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New X-Men
The New X-Men in X-Men: Messiah Complex.
Art by Humberto Ramos.
From left to right: Elixir, Hellion, Dust, Gentle, Rockslide, Prodigy, Anole, Surge, Pixie, Mercury, X-23
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
FormatOngoing series
Publication dateJuly 2004 – March 2008
No. of issues46 (List of story arcs)
Main character(s)New Mutants
Danielle Moonstar
Emma Frost
Creative team as of June 2007
Created byNunzio DeFilippis
Christina Weir
Michael Ryan
Written byCraig Kyle
Christopher Yost
Artist(s)Randy Green
Michael Ryan
Paco Medina
Mark Brooks
Skottie Young
Humberto Ramos
Colorist(s)Jean-Francois Beaulieu

New X-Men is a superhero comic book series published by Marvel Comics within the X-Men franchise.

After the end of Grant Morrison's run on X-Men vol. 2 (titled New X-Men) the title was used for a new series, New X-Men: Academy X during the X-Men Reload event. The title was later shortened to simply New X-Men in 2006 when the new creative team of Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost took over the series with issue #20.

Whereas most other X-Men comics mostly deal with established adult mutants, this series concentrates on the lives of young students residing at the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning as they learn to control their powers.

After the 2007 crossover X-Men: Messiah Complex, the New X-Men title was canceled and briefly relaunched as Young X-Men for 12 issues. The series was written by Marc Guggenheim. After the first arc of Young X-Men, the characters began appearing in the pages of Uncanny X-Men. With the cancellation of Young X-Men the characters were folded onto the main X-Men books, appearing most prominently in the pages of X-Men: Legacy, Wolverine and the X-Men, and most recently, in X-Men.


Further information: List of New X-Men story arcs

New X-Men begins where Grant Morrison's run on the former New X-Men ended. The school is rebuilt and Emma Frost and Cyclops are named the headmasters. They organize the students into several battle squads who train together.

The series focuses chiefly on two rival teams: the New Mutants, whose mentor is Danielle Moonstar, and the Hellions, whose mentor is Emma Frost.

New Mutants squad

The New Mutants squad's tutor is Danielle Moonstar. It is co-led by Wind Dancer and Prodigy.

Hellions squad

The Hellions squad's tutor is Emma Frost. It is led by Hellion.

Other squads

There are also other teams advised by different X-Men. For a complete list of students prior to "M-Day", see List of Xavier Institute students and staff.

The Excelsiors, led by Iceman, are mentioned but the members are never named. The Exemplars, led by Beast, are unknown as well with the exception of Angel Salvadore. Storm's squad, mentioned in New X-Men, has one survivor, Gentle.


In the aftermath of the Decimation event known as M-Day, the mutant student body in the academy dropped from 182 to 27. At least 45 depowered students were killed and, of the remaining students, Emma Frost picked a select group to train as New X-Men. These new X-Men were Dust, Elixir, Hellion, Mercury, Rockslide, Surge (appointed leader) and X-23. As time progressed, several members were added and/or earned the right to be on the team, such as Anole, Armor, Gentle, Pixie and Prodigy. The rest of the students were instructed to remain on school grounds, some providing assistance to the current X-Men teams and trainees. Some M-day survivors and depowered students either left the mansion or were killed off during villainous attacks by Stryker and his men, or various other enemies.

Young X-Men

Main article: Young X-Men

The Young X-Men series launched as part of the X-Men storyline "Divided We Stand" in April, 2008. Written by Marc Guggenheim and pencilled by Yanick Paquette, it featured a line-up of Blindfold, Dust, Rockslide, Wolf Cub and three new characters: Graymalkin, Ink, and in the second issue, Cipher. The first arc involved the group being formed by Donald Pierce, who thanks to changes inflicted upon him by the Purifiers, impersonates Cyclops as part of an elaborate plot to kill the young mutants who he sees are the last generation of mutants born prior to M-Day. The group are manipulated into fighting members of the New Mutants before Pierce is ultimately exposed. In the end, per Blindfold's prediction at the start of the series, Donald Pierce murders Wolf Cub before being captured by the group and taken into custody by the X-Men.

When the X-Men franchise is relaunched with the relocation of the X-Men to San Francisco following the events in Uncanny X-Men, the characters relocate to California.[11] The series is ultimately canceled with issue #12 and many events of the series (such as Dust being mortally wounded during the team's fight with the New Mutants) would be ignored by later writers.

X-Men: Legacy, X-Force and Wolverine and the X-Men

Most of the characters (most notably Pixie, who was granted full X-Men membership[1]) appear sporadically following the events of Uncanny X-Men #500 and the cancellation of Young X-Men. Elixir and X-23 are incorporated into the roster of a new X-Force series. The characters are ultimately given a new home in the pages of X-Men: Legacy, written by Mike Carey starting with X-Men: Legacy #226. Now a loose collection of students, the kids are led by Rogue, who serves as the team's teacher. Following the events of X-Men: Schism, many of the New X-Men members follow Wolverine back East as he reopens the Xavier Institute as a school and sanctuary for young mutants named the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. As of X-Men: Regenesis, several additional X-Men join Rogue and Wolverine in serving as teachers for the young mutants: Cannonball, Gambit, Rachel Grey, Husk and Shadowcat. The group has also accepted non-mutant members, such as Broo (a young Brood hatchling who is a pacifist) and Kid Gladiator, the son of X-Men enemy Gladiator. Another member of the student body is Kid Omega, whose involvement with the school is involuntary in an effort to reform him.[12]


Issue(s) Writer(s) Artist(s)
As New X-Men: Academy X
1-2 Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir Randy Green
3-4 Staz Johnson
5-8 Michael Ryan
9 Carlo Pagulayan
10-11 Paco Medina
12-13 Michael Ryan
14-15 Paco Medina
16-19 "House of M" Aaron Lopresti
As New X-Men
20-23 Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost Mark Brooks (Issue #23 with Paul Pelletier)
24-28 Paco Medina
29 Duncan Rouleau
30-31 Paco Medina
32 Mike Norton
33-37 Paco Medina (Issue #37 with Skottie Young, Niko Henrichon)
38-43 Skottie Young
44-46 '"Messiah CompleX" Humberto Ramos
New X-Men: Hellions (related reading)
1-4 Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir Clayton Henry

Collected editions

Trade paperbacks

Title Material collected Publication date ISBN
New Mutants Vol. 1: Back to School New Mutants (vol. 2) #1-6 March 2005 0-7851-1242-1
New Mutants: Back to School - Complete Collection New Mutants, vol. 2 #1–13; X-Men Unlimited #42-43 January 2018 978-1302915681
New X-Men: Academy X - Complete Collection New X-Men: Academy X #1–15; New X-Men: Academy X Yearbook #1; New X-Men: Hellions #1–4; December 2018 978-1302910327
New X-Men Childhood's End - Complete Collection New X-Men #16-32 January 2019 978-1302913847
New X-Men Quest for Magik - Complete Collection New X-Men (2004) 33-39, 40-42 (A Stories), 43; X-Infernus 1-4, Saga; material from X-Men Unlimited (2004) 14; X-Men: Divided We Stand 2 July 2019 978-1302918378
New X-Men: Academy X Vol. 1: Choosing Sides New X-Men: Academy X #1-6 January 2005 0-7851-1538-2
New X-Men: Academy X Vol. 2: Haunted New X-Men: Academy X #7-11 July 2005 0-7851-1615-X
New X-Men: Hellions New X-Men: Hellions #1-4 November 2005 0-7851-1746-6
New X-Men: Academy X Vol. 3: X-Posed New X-Men: Academy X #12-15, New X-Men: Academy X Yearbook January 2006 0-7851-1791-1
House of M: New X-Men New X-Men: Academy X #16-19, Secrets of the House of M March 2006 0-7851-1941-8
New X-Men: Childhood's End, Vol. 1 New X-Men #20-23 May 2006 0-7851-1831-4
New X-Men: Childhood's End, Vol. 2: Crusade New X-Men #24-27 August 2006 0-7851-2024-6
New X-Men: Childhood's End, Vol. 3: Nimrod New X-Men #28-32 December 2006 0-7851-2025-4
New X-Men: Childhood's End, Vol. 4: Mercury Falling New X-Men #33-36 June 2007 0-7851-2238-9
New X-Men: Childhood's End, Vol. 5: Quest for Magik New X-Men #37-43 December 2007 0-7851-2239-7
X-Men: Messiah Complex X-Men: Messiah CompleX one-shot, Uncanny X-Men #492-494, X-Men #205-207, New X-Men #44-46, X-Factor #25-27, X-Men: Messiah CompleX - Mutant Files November 2008 0-7851-2320-2


Title Material collected Publication date ISBN
X-Men: Messiah Complex X-Men: Messiah Complex one-shot, Uncanny X-Men #492-494, X-Men #205-207, New X-Men #44-46, X-Factor #25-27 April 2008 0-7851-2899-9


  1. ^ a b New X-Men vol. 2, #43 (December 2007)
  2. ^ New Warriors (Vol. 4, #1 ed.). Marvel Comics. August 2007.
  3. ^ a b New X-Men: Academy X #6 (December 2004)
  4. ^ New X-Men: Academy X Yearbook Special #1 (December 2005)
  5. ^ a b c d e New X-Men vol. 2, #24 (May, 2006)
  6. ^ X-Force vol. 3, #25 (May, 2010)
  7. ^ New X-Men vol. 2, #42 (November 2007)
  8. ^ New X-Men vol. 2, #27 (August 2006)
  9. ^ Johnston, Rich (September 7, 2019). "When You Get Paid For a Character No One Realised Was in X-Men: Dark Phoenix". Bleeding Cool News. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  10. ^ Young X-Men #5 (October 2008)
  11. ^ Young X-Men #6 (Released September 2008, Published November 2008)
  12. ^ X-Men: Regenesis #1 (Released October 2011, Published December 2011)