Marvel is giving the entire X-Men line a refresh in 2017, and one of the most intriguing ‘books is the revitalized Generation X run. So, what should we expect?
The series is being written by Christina Strain (Syfy’s The Magicians), with art by Amilcar Pinna (All-New Ultimates), and will focus on the newly rechristened Xavier Institute. The series will focus on veteran Gen X-er Jubilee and a group of lesser-known mutant students trying to figure out where they fit in the world (and possibly the X-Men). Along with Jubilee, the supporting cast will feature Quentin Quire, Eye-Boy, Benjamin Deeds, Nature Girl and a few others. Strain has also created the new character Nathaniel Carver, who is half-Korean (just like Strain), and will be enrolling at Xavier Institute.
Strain told Comic Book Resources the series will explore the classic themes of youth, with these young mutants trying to find their identities and a home in a world that doesn’t understand them. But, you know, instead of just being teenagers (which is hard enough), they’re mutants. It might seem like the old cliche for the franchise, but it really has been a while since the X-Men just focused on the classic setting of Xavier's school. You can't go wrong with the classics, right? Here’s an excerpt from her comments:
“[W]hen we take a second to be honest about it, maybe not all mutants are cut out to be X-Men? They’re not all going to be Cyclops, or Storm, or Jean Grey. And some young mutants have powers that just don’t make sense in a battle situation (I’m lookin’ at you, Cypher). So, in the interest of keeping more of their young alive, the Institute’s thinking it’s time for a restructure…
[T]he rechristened Xavier Institute has taken this move as an opportunity to re-evaluate their students, internally dividing the student body into three classes: The Next Generation of X-Men, the Next Generation of Ambassadors, and the Next Generation of… well, lovable losers. These are our Gen Xers. And they include mutants with benign powers, mutants who are considered liabilities during missions and/or battles, and mutants with personalities ill-fitting of an ambassador. They’re basically all mutants who just don’t seem to fit in anywhere — including the very school where they were promised they would fit in.”
Generation X is slated to launch in the spring of 2017.
Do you plan on checking it out?
(Via Comic Book Resources)