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Published August 27, 2020

New Mutants: Explained

Who are the New Mutants? What do they do? Grab the fast facts here with this Marvel Unlimited guide!

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Mirage. Wolfsbane. Sunspot. Cannonball. Karma. Magik. Cypher. Magma. Warlock. Curious about the comic history of Professor Xavier’s first class of X-Men trainees? We’ve got you covered with the essential fast facts on the original team roster!

In 1982, readers were first introduced to Xavier’s global team of teens, all extraordinary mutants born with remarkable, latent power. As the New Mutants honed their burgeoning abilities, they also trained to be the next class of X-Men elite—a lot to handle on top of homework and adolescent woes! Living and working together at Xavier’s Institute, this core group was bonded for life. And, as much as 1983’s NEW MUTANTS was about big, bad threats like the Hellfire Club, a Technarch takeover, or an actual Demon Bear, it also focused on the personal dynamics of a found family made up of outcast kids.

Want to read some excellent New Mutant starter stories on Marvel Unlimited? Here’s a few:

THE NEW MUTANTS MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL (1982): The first appearance of several key members, and their full origins. Starring the first class of New Mutants: Cannonball, Sunspot, Karma, Mirage, and Wolfsbane. By Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod.

Continue with NEW MUTANTS (1983-1991), an influential run made popular by Louise Simonson, Sal BuscemaBill SienkiewiczRick LeonardiArthur Adams and more.

The New Mutants Marvel Graphic Novel (1982)

The New Mutants Marvel Graphic Novel (1982)

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THE “DEMON BEAR” ARCX-Legends Claremont and Sienkiewicz teamed up on this three-issue arc that explored who, or what, was the psychic terror known as the Demon Bear. This storyline also covered Dani Moonstar’s painful past and showed off the full range of her at-times horrific power. Experimental and thrilling.

Read through issue #20!

NEW MUTANTS (2009-2012): Ideal for new readers, this long-running favorite takes a new spin on the classic cast of characters. Reintroducing major threats like Legion and the Phalanx!

New Mutants (2009) #1

New Mutants (2009) #1

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NEW MUTANTS (2019): Up to speed with the Dawn of X? Once you’ve read HOUSE OF X/POWERS OF X on Marvel Unlimited, dive in with the team’s latest run. The original New Mutants get together with a few new friends (Chamber, Mondo) for a mission that takes them deep into Shi’ar space!

New Mutants (2019) #1

New Mutants (2019) #1

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Now that you’ve got your reading, time to meet the team!

MIRAGE/MOONSTAR

Moonstar

AKA: DANIELLE “DANI” MOONSTAR

FIRST APPEARANCE: THE NEW MUTANTS MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL (1982)

  • A vastly powerful psychic who can conjure your deepest, darkest fears (and create weapons from her own mind!)
  • Shares a psychic rapport with animal beings, including her Valkyrie steed Brightwind, and fellow New Mutant Wolfsbane
  • Co-leader of the first New Mutants team
  • Colorado-born member of the Cheyenne people

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WOLFSBANE

Wolfsbane

AKA: RAHNE SINCLAIR (PRONOUNCED “RAIN”)

FIRST APPEARANCE: THE NEW MUTANTS MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL (1982)

  • Introverted Scottish teen werewolf who can phase into a full wolf, or half-wolf form
  • Possesses animal agility and superhuman strength in her wolf forms
  • A devout Catholic riddled with guilt over her mutant nature
  • Adopted by surrogate mother Moira MacTaggert after fleeing her abusive pastor father

SUNSPOT

Sunspot

AKA: ROBERTO “BOBBY” DA COSTA

FIRST APPEARANCE: THE NEW MUTANTS MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL (1982)

  • Can channel and absorb solar energy becoming a powerhouse of strength
  • Has the ability to fly in his “solar form”
  • The (slightly) spoiled son of Brazilian millionaires
  • Literal and figurative hothead with a deep love of soccer

CANNONBALL

Cannonball

AKA: SAM GUTHRIE

FIRST APPEARANCE: THE NEW MUTANTS MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL (1982)

  • “Nigh invulnerable” when he’s blastin’
  • A “human jet” who can create an impenetrable force field while flying
  • Eldest son of a huge Kentucky family (Husk, Aero, and Icarus are mutant siblings of the Guthrie clan!)
  • Best friends with Sunspot

KARMA

Karma

AKA: XI'AN "SHAN" COY MANH

FIRST APPEARANCE: MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) #100

  • Can telepathically seize control of someone’s mind or body, entering their consciousness
  • Vietnam-born multilinguist who can speak French, English, and Vietnamese
  • The niece of a notorious Madripoorian crime lord
  • Was once the host for psychic villain Shadow King

MAGIK

Magik

AKA: ILLYANA RASPUTIN

FIRST APPEARANCE: GIANT-SIZE X-MEN (1975) #1 (As Magik/Darkchylde: MAGIK #1)

  • Black magic sorceress with a half-demon form and Eldritch armor
  • Teleporter who can traverse space, time, and a demon dimension called Limbo
  • Wielder of the “Soulsword,” forged from fragments of her own life force
  • Younger sister of X-Man Colossus

CYPHER

Cypher

AKA: DOUGLAS “DOUG” RAMSEY

FIRST APPEARANCE: NEW MUTANTS (1983) #13 (As Cypher: NEW MUTANTS #21)

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MAGMA

Magma

AKA: AMARA JULIANA OLIVIANS AQUILLA

FIRST APPEARANCE: NEW MUTANTS (1983) #8

  • Mutant volcano who can generate orbs of fire
  • Can control geothermal activities including tectonic plates and lava
  • Raised in Nova Roma, a South American colony modeled after the Roman Republic
  • Had a brief stint with the Hellions, Emma Frost’s ne'er-do-well teen mutant team

WARLOCK

Warlock

AKA: N/A

FIRST APPEARANCE: NEW MUTANTS (1983) #18

  • Techno-organic alien from the home world Kvch
  • Estranged member of their Technarch race
  • Was once reanimated as “Douglock,” their merged form with Cypher
  • Important player in the X-TINCTION AGENDA event

If you want even more backstory, check out our Meet the New Mutants deep dive!

 

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New Mutants
Wolfsbane. Cannonball. Sunspot. Moonstar. Magik. Karma. Magma. Teenagers thrown together by the one thing they had in common—the X-Factor in their genes that made them different, made them mutants. In a world that hates and fears them, it’s up to this next generation of X-Men to lead mutantkind into the future.
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