My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is no Hickman and Noto, but…what is? It might be unfair to Ed Brisson and Mike del Mundo to compare them to Hickman and Noto, but it’s inevitable, and they really don’t compare. But taken on its own merits, this issue is reasonably good and a definite improvement on the previous non-Hickman/Noto New Mutants issues.
It still doesn’t quite gel though, and I think the issue is that Brisson’s New Mutants lacks the joy of Hickman’s. It lacks the fun, the silliness, the humour. Instead it tries, really hard…like with the Glob scene here (and the recipe that another reviewer on Good Reads took particular offence at)…and…sure, it’s…funny? But it feels somewhat forced, and lacks the whimsy of Hickman’s issues.
Also, del Mundo’s art is perfectly good, but perfectly good isn’t really good enough on a current X-book, and it’s certainly not good enough when it’s inevitably going to be directly compared with the work of Phil Noto.
All in all, I certainly didn’t hate this issues, it’s just that it could have been so much better.