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Unlimited Highlights: New Mutants Forever

The New Mutants prove they've got what it takes to hold their own in this week's Unlimited Highlights

By Ben Chabala

Every week we'll pick a handful of awesome comics from the thousands available through Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited. From creator spotlights to editor's picks and more, this'll be your spot to find something new and cool.

Because NEW MUTANTS FOREVER #1 hits shelves this week, we're spotlighting the New Mutants in all their adolescent glory. They may be kids, but they've had some huge adventures and we've got the best of them right here, so be sure to check them out!


In the Highlands of Scotland, a young mutant werewolf finds herself hunted by those who fear her a demon.  During a soccer match in Brazil, Roberto Da Costa's temper flares on the field, sparking his solar-powered X-Gene. In Kentucky, 16-year-old Sam Guthrie saves a fellow miner from a cave-in using his cannonball-like mutant abilities. The same story holds true for three other young mutants, unable to control their exciting and dangerous new powers. Luckily, the doors of The Xavier Institute for Gifted Youngsters remain open, and so begin the adventures of the New Mutants!

NEW MUTANTS #9 (1983)
Imagine a place forgotten by time, immune to the ponderous and implacable hands of the clock. Hidden deep within the Andes mountains lies Nova Roma, and the legionnaires of the city have taken the New Mutants captive. Cannonball and Sunspot find themselves as fresh meat for the coliseum and its brutal games of death, while Nova Roma women primp and pamper the girls for their turn in the slave trade. All the while the immortal sorceress Selene plots the downfall of the city. Welcome to Nova Roma, New Mutants, hope you survive your stay!

While the other students at Xavier's School sleep soundly in their beds, a terrifying Demon Bear haunts Dani Moonstar's dreams. It lurks on the outskirts of her consciousness, growling, roaring; an ominous presence that keeps her awake at night. During the day however, the New Mutants hone their exceptional abilities in the Danger Room, while Dani and Magik watch on. Worlds away, a sentient alien computer construct flees its would-be destroyer, on a collision course with Xavier's newest students. But regardless of the happenings in the waking world, the Demon Bear won't be denied, and Dani must face it, alone.

When the teacher's away the students will play, and with Magneto and Professor Xavier out and about, the New Mutants blow off some steam fighting teenage versions of the Avengers in the Danger Room. Before long, however, The Impossible Man makes his grand appearance! Unfortunately, he and Warlock get into an argument that explodes into an insane competition, each alien attempting to prove who's better, prompting a globe-spanning adventure involving everything from bodybuilding competitions to tennis matches, and the New Mutants can hardly keep up! It's Warlock vs Impossible Man in the most inane battle you never saw coming! 

What started as a vacation for Storm and the New Mutants quickly becomes anything but, as Xavier's students find themselves embroiled in a conflict with Loki and the rest of the Norse pantheon! Kidnapped by The Enchantress, the team gets separated throughout time and space after Magik's teleport spell goes awry. Dani finds herself a sister to the Valkyrie, Shan wallows in self-loathing in an endless waste of sand and sun, and their teammates happen into situations just as bizzare. The New Mutants lay scattered across the Nine Realms, each just beginning a brave new adventure that will change them forever!


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New Mutants = Most underrated series of 80's Marveldom. Annual 3 was uber, but my personal faves were the Inferno issues... afterall Illyana was resposible for the whole deal (OK, so SYM was to "blame" but he is Illyana's nemesis so...)