The New Mutants 37 (March 1986)

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While I’m loathe to say anything nice about Chris Claremont, especially in an issue where he apes dialogue from Little Big Man to show how conscious he is to the plight of Native Americans regarding the John Wayne cavalry movies, he almost does a good issue here.

Well, maybe not. I mean, the Beyonder’s still idiotic, but he’s torturing the superheroes here and, while Claremont’s got some lame characterizations for them, the Beyonder’s really freaking evil. It makes no sense in context of the initial Secret Wars II stuff, but whatever. It’s nice to read this book and not be dreading every moment, especially given Sienkiewicz’s far more traditional artwork this time.

I don’t know what else to say about the comic. Usually, I can just rip on it, but this issue–oh, the She-Hulk cameo was dumb. So was the cop not knowing what the Avengers were called.

CREDITS

If I Should Die; writer, Chris Claremont; penciller, Mary Wilshire; inker, Bill Sienkiewicz; colorist, Glynis Oliver; letterers, Tom Orzechowski and L. Lois Buhalis; editor, Ann Nocenti; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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