“Initiation!” by Chris Claremont & Bob McLeod
Synopsis: Basically an introduction to the team. Sam “Cannonball” Guthrie, Roberto “Sunspot” deCosta, Danielle “Psyche” Moonstar, Rahne “Wolfsbane” Sinclair, and Xi’an “Karma” Coy Manh.
Early on Dani pisses off Shan by manifesting her father’s death and other atrocities she faced in front of the whole team. Meanwhile in London Moira MacTaggert and Illyana Rasputin meet with a Ms. Haller who is having trouble with her autistic/mutant son, who -DAH-DAH-DAHHHHH- is ALSO Professor X’s son. (Fans of the tv show “Legion” know him as David Haller.)
Back at the X-Mansion the Prof and teacher Stevie Hunter are putting the kids through the works in the Danger Room, which no one passes. Dani runs away fearing it will trigger her power into showing her friends more horrible shit from their past. She later goes back and tries it alone, almost succeeding, only to falter at the last second. When she comes to, someone has turned off the safety controls and cranked the danger up to 11.
Pretty solid introductory issue. There’s also some shady government-types spying on the kids, so we’ll see what that’s all about coming up I’m sure.
Favorite panel: Seems like cheating, but I’ll just go with the first page- a nice introductory picture of the main players. I don’t get the whole hair-washing thing though.
Poor attempt at art: Wolfsbane. Couple of reasons. First, animals are easier to draw than people. Also, this was one of the only pictures not blocked by word balloons.
Alright, that’s it for the trial run of this New Mutants blog. Took a lot longer than I would have guessed, but was pretty fun. See you next time.