New Mutants #51-54 (1987): Karma quits

Dani is also a valkyrie now.

And has a flying horse.

This story starts as Professor X sends his students home from space via a portal through Limbo (so they can get there faster), and forces Karma to possess Magik when Illyana refuses to open Limbo for him because the dimension is too dangerous after Magus’ invasion last issue.

Xavier has a long history of being a jerk, so it doesn’t really surprise me that he does this.

Unlike X, though, Magneto decides to listen to Magik and goes to Limbo with her—to see what has happened since Magus’ techno infection took over.  In the end, though, Illyana says Limbo is her mess—not his—and says she wants to handle it alone.

Also, Magneto decides to go undercover in Hellfire Club as their new leader, The White King.  In his new, “fake” role, Magneto brings the students for a party at the Hellfire Club’s Manhattan headquarters and, predictably, they tangle with the Hellion students.

Along the way, there’s a short crime story with Viper and Silver Samurai, Warpath and Mirage seem to get a little romantic, and The New Mutants wear new costumes.

That are pretty bad.

The one thing of consequence out of these issues is that Karma quits.  She’s been trying to find her missing brother and sister, and decides to prioritize her family over adventures with The New Mutants.  Good choice to leave, at this point.  Maybe it’s the multiple artists or the fact that Chris Claremont is winding down his run on this book, but these issues feel disjointed and unimportant.



1 thought on “New Mutants #51-54 (1987): Karma quits”

  1. Lack of a consistent art team and an overstuffed cast was what always held New Mutants back. Even still, at times, it surpassed Uncanny.


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