The New Mutants Vol. 1
I just finished reading through all 100 issues of the first incarnation of The New Mutants so here is my review.
There is plenty of scope for this series to tell stories aimed at the problems faced by teenagers but sadly this is rarely capitalized on. There are two issues, #4 & #45, that really show what this book could have been in terms of looking at the problems teenagers face while keeping the mutant theme running. Sadly the book is more interested is just having kids in wacky adventures rather than something with a bit more impact.
When it comes to the new characters introduced Danielle Moonstar and Illyana Rasputin are the best. Illyana gets maybe the most development and interesting story line as the issue of the nature of evil is explored. The new male mutants tend to be the weakest with Sam Guthrie being written as little more than a country bumpkin and Robert da Costa being a bit of a spoilt brat who never really grows up. Another big missed opportunity is the Magneto as head master seeking redemption arc that never really goes anywhere due to the kids rarely being around him. Issue #52 is about the only time we get to see Magneto bond with any of the students I would have liked to have seen more in this vein.
All in all I thought this series was a bit of a let down that could have been a lot better.
They drilled holes in my damn teeth!