Did you know? A fifty-issue run of New Mutants came to a close about a month ago. We read it, or read about it. Opinions were formed. Posts were made. We've let it marinate, swirl around, and digest. Now, let's really talk about it.
While we're unable to discuss the book in a more typical post-mortem fashion, having a lack of insight in the creative and development process of the book, what we can do is talk other key points:
What was good?
What was bad?
What have we learned? (About the process, the business, yourself, etc.)
The catch is that there's a rule for this thread: If you contribute a good, you must also contribute a bad; if you contribute a bad, you must contribute a good. Whether or not you learned something is completely on you, as is the option to share with the rest of us.
You can agree or disagree with other posters' goods, bads, and things learned, but expound why you agree or disagree.
To provide an example, I'll start.
Good: Thanks to the combined efforts of Zebb Wells, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, and Kieron Gillen, the character of Magik finally become relevant and multi-dimensional. (Geddit!?) Much of that was achieved in Uncanny X-Men and AvX: Consequences, but it began in New Mutants. If only we knew whether her character development was planned from the outset (originating from Zeb Wells), or if later writers picked up the loose threads and ran with it.
Bad: The importance of Cypher and his Omega-level reading comprehension. This is a character who was worth more dead than alive, like Phoenix and Nightcrawler, since his death helped shape the worldview of many of the New Mutants (and readers at the time). Alive, he was an obnoxious talking deus ex machina. That the series' climax centered on him is deplorable. (Cypher has been a hot button topic for about five months.)
What I've learned: Evidently, an ongoing Marvel series can be sustained by things other than revenue generation and/or demand. Was it some kind of moral obligation to the writers? Was it to spite Chris Claremont? This is something I wish I could learn, too.