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Counter X: Generation X - Four Days (Counter X (Unnumbered)) Paperback – February 26, 2013
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Beginning with the preceding graphic novel (see Counter-X 2 (v. 2) ), Generation X was part of Marvel re-branding initiative. Writer Brian Wood crafts allows Generation X to transcend the niche of a mutant teen book. And in this novel, characters Chamber, Jubilee, M, Skin, and Husk (and to a lesser extent the team's headmasters Banshee and Emma Frost) are developed into truly interesting characters. In many ways it is a shame that the Generation X series ends just as the right writer takes it over.
In this novel Chamber, Jubilee, and M go to Manhattan for a shopping trip. Chamber meets a girl--but his own doubts prevent the relationship from happening (this vignette was particularly well done). Jubilee and M (M remains throughout the most two-dimensional of the characters falling back on "I'm a rich girl" cliches a bit too often) go shopping and end up doing battle against bigots in the subway. Banshee and skin head in to Boston to take care of some of Banshee's personal business (and get tangled up with some of Banshee's mobster connections. Husk stays at the school alone to help a ghost find some closure.
The final episode collected here (#75) forces the characters to choose a path for their post Gen X adventures. Skin and Jubilee are headed to LA. Husk is going to fight for environmentalists. Chamber will be joining the X-Men. Emma and Banshee are too caught up in their own increasingly overwhelming personal situations to hold the team together.Read more ›