With a drained X-Man inching closer to death, what will the New Mutants do with an angry Sugar Man and a team of mutates stand in their way?
The book is much better than last month's, which I had a bit of a problem with. Thankfully, Abnett managed to keep the Sugar Man-centric storyline a bit more contained than it was last time, and as a result the story flowed a lot better.
This issue really had Dani Moonstar out in the forefront, which I can appreciate; with Cannonball out of the mix, we need someone who can lead as well as he can, and Dani is a great candidate. Showing what a non-powered fighter can do against a huge physical threat is one way to establish credibility, and Abnett did that quite well.
I really liked Scott Summers' "briefing" where the New X-Men and New Mutants get a run-down of major threats to mutantkind. This makes a lot of sense, tactically, as the race isn't doing too hot at the moment, and need to look after their own. It also serves to keep readers up-to-date on who exactly Sugar Man is, as not everyone has read Age of Apocalypse.
The ending moments with Cyclops and Nate Grey warmed my heart, but I wasn't sure if Cyke was just feeling a bit guilty concerning the recent death of Cable. We'll have to see where this goes from here.
Having Steve Rogers come in at the end and give the Mutants a pat on the back just seemed a bit contrived. I felt there needed to be a much more concrete resolution than a "take him away, boys!" moment, and just letting everyone go their separate ways underwhelmed me.
Nate Grey being depowered just seemed like a way to make him fit into the regular New Mutants rotation, and to keep him from being too much of a messiah compared to Hope. I mean, I never thought there'd be a time when there was too many Omega-level mutants, but I guess that X-Man needed to get thrown under the bus sometime.
This issue was a good redemption for the mediocrity that was last month, and kept me interested in the story lines to come. I was actually kind of afraid that this would be the start of a decline in quality; thankfully, that isn't the case.