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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 169

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Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we take a look at an acclaimed one-off issue of New Mutants, by Chris Claremont, Jackson Guice and Kyle Baker…

Enjoy!

The set-up for the issue (#45) is that the New Mutants are invited to a spring mixer at a local high school (the students don’t know, of course, that the New Mutants are, well, mutants).


So anyhow, Dani Moonstar is pissed about having to hide the fact that she’s special, so she takes off. And a student sees her and realizes that she is a mutant – just like him!



Larry and Kitty have some fun, but while getting punch, a kid at Larry’s school makes a joke that he must be a mutant and Larry freaks out, leading to the following prank…


Larry is now all freaked out, so when the New Mutants ask him to hang out later that night, well, he decides to cover it up by acting all anti-mutant (which you can imagine does not translate well to his company)…


Wolfsbane tracks him to his house, though, as she got the feeling that something wasn’t right about Larry…


she goes home to tell the others that morning, but the timing isn’t great…


Being the person who (sadly) knew him best, Kitty Pryde gave a speech at his memorial at the high school.


While Claremont perhaps relied a bit too much on the whole “Kitty saying the n-word to get a reaction” trope, the speech as a whole is still quite touching.

Guice and Baker did a really great job on the artwork. Very heartfelt issue – one of the best New Mutants issues.