NEW MUTANTS #3 – Different Team, Same Recruitment Mission

FIRST IMPRESSION

New Mutants #3 shifts the story from outer space to earth, focusing on a different team. This change of focus takes a few hits to the story but introduces a team that can be fun given time.
Writing
Pencils/Inks
Colors
Lettering

There are some new mutants in town this Wednesday in Marvel Comics’ NEW MUTANTS #3, no not the New Mutants, but another cast of rambunctious teenage mutants!

The beauty of Krakoa in New Mutants
Interior art by Flaviano. Colors by Carlos Lopez. Letters by VC’s Travis Lanham

Although New Mutants #3 doesn’t follow the hip gang from the past two issues, it does reference them. For that reason, you should pop over and check our review for issue one, and two. Or pick them up at your local comic shop.

A Group of New Mutants in Town

As you may have noticed, New Mutants #3 doesn’t contain the same group of mutants as the previous two issues. Instead, it revolves around: Armor, Glob, Sage, Boom-Boom, Maxime, and Manon. This grouping of mutants happens to live in the same “housing unit” as the New Mutants—Akademos Habitat. In this habitat resides eight different teams of younger generation mutants. Here they all live together while passing ideas through each other and teaching one another. All are students. All are teachers.

New Mutants #3 may be focused on a differing set of mutants, but Ed Brisson keeps the plotting roughly the same. Noticing that some mutants are missing from Krakoa, Armor goes out into the world to extend a welcoming hand; even though Charles has already done this. Luckily this isn’t swept under the table, as Sage mentions this. Nonetheless, Armor rounds up a few other young mutants and goes out to invite Beak and Angel into the mutant utopia. But, as any X-title goes the “team” gets attacked. The word, “team” is quoted in the previous sentence because although the five mutants group up, they never feel like a team.

Whereas the previous two issues focused on the original New Mutants team with a few members, New Mutants #3 feels like Armor and Glob randomly run into people that help. New Mutants #1 had the original team and newcomers going to space to bring Sam to Krakoa. Yet, where the previous team felt like a family that jokes and fights together, New Mutants #3 never feels like this.

Interior art by Flaviano. Colors by Carlos Lopez. Letters by VC’s Travis Lanham

Different Team, Different Art

The changing of teams doesn’t stop with the New Mutants, as New Mutants #3 features a different visual team with Flaviano on pencils and Carlos Lopez on colors. Although Flaviano’s art is completely opposite of Rod Reis’ it works in conjunction with the story being told. Seeing as the beginning of the new story focuses more on setting up the plot and less on violence, Flaviano’s realistic art bodes well with Brisson’s words. The same can be said on Lopez’ colors.

By keeping the colors in a spectrum that’s realistic, Lopez makes the more colorful moments pop out in contrast. This usage of bright colors helps distinguish the main characters from the background and mutants powers happening all around them. It may seem weird that compared to the backgrounds the main characters feel realistic, yet it works. Resuming lettering from the previous issues is VC’s Travis Lanham. New Mutants #3 is heavier in dialogue, which shows in some cases. For the most part, Lanham is able to easily guide the readers eyes through the page. But in some moments this isn’t the case, as the word bubbles become too much and clutter the art.

Seems like it's always party time in Krakoa!
Interior art by Flaviano. Colors by Carlos Lopez. Letters by VC’s Travis Lanham

Conclusion

New Mutants #3 never hits the fun chaotic feeling that the previous two issues had, yet it seems like it wasn’t going for that. Instead, Brisson and team wanted to tell the beginning of a new team on a more grounded note, than the interstellar other New Mutants. At times the characters shine through, but never as a group as they should. Hopefully, when this “team” is explored further down the line they start to feel more organic.

Memorable Quote: “I guess this is why they always send Wolverine first.” – Maxime

If I was the leader of any team including Wolverine I’d always send him first. The little guy is immensely terrifying.

Dear Reader

What did you think of the switching of teams? Let us know!

MEET THE TEAM

Avatar
2509 POSTS14 COMMENTS
Avatar
472 POSTS9 COMMENTS
Avatar
407 POSTS8 COMMENTS
Avatar
275 POSTS6 COMMENTS
Avatar
226 POSTS5 COMMENTS
Avatar
195 POSTS0 COMMENTS
Avatar
170 POSTS3 COMMENTS
Avatar
120 POSTS16 COMMENTS
Avatar
111 POSTS0 COMMENTS
Jason Jeffords Jr
56 POSTS0 COMMENTS
Avatar
56 POSTS0 COMMENTS
Cody Walker
55 POSTS8 COMMENTS
Avatar
41 POSTS0 COMMENTS
Avatar
34 POSTS0 COMMENTS
Avatar
20 POSTS0 COMMENTS
Samuel Pratt
18 POSTS0 COMMENTS
Grant DeArmitt
18 POSTS0 COMMENTS
Patrick Kennedy
3 POSTS3 COMMENTS
David Weber
2 POSTS0 COMMENTS
Jason Jeffords Jr
Jason Jeffords Jr
Jason resides in the cold crime-ridden town of Anchorage, Alaska. When he isn't running away from murderers, he "chills" at home reading comics/books, watching films/TV, and playing video games with his three-legged cat Lucky. Oh he also sometimes writes for websites such as Monkeys Fighting Robots, Comics Bulletin, and Witll.

SPONSORS

The 49ers are 2019 NFC West Champs - Get your Champs Gear at Fanatics
SuperHeroStuff - Shop Now!

If you want your BUSINESS to be part of something bigger than itself, you might be a good fit to partner with Monkeys Fighting Robots.

CONTACT US

Are you a creator looking for a review of your book?
Use the form below to end us a message.

Are you a fan of the website and have a comment, question, or concern? Drop us a line, and we will gladly answer all your questions.

JOIN THE TEAM

Monkeys Fighting Robots is looking for passionate writers to drive the site’s coverage of the comic book industry. Authors will be responsible for a particular niche, providing reviews, opinion and news coverage, while building a reader community using his or her multimedia storytelling skills. The best candidates have solid writing skills, WordPress knowledge, and are engaged on social media. Do you love comic books and have a strong opinion, then we would like to speak with you.

COMIC REVIEW DIGEST, sign up today! At Monkeys Fighting Robots, we strive to talk about ALL aspects of a comic book, instead of just giving you a recap of the story.
  • Did you notice how epic the colors were?
  • That was a wicked panel layout by the artist!
  • What was the letterer thinking?
  • How did this comic book make you feel?
  • Most importantly, should you buy it?

Every Wednesday you will receive an email with our latest reviews and analyses, as well as our original comic strips and exclusive editorial content.
Thanks for signing up!