Review: ‘New Mutants’ #7 Brings One Adventure To Its End By Hickman And Reis

by Tony Thornley

The first adventure of the reunited New Mutants has bounced the team all over the Shi’ar Empire. Now that adventure comes to an end, with repercussions that could affect the entire Marvel Universe.

Jonathan Hickman, Rod Reis, Travis Lanham, and Tom Muller close this chapter on the adventures of Bobby DaCosta and friends in last week’s New Mutants #7.

The Shi’Ar Death Commandos have the team in their clutches. Can they stop the Commandos, return to Chandilar, unmask the traitor within the Imperial Guard, fight the Imperial Guard and save the empire? Of course they can. Sunspot is leading them into action – it’ll be a piece of cake.

This issue had its ups and downs. The humor was still a lot of fun, and Sunspot’s personality does a lot to drive the plot forward. The action is sharp, and high energetic. It’s highly enjoyable.

However, it’s not perfect. There’s multiple places where Hickman takes shortcuts to advance the plot. It’s compressed to the extreme, and it sometimes too clever for its own good, winking at the audience by using data pages and fourth-wall-breaking recaps instead of actually telling the story. It makes the issue feel like Hickman is saying, “this is what we wanted to do but didn’t have time for,” and that makes for an occasionally frustrating read.

Reis’s work, however, is worth the cover price alone. He has a great handle on the comedy in the book, with jokes that are told with nothing but an eyebrow raise. He also leans into his influences to put some pages together (particularly Bill Sienkiewicz), which makes the issue feel timeless and classic. It’s one of the best series Marvel has put out in a long time, even with its faults.

One chapter has closed, and the New Mutants are off on their next adventure. I’m excited to see where this series goes next!

New Mutants #7 is available now from Marvel Comics.

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