The first thing one has to address when it comes to the New Mutants is the fact that, yes, it’s been 35 years, so they’re not new.  You wouldn’t think you’d have to keep explaining this stuff, but for some reason, comic fans can get a bit literal about things.  Secondly, their roster was always in a state of flux, adding and losing teenage mutants at random intervals, to the point where Karma, a founding member, disappeared in the team’s second appearance and was gone for a couple of years before returning.  With such a tumultuous membership, it’s tough to decide who is and who isn’t a *REAL* OG NM, leading to today’s adolescent query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) needs to see Cannonball, Wolfsbane and whatever Dani Moonstar is calling herself this week, or it’s just another X-team, asking: Which of the New Mutants are absolutely necessary for the team to be the real thing in your mind?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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