New Mutants #36
Issue(s): New Mutants #36
It seems messier and more Sienkiewicz than Wilshire whereas i found last issue to be the other way around. And i don't know if the fact that the story is messy is part of the problem, or if the art is what makes the story seem messy.
The story is that the Beyonder, who recently decided that he's going to help people find their true roles, shows up and cures Magik of her Darkchild persona.
This causes Magik's accoutrements to be transferred to Kitty Pryde instead.
The Beyonder's "cure" of Illyana's has the side-effect of letting demons loose from Limbo...
...and Illyana, who, along with Cannonball, had become a cultlike follower of the Beyonder, eventually realizes that she has to take back her role.
There's an ad in this issue for a series called the Misfits, starring Warlock and Sunspot. This will eventually surface as Fallen Angels, the first issue of which will have an April 1987 cover date.
This issue is setting up Sunspot's discontent. Learning of the existence of the Beyonder is causing him an existential crisis.
Nothing inherently wrong with the story but it's on the sloppy side and doesn't reveal anything about Illyana's role, just that she has to keep it, or why Kitty is the back-up guardian of Limbo (presumably because Illyana and Kitty are close friends, so Illyana subconsciously trusts her and transfers her powers to her, but i'm just making that up). We also don't really get a reaction from the Beyonder regarding the mistake that he made here. So it's all a bit unfulfilling.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Crossover: Secret Wars II
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (5): showBeyonder, Cannonball, Cypher, Karma, Magik, Magma, Magneto, Mirage (Dani Moonstar), Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde), Sharon Friedlander, Sunspot, Tom Corsi, Warlock, Wolfsbane
This isn't the last time Kitty gets Illyana's soulsword- it also happens in Uncanny 203 and later when Illyana loses her powers in Inferno. Claremont said in an interview it's because Kitty and Illyana are "karmic sisters"- whatever that means.
Posted by: Michael | November 9, 2013 3:52 PM
It's a little more than Illyana losing her powers in Inferno. Wolfsbane actually snatched an alternative version of Illyana out of Limbo at the point when she first stumbled into it in Uncanny X-men #160 as you'll see when the Inferno crossover rolls around.
Posted by: Jay Demetrick | November 12, 2013 3:40 PM
I noticed that the fallen angels series mentioned here is not in your chronology. I am on this issue (New Mutants 36) for my x-men related chronology and will need to pick up this limited series pretty soon, was just wondering where it fits in and the million dollar question "is the series necessary and any good"?
Posted by: Matthew | December 22, 2013 12:05 AM
The MCP have the Fallen Angels series taking place after New Mutants #52. Despite the ad in this issue, the book doesn't come out for over a year.
My recollection is that it wasn't really very good, but any series featuring Devil Dinosaur and cybernetic lobsters is of course necessary. ;-)
Posted by: fnord12 | December 22, 2013 12:18 AM
The Fallen angels series runs between NM #52 & NM #59.
Posted by: CLYDE | December 22, 2013 12:28 AM
I'd have to agree with fnord about Fallen Angels. It wasn't that great. I avoided buying it for a long time, but the lure of Devil Dinosaur showing up was too much to keep me away.
Posted by: ChrisKafka | December 22, 2013 12:28 AM
I tried to buy nearly every mini-series Marvel put out back then and I remember #2 being in short supply for some reason and having to haunt newsstands for it. I liked the mutant/cyborg/whatever lobsters, but it seemed to have no impact on the Marvel Universe as a whole and I felt it was a waste of almost eight bucks(I should point out that I loathed 1980s fashions at first sight and this book got increasingly loaded with them).
Posted by: Mark Drummond | December 22, 2013 12:40 AM
When The Misfits was first announced in mid-1985, it was as an unlimited series. Siryn was going to be a member, and the Hellfire Club the first villains.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | February 19, 2014 9:47 PM
So, why doesn't the Beyonder just remove the power from Kitty too? See what happens then?
Posted by: Thanos6 | June 10, 2015 3:27 AM
Because then the story would be over. It's like asking why he doesn't just bring Jean Grey back because Scott would obviously rather be with her and...
Um, never mind.
Posted by: ChrisW | June 10, 2015 11:08 AM
I love SWII, but that's one of the story's big flaws. The Beyonder uses his omnipotence to try and help but screws things up worse. That's fine, but then half the time he doesn't fix THOSE problems either despite the fact it would be within both his power and interest to do so.
Posted by: Thanos6 | June 10, 2015 7:25 PM
I'm not dure how much I dis/like Beyonder and his storylines, but in general, omnipotent beings should not (from narrative pov) be benevolent. If they CAN fix everything, and WANT to, everything is fixed and there is no story. Basically, the more power a character has, the more they should be either some kind of evil (selfish, controlling, greedy) or mentally not all there (immature, mental handicaps, insanity, bestial, inhuman). Otherwise the logic and structure of the story starts to suffer.
So, Beyonder not fixing stuff needs of course exploring, but narratively it's valid choice.
Posted by: Catherine | April 25, 2017 6:35 AM
@Catherine I think that's a very valid point. I also am not totally sure what I think of Beyonder, as I haven't read enough of his appearances, but in general I think one of the reasons he does work to at least some degree is that he's essentially a child with a quite-imperfect view on, well, everything, from right versus wrong to human behavior. He's a kid who had his favorite toys fight each other in his own little sandbox (all little boys, and probably all or most little girls, do their own fanfic-ing, after all) and then decided he wanted to wander around and pretend he was a grown-up. It's basically, what if God was a little kid. That's my impression, anyway.
Posted by: J-Rod | April 25, 2017 10:35 AM
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