Review: ‘New Mutants’ #9 Finds Their Place In The Brave New World

by Tony Thornley
Cover by Mike Del Mundo

After months away on a space adventure, the New Mutants are finally back on Krakoa, ready to face the new challenges of the new world. However, those challenges might be greater than anyone expects in New Mutants #9.

Ed Brisson, Flaviano, Carlos Lopez, Tavis Lanham and Tom Muller begin the New Mutants’ new mission.

A young girl has manifested mutant abilities in the middle of Carnelia, an Eastern European country full of turmoil and hatred towards mutants. Even despite their turmoil over the botched mission into Shi’ar space, the team leaps into action to help. However, will the solution be worse than the catastrophe?

Now that Brisson has taken over the title fully, he jumps into the new status quo with both feet. He knows the characters are still trying to find their place in the world, and gives them a purpose without forcing them into a box. He also quickly forges new character bonds, and reestablishes old friendships. It’s the best issue of Brisson’s run so far, and a good omen of things to come.

Flaviano and Lopez go quite a bit darker in this issue than they have the last few issues they’re worked on. Flaviano’s lines are heavier, and shifts to stylized character work to match the horrific nature of the mission and the last few issues of the series. Lopez uses gradients in his colors to deepen the environment of the story, and set the scene with the horror of the young girl’s powers as they unfold.

This might be the New Mutants darkest hour, but it continues to be one of the best reads of the Dawn of X line.

New Mutants #9 is available now from Marvel Comics.

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