I hope you are all doing terrific! I changed the name to review analysis because my reviews are more of a critical analysis of a work. Not to tell you if I think it’s good or bad, but to analyze what works and doesn’t work from a visual storytelling perspective. With that out the way, we will be analyzing one of my favorite books from the nineties. This will be part one in analyzing Generation-X (1994).
GENERATION-X #1 was published and released in November 1994. The name of the story was the Third Genesis. The story is written by Scott Lobdell and illustrated by Chris Bachalo, who were also the series creators. Mark Buckingham was the inker, Starkings & Comicraft provided the lettering, Buccellato & Electric Crayon provided the colors. Bob Harris was the editor and Tom DeFalco was the editor-in-chief.
So, the nineties were dominated by the X-men. They had so many members that they needed to make two teams with their own books. Then, Marvel turns another group of mutants into a government team called X-Factor. Another group of former X-men students became the outlaws known as X-Force. So, this left a student void with Xaiver. What is a professor to do? Well, Marvel decided to start a new series with new mutants. The 90210 of the X-men. Ladies and gentlemen Generation-X.
Generation-X was popular for many reasons during it’s run. The first issue, which we will be reviewing shortly, delivers an action pack story in the span of a single issue.
Issue one introduced the teenage survivors of the previous X-men crossover saga “The Phalanx Covenant.” Generation-X was supposed to target a younger audience and to serve as a nineties replacement for The New Mutants. This was the “hip” series for the X-men. Generation-X was also a response to the hugely popular Image Comics series Gen13.
I read Generation-X every month until around issue 31 when the writer, Scott Lobdell left the book and Larry Hama took over. Not that the book was written poorly, but Scott had set up several ongoing plots, most of which start with this very issue. Along with the original artist, Chris Bachalo, They told a story that was visually engaging.
This review will go over the plot, characters, and production of issue one.
Background: The issue takes place after the Phalanx Covenant. An alien, techno-organic race remains were engineered to bond with mutant-fearing humans. This group called themselves the Phalanx. If it sounds like The Borg from Star Trek, then you’re not too far off. This group of Phalanx humans started to assimilate mutants, but couldn’t’. The X-men themselves were kidnapped. The Phalanx was after the next group of mutants that Xavier was going to recruit. Banshee found out, freed Jubilee, White Queen, and Sabretooth and they proceed to rescue Everett Thomas (Synch), Angelo Espinoza (Skin), Paige Guthrie (Husk), Clarice Ferguson (Blink), and Monet St. Croix (M). They are successful, but Blink dies. The group all decide to study under White Queen and Banshee to be the next X-men…or at least to just get control of their abilities.
In the next part, we will go over the plot. Until then, my friends…