Generation X Finally Fixes a Long-Broken, Fan-Favorite Mutant
Kieran Shiach
SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Generation X #86 by Christina Strain, Amilcar Pinna, Felipe Sobreiro and Clayton Cowles, on sale now.
Two generations of X-Men have banded together to stop the threat of M-Plate, the sinister fusion of Monet St. Croix and her brother Emplate. Jubilee, Husk and Chamber, former teammates of M in the original Generation X, are now X-Men themselves, in charge of the school’s class of troubled mutants such as Kid Omega, Eye Boy and Bling. With a personal and deadly threat on the prowl in the mansion, Jubilee is forced to seek help from a student who could not care less, but who is eventually responsible for the long-awaited return of her powers.
One of the key things this issue does is plug what seemed to be a continuity-hole when it came to Quentin Quire and his recent appearances in other titles. Last year, Quentin was drafted into the Asgard/Shi’Ar War by Thor and left the conflict with a small amount of Phoenix Force power at his disposal, something that hasn’t been addressed at all in the pages of Generation X.
However, this issue fills that gap by explaining that Quentin’s Asgardian adventure took place after he stormed out of the Xavier school and set-up with his buddy Krakoa in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It not only ties everything up for Quentin quite nicely, it’s also going to be very important later on.
Meanwhile, at the Xavier Institute, Jubilee’s class is hiding from M-Plate and trying to keep her adopted son Shogo safe, all while Chamber and Husk attempt to stop their friend-turned-enemy and save her from herself. In the heat of battle is when emotions often rise to the surface, especially when X-Men are involved. Thus, with their lives threatened by M-Plate, Morph and Hindsight finally overcome their obstacles and share a kiss, while Eye-Boy and Nature Girl work on restoring the Institute into phase with the rest of Central Park.
Despite his misgivings, Jubilee was able to convince Quentin to come back to the Institute to save his friends, but M-Plate steals Jubilee’s amulet which keeps her safe from sunlight. He throws her into the courtyard, where she bursts into flames. Jubilee, of course, has been a vampire since 2010’s “Curse of the Mutants” storyline, and has been without her mutant powers since the Scarlet Witch decimated the mutant population at the end of House of M. However, with her death imminent, Quentin Quire gives up the power of his Phoenix Shard to cure Jubilee of her vampirism and return her fireworks powers to normal, bringing back the classic Jubilee who has been missing from comics for over a decade.
Unfortunately, it seems Generation X isn’t long for this world, but if it is to be cancelled, at least it was able to return Jubilee back to her fan-favorite self — something readers have been clamoring for. With the title set to wrap up, hopefully the team can save their friend from the diabolical influence of her brother and bring M back to normal, too, reuniting the surviving members of the original Generation X team and proving why there’s still a place for them among the X-Men, twenty-five years after their debut.