Wednesday, April 1, 2020
X-amining Generation X #9
In a Nutshell
Skin fights a dragon while the rest of Generation X works to restore the Glamour Machine.
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Penciler: Tom Grummett
Inkers: Mark Buckingham & Al Milgrom
Letterer: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Colorist: Steve Buccellato & Electric Crayon
Editor: Bob Harras
As Skin & Penance keep the dragon outside the gates surrounding the Glamour Machine busy, Jubilee & Husk work to repair the device. Meanwhile, Synch & Chamber burst into Cassidy Keep and are reunited with Banshee & Emma. They all make their way to the Glamour Machine, where the still-catatonic M manages to get it working. It needs a power source, however, and Chamber volunteers, drawing on his vast psionic power to recharge it. Just then, Skin & Penance return, announcing the defeat of the dragon, but everyone is too busy celebrating to notice. M returns to her senses, and as the group awaits Cassidy Keep's return to their world, Emma offers a sympathetic ear, but M demurs, saying she doesn't want anyone feeling sorry for her.
Firsts and Other Notables
Tom Grummett fills in on this issue; he will stick around for the next, and a few more intermittently after that, as he sort of becomes the book's unofficial fill-in "regular" penciller before Bachalo returns. He's no Bachalo, but I like him as a fill-in guy a lot more than Roger Cruz.
A Work in Progress
Jubilee is staring to feel sorry for Monet and her periods of seemingly-random catatonia.
They're Students, Not Superheroes
When pressed to assist the faerie, Synch insists they’re students, not superheroes (in those exact words!).
This is going to sound harsher than it is meant to be, but the best thing about this story is that it’s over. It’s cute & entertaining enough, but also largely an inconsequential arc (in terms of both narrative & characterization), and just as with the previous issue, without Bachalo around to liven it up with his unique style, the issue suffers some. The bit with Angelo & the dragon is probably the best showing for Skin in the series yet (and the punch line, that his actions are overshadowed by Chamber’s later heroics, is genuinely funny), but it’s for the best that Lobdell recognizes this is a relatively slight story and that a little whimsy goes a long way, and wraps it up in two parts instead of dragging it out any further.
Tomorrow, Excalibur grabs a beer (or three) in Excalibur #91. Friday, Cable fights in the future in Cable #25. Next week: Uncanny X-Men '95!
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