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X-Men: Misfits is an OEL Manga and a reimagining of Marvel's X-Men universe. The manga was written by Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier, featuring art by Anzu. Published in 2009, it is owned by both Del Rey Manga and Marvel. The plot revolves around Kitty Pryde adjusting to her own mutation and new school specifically created for mutants, Xavier's Academy for Gifted Youngsters. But there's a twist- she's the only girl at the school.

Of course, this leads to Kitty being the subject of much male attention, and she struggles to find her place until she is invited to join a group of elite students, the Hellfire Club, and learns to reconcile with her mutation.

The sequel manga was cancelled due to licensing issues.


This manga contains examples of:

  • Adaptational Dumbass: In the mainline comics Kitty was a Teen Genius, but here she's unable to understand basic geometry, or manage to work her powers properly after weeks of training.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Not only could he legitimately pass for a girl, Longshot is only interested in giving Kitty fashion tips, and he dresses in a fur-trimmed zebra-stripe flaring trenchcoat with a leopard-print fedora, as seen here.
  • Cat Girl: Presumably as a pun on her name, the comic occasionally shows Kitty turning into one when she expresses strong emotions.
  • Canon Foreigner: Kitty has two sisters in this comic who never appeared in the original comics. Not that it matters much, since they appear for all of one scene.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: Every teenage boy seen in the comic is ridiculously pretty, even if they weren't in the original comics.
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  • Chickification: Kitty Pryde in canon was a genius and powerful hero in her own right. This version of Kitty acts like your typical shoujo protagonist, and far less badass as a result.
  • Expy: The comic's version of the Hellfire Club is pretty obviously based on the Ouran High School Host Club.
  • Fire/Ice Duo: Pyro has fire powers, Bobby has ice powers, and they're both interested in Kitty.
  • Love Triangle: Both Pyro and Bobby are interested in Kitty, though we don't learn about the latter's affections towards her until the end of the novel.
  • One-Gender School: Downplayed with Xavier's Academy, before Kitty arrives. But it's not specifically for boys; for no given reason, Kitty just so happens to be the first female mutant to attend in half a decade.
  • No Name Given: Gambit makes a few appearances in the comic, but he goes unnamed.
  • Power Incontinence: Havok ends up losing control of his powers during the New York trip, sending himself and Professor Xavier to the hospital in the aftermath.
  • Scholarship Student: Kitty ends up getting a scholarship to Xavier's due to her powers, though she's confused as to why since her grades are fairly average.