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Diverse, Anarchist X-Men: Generation Zero #1

Written by Jon James on Thursday, August 25 2016 and posted in Reviews

Diverse, Anarchist X-Men: Generation Zero #1

Are psychic powers the key to finally cleaning up Flint's water? Find out in Issue #2!

Source: Valiant Entertainment

Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Francis Portela
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment

Writer Fred Van Lente gave his new series quite an endorsement in a recent Outhouse interview, but does the comic live up to its creator's hype?

Issue #1 opens by introducing mundy twofer protagonist Keisha as she digs up info on the eponymous Generation Zero group at various underground cliches like a punk concert, a dingy restroom, and a My Little Pony/Tron mashup virtual reality video game.

Soon we find out that she is reaching out to the telekinetic teens to investigate her boyfriend's mysterious drunk-driving death, and the even more mysterious successful emergency manager of her Michigan town of Rook.

Other than a 2-page fight scene followed by a splash page introduction on the last page, we don't get much insight into the mutant engineered psychic squad yet. Instead, issue #1 focuses on normal, boring human Keisha and establishes lots of mysteries for the meddling teens to eventually solve.

The art is expressive and makes it easy to distinguish characters without resorting to color-coded cheesy superhero outfits. Some panels feel a little flat, but the art really shines in more dynamic scenes. It also spends a lot of time in the secondary triad I'm so fond of, so bonus points on that.

Overall, this is an issue #1 that gives us plenty to look forward to in issue #2. It's got diversity out the wazoo, from Keisha's (presumably) autism spectrum brother to her wheelchair-bound BFF, and a solid half of the named characters are women of color, which is really refreshing in comics--particularly superhero team comics in the traditionally very white, very male vein of X-Men, Avengers, and Justice League.


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Jon James writes a lot of weird shit his mom isn't allowed to read. To see some of this weird shit, check out his website at Or, if you want to hear someone else reading it to you, check out his podcast, We Write Weird Shit on iTunes, Youtube, or RSS. He lives in Lansing, Michigan where he constantly changes interests, genres, and media in a frantic search for something he'd rather not think too much about.
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