New Mutants 27 NM I Am Captain America 1:20 Variant Cover Marvel Abnett Lanning


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New Mutants (2009 3rd Series) 27B I Am Captain America Variant Cover

Published Sep 2011 by Marvel
Limited 1 for 20 I Am Captain America Variant Cover by AUSTIN MADISON
32 PGS

Unfinished Business: Part 3 of 3

The New Mutants have found X-Man, but in the clutches of Sugar Man! What is Sugar Man doing with Nate? And what is Nate going to do to Sugar Man once the New Mutants get him freed. It’s not every day you get an Omega Level Mutant angry…

New Mutants
Mirage (Dani Moonstar)
Sunspot (Roberto Da Costa)
Magma (Amara Aquilla)
Cypher (Doug Ramsey)

Supporting Characters:
X-Man (Nate Grey)
Cyclops (Scott Summers)
Karma (Xi’an Coy Manh)
Hellion (Julian Keller)
Frenzy (Joanna Cargill)
Pixie (Megan Gwynn)
Blindfold (Ruth Aldine)
Surge (Nori Ashida)
Armor (Hisako Ichiki)
Rockslide (Santo Vaccarro)
Anole (Victor Borkowski)
Husk (Paige Guthrie)
Dr. Nemesis (James Bradley)
Commander Steve Rogers
Victoria Hand
Sugar Man

As the New Mutants face off against Sugar Man, what happens when their only non-powered members goes against a heavy-hitter?

With a drained X-Man inching closer to death, what will the New Mutants do with an angry Sugar Man and a team of mutates stand in their way?

Abnett managed to keep the Sugar Man-centric storyline a bit more contained than it was last time, and as a result the story flowed a lot better. Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning do a good job convincing me that Sugar Man isn’t just a lamely named, hideously odd M.O.D.O.K. wannabe. The writing duo actually present Sugar Man as a legitimate threat. Considering he’s one of the very few (like X-Man) who made the jump over from the Age of Apocalypse universe, makes sense.

This issue really had Dani Moonstar out in the forefront, which I can appreciate; with Cannonball out of the mix, we need someone who can lead as well as he can, and Dani is a great candidate. Showing what a non-powered fighter can do against a huge physical threat is one way to establish credibility, and Abnett did that quite well.

I really liked Scott Summers’ “briefing” where the New X-Men and New Mutants get a run-down of major threats to mutantkind. This makes a lot of sense, tactically, as the race isn’t doing too hot at the moment, and need to look after their own. It also serves to keep readers up-to-date on who exactly Sugar Man is, as not everyone has read Age of Apocalypse.

The ending moments with Cyclops and Nate Grey warmed my heart, but I wasn’t sure if Cyke was just feeling a bit guilty concerning the recent death of Cable. We’ll have to see where this goes from here.

Having Steve Rogers come in at the end and give the Mutants a pat on the back filled me with fanboy glee. I felt there needed to be a much more concrete resolution than a “take him away, boys!” moment, and just letting everyone go their separate ways underwhelmed me but the flipside is Sugarman lives to plot another day.

Nate Grey being depowered just seemed like a way to make him fit into the regular New Mutants rotation, and to keep him from being too much of a messiah compared to Hope. I mean, I never thought there’d be a time when there was too many Omega-level mutants, but I guess that X-Man needed to get thrown under the bus sometime.

Near mint, 1st print. Bagged & Boarded.