New Mutants #45 (1986)

This was a pretty heavy story.  Kitty Pryde identifies a local kid who lives near the mansion and also happens to be a mutant.

The kid, Larry, participates in some anti-mutant hate with the townspeople, just trying to fit in, and Kitty tells him that with that attitude, he’s not welcome as a student in Professor X’s school.  He feels remorse and kills himself.  It happens off-panel, and Magneto delivers the news.

It’s handled with great sensitivity—a very well-executed story about racism, suicide, and “fitting in.”

Creators: Chris Claremont and Butch Guice
Grade: B+

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