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New Mutants/X-Force: Demon Bear

(New Mutants (1983) #18-20)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  161 ratings  ·  30 reviews
The visionary talents of legendary illustrator Bill Sienkiewicz bring the Demon Bear that has haunted Danielle Moonstar's dreams to horrifying life! It took her parents, and now it has returned for Dani - and only the combined efforts of her fellow New Mutants can stop it from finishing the job! Sink your teeth into a true classic! Then, Dani's nightmare returns years ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 21st 2014 by Marvel Comics (first published October 14th 2014)
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Nicholas Kaufmann
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
THE NEW MUTANTS was one of the few comics I read regularly back in the early to mid-1980s (along with X-MEN and ALPHA FLIGHT), so with a film adaptation on the horizon I thought I'd revisit one of the comic's best-known story arcs. I'm sure I read it in issues back in the day, but I was surprised how little of it I remembered. For example, I remembered all the members of the New Mutants except Magma, whom I had completely forgotten existed! I was also surprised to see just how small a role Dani ...more
L. McCoy
I mean, I picked up a book with Demon Bear in the title, not expecting a masterpiece.

Whats it about?
A group of young mutants have to fight a demonic bear thats been haunting one of them. Yeah, this isnt a real deep story.

This book does have a lot of great action scenes throughout.
This book throughout is so ridiculous that its entertaining!
This book is a lot more suspenseful than I expected it to be.

The story though ridiculous is kinda weak. It gets a bit repetitive.
The characters are
Alex Sarll
The original New Mutants are another team of which I have fond but vague memories from when I was first encountering Marvel, and Billy the Sink's art still holds up, its tortured depths even serving to make the tics of Claremont's writing feel appropriate when so often they can come across as silly. But let's be honest, mainly I read this because I occasionally use that cover as a purported picture of myself, and some of the psychodrama is lost when you keep showing panels of the allegedly ...more
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a classic piece of X-Men lore that I am surprised that it has such a low rating here. It's probably because this collection just gives you the story itself, with very little context or character development. The "Demon Bear Saga" is just one part of a larger story that had been building up for a while in issues prior.

I'd recommend reading the "New Mutants: Epic Collection" (9781302903657) prior to reading this, because reading the "Demon Bear," as it's collected here, is like
Lukas Holmes
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Ohhhh. A bear. That's a demon. A Demon Bear. Scary.
Nov 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
What a complete cringe-fest. I remember reading the 80s storyline a while back, but Id forgotten how pedantic the language of comics from that era was. Oh my gawd. It was hard to get through. I also wasnt a fan of the art style. It was so overly sketched and erratic, it made it impossible to make out what was going on in each panel. I remember it being especially frustrating when reading the New Mutants run as a whole, because suddenly the art style changed mid-run.

I find it ridiculous that a
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
What a great read! No, seriously, this was how you tell a story: a beginning, a middle (oh, good Lord, what a marvelous middle), and an ending! Heroes doing heroic things, the "big bad" doing, well, bad things, and all of this held together by some of Chris Claremont's most solid of writings and some of the trippiest, yet tightly solid art by Bill Sienkiewicz!

The only smear in the book, and I shouldn't call it a smear so much as a disappointment, was the inclusion of X-FORCE (1991): #99. I
Rolando Marono
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: marvel
Este libro trae tres diferentes historias sobre el oso demonio. La primera es en la que aparentemente estará basada la película, muy retrasada por tanto muy esperada, de New Mutants. Esta historia de tres partes es interesante y nos muestra como un demonio indio de la infancia de Dani Moonstar regresa para atormentarla y requiere de todos los New Mutants para detenerlo. Esta historia yo la esperaba más interesante. Un poco más psicológica y que se adentraran más en el aspecto del miedo y de la ...more
Louis Skye
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I had read the earlier (80s) stories about the Demon Bear when I was first reading the X-Men. I absolutely adored the New Mutants so it was great to catch up with them again.

The writing style was just too old school for me. Having read so many contemporary comics, I found it very old-fashioned. There was so much text!

The art wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Quite pared back and bare at times but not terrible, just outdated. I've seen art that's horrendous and this is not it.

However, the
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Demon bear je pre čitateľov, ktorým nevadí trochu psychedélie a téma, ktorá sa interpretuje skrz rôzne komiksy a éry. Hlavnou postavou je logicky démonický medveď a Danielle Moonstar, mutantka s čejenskými koreňmi. Táto dvojica sa spolu stretne v troch príbehoch, ktoré sú zasadené v troch rôznych sériách z rokov 1983 až 2008. Nejde teda o príbeh, skôr motív, ktorý sa ťahá históriou X-Menov. Najviac oceňujem úvod a kresbu Billa Sienkiewicza, ale aj ostatné príbehy sú zaujímavé a nechýba v nich ...more
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
The upcoming New Mutants (horror) film is supposed to be based on the Demon Bear story line, so I thought this should be essential reading. The collection I got from the library, with additional issues and excerpts from later X-Force issues, was definitely among the best I've seen so far from New Mutants comics. I wish I remembered more specifics to mention, but I've been dealing with a dying computer and keeping up with other books and life events.
Shawn Manning
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Solid storytelling

I read this stuff back in the day, but didn't really recall it very well. It's nice to see that it holds up rather well. I wasn't aware that the story continued past the original New Mutants run . That made for a pleasant surprise. I hope there is another volume, as the ending leaves the reader hanging.
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic
Good reviews spurred me to pick this book up and left me disappointed. Aside from a couple of fights, the art's a total mess and miss. The plot is a great idea, but the execution, particularly in the early going, is clumsy and dull. Worth a read if it's at hand, but don't go out of your way to pick it up.
Feb 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Compiles the early issues of New Mutants, where the Demon Bear is first encountered, with various issues of X-Force, where it reappears. As such, there's a lack of continuity - brief excerpts of some issues, whole issues at other times, with no background to what's going on in the issue (aside from the Demon Bear's appearance).
Incredible early art by Bill Sienkewicz!
James Speiker
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This was my favorite team when I was young. I missed this story and I missed a lot. Looking at this book, I realize this can be real art. The story can be powerful. Not explosive powerful, but emotionally powerful. Recommend to those who do like good art and a good story in their graphic novels.
Brentt Russel
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Breathtaking art by Sienkiewicz and Choi. They shouldve stuck with the Demon Bear being almost entirely magical/spiritual in nature, though. Some aspects of X-Force #99 felt a bit off honestly. Overall, a fantastic compilation! ...more
Enrique del Castillo
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Demon Bear Saga is a classic story and for good reason; both the art and the writing make it one of the best mutants stories ever.

Sadly, this edition features 2 very mediocre X-Force stories that add little to Dani's path and to the Demon Bear overall.
If this was just the original New Mutants story it'd be an easy 5/5, but the additional modern stuff just isn't that good.
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
The NM demon bear stuff was good but the X-Force stuff was..... haphazard and unfinished? Ok I guess?
Shawn Ingle
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it
The first/original Demon Bear story was by far my favorite. Could have done without the others.
D.J. Goodman
The original story is good but this volume has too much needless filler.
Michael Knolla
Jan 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Read in preparation for the New Mutants movie. A good reminder of how much comics have changed, while still going back to the same wells.
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
The Sienkiewicz pages are great. The other stuff... not so much
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

It was great how this story moved thru the various incarnations of the X teams. Each Era with the bear was different but the action was good.
Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
The Demon Bear saga is held in high regard for one big reason: the art of Bill Sienkiewicz. It's striking, it's different, and it significantly elevates what would otherwise likely have been a forgettable villain.

The actual story isn't much to marvel at. The New Mutants are tasked with defending one of their own from an enemy that is particularly difficult to pin down due to its spiritual nature. The climax is appropriately tense and again, the art is terrific. But then it's over, and the book
Charles Mitchell
Aug 09, 2016 rated it liked it
This was an interesting book. It focused mainly on a Native American character, Danielle Moonstar and her spiritual battles manifesting into physical and mental battles with the eponymous Demon Bear. It collects a couple New Mutants issues from 1983 and X-Force issues from 1991 and 2008. So it feels a little disjointed but Doctor Who dealt similarly with minor village, bringing them back decades apart. The highlight for me was the art of Bill Sienkiewicz, which was highly reminiscent of Ralph ...more
Wade McGinnis
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this exclusively because of its high regard by the hosts of Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men, a weekly podcast I very much enjoy... The New Mutants issues in this TP were spot-on, some classic team storytelling accenting Dani's awful history and team dynamics as Illyana, Sam, Rhane, Bobby and Amara learn about their abilities and loyalties. An added bonus was the introduction of separate stories involving Warlock and Rachel Summers. I definitely enjoyed reading this decades-old ...more
D.M. Dutcher
Apr 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Three different stories in the book, the original demon bear saga, and two semi-sequels where the bear attacks again. The semi-sequels are worthless, but the original arc has some of the best art of eighties comics, and I don't think Bill Sienkiewitz has done better. It's probably better if you track the older book that collected the saga down, as it does the entire Sienkiewitz run I think, but in a pinch, this one will do for introducing you to an epic (and sadly forgotten) storyline of the ...more
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
never saw mutants like this !!!!
mark whitear
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Chris Claremont is a writer of American comic books, best known for his 16-year (1975-1991) stint on Uncanny X-Men, during which the series became one of the comic book industry's most successful properties.

Claremont has written many stories for other publishers including the Star Trek Debt of Honor graphic novel, his creator-owned Sovereign Seven for DC Comics and Aliens vs Predator for Dark

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