Next up on our tour of second tier mutant titles from the 90's, Generation X! Ah yes, Gen X... This was such a great teenage mutant book. This issue is written by Tom DeFalco, who I didn't know wrote for this series... Eh, let's give it a read and see what we've got here.
Generation X #32:
Summary: The story here is two part, the first(and easiest to review) deals mainly with Banshee, so I'll get that out of the way first. Banshee has headed to Muir Island to meet with Moria MacTaggert since M had split into two little girls... Ugh... I remember that... Anyway, Banshee was hoping that Moria could figure out why that happened to M, but upon seeing how hard Moria was pushing herself in her attempts to try to cure the Legacy Virus, Banshee instead asks Moria to go to a picnic(?!) with him. After some prodding, Moria agrees to go and the two share a kiss. Back at Gen X's headquarters, Husk feels the kids could use some time having fun what with the recent Operation: Zero Tolerance junk(trust me, it's not worth talking about...), as well as M splitting into two little girls. As such, Husk asks Emma Frost if the team could go to visit the circus(which was in town) and Emma reluctantly agrees to let them go. The rest of the Gen X kids aren't exactly keen on going to the circus, but Husk manages to convince them and before you know it the kids are visiting the circus. And since this is a comic book, it's not a regular circus, it's the Circus of Crime!!! The Ringmaster kind of/sort of wants to go straight and just run a normal circus show, but his underlings convince him to pull his regular con where he hypnotizes the audience with his hat(yes, his hat) while the rest of the Circus crew robs the customers. Naturally three Gen Xers(Husk, Chamber and Skin) are in the circus tent when the Ringmaster does his hypnotizing routine, but Husk is able to resist long enough to pull down Chamber's scarf, which leads to the Circus of Crime members moving to attack the three Gen Xers fearing the light that came from Chamber was a camera flash. Before long, Jubilee and Synch arrive at the tent and lend their three teammates a hand. After a short battle which results in the two trapezes artists accidentally crashing into each other, the Circus surrender, fully expecting the kids to turn them in to the authorities. Jubilee, seeing some of the Gen Xers in the Circus of Crime(Wha-huh?!), decides to let the off the hook provided the Ringmaster hands over his hypnotic hat and donates the proceeds of the show to a local charity. With that taken care of the kids head back home.
Thoughts: Well the main story was all kinds of weird... But as anybody who has visited this blog with any regularity probably knows, I am a HUGE sucker for b and c-list Marvel heroes and villains, and the frigging Circus of Crime most definitely fall in the c-list villains department. Sure, the ending with Jubes letting the Circus off the hook was a bit odd, but what the hey. While the story was a bit odd, I must say, the Emma Frost here? 700 times better than that terrible, bitchy Emma that we have skanking her way through the X-books nowadays... As opposed to the petty, self-caring pain in the ass she is now, she was actually a likable character here, one who obviously cared about her students... I sure wish THIS Emma would come back and send the current Emma back in time or something...
Score: 7 1/2 out of 10.It's not just a circus, it's The Circus of Crime!!!!