New Mutants Annual #3, 1987
Creative Team: Chris Claremont (script), Alan Davis (pencils), Paul Neary (inks)
Synopsis: The New Mutants are bored. They're sick and tired of bouncing through time and space. But they don't want to just lay around watching television. So it's off to the Danger Room!
If this reviewer may interject an opinion, Claremont's style tends to be rather tired these days. However, back in the era of this book, he was in the zenith of his X-Men salad days. And he exemplified his passion by crafting one of the most enjoyable Danger Room sequences I've ever read. Two words: Teen Avengers!
After that, who should drop by the mansion but the Impossible Man? He popped in hoping to have some fun with his X-buddies, but they're not around. So he might as well party with the kids, right?
Well, the kids would appreciate some excitement, but not this much. So they turn and walk away. Impossible Man throws an impossible fit and calls them chicken. Of course, the New Mutants are all far too mature to be rankled by such a puerile challenge.
All except for Warlock.
Warlock and Impossible Man then embark on a worldwide tour of immature one-up-manship. A round robin ruckus perfectly suited for the synergy between the Excalibur team of Claremont & Davis.
So if Impy and...um...Warly both have similar shape-changing powers, how does anybody win the contest? That's what makes this issue so much frickin fun to read.
I highly recommend this story for a darn tootin good time.
Best Quote: "*POP* Iron Man's original armor and the Incredible Hulk's incredible pants!"---Impossible Man, showing off his powers.