New Mutants #12 places an unexpected trio of Magik, Mirage and Glob into a team to fight bigotry and to reach into the emotional depths of these characters.
The New Mutants series has followed a combination of disjointed stories featuring different characters. One constant plot point has been the “DOX Reports”, an online blog posting information about mutants and their families including names, addresses, phone numbers and registering the mutants who have passed in and out of the Krakoa gateway portals. These DOX Reports have provoked people with anti-mutant sentiments to attack mutants and their families, leaving them brutally wounded or fighting for their lives.
This issue picks up with Trinary hacking the DOX reports systems, giving The New Mutants the location of these bigoted reporters. Magik, Mirage and Glob break into the news center, where their boss screams at his workers to film every second of the mutants attacking them to catch their actions on film and manipulate the press against mutants. New Mutants then take a powerful stance against these anti-mutant writers by showing them all of the mutants and their families who have fallen victim to mutant hate crimes inspired by their anti-mutant website.
Ed Brisson brings some incredibly powerful and emotionally heavy material to the readers through this issue of New Mutants. Magik has some incredible moments and quotes (see image below).
Most importantly, Glob Herman finally has his moment when he fights back. The anger from all of the hate and abuse he has endured over the year bubbles to the surface as he threatens the life of the manager running the DOX Reports. This transitions into a beautiful and incredibly relatable scene to any marginalized class, in which Glob opens up to Magik about his own past relations with this level of hatred, burying those emotions deep inside himself. It is an incredibly powerful moment, illustrated beautifully by Marco Failla and Carlos Lopez.
This issue of New Mutants is powerful in speech and providing metaphors for the fight among marginalized classes through mutants. It may not be action oriented, but it is the content that really breathes life into this incredible issue of New Mutants.