I finished Gen X v2 and that proved to be quite an enjoyable trade on the whole. I like the cast a lot (although, with hindsight of later developments, having Banshee and White Queen start to hit it off feels weird). Bachalo’s art is still quite nice, though you can see it start to devolve even here (where it’s a world away from, say, Ultimate War or his BND Spider-Man stuff). Tom Grummett does a few nice issues too. Unfortunately, there’s an annual which has a weird mish-mash of artists (including Sienkeiwicz of all people) and then two issues by Roger Cruz, who a) isn’t very good (he draws most of the women with legs twice the length of the rest of their body) and b) overly sexualises the book’s teenage cast.
The only other problem is that Lobdell does the Claremontian “mutants, people born with a genetic quirk, protecting the world that hates and fears them” rigmarole at the open of every issue and it gets wearisome pretty quick (moreso than in rereading older X-Men stuff, weirdly).
And then in an actual reread I got through Supergirl: Way Of The World. The main reason I own this is because it’s got Resurrection Man in it, but it’s a disappointing read. He’s little more than a macguffin, with only about two moments of characterisation in the four or five issues he’s in. I understand completely him taking a backseat to Supergirl’s story, given it’s her book, but he could have not been present for the second half of it and made no difference.
The story is about Supergirl promising a dying kid that she will cure his cancer and it’s… ok. It’s trying to deal with big issues around the limitations super-hero stories put on themselves of not solving real world issues lest they suddenly become less relateable, but it doesn’t really have anything interesting to say on that beyond Supergirl being brought low by the hubris of youth. It’s interrupted halfway through by a fill-in about Kara accepting the death of Krypton, which initially feels like a rushed conclusion, before the main story picks back up and carries on for three more issues, its points having just been stepped on by the fill-in. And then there’s a really weak coda with Supergirl having spent decades preparing to take out a time-travelling villain, which doesn’t really hold up to scrutiny and really overeggs the dilemma Kara put herself into.
There’s some nice art by Drew Johnson and Ron Randall though, especially the understated cover (which I think is actually taken from an interior panel somewhere, rather than an original cover).