Comic Book Review: Generation X #4
We’ve seen how tough life can be for the adult X-Men, but it’s just as cold of a world for the young who are still figuring things out. This class has been learning it the hard way what happens when you aren’t one of these powerful mutants who can handle themselves and protect others with ease. But that doesn’t stop them. You stick with a book like this because for better or for worse they all have something to prove to others and themselves.
Generation X #4 picks up with what comes after this class decides they want to take it upon themselves to catch the assailant who’s been attacking mutants in Central Park. Off the bat you know that things aren’t going to go too well for the Xavier Institute’s ‘Lovable Losers’, but this book wouldn’t be what it is about if they had it easy. The tension between them was enough of a problem which I’m glad the press upon. I mean I hate drama, but these are still young mutants we are dealing with and all of them are not the type to see eye to eye about solutions. Especially Quentin who whether predictable or not at this point instigates almost every negative reaction. When the students encounter this person attacking mutants in Central Park, I do have to admit I felt a bit dumbfounded that I didn’t notice who that was before. To be fair, you look at the cover image and it was looking at a different mutant entirely than the person we are familiar with. I mean this person shared the same face, but was still not that person. It really shakes things up to see this enemy again because this is one we haven’t seen in a long time. And we all know how that turned out the last time this guy reeked havoc on Uptopia.
Now this story isn’t just about the students. This here is the story that a character like Jubilee has been needing for quite some time. It goes without saying that she has been in great need of a role which captures the experience everyone knows her to have from her years as an X-Man. Leading isn’t anything new to Jubilee, but teaching and mentoring is something different altogether. Especially with this generation of mutants who tend to do what they want more than they should. This issue rightfully made a statement as to the kind of teacher she will be.
On the side, I appreciate that someone is finally trying to write a mutant like Bling! like they should. My biggest critique is how many have thought it was more important to explore her sexual life or show her throwing random tantrums rather than getting down to what goes through her head everyday. The real problems like where she fits in, her purpose, things that the other mutants deal with on a daily basis. That alone was where I felt so much engagement from this book, and more than any issue before. Too long have we really forgotten the struggle of what it means to be a mutant like her. It can be more than just about the police or sentinels trying to kill you on sight.
There was action, there was drama, but more than anything else there was a sharp reminder of mutant life from one who has been ignored for too long. Generation X #4 really captured the potential of this book and that is what will separate this one from other X-books on shelves from this point forward.