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Generation X #1 Review

Writer: Christina Strain
Artist: Amilcar Pinna
Colorist: Felipe Sobreiro
Publisher: Marvel

I’ve been pleased so far with the revamped lineup of X-Men titles, particularly X-Men: Blue. Yet one thing that the books have lacked up until now is a focus on the mutant students who are training at the Xavier Institute in Central Park. With Gold, Blue and Weapon X, there’s no shortage of exciting missions and bombastic action, but I’ve been craving more scenes at the school and more adolescent banter. Fortunately, Generation X provides exactly those elements.

Aside from Jubilee as the team leader, this group is comprised of all C-listers: Bling!, Kid Omega, Nature Girl, Morph, Hindsight and Eye-Boy. If you want to know more about these characters, come by the store and talk with Ultimate X-Men guru Jeremy Tarney. The good thing though is that writer Christina Strain makes this book an easy jumping on point for any reader, regardless of how familiar you are with them. All you really need to know is that they’re misfits, and Jubilee is anxious about leading her own team.

Strain does a particularly good job with the interactions between these characters, from the rebellious teenagers to a fun scene between Jubilee and Kitty. Likewise, the art is consistent with the upbeat and energetic tone of the story. Amilcar Pinna’s pencils and Felipe Sobreiro’s colors create a vibrant aesthetic that really jumps out at the reader. There may not be a ton of plot in this first issue, but it’s a great setup with fun characters which has me excited for this series to continue.

-Kevin Schaefer for Ultimate Comics