Thursday, May 29, 2014
X-amining New Mutants #68
In a Nutshell
Chasing Spyder, Gosamyr sows discord amongst the New Mutants.
Writer: Louise Simonson
Artist: Bret Blevins
Letterer: Ken Bruzenak
Colorist: Glynis Oliver
Editor: Bob Harras
Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco
In Limbo, Illyana tries to repair her broken scrying glass in order to locate Lila and Spyder. She manages to locate Spyder's ship for a moment, but then an image of her Darkchild persona appears in the glass and she loses concentration. The New Mutants decide to have her teleport them aboard the stolen space ship to Spyder's last known position; even though he's likely gone from that spot now, they can track him via the ship from there. With the ship tracking Spyder, Gosamyr uses a machine to recreate Sam's uniform, as well as new clothes for herself, Dani and Rahne. As Spyder watches this, he explains to a captive Lila that it is in the nature of Gosamyr's species to destroy by intensifying the passions of those around her. Back aboard the ship, Sam finds himself drawn to Gosamyr, much to Rahne's dismay, even while Gosamyr eventually kisses Roberto.
Later, Gosamyr ensnares Dani and forces her to manifest Rahne's greatest desire, a gallant Sam who is deeply in love with her. Just then, their ship catches up to Spyder's ship, in orbit around a planet. The New Mutants are contacted by a local official, and when Dani uses her power to give him the authorization papers he demands, Rahne realizes the Sam wooing her is an illusion. Enraged, she attacks Dani, who turns on Gosamyr. As they fight, the local official is approached by an admiral, and it turns out the papers Dani manifested were actually a bribe. Declaring that the punishment for bribery is execution, the admiral orders that the New Mutants' ship be immediately blown away.
Firsts and Other Notables
I don't like Gosamyr, but I do like "characters as chess pieces" covers.
A Work in Progress
We are once again reminded that Sunspot is strong but not invulnerable.
Remembering Destiny's prophecy, Illyana wonders if she should go after Lila alone, though of course the New Mutants refuse this option.
Spyder reveals that the females of Gosamyr's race naturally and unintentionally inflame the passions of those around them.
After pulling her out of harm's way in Limbo, Rahne calls Sam her knight in shining armor.
When Gosamyr realizes that Sam is in a relationship with Lila, Roberto, oozing desperation so much it's laughable, points out that he's not spoken for, nudge nudge, wink wink.
Later, he decides the best way to woo Gosamyr is to unload his entire "woe is me" schtick on her.
Which apparently works, since Gosamyr then plants one on him.
Sam, almost as infatuated by Gosamyr as Roberto, refuses to acknowledge Rahne's crush on him, pointing out her feelings for Doug and strict upbringing, as well as the fact that he considers her a little sister.
When Gosamyr forces Dani to create Rahne's deepest desire, she manifests a caped Sam who goes about wooing Rahne.
They're Students, Not Superheroes
The New Mutants at least discuss whether or not they should go home and tell Magneto what they're up, to ultimately deciding that since he wouldn't let them help the X-Men in Dallas, he wouldn't let them rescue Lila, so they'll just go after her on their own. And while it's hard to argue with their logic given the way Simonson has been writing Magneto, I'd like to think Claremont's Magneto would help them in their task.
So after defiantly agreeing to rescue both Lila Cheney and Gosamyr's parents at the end of last issue, this issue finds the New Mutants...participating in a fashion show. Followed by Gosamyr trying to piss off as many of the people who have pledged to help her rescue her family as possible. Yeesh. And while Spyder establishes that it is in Gosamyr's nature to make people fight over her, what he says suggests some kind of uncontrollable effect, whereas what we see is a clearly conniving Gosamyr actively sowing discord. It's less "Gosamyr is a victim of her own biology" and more "she's a scheming tart".
Meanwhile, though Simonson is perfectly capable of writing decent soap opera (which is what most of X-Factor's teen issues were), one has to wonder if the second part of a four part story is the best time for a Beach Blanket Bingo detour. In terms of the plot, this issue ends exactly where the previous one did, with the New Mutants in pursuit of Spyder, geographically closer but no closer plot-wise. Which is not the best place for the second part of any story to end, let alone this one.
Tomorrow, Beast busts loose in X-Factor #33. Next week, the X-Men find Genosha green but less than pleasant in Uncanny X-Men #236, followed by the first issue of Excalibur.