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 date||July 2004 – March 2008|
|Number of issues||46 (List of story arcs)|
Emma Frost (trainer)
|Creative team as of June 2007|
|Colorist(s)||Jean Francois Beaulieu|
New X-Men was 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, serving as a continuation of the second volume of New Mutants. The title was later shortened to simply New X-Men.
New X-Men: Academy X was launched during the X-Men ReLoad event. It resumes directly where the most recent New Mutants series ended, with the same writers, artists, and cast of characters. The Academy X subtitle was dropped from the title when the new creative team of Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost took over the series with issue #20.
Whereas the 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 and, as of late, to survive the backlash against mutants that befell them as part of House of M.
After the 2007 crossover X-Men: Messiah Complex, the New X-Men title was canceled and briefly relaunched as Young X-Men for 13 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 and most recently, in Wolverine and the X-Men.
New X-Men began where Grant Morrison's run on the former New X-Men ended. The school was rebuilt and Emma Frost and Cyclops were named the headmasters of the school. They organized the students (fifteen-year-olds and older) into several squads who trained together.
The series featured two teams: the New Mutants, whose members tend to be more clean-cut, and the Hellions, whose members are generally more belligerent. The rivalry, not only academically, but certainly also in private matters, plays a significant role in the series.
New Mutants squad 
- Wind Dancer (Sofia Mantega) - A girl from Venezuela who could control winds and hear others' voices carried by the wind from far away. Wind Dancer lost her powers as a result of M-Day and was thought to have gone back to Venezuela, but it was later revealed that she stayed in New York and has since joined the New Warriors.
- Prodigy (David Alleyne) - Could absorb any non-superhuman talents from nearby people. Although depowered now, he has regained the knowledge talents originally acquired before M-Day.
- Icarus (Jay Guthrie) - Able to fly, sing mesmerizingly, and heal himself rapidly. Jay's wings were amputated in issue #20 and he was killed in issue #26 by Reverend Stryker.
- Wallflower (Laurie Collins) - Exudes pheromones that alter the feelings of other people. She was killed in issue #25 by the Purifiers.
- Elixir (Josh Foley) - An Omega-class healer who, ironically, was a rabid mutant-hater before he found out he was one himself. Following the events of M-Day and Reverend Stryker slaughtering many of his fellow friends and his lover Wallflower, Elixir's powers morphed so that he could now kill as well as heal with a touch of his hand.
- Surge (Noriko Ashida) - A Japanese girl who constantly absorbs static electricity and can discharge it as electric blasts or bursts of superhuman speed.
Hellions squad 
The Hellions squad's tutor is Emma Frost. It is led by Hellion.
- Hellion (Julian Keller) - A telekinetic mutant and all around troublemaker.
- Dust (Sooraya Qadir) - A shy girl from Afghanistan who can turn herself into a living whirlwind of dust. She regularly dresses in a niqab.
- Mercury (Cessily Kincaid) - A shapeshifter whose body is composed of non-toxic liquid mercury.
- Rockslide (Santo Vaccaro) - Able to manifest a physical body made of solid rock from the immediate environment and launch limbs at great velocity.
- Tag (Brian Cruz) - Could psionically "tag" a person so that bystanders are compelled to run away from that person. He was killed on the bus ambushed by the Purifiers along with several other depowered mutants.
- Wither (Kevin Ford) - Can destroy organic matter with a touch. Was romantic rivals with Elixer for Wallflower; when Wallflower died, Wither fled the school and became Selene's second-in-command. Ultimately killed by Elixir during the final battle of the Necrosha storyline.
Other squads 
There are also other teams advised by different X-Men. For a complete list of students prior to M-Day, see Xavier Institute student body.
- The Alpha Squadron squad leader was Karma (Xi'an "Shan" Coy Manh), but they were formerly taught by Northstar (Jean-Paul Beaubier). The squad consists of:
- Anole (Victor Borkowski) - Leader. Reptilian mutations include: sticking to walls, camouflage, and regrowing of limbs.
- Rubbermaid (Andrea Margulies) - Depowered and killed. Ultra-elasticity.
- Indra (Paras Gavaskar) - A young mutant who was ultimately revealed to be thet he was the youngest mutant alive, not including Franklin Richards, the Stepford Cuckoos, and Tito Bohusk. Retractable armoured plates.
- Kidogo (Lazaro Kotikash) - Depowered. Can shrink to four inches tall.
- Loa (Alani Ryan) - can disintegrate matter by phasing through it.
- Network (Sarah Vale) - Depowered and killed.
- The Corsairs squad leader was Cyclops. The squad consists of:
- The Paragons squad leader was Magma (Amara Aquilla), but they were formerly taught by Wolfsbane (Rahne Sinclair). The squad consists of:
Gambit's own squad was introduced in Uncanny X-Men. It consists of Bling, Flubber (depowered), Rain Boy (depowered), and Onyxx (killed). Rogue's squad, also shown in Uncanny X-Men, is never named. Storm's squad, mentioned in New X-Men, has one survivor, Gentle.
Two other squads, the Excelsiors and the Exemplars, were mentioned, but their advisors or members were never named. It is unknown which squads Armor, Wing (killed), Blindfold, Ernst, No-Girl, and other miscellaneous students introduced were a part of. Most of the students' fates listed above were confirmed in New X-Men #21 and in X-Men: The 198 Files.
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 were Surge (appointed leader), Elixir, Hellion, X-23, Rockslide, Mercury, and Dust. As time progressed, several members were added and/or earned the right to be on the team, such as Prodigy, Anole, Armor, Pixie, and Gentle. 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 
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 Rockslide, Dust, Blindfold, Wolfcub, and three new characters: Ink, Graymalkin, 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 Wolfcub 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 of Uncanny X-Men, the characters relocate to California. 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 would be granted full X-Men membership) would appear sporadically following the events of Uncanny X-Men #500 and the cancellation of Young X-Men. Elixer and X-23 would be incorporated into the roster of a new X-Force series. The characters would ultimately be 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 now led by Rogue who serves as the team's teacher. Following the events of X-Men: Schism, many of the New X-Men members would follow Wolverine back East as he reopens the Xavier Institute as a school and sanctuary for young mutants. As of X-Men: Regenesis, several additional X-Men have joined Rogue and Wolverine in serving as teachers for the young mutants: Rachel Summers, Cannonball, Husk, Shadowcat, and Gambit. 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. Also, as a student is Kid Omega, who's involvement with the school is involuntary due to his troublemaker ways.
|As New Mutants (vol. 2)|
|1-3||Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir||Keron Grant (Issue #1 prologue by Josh Middleton)|
|4-6||Mark A. Robinson|
|7-11||Carlo Barberi (Issue #8 with Khary Randolph)|
|As New X-Men: Academy X (continued from New Mutants (vol. 2))|
|1-2||Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir||Randy Green|
|16-19 (House of M)||Aaron Lopresti|
|As New X-Men|
|20-23||Craig Kyle, Chris Yost||Mark Brooks (Issue #23 with Paul Pelletier)|
|33-37||Paco Medina (Issue #37 with Skottie Young, Niko Henrichon)|
|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 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|
- Decimation: The Day After (January 2006)
- New X-Men at Marvel.com
- New X-Men at the Comic Book DB
- Confessions of a New X-Men Reader -- look back on Morrison's tenure