Ugh, the New Mutants was always quite a serious title, but somehow the art always made up for that. Like how Bill Sienciewicz brought the added eerie and unhinged elements to the Demon Bear and Cloak & Dagger stories. Or Brett Blevin's added extra energy and action with his caricature & cartoony style. But then the 1990's happened.
I guess it's because comic books are a visual medium that the art makes all the difference.
Anyway, the introduction of Rob Liefeld as regular artist heralded the beginning of the end. Yet he was actually on the New Mutants for abouta year before it ended. That's thirteen whole issues (and one annual) of a drastically different title. Instantly it became a much more violent title. Freedom Force became a group of real villains. The MLF, Stryfe & Cable were thrown into the mix straight away. All the fantasy elements of Limbo, Inferno & Asgard ditched in favour of muscles, guns, terrorism and more guns... Where's the Love? Where's the fun??
It makes it so hard to appreciate those later issues, but I've got a job to do... I'd better get reading :p
(It also makes it all the more easier to love Zeb Wells & Diogenes Neves' work, and there's only been two issue so far!!)