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GeNext #3

Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2008
By: Steven M. Bari

Chris Claremont
Patrick Scherberger (p), Norman Lee (i), Chris Sotomayor (colors)
Marvel Comics
Editor's Note: GeNext #3 arrives in stores Thursday, July 10.

Previously: Taking place in the alternate world of X-Men: The End, Becka Munroe, the daughter of Storm, Pavel Rasputin, grandson of Colossus, Olivier Raven, son of Gambit and Rogue, and Rico and No-Name, two other mutants without notable heritages, attend classes at the Xavier Institute. But when No-Name sneaks out to meet with a deadly foe, the kids follow her and almost get killed. Thanks to the help of the school faculty and government forces led by that perennial mutant pain-in-the-ass Val Cooper, the kids are saved, but No-Name gets away.

And Now: The kids plan on getting out of the Institute and chasing after No-Name, but wait for the ideal opportunity to do so. That comes when Black Marvel, the alternative dimension Janine Grey, attacks the school. Commandeering the original Blackbird, the next generation of mutant-kind head out to find their friend.

On Story and Dialogue: Given that I have neither been following this series nor read X-Men: The End, I have no idea what was going on or what significance it had. Who are these kids and why do they even exist? What is the point of this series?

Despite these pressing questions, Claremont's dialogue saved me from completely hating this issue. It was fluid and easy to follow, giving enough characterization within the word balloons to glean a narrative from it. For example, as the kids decide to go after their friend, Rico questions going after someone who left on her own accord. Becka Munroe reminds them how she almost quit the school and how they came after her to get her back, so why shouldn't they do the same for No-Name? The scene nicely builds the group of super-powered adolescences together.

On Art: Scherberger is a perfect fit for an adventure starring youths. His work is spry and energetic and captures the youth of his characters very well. But maybe too well, as Beast, Cyclops, and Emma Frost look too young for their supposed age of 40-something. Although the storytelling was very straightforward, the action scene in the Danger Room was a little cumbersome, and I lost a sense of where the characters were.

Final Word: I wouldn't normally recommend a book like this, but given that you know the story of this alternate dimension, you may find it exciting. In any case, the issue also has a back-up reprint of the What the… Mutant Beach Party! that is definitely worth reading. Kurt Busiek, Kyle Baker, and Hector Collazo parody the "The Fall of the Mutants" with tongue-in-cheek humor and plenty of booty shots.







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