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Just in time for the upcoming movie, The New Mutants is being revived for a new limited comic book series, titled Dead Souls. The series will see Magik lead a group of heroes to investigate paranormal events. The story is described by Marvel as a “terrifying team-up tale,” which features another prominent X-Men team, X-Factor.
Releasing in April of next year, The New Mutants movie brings together five young mutants, including Magik, Sunspot, Cannonball, Wolfsbane, and Mirage. All five were founding members of the original comic book team that debuted in 1982. The film will send the teenagers to a secret facility, forcing them to confront their powers and use them to escape. Like 20th Century Fox’s Logan and Deadpool, The New Mutants is expected to take the X-Men franchise in a unique direction. Instead of being just another superhero film, The New Mutants will have a distinct, “horror movie” vibe.
Marvel has announced New Mutants: Dead Souls, a six-part limited series from Matt Rosenberg (Phoenix Resurrection) and Adam Gorham (Rocket). The series will see Magik in charge of a team that features original team member Wolfsbane, along with later recruits such as Rictor, Boom Boom, and Strong Guy. Former New Mutant Karma brings them together to investigate strange, paranormal events that are occurring in the universe.
After discovering that Karma may be hiding something from them, the New Mutants team will have to discover the truth. To accomplish their goal, the team will have to contend with everything from Frost Giants to zombies. They’ll also be getting some much-needed help from X-Factor.
According to Rosenberg, the New Mutants are a group of “doubted and dismissed” underdogs and misfits who are always there for the people who need them. Rosenberg says that Dead Souls will once again give the team a mission they’re not prepared for:
They’re constantly in way over their heads, but always rise above. Our series takes all of that, collects some of the best New Mutants alongside some oddballs better known for their time with X-Factor and X-Force, and throws them into a mission they aren’t at all ready for. We pack it full of nods to the history of the team and hints about their future, and enough creepy moments, epic battles, offbeat humor, and dysfunctional family dynamics to make a book worthy of the title The New Mutants.
Judging by Rosenberg’s comments and Marvel’s description of the series, it appears that Dead Souls will reflect the tone of the upcoming New Mutants film, despite it not being produced by Marvel Studios. Fans are no doubt looking forward to seeing how elements of the horror genre will translate onto the page.