X-Men has always been one of the most prolific Superhero teams and Franchises of all time, plus, with Hickman’s current run on the X-Men being one of the hottest comics of 2019, we will also be seeing the New Mutants in action with Hickman’s run in October. But let’s turn back time for a moment and look at a pivotal time of the New Mutants timeline according to Chris Claremont, it takes place after the Asgardian Wars, around the time when the boy who would be destined to become Cable. Alright, time to suit up my fellow Mutants, its time to begin our review.
“Don’t miss this momentous event as legendary creators CHRIS CLAREMONT and BILL SIENKIEWICZ reunite with Magik, Wolfsbane, Cannonball, Cypher, Mirage, Karma, and Sunspot to share this never before told story of the New Mutants’ past! When Warlock experiences a nightmare, he begins going haywire, and it’s up to his friends to save him! But as Warlock grows more frenzied, they should be worrying about being able to save themselves…and doubly so when Magik’s inner demon, Darkchylde, threatens to break free! Also, a special guest appearance by none other than Kitty Pryde!”War Children Synopsis
As a Comic Book Collector, I can honestly say that this stand-alone story is something that fans and readers of the original run by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz will be delighted to see familiar faces, the classic feeling it has while new fans might be a tad confused at first seeing Danielle Moonstar as Valkyrie and Warlock being the Antagonist (Temporary at best) in this story, the list goes on, but this doesn’t feel like a throwaway story; Claremont has a great voice for all of the cast here and that is needed when you’re doing a book such as the X-Men, New Mutants.
The fear that Warlock is experiencing in this story arc he has in this is fascinating, is all too human and started to distance themselves into robotic monotony while as mentioning from before about his fear being all too Human is learning human traits. All of them are in fear already, their freshly developed bonds could shatter away when the transformation into the Magus.
Bill Sienkiewicz’s artwork is beautiful in this story, from the panels, right up to the Splash Layouts. I cannot let Bill have all the credit, Colorist Chris Sotomayor handled it with style; Illyana becoming Darkchylde was one of the issue’s biggest surprises, also was another example of Color Mastery. This book was outstanding in every way possible, it shows that Claremont and Sienkiewicz are still the best in the business.