GENERATION X #1
Writer: Christina Strain
Artist: Amilcar Pinna
Publisher: Marvel Comics
The Xavier Institute for Mutant Education and Outreach has opened its doors and is ready to foster the next generation of heroes and diplomats! But this time around, the X-Men recognize an unfortunate truth: not all mutants are created equal. Some mutants are not made to fight Sentinels or serve as ambassadors on behalf of their kind. Some mutants will just be lucky to survive another day in a world that hates and fears them. And who better to mentor mutantkind’s lovable losers than perpetual sidekick Jubilee? But will Jubilee and GENERATION X survive the experience??
As any X-Men fan knows, Charles Xavier founded the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters with the purpose of training mutants on how to control their powers, and to teach them how to deal with a world that hates and fears them.
In the current ResurrXion relaunch, former student Kitty Pryde has taken over as headmistress so that Xavier’s dream will go on. This means she has to teach a bunch of new and bratty teens.
In issue #1 of the new Generation X, we see a crop of new students arriving to what I think is their first day of school. Jubilee is hoping to be a mentor to the new class, but has A LOT going on in her personal life, like raising a toddler. Which by the way, is still hard for me to take seriously.
I still see Jubilee as the teenage kid who hung around with Wolverine, and the last time I saw her, she was a vampire. Since she’s out enjoying the daytime, I’m guessing that’s no longer the case, but with Marvel, you never know.
Meanwhile, Kitty Pryde is finding it hard to keep her students in check. After a fight breaks out over a pair of shoes, Kitty Pryde tries her best to take charge. But before she gets a chance to do much about it, a bunch of Purifiers storm the campus grounds, hoping to “purge the Earth of the mutant plague.” Looks like a similar theme is running across all the X-books at the moment, but it starting to feel like overkill.
So far this new version of Generation X features mutants Bling, Kid Omega, Nature Girl, Morph, Hindsight, and Eye-Boy. Right now these guys don’t get along at all. They’re pretty selfish, conceited, and could care less about becoming a team. Nothing about this bunch screams “team” to me, so I’m expecting we may see a lot of training in future issues as these kids attempt to become a cohesive unit.
Christina Strain’s writing is okay, but there’s nothing new here. Her best work comes early in the issue in the scenes between Jubilee and Kitty Pryde. After the first few pages though, the issue feels formulaic. Amilcar Pinna’s artwork is good in places, but looks rushed in others. The art isn’t bad, but it’s not my favorite either. However, we’ll see how Pinna handles more action based stories down the line.
I have to be honest, I thought Generation X #1 felt like half an issue. What I mean is that when things finally picked up, I was greeted by the old “To Be Continued” line. I don’t feel like I got my money’s worth, or a good enough introduction to the new young X-Men. But who knows? Maybe things will improve as the story unfolds.
Generation X #1 final score: C-