I picked up this trade paperback, which is 238 pages and full-color, while on my quest to catch up on all of the major X-Men stories. (ISBN 0-7851-2194-3) Collected are Marvel Graphic Novel #4: The New Mutants, The New Mutants #1-7, and Uncanny X-Men #167.
This was a fun collection which starts the first X-Men spin off and features a new generation of young heroes, some of which go on to later become members of major X-teams. I’d read stories with a few characters in the 90’s, so it was cool to see their origins here.
The art and presentation look very dated by today’s standards, and aside from introducing characters, the stories are nothing of major importance overall.
It’s a nice read, and the characters are very likable. I wouldn’t say it’s critical, but would be a nice addition to any collection, especially if you haven’t already read these stories (as it was with me).