Class is back in session as Generation X returns! First, a recruiting trip to Manhattan turns fatal when the Morlock terrorists Gene Nation target Emma Frost! Then, when Banshee's ancestral castle vanishes, the students go on a field trip that begins in Ireland - and ends somewhere very different! And the school gains a new student in the laid-back Mondo ... but what doesClass is back in session as Generation X returns! First, a recruiting trip to Manhattan turns fatal when the Morlock terrorists Gene Nation target Emma Frost! Then, when Banshee's ancestral castle vanishes, the students go on a field trip that begins in Ireland - and ends somewhere very different! And the school gains a new student in the laid-back Mondo ... but what does the all-new Hellfire Club want with him? And what does Emma's long-lost sister have to do with their plan? The Gen X kids barely have time to welcome Mondo into the fold before they're targeted by Omega Red - but what secret tie does the vicious villain have to Banshee's past? Pay attention, Gen X ... you never know when there'll be a quiz! COLLECTING: Generation X 5-11, Generation X Annual '95, Generation X San Diego Preview...
|Title||:||Generation X Classic, Vol. 2|
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Generation X Classic, Vol. 2 Reviews
With mutants all the rage in the 1990's a third generation is launched, taught by Banshee & Emma Frost… the series introducesb the likes of Emplate, D.O.A, Mondo, Cordelia Frost and more… a series really noted for the innovative art of Chris Bachalo.
I really wanted this series to go well. I like the new team (1990's young generation) and their personalities and their abilities. There is a great mix of gender and racial diversity. It looked like they had a lot to play with and the writers do actually go in some fun places during this Volume. However, the stories and illustrations put together in this volume, although chronological, have a lot of discontinuity. It wasn't clear what the direction of the series was, and a lot of it just felt confusing and contradictory.Volume I also had a lot of discontinuity because they were throwing together the end of the Phalanx storyline and the beginning of the new Generation X storyline. But the final setup from Volume 1 looked good, and that is why I picked up this one. True to form, the first two "chapters" here were the best, in my opinion, and developed on what they had started in Volume 1. Then chapter 3 was a horrific anomaly that threw me totally off my groove, just barely saved by the strong two chapter storyline with the faerie world. (Hokey but hilarious, and moved the characters forward). The Omega Red story at the end totally confused me. It was trying to tie up some things started in the third chapter, but the story ending was rushed, confusing, and vague. Following that, the introduction of Mondo through the final 3 chapters was somewhat interesting, but they did it in a way that again was confusing and there was not enough exposition about what was going on and what the plans were in my opinion. Although the diary interlude was hilarious. And the final chapter narrated by Jubilee was amazingly touching - I think it was the clearest and most succinct because it was supposed to be a preview of the new comic line at one of the conventions - and it had enough touching moments that I gave just that piece 5 stars.I wish it had all been like that. I think they may have been struggling to find the right team to focus on this series, although Lobdell does all the writing. Not clear I can recommend this series for any but the diehard regulars. It looks like they stopped publishing this series in Volume format, but according to the Wikipedia page, the series had 75 issues through 2001. Volume 1 includes 1 - 4. This one includes 5 - 11. You can catch a few of the other stories as Volumes here: X-Men: Operation Zero Tolerance (issues 26-31), Counter X Volume 2 (issues 63-70), and Counter X: Generation X - Four Days (issues 71-74). I may still try to look at those in the hopes of finding at least one rewarding Volume with these characters.
A great improvement over the New Mutants series. This one's firing on all cylinders from the get-go. Great shame the rest of the series in not published in collected editions. Would be prime material for a pair of mighty Omniboo. Though I would suggest some color-correcting. Much of the job looks garishly amateurish. Early years of computer coloring? Was that the trouble here? Only see it on this title in particular.
A repost from my Amazon review (http://www.amazon.com/review/RBJ04GN1...)This volume focuses on the aftermath of the Age of Apocalypse. Scott Lobdell did a great job writing the whole cast and was able to make them very relatable to the young adults/teens. From that awkward scene where Paige gets drunk and very emotionally expressive, Everett demonstrating his leaderships skills, Jubilee being ummm Jubilee (lol), Mondo's introduction being the laid back member, Monet's mysterious and secretive side (despite that most of her teammates judged her highly) to Jonothon's shining moments against Omega Red. Lobdell was able to express every character uniquely. One of the greatest moments I loved in the book was when the Gen X kids went to Westchester County to visit Xavier Institute for Higher Learning after the Gene Nation incident. The part where Jubilee and Wolverine reunited for a short while was one of those heartfelt memorable scenarios in the whole series. Don't get me wrong, I mean come on Wolverine saying "Stay in School kid" to Jubilee was sheer priceless. Plus telling her that he (acting all fatherly) was proud of her decision to keep studying to improve her powers was what made Wolvie and Jubee's father/daughter relationship well received towards the Wolverine fandom. Plus like I said advocating the "stay in school message" toward the readers and how it was written in the story effectively was great (since Marvel back in the 90's had a lot of this promos advocating kids going /staying in school and saying no to drugs!) Another part that should be pointed out is the addition of the other two new students, Artie and Leech. The chapter where Synch and Skin helped them build their Tree House at the Biosphere gave the lighter side of the series' cast. Lobdell made sure that this team was about young individuals and their struggles on being accepted not only towards the major society that hates and fears them but also towards themselves as well. We all know that the Gen X kids are known for their not so powerful mutant abilities and that made their struggle even more challenging. Their teachers, Emma Frost and Banshee share the same struggle themselves. Displaying their capabilities of leading and taking responsibility for the kids. Emma's irrational and harsh decision making and Sean's self - doubt in teaching/leading the new generation of X-Men. Another thing to be pointed out in this volume was showcasing the comedic and out of this world fantasy moments as well. This was seen on issue 8 and 9 where the whole team (except Artie and Leech) visited Ireland to investigate the disappearance of Cassidy Keep. Plus in the major story line development, the secret of the St. Croix family had been finally introduced to us in this volume. All in all Lobdell did an awesome job with Generation X and despite that Chris Bachalo did not do most of the art in this book was still enjoyable. I have to be honest though, I was not a big fan with the works of the guest artists but appreciated their contributions in the book nonetheless. The whole point in the art direction of the Generation X kids was that the series was an epitome of 90's pop culture! Chris Bachalo's art portrayed the whole 90's so well, you feel like it was actually still 1995! I have to also point out that this was the part in Bachalo's career where we could actually see the evolution/change of his art style in which we are now accustomed to on his much recent works we see in Wolverine and the X-Men and Bendis' Uncanny X-Men series (you could actually see the difference from the San Diego preview story and issue 5 and 6). Roger Cruz's art was an example of the common 90's art style and I guess in a way reminded me of Rob Liefeld's work (be it a postive or negative thing, you be the judge.) Val Semeiks in my opinion did an okay job in issue 11, I didn't really like some of his works on Chamber but most of his work in the book was actually good. I loved the fact that the comics were arranged in chronological order including the 1995 annual and the San Diego preview comic con special. The whole book ended well with the "Opening Volley" story, which was the San Diego Preview comic bonus material I mentioned a while ago, this chapter made the readers feel that we will indeed read more fun and exciting misadventures from these young individuals in the next volume (If ever Marvel decides to publish a volume 3.)I started reading Generation X when I was 8 and now that I am older I enjoyed and appreciated Lobdell's and Bachalo's creation immensely. The point is that this series passed the test of time and that Generation X was not just another X-Men 90's spin-off series. It took a while for Marvel to release the second volume (3 years to be exact, Generation X Classic volume 1 was released on 2010) and maybe because this series was not advertised well and did not have much support from the publisher. This was just based on my personal observation. I did not even know about the first volume, not until I read it on the Generation X Wikipedia article which ended up making me order and get myself a copy via Amazon. I did not even see volume 1 being sold in any bookstore or comic shop I went. Fans of this series should show more support by buying the books. If your one of the newer generation of comic readers who discovered comic-dom because of the bigger movie productions like Avengers, then I recommend you grab a copy of Generation X series and I promise you that you will indeed like and enjoy the series! I recommend this to anyone who wants to see a different kind of story-telling for the X-Men franchise. This was exceptionally one of the well written YA/Teen books in the comic genre and did not have those infamous 90's cliche and complicated plots, well not yet that is. I really do hope Marvel does decide to continue releasing this collected classic series.
Ireland trip was kinda meh, but everything else was actually nice until it got warrenellissed at the end. Probably my favorite 90's X-comic.