New Mutants #86 (1990): ACTS OF VENGEANCE and FIRST CABLE (and the Mutant Liberation Front)


Major super-villain drama in this issue, and the villains have nothing to do with The New Mutants—they’re all Spider-Man villains.  So that’s kind of interesting.  Tinkerer enabled Vulture to escape prison so that Vulture would then fight Speedball—because one of Speedball’s enemies hired Tinkerer to kill Speedball.  But instead, Vulture wants to help his friend Nitro get out of prison.

Got all that?  And if you’re thinking, wow, someone cares enough to hire someone to kill Speedball, you’re not alone.

Rusty and Skids of the New Mutants also escaped prison—right behind Vulture—and they think if they help recapture Vulture, the D.A. will drop the charges against them.

Yes, that’s  ridiculous.  That’s not the way the criminal justice system works.  So, when Freedom Force arrives on the scene for clean-up…

…Blob punches Rusty in the face.

Which basically means this whole story didn’t advance the plots at all.  That’s fine, it’s a decent, self-contained superhero story in a title that is almost always long, extended arcs.

Speaking of which, the last few pages introduce some new characters like Wildside, Zero, Strobe, and…

Cable.  For the first time.  He’s not named yet, but we know he’s part of the Mutant Liberation Front—who promise to commit terrorist actions until Rusty and Skids are released from jail.

It is not clear to me why this has an “Acts of Vengeance” dogear on the cover (see above).  But it does, so I’m also tagging it as a tie-in.

Creators: Louise Simonson, Rob Liefeld
Grade: C+

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