New Mutants Index
The New Mutants
Complete Index to the Marvel Comic Book Series

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See also:
- New Mutants: Cast of Characters
- X-Treme X-Men Index
The New Mutants (vol. 1): March 1983 - April 1991
Marvel Graphic Novel #4: The New Mutants 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
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50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69
70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89
90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100
The New Mutants Annuals, specials, other graphic novels
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Special Edition 1 Summer Special 1
Wolverine: Rahne of Terra
The New Mutants: Truth or Death (limited series, 1997)
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New Mutants (volume 2, July 2003 - June 2004)
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Series starring individual New Mutants
Magik (limited series, 1983-1984):   1   2   3   4
Fallen Angels (limited series, 1987):   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8
Warlock (October 1999 - June 2000):   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9
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Cover Index

New Mutants comics: all covers

Other comic book series starring the New Mutants in the title role

Realistically speaking, Magik (Illyana Rasputin) and the techno-organic alien Warlock are the only members of the New Mutants who have starred in their own self-titled comic book series. Illyana (along with Storm) was featured in the 4-issue limited series Magik (1983-1984).

Warlock starred in a short-lived ongoing series that lasted only 9 issues. In this series Warlock retained the appearance of Doug Ramsey ("Cypher" of the New Mutants) that he had assumed after being revived following his presumed death in New Mutants #95. Warlock is thus the only member of the New Mutants who has ever starred in a self-titled ongoing series.

None of the original line-up of New Mutants (Karma, Cannonball, Sunspot, Mirage, Wolfsbane) has ever starred in their own series. Warlock did not appear until New Mutants #18 and did not join the team until #21, but he was a core character throughout most of the series.

A 4-issue limited series titled X-Men: Magik was published by Marvel in 2000. Written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, with art by Liam Sharp, this series was not about the New Mutant character Illyana Rasputin (known as "Magik"), but about Amanda Sefton (sometimes referred to as "Magik II"), the second character to go by this name. Sefton a long-time associate of Nightcrawler who had at one time been a member of Excalibur, using the codename "Daytripper," was never a member of the New Mutants.

The 8-issue Fallen Angels limited series (1987) was essentially a New Mutants spin-off series, as it starred New Mutants Sunspot and Warlock as the core of a short-lived motley group of misfits (the titular "Fallen Angels"), who were led by the criminal mutant Vanisher. Another member of the ad hoc group was Tabitha Smith, a.k.a., "Boom Boom," who became a regular member of the New Mutants soon thereafter. Other members of the Fallen Angels group included two associates of the New Mutants and X-Men - Siryn and Jamie Madrox the Multiple Man, along with newly introduced characters Gomi (a cyborg), Chance (a street-smart mutant runaway who had been raised in the Glorification Church, based on the Unification Church), and Ariel (not Kitty Pryde, but an alien from a place called the Coconut Grove). Devil Dinosaur and Moon Boy were briefly brought back from obscurity as inductees.

For the sake of completeness, it may be mentioned that Domino is sometimes listed as a member of the New Mutants, and she has been featured in two self-titled limited series (one in 1993 with 3 issues and one in 2003 with 4 issues). But Domino was not introduced until The New Mutants #98. Furthermore, it was later revealed that the character known as "Domino" at that time was in fact a shape-changer known a "Copycat" who had taken Domino's place, and that the real Domino was imprisoned at that time, and was never actually a member of the New Mutants until well after the original series had been cancelled and the team had become "X-Force." So, technically Domino really never was a member of the New Mutants.

Like Domino, Shatterstar was a core member of the X-Force team who was introduced in the Rob Liefeld issues of The New Mutants. Shatterstar is often listed as a character who was a member of the New Mutants. But the character was not introduced until New Mutants #99, immediately prior to the team's transformation into X-Force with the during the next two months. Shatterstar starred in a four-issue limited series, X-Force: Shatterstar (2005).

Cable, of course, was the leader and mentor of the New Mutants for many issues, and he has starred in multiple long-running series of his own. But Cable is traditionally not regarded as having been a member of the New Mutants any more than the team's previous mentors (Professor Charles Xavier and Magneto).

New Mutants as recurring cast members in other series (mostly as members of team books)

Nearly all of the characters who have been New Mutants have appeared as regular cast members in various ongoing series since the end of the original series. Before ever appearing in The New Mutants, Illyana Rasputin (eventually known as "Magik") was a recurring guest star in Uncanny X-Men, having been introduced as the little sister of Colussus way back in the issue that introduced him: Giant-Size X-Men #1.

Of course, the first ongoing series to star former New Mutants as recurring cast members was X-Force, which started with issue #1 the month after the last issue of New Mutants. X-Force notably starred Cannonball and Sunspot from the original line-up of New Mutants, later joined by Danielle Moonstar, along with later-joining New Mutants such as Rictor, Warpath, Feral, Shatterstar, and Tabitha Smith as "Meltdown" instead of "Boom Boom"). The original X-Factor series, in its revised government-sponsored incarnation led by Havok, featured Wolfsbane as a core member of the team. Wolfsbane was later a member of the British-based super-team Excalibur, and was featured regularly in Excalibur from issue #90 until that series ended with #125.

After Cannonball's long career as a member of X-Force, he became the first New Mutant to graduate to the full-fledged senior X-Men team. Cannonball has been featured on and off as a regular cast member in X-Men and Uncanny X-Men ever since.

The "New Mutants" title was given a rebirth in mid-2003, with the launch of New Mutants volume 2. This new series featured Danielle Moonstar in a starring role as a teacher of the centrally-featured newer students, along with Karma and Wolfsbane as additional school staff members at Xavier Institute. Magma was a supporting cast member who appeared in New Mutants volume 2 (issues #s 3, 4, 7, 13), after many years of not appearing anywhere. Magma was invited to join the school staff, but did not do so. After 13 issues, New Mutants volume 2 continued its storyline and characters with a new title and new mumbering as New X-Men: Academy X (later shortened to New X-Men).

X-Treme X-Men featured Cannonball prominently beginning with issue #24. Soon after re-surfacing in New Mutants volume 2, Magma turned up in X-treme X-Men, beginning with issue #34 (January 2004) and was part of the cast through the end of the series: issue #46 (June 2004). Sunspot was also a cast member in X-Treme X-Men, from issue #32 through the end of the series. Magma later was featured prominently in the five-issue post-House of M limited series X-Men: The 198 (2006). The second X-Force series launched in late 2005 (following the 5-issue Madrox limited series with the same characters) featured Wolfsbane and a de-powered Rictor as employees at Jamie Madrox's detective agency. Nextwave (started in 2006) featured Tabitha Smith (who joked about how none of her previous codenames - Timebomb, Boom Boom, and Meltdown - were very satisfactory).

The force field-powered mutant Skids (Sally Blevins, now retired from super-heroics) and fire-powered mutant Rusty Collins (not deceased) were members of the New Mutants for a relatively short time, and they are the only New Mutants who really have not been featured in recurring roles in an ongoing series since New Mutants #100. However, they have appeared in limited series (including X-Terminators) and they were important supporting cast members in the original X-Factor series prior to joining the New Mutants.

Magik (Illyana Rasputin) and Cypher (Doug Ramsey) are deceased, and they have not appeared since their deaths except in alternate reality stories. At the time of this writing (February 2006), it can be said that aside from the deceased characters, all of main New Mutants (Cannonball, Wolfsbane, Mirage/Danielle Moonstar, Karma, Sunspot, Magma, Warlock, Rictor, Tabitha Smith/Boom Boom) are are currently seen fairly regularly in various Marvel comic book series - except for Warlock.

All or nearly all of the main New Mutants are characters who could be the basis for an entertaining and worthwhile ongoing series, if handled correctly.

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New Mutants index web page created 3 February 2006. Last modified 25 February 2006.