New Mutants #44
Issue(s): New Mutants #44
...so Legion has to let out his Jack Wayne persona to use telekinesis to save her.
As soon as Wayne is free, however, he has no more concern for Moira or Rahne, and instead heads out to town. Rahne sends a message to Mirage via the telepathic bond they share while she is in Wolfsbane form.
It's the longest distance over which Rahne has ever used the link, so Dani isn't sure if she really got a message or just had a bad dream. She heads to Illyana's room to get her to teleport her over to Scotland to check things out, but gets a surprise when she opens the door.
The resultant chaos awakens the rest of the New Mutants (although they don't actually see Illyana's "alarm"), and they all insist on going with Dani and Illyana. Except Sunspot, who is secretly afraid of traveling through Limbo, and who therefore tries to convince Dani that it was probably just a bad dream. He does go along with the group, though.
After determining that Moira and Wolfsbane are ok, the New Mutants track down Legion/Jack Wayne and find him in a local tavern, using his psi powers on the ladies. Karma attempts to seduce and then control him...
...but her concentration is broken by one of the ladies that Wayne rejected in favor of her.
The team manages to fight Legion off, although the fight causes a lot of damage and puts a police officer at risk.
Reverend Craig, the fundamentalist pastor that raised Rahne, shows up to blame her for all of the trouble, and he's shocked to see her turn into her Wolfsbane form for the first time.
Note the implication that Rahne's mother was a prostitute.
The New Mutants then track Legion to an oil refinery. Cyndi, the punk rock personality that control's Legion's pyrotechnic abilities, is briefly in charge of Legion, but she's soon dominated again by Jack Wayne.
The situation is resolved when Sunspot grabs Legion and, despite his fear of Limbo, allows Magik to teleport them there where she can use her sorcery to restore David Haller's childlike base personality to Legion.
Despite Sunspot's actions, he still refers to Magik as "evil" and a "true demon", but he does acknowledge that she's also a teammate. Cannonball adds "friend" but we don't see if Sunspot agrees.
Earlier, distraught after Reverend Craig's accusations, Rahne said that if Legion burned down the entire town it would be "no less'n they deserved". After the battle is over, Dani asks Rahne if she really meant that. Like with Sunspot, we don't see Rahne's response.
One thing about the New Mutants that interferes a bit with the concept of them being teens is the fact that Magik and Warlock are just so powerful. Legion was a three-issue threat last issue, and that was with Professor X inside Legion's head. Magik settles things in a matter of panels once she gets a hold of him this time. We also see Warlock make Wolfsbane's tracking powers redundant this issue...
...and of course that's a mere fraction of Warlock's abilities.
Now, of course there are still other aspects of being a student - the need to learn to control their powers, come to terms with being different, and just develop and mature as individuals - but having two people on the team that could potentially take out all the X-Men and Avengers combined makes this group very different than, say, the original X-Men or the group of kids that X-Factor is in the process of collecting. Another thing is that we rarely see these kids getting training (Magneto hasn't even been seen since issue #40).
The Guice/Baker team is back on art, and while Guice has a tendency to pose his female figures (albeit more model-ish than porn-ish)...
...i do like the combination, and the action sequences here work better than they did in issue #42. Guice is credited with full pencils instead of breakdowns on #42, for what it is worth.
Quality Rating: B+
Chronological Placement Considerations: The New Mutant's appearance in Web of Spider-Man annual #2 takes place before this issue.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showCannonball, Cypher, Karma, Legion, Magik, Magma, Mirage (Dani Moonstar), Moira MacTaggert, Reverend Craig, Sunspot, Warlock, Wolfsbane
Legion is such a bad character. I don't think he adds anything. The mentally ill character who is sometimes a friend and sometimes a menace has been done before. And the different powers for each personality is rather trite. He also doesn't work as Professor X's son.
Thematically, Professor X and Cyclops is father and son, and it works well. Professor X being in a wheelchair and perhaps incapable of having children, and Cyclops being an orphan. Introducing Corsair and Legion undermines that.
Posted by: Chris | December 26, 2013 8:27 PM
Warlock's cartoon form is the 1960s character Frankenstein Jr.
Reverend Craig's popping up at the same time as the New Mutants came off as too coincidental. You'd think he had mutant tracking skills.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | December 27, 2013 4:55 PM
The scene of Dani entering Illyana's room has shades of tentacle porn. Particularly once one notices the finger on her lips.
Posted by: Luis Dantas | April 13, 2015 10:10 AM
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