Generation X #1

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“Third Genesis”

November 1994

I can’t really keep track.  I know what the title says, but wouldn’t the New Mutants technically be the Third Genesis?  Whew!

The last review of Generation Next was for a story that was specifically designed to set up this new comic.  Generation Next was the first series starring a team of all new mutants since New Mutants #1 in 1983.

Husk
According to Husk, this is faster than a shower… ew!

SYNOPSIS

The story starts at the new Massachusetts Academy with three of the newest mutants, Paige Guthrie (Husk), Jubilee, and M, greeting each other as Banshee arrives at (or at least a short time after) the opening of the new school.  Elsewhere, we are treated to an unknown mutant riding on a plane, his entire mouth covered (guess what…it’s Chamber!).  Back at the school, in their version of the danger room, Skin and Synch are honing their abilities in a wrestling match.  Of course, their sparring gets a little out of hand and they break through the observation window only to be broken up by Banshee.  Of course, Emma Frost (now without a code-name) is the one who pitted them against each other.  Of course, Emma and Banshee argue for a bit about how best to train the kids.

At Logan International Airport, a sinister looking figure waits in a limousine, waiting for the aforementioned Chamber.

Back at the school, Banshee takes several kids on his way to pick up Chamber, but M hangs behind only to find Gateway (remember him from the Australian days of the X-Men?).  Turns out, she knows him and he is (or at least has been in the past) her mentor.

Back at the airport, the creature from earlier, who is named Emplate, walks, undetected, through the airport.  He is searching for mutants and can apparently detect the aura surrounding all mutants.  Emplate finds who he (and Banshee) are looking for – Chamber is departing the plane and Emplate decides to feed.  He attacks Chamber but, in doing so, becomes visible.  Banshee immediately responds, but Emplate apparently can rechannel energy (like Bishop) and he turns the tables on Banshee.  Synch and Jubilee join in, but before they can really co-ordinate an attack, Chamber responds, unleashing his incredible psionic powers at Emplate, driving the creature back.

Suddenly, a portal appears as Gateway teleports the remaining students, Husk, Skin, and M, as well as Emma into the battle.  Rather than face the entirety of Generation X, Emplate retreats, disappearing into thin air.  The rest are left to welcome Chamber to Generation X.

Later, back at the academy, Gateway shows up again.  This time, Banshee is fed up, but Gateway says a single word:  “Penance”.  He vanishes, leaving behind a crimson figure, curled up on the lawn.

Jubilee

REVIEW/THOUGHTS/SARCASM

Banshee.  Emma Frost.  Jubilee.  Husk.  M.  Synch.  Skin.  Chamber.

Admittedly, at the time this comic came out, I didn’t really care about any of them.  The most interesting character in the Generation Next cross-over (see my review here) was Blink and she died.  I’d never really gotten interested in Jubilee and I’d barely read anything with Banshee (remember that ever since early 100’s of Uncanny, he’d pretty much been a supporting character).  So when this issue came out, I didn’t really have any desire to get it (despite the neat, attention grabbing, cat-attracting* cover).  I also didn’t realize it was written by Scott Lobdell.  So years later (only 2 or 3 but at that age, it’s an eternity), when I finally decided to consider getting the back-issues, I discovered it was drawn by Chris Bachalo and I had already read his X-Men issues and couldn’t stand his art work.  Seriously, check out his later X-Men issues – everybody looks like a kid!  And not just any kid, they pretty much look like the same kid but with different color hair…and sometimes boobs.  So I wasn’t really motivated to get these issues.

Turns out, though, Christ Bachalo is one of those unusual artists whose artistic ability seems to be moving backward.  Check out X-Men Unlimited #1 and then read those aforementioned X-Men issues (I may use one of them in my reviews later on) and you’ll see what I’m talking about.  His early artwork in the X-Universe actually was pretty good.  Not on par with Jim Lee or Joe Maduriera, but definitely worth taking a look at.

So once I did finally get this issue, I was definitely pleasantly surprised.  The characters are well written, the chemistry is enjoyable

This is also a nice introduction issue and really does feel like it could have been another New Mutants series.  The introduction to each of the mutants and the dialogue does a great job setting up each one.  You’ve got Husk, who obviously has a chip on her shoulder (in case you didn’t know, her big brother is Cannonball over in X-Force).  Jubilee is still the mallrat from the 80’s, and a bit of a smart-ass/loudmouth.  M is in a class all by herself, feeling herself as superior even to her fellow mutants.  And that’s revealed just in the first few pages of the issue.

The majority of mutants in this issue feel like very real people, and that’s what makes this issue work.  They all have their own doubts, insecurities, and eccentricities.  Just like real teenagers.

Chamber!
Chamber!

FAVORITE QUOTES

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Jubilee:  “Nobody, but nobody, but psychopaths and garbage men get up this early and none of them would be crazy enough to jog t’boot!”

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Husk:  “M – yer being sarcastic, right?”

M:  “I’d like to think I was being ironic at best, sardonic at the least.  But yes, you get the idea.”

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Banshee:  “Blah Blah Blah Blah”

Emma Frost:  “Blah Blah”

Banshee:  “Blah”

Emma Frost:  “%$^&”

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Chamber:  “Nothing…Is impossible.”

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Nothing like a little Penance dumped in your front yard!
Nothing like a little Penance dumped in your front yard!
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