A super-hero team published by Marvel Comics
In the early 1980's, Marvel Comics decided to cash in on
the runaway success of their superhero team The X-men.
The premise in the comic was that Charles Xavier, the leader of the
X-men, gathered his original team together to teach
them to use their amazing powers. As the new X-men were
older and more experienced, the idea of Xavier as a
teacher had gone more by the wayside. So in an effort to
renew this storyline, Marvel Comics came up with the
First appearing in one of Marvel Comics graphic novels,
the New Mutants was made up of a group of young teens
who powers had just appeared. With the exception of one
character, all of the members were brand new characters
offering the writers and the fans new characters to explore.
The storyline of the original graphic novel involved the
Hellfire Club, a perennial X-Men enemy, pursuing these
young mutants. Xavier sought to outrace the Hellfire Club
contingent, lead by cyborg Donald Pierce. In the
end, Xavier had brought five youngsters into his care:
Mirage, Cannonball, Wolfsbane, Sunspot, and Karma.
Mirage was a young Native American girl name Danielle Moonstar.
She possessed the ability to telepathically communicate
with animals and to draw from the mind of those around
her their greatest desire or their greatest fear. Cannonball
was a teenager name Sam Guthrie from Kentucky. Sam
had the ability to fly while surrounded by an invicible
force field. Wolfsbane was a young Scots girl named
Rahne Sinclair. Rahne had the ability to change into
a wolf or midway to a werewolf-like form. While in her
wolf form, Rhane could communicate telepathically with
Mirage. Sunspot was a Brazilian boy name Roberto
DeCosta. He possessed superhuman strength by metabolizing
sunlight. He absorbed light while using his power, so he
would turn black during those times. Finally, Karma was
a Vietnamese girl named Xian Coy Manh. She had the ability
to possess others telepathically. She was the only
New Mutant to have appeared before in a comic, having appeared
in a Spider-Man annual some years earlier.
The team became the focus of its own monthly comic in the
early 1980's. The group's membership varied over the years,
adding a number of interesting characters like the living
Toward the end of the 1980's, the New Mutants underwent
a radical change. The team gained a new leader, the
mysterious Cable and became an edgier group, having lost
their direction of a good number of years. Finally, the
title itself folded with the characters from the book
becoming a new team X-Force.