Escapade Joins the New Mutants!
Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Charlie Jane Anders brings the breakout character of this year’s Marvel’s Voices: Pride anthology to one of the Marvel Universe’s most beloved teams!
Personally recruited by Emma Frost herself, Shela Sexton reluctantly joins her fellow mutants on Krakoa in the hope that the X-Men can prevent the death of her best friend.
But is Emma telling her the whole truth?
Can Shela adjust to life on the island?
Will the New Mutants accept her?
Or is this crash course in Krakoan headed for a deadly pileup?
Join Escapade and your favorite lovable mutant rapscallions in the start to a wild ride of a three-issue arc with artist Alberto Alburquerque and guest strips by Pride’s Ro Stein & Ted Brandt!
The Comicbook DispatchNew Mutants #31 begins a new story arc focusing on Escapade and her classmates, and it's a super fun read, with a great mix of humor, character development and action.
Comic WatchNew Mutants #31 sets up an exciting, complex and adventurous beginning for the very queer next generation of mutants. Plus, creative team of Charlie Jane Anders and Alberto Alburquerque might be the Louise Simonson and Bret Blevins to Vita Ayala and Rod Reis direct take on Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewiczs legacy; all filtered through Grant Morrisons impact on the X-Men universe. The best of a fresh and modern story with a care for the creatives that came before them. Im so excited to see this comic unfold further.
You Don't Read ComicsAll in all, New Mutants #31 is fine. Its average, which is a step down from what it was before. It has its moments, and Anders, Alburquerque, and company show potential. Itll be interesting to see how this book goes in the future.
ComicBook.comNew Mutants welcomes Escapade as its protagonist for a new arc written by novelist and journalist Charlie Jane Anders. Fans following Escapade from the pages of Marvel Voices: Pride immediately may be struck by the differences in the visuals. Alberto Alburquerque's linework is more rigid and inconsistently exaggerated than the cleaner cartooning of that introductory story. Carlos Lopez's overly complex coloring is ill-suited to the linework, creating a cluttered atmosphere. Escapade defines herself by claiming to be a young supervillain with no interest in joining the Krakoan "cult," but with her first story immediately sending her to join Krakoa, there's little to back up that claim as more than an elevator pitch. Instead, her characterization leans heavily into her nerdy hobbies in a way that feels like trying to reverse engineer what worked with Ms. Marvel. Previous New Mutants writer Vita Ayala earned some criticism for their, at times, too-measured dialogue during tense conversations and conflicts. Yet, it's hard not to contrast that considered approach to the generic, modern platitudes coming from the characters in this issue, dialog that could be given to any character interchangeably because it is rooted less in who they are than in what they represent. Turning the U-Men into galaxy-brained, so woke they're anti-woke villains is clever, but the idea needs more than the surface-level establishment it's given here. For readers with a high tolerance for cheesy geek speak who want to see a trans hero in the spotlight, New Mutants #31 provides, but there's no escaping the sense that it is a broader and less sophisticated take than the one that preceded it.