The definitive, chronological, and up-to-date guide on collecting New Mutants, New X-Men, Young X-Men, and other X-Men-in-training comic books via omnibuses, hardcovers, and trade paperback graphic novels. A part of Crushing Krisis’s Collecting X-Men: A Definitive Guide. Last updated December 2017 with titles scheduled for release through August 2018.
X-Men launched as a comic book about a school of mutants, but by the early 80s it was clear that a team featuring the likes of Cyclops, Storm, and Wolverine had outgrown being students. While the injection of the occasional teen into the team would revive the scholastic concept, there was no getting around that Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters was neither a school nor filled with many youngsters.
Marvel’s solution to this – and to capitalizing on the X-Men’s massive popularity – was to launch a second X-Men series in 1983 called “New Mutants” that would be about exactly that – a team of teens who had just discovered their powers.
As it turns out, even though comics characters don’t need to age, comics about teens have the same problem as TV shows about high school students – eventually they graduate! Rather than keep New Mutants as a team-in-training title, Marvel has launched several other young mutants titles over the years – and they’re all in this guide (except for X-Force, which has it’s own page). [Read more…] about Collecting New Mutants, New X-Men, & Young X-Men comic books as graphic novels