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New Mutants #10 annotations

Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbersgo by the digital edition.

PAGE 1 / COVER: Um… well, it’s the reality-distorting mutant Tashi Repina from the previous issue, wearing braces, with the faces of the New Mutants mounted on her teeth. It’s certainly surreal.

By the way, this isn’t really the sort of issue that requires much annotation, so these probably won’t be too long.

PAGES 2-3. Tashi begs for forgiveness while all the characters she already sucked in to her nightmare murmur along with her.

PAGES 4-5. Recap and credits. Not sure why it doesn’t name Tashi. The story is “Parasomnia” by Ed Brisson and Flaviano. Parasomnia is a term for disorders of the nervous system during sleep.

PAGES 6-8. Cypher’s squad arrive to help.

Other than Cypher, nobody seems to be particularly convinced about the merit of bringing Wildside along. Cypher gives the stock answer about Krakoa being a fresh start, and giving the villains a chance. More to the point is that Wildside has potentially useful powers here (though getting a high end telepath might have been a better bet). For whatever reason, despite his general snarkiness, Wildside does indeed seem willing to help, at some risk to himself.

PAGE 9. President Ivan Prokopovych of Carnelia is alerted to what’s happening.

He’s a new character. Prokopovych is a genuine family name, although it’s Ukrainian rather than Russian (despite the President being shown here speaking Russian). The highest-profile Prokopovych internationally is probably Petro Prokopovych (1775-1850), who invented commercial beekeeping. This seems highly unlikely to be relevant.

PAGES 10-11. Magik asks Glob Herman about the Nebraska incident.

That’s the disastrous shoot-out in Pilger, Nebraska which formed Brisson’s first arc. In the previous issue, Magik was defending the kids’ behaviour in Pilger to Cyclops, but apparently that’s prompted her to ask a few more questions about how it happened.

DOX. We’ve seen an extract from DOX before in issue #6, and it was basically as Glob describes here.

“Worse than Limbo even.” Limbo was Magik’s Hell-type dimension, where the X-Men hid out with their entire school for a while – the main way Glob would be familiar with it.

PAGE 11. Data page. It’s literally a recipe for laksa (a kind of noodle soup). Basically a joke about the data page format.

PAGES 12-16. The Carnelian President tries to have the New Mutants arrested, claiming that the whole crisis is actually a fraud to give them good publicity.

“Have you seen Poltergeist?” Poltergeist (1982) includes a child being sucked into a portal in her closet. Dani is presumably thinking of the scene where they try to rescue her by entering the portal tied to a rope.

PAGE 17. Data page. DOX reports on the preceding scene, essentially following the President’s line. This article basically consists of them reciting what they’ve seen on TV.

PAGES 18-23. In the nightmare void, things predictably go wrong. Armor succumbs and sees her mother and brother.

Hisako’s mother and brother are dead, but aside from that they seem quite welcoming, even in the nightmare context. Maybe that’ll change.

These two were reported to have died in a car crash in Astonishing X-Men vol 3 #36-37 (2011). Armor’s force field is supposed to draw power from her ancestors, and so she immediately became more powerful when her mother died. Other than that, we really don’t know much about these characters. Given that Armor is directly connected with their spirits, it’s possible that this is not a hallucination, and that instead something about this environment allows them to manifest. Or maybe not.

PAGES 24-25. Trailers. The Krakoan reads NEXT: ADRIFT.

Bring on the comments

  1. Howard Liu says:

    >The highest-profile Prokopovych internationally is probably Petro Prokopovych (1775-1850), who invented commercial beekeeping. This seems highly unlikely to be relevant.

    Great delivery.

  2. Adam says:

    Ukrainian-Russians and Ukrainians speaking Russian are of course not uncommon, particularly among the older set. I have a friend who is Ukrainian and fiercely anti-Russian due to the annexation, but nevertheless finds herself unable to get her Ukrainian parents to stop using it as their primary tongue.

  3. Evilgus says:

    Does Dani still have powers to pull greatest fears/hopes from people? Could that be applicable here? I’m not sure of her current status…

    I always thought the way she was depowered and ‘stronger for it’ was a bit on the nose as a parallel for Storm’s journey – both being powerful non-white female characters who have to re-prove themselves. Whether that was intentional or not.

  4. CJ says:

    It was nice to see some tension between Wildside and the New Mutants. Wasn’t Moonstar a part of the MLF briefly?

  5. neutrino says:

    Dani got her powers back in Rosenberg’s Uncanny run, as a side effect of being cured of the transmode virus. Makes you wonder why they need the Crucible.

  6. Loz says:

    >’ The highest-profile Prokopovych internationally is probably Petro Prokopovych (1775-1850), who invented commercial beekeeping. This seems highly unlikely to be relevant.’

    Bees, my god. And after everyone’s been complaining about how the X-Men have all been acting weird, like drones in a hive? I think we’re about to BUST THIS WIDE OPEN!

    I may have been stuck inside too long.

    But the main thing is that this shows how you can do a weird story which does not loose the audience at any point. A vast improvement on Excalibur.

  7. Ben says:

    Oh God!

    The bees!

    The beeeeeeeeeeeees!

  8. Chris V says:

    It’s obvious now that Moira’s plan involves the breeding of killer bees. Hybridizing the smallpox virus in to cornflower pollen, and cross-pollinating it with an alien symbiotic virus. All leading to the mass extinction of humanity!
    If you look at Moira’s diary and add “killer bees” to every line that has been redacted, it all becomes so obvious.
    Oh, no. That was the plot of the X-Files movie. My mistake.
    Still, I’m sure that Swarm will be making an appearance soon. A Nazi scientist made up of mutated killer bees? Surely that’s everything that fans love about the Krakoa era rolled in to one awesome character.

  9. Ben says:

    Hey, Swarm was just in Ant-Man!

    For a Nazi bee person, he’s doing okay.

  10. MasterMahan says:

    “Wasn’t Moonstar a part of the MLF briefly?”

    Yes, but it turned out she was a spy for SHIELD the whole time. So I can imagine

    I continue to side-eye making the Japanese character empowered by her ancestors, and not just because I can’t imagine how they’d test for that.

  11. Ben says:

    Yeah it’s a real disaster of an idea.

    Both stupid and offensive.

  12. Chris says:

    Is Armor torturing her dead relatives every time she activates her powers?

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