Characters Appearing: Banshee, Mirage (Dani Moonstar), Moira MacTaggert, Wolfsbane
Marvel Comics Presents #22 (New Mutants)
Issue(s): Marvel Comics Presents #22 (New Mutants story only)
The wolf is actually a shape-shifter like Wolfsbane, and she leads her to a village full of wolf-shifters.
The wolf-people are having trouble producing children, so they want Rahne to stay and be one of their own. She decides not to, and leaves. They chase her, but Mirage chases them off with illusions of soldiers.
I'm glad this nonsense is tucked away in a Marvel Comics Presents issue that no one will ever remember. Because finding a village of wolf people in the same area where Rahne was raised (or in a pocket dimension that leads to the village or whatever) just makes it too easy to suggest that Rahne actually is one of them and not really a mutant. Not to mention the fact that a whole village of wolf people makes Wolfsbane pretty not so special.
Then there's the "well what in the holy hell was the point of that?" aspect of this story, but i guess i should be way past that when it comes to these Marvel Comics Presents stories.
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: This takes place while Mirage's powers are still regular illusions and not physical objects. The MCP place this between New Mutants #42-43.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Had no clue who Susan Flaxman was but since female comic writers are rare I looked her up. It appears she was an editor with Marvel's Star line who had a handful of comic writing credits, mostly in books like MCP and Fanfare. Nothing memorable, though, unless her issue of Real Ghostbusters is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.
Posted by: Robert | April 24, 2015 8:06 PM
I'm surprised you didn't mention the wolf people live in Avalon, Fnord. Do you usually track mentions of pantheons that aren't Norse mythology and worldbuilding stuff just to see if it makes a more or less coherent whole until it gets some spotlight?
Posted by: Nate Wolf | September 3, 2017 3:17 AM
Nate, i would flesh out details on the wolf people if they turned out to be relevant in future issues, yes. A screenshot that i included does say that they're in Avalon. But in general i tend to assume that the concepts introduced in Marvel Comics Presents stories are throwaway, and that bears out more often than not. ;-)
Posted by: fnord12 | September 6, 2017 6:49 PM
True. I like tracking mentions, but I consider the wolf people's village like some places in the flying island that contains Asgard. An irrelevant spot on the map in the big wilderness outside the "main" place of the Celtic gods.
Posted by: Nate Wolf | September 7, 2017 3:25 AM
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