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X-Men: Generation X Classic, Vol. 1 Paperback – December 29, 2010
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The art is amazing. I loved every minute of this and pray FX will be responsible for any motion picture relevant to this series. More importantly, the people behind Legion should be responsible.
I digress. This book is solid. If you like quirky relatable superheroes, buy this. If you enjoy solid storytelling with little to no plotholes, buy this. If you enjoy vibrant art, buy this. This is a great addition to any collection. For a book that's been out for somewhere around 5 years, it's out of print. Buy it. Buy it. Buy it.
This book collects GenX's origin story and the first four issues of the series Generation X and they are all excellent - truly some of the best comics to come out of the 90's. To me, the thing that attracted me most to this title was the fact that a lot of the GenX'r's powers were not all that great, which made their challenges all that more difficult to overcome. I mean listen to these powers, on paper, they kindof suck.
Jubilee = shoots sparks
Skin = can stretch his skin
Husk = can shed her skin to reveal a new layer underneath
Penance = has diamond hard skin (lots of skin powers on this team)
A few more are much more powerful (like M and Chamber and Synch), but the weak powers of the four I mentioned above are what made the series so great to me. It made their challenges so much more daunting and exciting, not to mention more relatable to the reader. I mean the 90's was full of overpowered mutants, omnipotent villains, explosions, guns, etc. Seeing mutant powers toned down felt more realistic to me. I mean, let's face it, there are bound to be a lot of mutants out there whose powers are not that great. One of the best examples of this, to me, was in Generation X #17, in which Skin has to fight Xcutioner in order to save Chamber, who is incapacitated. Skin is frighteningly overmatched here, but in a fantastic story by Lobdell and Bachalo, he manages to overcome Xcutioner in an amazing way. It's a beautiful issue and one of my favorite in all of comicdom.
I highly recommend this book (and series as a whole). The recreation is good: solid coloring, artwork, and no blurriness to the art or words at all in the book (a common problem in many 90's rehashes by Marvel). Check it out!