Sunspot feels that she loves her archaeology more than him and his father.
She is about to lead an expedition into the Amazon and she has invited the New Mutants to go along with her. Xavier has agreed to this but Sunspot refuses since Karma is still missing. Xavier confronts Sunspot and it turns into a war of words which leads Sunspot to quit the team. Colossus asks Xavier if goading Sunspot was the right idea, Xavier states that it was and that Karma’s disappearance isn’t normal. He can feel a strange energy in the area and he is more than certain that she is still alive.
A short distance away Sunspot is venting out his anger on trees and rocks and after he has powered down the other New Mutants come to his side. Cannonball tells him of how he felt when his father died and he had to provide for his family. At first Sunspot feels no better but as the others comfort him they promise that they will remember Karma and they go to his mother.
A week later the New Mutants arrive at the Da Costa mansion and are welcomed inside by the butler. A little later the team sit down for a meal with Sunspot’s parents. They begin to talk but as the dinner goes on Sunspot’s parents begin to argue about the expedition along with a few other topics. This makes the team feel uncomfortable and after being annoyed by his wife too long Sunspot’s father angrily leaves so that he can go to bed.
The next morning the New Mutants are on the streets of Rio as a huge festival takes place. The team begin to get into the swing of the party and Mirage asks Sunspot if everything is alright at home after what they witnessed at the dinner. He states that he can only pray for a miracle.
To fit in more with the festival the team go into a nearby costume store along with Sunspot’s mother. They each pick out a different costume and Sunspot’s mother is told that there is a chauffeur waiting for her outside. She believes that it is from her husband but when she gets outside she is grabbed by two Hellfire Club goons. They throw her into a car and begin to drive away.
Cannonball rockets out of the store and flies towards the car but an axe strikes him causing him to divert into another building. The other New Mutants go out to see what is happening and they are confronted by a mutant calling himself Axe. He defeats Sunspot and Mirage while Wolfsbane seemingly runs away. Cannonball is powerless but to watch Axe get away.
A short time later the three members of the team regroup to decide their next move. Mirage’s mental link with Wolfsbane activates and she realises that the Scottish mutant has transformed into her wolf form and tracked the scent of the kidnappers.
The team meet up that night outside an abandoned house. Sunspot wants to avoid what happened to his girlfriend. They do have some time before his mother’s fate is determined and as they talk Sunspot thinks of an idea.
Inside the building the occupants hear a howling sound. One of the Hellfire goons is particularly spooked and Axe tells him to search the area if it makes him feel any better. The goon does this and he spots what seem to be three beautiful women at the top of the stairs. They call up to him and he is attracted by their beauty but as soon as he reaches them they transform into demons which sends him falling down the stairs.
Mirage is responsible for this hoax and as the other goons attack she uses all of her effort and to use her mutant abilities to make them see their worst fears. In their panicked states they are easily defeated by Mirage and Wolfsbane. Sunspot is takes on Axe and is able to defeat him fairly easily. The building begins to fall down, Cannonball saves Sunspot’s mother as it crumbles Sunspot finishes off Axe.
A few days later the New Mutants board a plane with Sunspot’s mother. They are going on the expedition and the team vow to keep the older woman safe. They don’t realise that they’re being watched from a nearby limo. Inside Sunspot’s father is speaking with Sebastian Shaw, he is being offered a place in the Hellfire club and he was also behind the kidnap. He doesn’t want his wife’s expedition to succeed and steps have already been taken to ensure that it fails.
We are back with New Mutants in an issue where we discover that Karma is dead and we also get to meet Sunspot’s parents (Although we met his super rich father in Marvel Graphic Novel #4)
The issue marks the last we will see of Karma for some time as she has seemed to have been killed in the explosion that took place last issue. I think it would have been nice to have some kind of flashback to see exactly what happened but we don’t get anything like that. This is most likely because of space since a standard comic book only has around 20-24 pages an issue. I am sad to see her leave the team and I think she should have been kept on for a little longer before being seemingly killed off.
The issue also marks the start of the New Mutants saga in Brazil. It might just start as a simple kidnapping plot in this issue but over the next few issues the mutants will go on an unexpected adventure in a place that was supposed to be thousands of miles away. They will meet a new mutant that will join their team and another mutant who will become a villain and most possibly the oldest mutant on the planet.
The minor villain Axe is introduced in this issue and he seems to be a mutant who has super strength and is very handy with an axe. He is one of those characters who appeared a few times over the space of about three decades and was then killed off. I think he could have been a decent thorn in the side of the New Mutants but it seems that he was more or less dropped.
One thing that is touched upon is something that many children have to go through in their lives and that is watching their parents argue and drift away. With all the fantastical scenarios that take place in almost every issue it is nice to see something that a lot of people can relate to. I always think that parents arguing like that is a real shame but it is something that happens everywhere in the world.
This issue also features three members of the X-Men and their roles were minor and didn’t belittle the New Mutants’ role in the book at all. I did find it funny seeing Wolfsbane’s reaction to Nightcrawler. It reminds me of how Kitty Pryde was around him and I think she will eventually warm up to him. They are both devout Christians although one is a catholic while the other is a protestant. In the future they will both serve on the UK based Excalibur team.
There is further proof that the New Mutants are gaining better control of their powers as Mirage showed that her skills are improving. Sunspot took on a mutant who was as strong as he was and yet he still came through. It is good to show things like this since it shows development in power.
In conclusion I’m giving the issue a 7 out of 10. It was quite good and did its job to set up the arc.
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