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Review – New Mutants: Dead Souls #1 (Marvel Comics)

The Dead Rise in New Mutants: Dead Souls #1

When there is something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? The New Mutants, apparently! A new mutant team has been brought together in New Mutants: Dead Souls #1 (of 6). They have been gathered to investigate some of the more eerie sides of the Marvel Universe. Led by Magik, the team of Rictor, Wolfsbane, Strong Guy and Boom-Boom are the New Mutants and they are ready to tackle whatever comes at them! Well, at least they think they are. When the dead won’t stay dead after a small-town disaster, the team is brought in to investigate. Will they solve the problem, or will they too become “dead souls” in New Mutants: Dead Souls #1?

Writing

New Mutants Dead Souls #1 Marvel Comics cover by Ryan Stegman
cover by Ryan Stegman

I like the concept of New Mutants: Dead Souls. Exploring the more “spooky” side of the Marvel Universe always piques my interest. Matthew Rosenberg has brought in an odd team to do it, too. That is one thing that I like and dislike about this book. The story feels like it would be more suited for like a Midnight Sons series (I am looking at you, Greg Smallwood). This is not a team that you would expect to be investigating the more paranormal things—well, except maybe Magik. But that is also something I like—that this is not a normal team that would be doing this. Also, Boom-Boom is on the team and she is fantastic, so I cannot complain too much!

Rosenberg throws the reader right into the action with the start of New Mutants: Dead Souls #1 and it is not until the end of the issue that we actually figure out who brought this team together and why.  Having all that at the end throws the pacing off a little, but it does set up the continuing story well.

I am trying to get over my dislike of Magik, as well. It feels like she is too powerful to be on this team and her power-set is so ambiguous that she can really do whatever. All the other characters, I really enjoy, and having Boom-Boom and Strong Guy together is always a fantastic pairing. Magik just almost feels out of place to me, even though she is certainly on the more “paranormal” side of things.

Art

Adam Gorham handles the art duties in New Mutants: Dead Souls #1. He has a good style overall for this series. His characters are well-drawn and his tight ink lines help them stand out. To get the negative out of the way first, sometimes the facial expressions feel a little off, and in the smaller panels that are more action-oriented, some of the characters look a little strange. Those are just some minor complaints, as overall, Gorham does some good work. I love the page of Strong Guy busting in a small door; it looks fantastic. There is also an amazing scene of the New Mutants “suiting up” and it is so freaking awesome! It is just a cool page.

Michael Garland on colors helps give that “creepy” vibe to the story with some nice dark color tones throughout the first part of the story. I love his use of red and orange when showing a gunfire or when Boom-Boom uses her powers. He makes it literally look like it is lighting up the pages and surrounding area.

Conclusion

It is probably going to take me one more issue to decide if I am going to stay with New Mutants: Dead Souls for the entire six-issue run. I liked the concept and most of the characters, but I am not completely sold yet. The information dump at the end threw me off a little bit and I am not completely sure where the story is going. I liked the majority of this issue, but it was not without its flaws either. Like I said earlier, it is an odd team on an odd adventure, but for me, that is part of its charm. It does have me looking forward to the next issue, so that’s something.


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Brent Jackson

Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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