March 28, 2011 4 Comments
Throughout their tenure as students of Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, the New Mutants were constantly at odds with the senior team of X-Men, wanting to earn their place but constantly being called X-Babies and pushed aside almost everywhere. Everyone from Storm to Shadowcat to Wolverine disrespected the kids whenever convenient.
But it wasn’t just the X-Men. The team’s founder Charles Xavier – the legendary Professor X – had seemingly brought the team together in the same spirit that he had brought the original X-Men together so long ago. Or that’s what he’d make you think, since he is telepathic and all. But if one looks closer into the individual recruiting of all the various members of the New Mutants, they’d learn that the team came together through a series of random events rather than through great (or any) effort on the part of Xavier.
- Karma: Discovered by Reed Richards and the Fantastic Four, who sent word to Xavier. After initially refusing the request to bring her to the school, Xavier is taunted into relenting by Moira MacTaggert.
- Wolfsbane: Chased by religious fanatics led by her own father Reverend Craig, she eventually came across Moira MacTaggert who just happened to be her godmother. Moira dispersed the crowd and brought Rahne to Xavier.
- Mirage: Mutant abilities discovered by her grandfather, Black Eagle who is killed right after sending word to Xavier to come get her.
- Sunspot: After manifesting his abilities on the soccer field, Xavier actually detects this one. Sunspot is the only member of the New Mutants that Xavier himself actually finds, yet he still sends Moira to go get the boy.
- Cannonball: Discovered working for Donald Pierce when he attacks Xavier directly. Invited to join the team after the fight.
And thus the original team of New Mutants were not painstakingly gathered by Charles Xavier in the spirit of the original X-Men. No, rather they were assembled through luck and circumstance, and mainly through the great effort of Moira MacTaggert. And as it would later turn out, the decision was made not directly by Xavier, but rather by the Brood Queen embryo planted within his body, hoping to gather other future hosts. That’s right – Charles Xavier assembled the kids (or had them assembled for him) to eventually turn them into Brood.
But even once cured of his infection and deciding to keep the team going, Charles Xavier kept his half-assed methods going rather than actually giving a damn about his students. This was no more apparent than when Karma vanished during a fight against Viper and the Silver Samurai. After a day of looking, Xavier sent the New Mutants away, letting them believe their team leader to be dead. Knowing that to not be the case, Xavier initially was going to have the X-Men look for her but apparently found something more interesting to do and simply gave up. His shortsightedness would cause the return of the Shadow King, which would affect everyone associated to the X-Men for quite some time.
But before Xavier would become lost in space and leave the kids under the tutelige of Magneto (good move there) he would bring in four more mutants to the team…sort of. It was more like four more mutants stumbled into the team and he took credit for the matter.
- Magma: The New Mutants, sent away from the Karma matter, stumbled upon the ancient
plot pointsociety of Nova Roma and brought Magma home with them after defeating Selene.
- Magik: The young Illyana Rasputin was kidnapped by Arcade and simply never returned home to Russia. Eventually she was kidnapped by the demon Belasco, spending half her life in Limbo and ultimately becoming master of the realm. The New Mutants and their dance teacher Stevie Hunter stumbled upon her sorcery/mutant abilities and she was absorbed into the team.
- Warlock: Crash landed nearby seeking shelter from his father Magus. The New Mutants welcomed him but Professor Xavier, apparently not regarding aliens as highly as mutants, was far more hesitant before doing so.
- Cypher: Xavier actually knew about this one since he lived so close to the school but was not willing on training a mutant with their abilities unless they could be used for a fight. Doug was invited to Emma Frost’s Massachusetts Academy and Xavier didn’t really seem to care. Upon Warlock’s arrival, the New Mutants revealed his power to him and recruited him to speak to the alien. He just stuck around from that point on.
And thus the team was fully built, through little-to-no effort from Xavier. In fact, the last mutants he actively used Cerebro to detect – formerly the primary mission of the school and its X-Men – were Shadowcat and Dazzler during the Dark Phoenix Saga. Past that, Xavier kind of gave it up and let everyone else come to him.