Generation M #1 (2005)

In the wake of the events of Marvel’s huge House of M crossover event, a reporter for the New York Alternative begins to write about the massive changes to the Marvel Universe. She begins with profiles of some of the people who died or suffered from their loss of powers, but she quickly finds herself becoming a voice for those people. She becomes a minor celebrity, and then a more major one, until a mystery confession drops into her lap.
Paul Jenkins delivers an intriguingly human reaction to the events of House of M. Sally Floyd is an interesting lead character. An alcoholic, loudmouthed lesbian, Sally isn’t exactly the sort of lead character that one might expect from Marvel. It’s clear that the end of mutantkind as we know it is actually a very good thing for Sally personally. Her life had been falling apart before these events happened; afterwards, she finds fame and celebrity. She begins writing books and seems to have begun to grasp at something new in her life.
This is an audacious book for Marvel to put out. It would have been easy for them to trot out the standard clichés and bring in Ben Urich or Robbie Robertson to report this story. Instead, to choose such a unique character to convey the story is a very cool touch.
In other ways, though, the story seems a bit behind the times. Sally is a reporter, but there’s no talk of her using the Internet for her searches, or any use of blogs to gather or disseminate information. I find it hard to believe that in an age where information is so ubiquitous, Sally and her editor are surprised by the sadness that many people have about the fall of mutantkind. They should have some sense of the story they’re reporting rather than simply reacting to an unexpected wave of commentary. It strikes me as very sloppy reporting, even for a woman who describes herself as living in a haze.
The art by Bachs and Lucas is pretty nice. They’re effective at showing the moods and emotions of the characters in the story, though their art is often a bit stiff. It’s got to be hard to draw a Marvel comic where all you get to show is human reactions, and it felt a bit like the artists were straining to show some melodrama. But they do a nice job on the book, and help make the story work well.
This is an interesting first issue, and I’m looking forward to spending more time with Sally.

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