New Mutants Squad
The New Mutants are one of several training squads recently established at the Xavier Institute. Several of their members were recruited directly by Danielle Moonstar and became a close-knit group of friends in their first semester at Xavier’s. They all selected Dani Moonstar as their faculty advisor and she continued in that capacity when the squad system was established and the group of friends became a team. Moonstar named her group The New Mutants after the team she was a part of when she attended Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. The team’s colors are gold, silver-grey and white.
First appearance: New X-Men: Academy X #2 (squad officially announced)
Current Membership: Elixir, Icarus, Prodigy, Surge, Wallflower, Wind Dancer
Former Members: Wither (see Hellions)
Elixir (Joshua Foley) First appearance: New Mutants (2nd series) #5
All Xavier Institute appearances: New Mutants (2nd series) #5-13, New X-Men: Academy X #1-15, X-Men (2nd series) #165, Astonishing X-Men (3rd series) #5
Powers: produce bio-molecular energy at will to affect organic matter he touches, allowing him to heal physical damage done to his body or the bodies of others, reactivate suppressed mutant abilities, repair cerebral functions, and alter the composition of his own molecules in certain ways
- Josh was a mutant-hater and a recruit for Donald Pierce’s Reavers when he suddenly manifested his powers.
- After being critically injured by Wolfsbane, Josh used his healing powers on himself. However, not only was his health restored but his skin also turned golden. [New Mutants (2nd series) #12]
- Josh has been classified as having Omega level mutant potential with his healing powers.
- Josh is the legal ward of Danielle Moonstar as well as one of her advisees.
Icarus (Joshua “Jay” Guthrie) First appearance: ROM Annual #3
All Xavier Institute appearances: X-Men (2nd series) #157-159, 162, 164-165, New X-Men: Academy X #1-9, 12-15, Uncanny X-Men #444, 460-461, Astonishing X-Men (3rd series) #8
Powers: voice is capable of producing sonic frequency beyond the range of human capability as well as creating multiple sounds or voices at once, extensive regenerative powers allow him to recover from even fatal injuries, red feathered wings on his back allow him to fly
- Joshua’s older siblings are Cannonball and Husk, both of whom have followed Xavier’s cause for years.
- Jay’s vocal powers were hinted at long before he sprouted his wings. [New Mutants (1st series) #42] He kept his mutant powers a secret until his wings made his mutant status obvious.
- Jay’s true love was killed by her own father when he discovered she was dating a mutant.
- He stopped using the name Joshua, instead going by the nickname “Jay” now, partially to demonstrate that with his lover’s death one important phase in his life has come to an end.
- Jay joined arrived at the Xavier Institute in New X-Men: Academy X #1.
- Jay was briefly a member of the Hellions squad but switched to the New Mutants after refusing to help the Hellions confront federal agents who were sent to apprehend Kevin Ford, aka Wither.
Prodigy III (David Alleyne) First appearance: New Mutants (2nd series) #4
All Xavier Institute appearances: New Mutants (2nd series) #4-10, 11 [flashback only], 12-13, New X-Men: Academy X #1-15, X-Men #165, Uncanny X-Men #461
Powers: psychomimetic power allows him to subconsciously scan and internalize the knowledge and skills of others, giving him the ability to duplicate any non-superhuman talent possessed by those nearby
- David first met Karma when she was still working as a librarian in Chicago.
- While he has no intention of becoming a super-hero, David joined Xavier’s school to protect his family from anti-mutant violence.
- David has a younger sister named Kim and has come to see his roommate, Josh, as sort of a little brother, who needs to be watched over since he is constantly getting in trouble.
- David co-leads the New Mutants with Sofia.
Surge IV (Noriko Ashida) First appearance: New Mutants (2nd series) #8
All Xavier Institute appearances: New Mutants (2nd series) #8-10, 12-13, New X-Men: Academy X #1-9, 12-15, X-Men (2nd series) #165, Uncanny X-Men #461
Powers: siphon off nearby levels of electrical energy, including static electricity and mechanical power sources, in order to build a charge that she can convert into bursts of superhuman speed, project as electrostatic blasts from her hands or radiate from all sides, wears stabilizer gauntlets that regulate her power flow
- Noriko ran away from her family and was living in the streets of Salem Center. She used drugs to hold her unstable powers in check.
- While still living on the streets, Noriko accidentally injured Luna, the waitress at the coffee shop that the New Mutants regularly patronized. Noriko even stole from Luna. Currently, Nori is working at the coffee shop to work off her debt.
- Her roommate is Afghani-born mutant Dust. The two do not get along that well, their differing views on women’s role in society creates friction between them every now and then.
Wallflower (Laurie Collins) First appearance: New Mutants (2nd series) #2
All Xavier Institute appearances: New Mutants (2nd series) #2-13, New X-Men: Academy X #1-10, 12-15
Powers: releases highly-potent airborne pheromones that affect the chemical balance in other people, creating responses to her presence like terror, anger, and physical attraction
- Laurie inherited her mutant powers from her father, who used them to seduce her mother. Once pregnant with Laurie, his powers no longer worked on her and she left him, never to have a relationship with another man ever again.
- An accident at her high school “outed” her powers to her classmates, causing her to transfer to Xavier’s school. However, with her powers severely not under control, she was very shy and withdrawn form the other students, an outsider among outcasts.
- Sofia makes a perfect roommate for her since her wind powers can prevent her from being manipulated by Laurie’s pheromones.
Wind Dancer (Sophia Mantega-Barrett) First appearance: New Mutants (2nd series) #1
All Xavier Institute appearances: New Mutants (2nd series) #1-10, 11 [flashback only], 12-13, New X-Men: Academy X #1-10, 12-15, X-Men (2nd series) #165
Powers: mentally direct air particles, allowing her to draw far-off sounds to her ears, disrupt the equilibrium of others with compressed air, lift herself off the ground, and create isolated whirlwinds or directed blasts of high pressure air
- Sofia’s mother was accidentally killed by rival gangs in Caracas, Venezuela. Sofia was sent to live in America with her father, Walter Barrett, who knew nothing about her. He placed her in a private school and forbade her to use her powers but, at one point, she rebelled and destroyed one of his super-market stores to gain his attention.
- Sofia co-leads the New Mutants together with David.