GEN 13 #33

Review by: grifter78

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I have been very eager for this new creative team and I think we got a decent issue from them.  A little disorienting, but decent nonetheless.  First off, we get a nice “Status Report” on the first page which acts as a “Previously on…” for this issue.  And we also get a roll call of each of the characters so this issue is very new reader friendly.  Muchos kudos on that!  Also, each of the Gen 13/14 kids get to show off their powers, another plus for new readers.  The story (without giving too much away) is what disoriented me a little.  When I first saw the double-page spread of the opening battle, I was intrigued and taken aback (in a good way) by what I was seeing.  Immediately I thought this was possibly the aftermath to Gage’s final Wildcats arc (finishing in #18 at the end of Dec.).  But when we got the explanation for it, I actually felt a little disappointed.  Just a little.  But I am glad to know that at least one of the characters is an old Wildstorm character we haven’t seen in a while, and I’d love to hear the story of how they’re still alive after what happened to them once upon a time.  Unfortunately, we don’t get that explanation here.

Another bit that I had a hard time following the reasoning was in the final scene with the bomb (can’t say more without spoiling).  I just didn’t follow the setup although I did understand the resolution.  But more than anything else, I was really looking forward to seeing newcomer artist Cruddie Torian.  And I think he did a great job!  He’s definitely got a J. Scott Campbell vibe with a touch of Ed Benes I think.  And I think his style fits Gen 13 perfectly.  I can tell I’m really going to like him on this title.  Too bad this title is still bi-monthly.  I hope this new creative team draws in some new readers so they can switch the title back to monthly.  Adam Beechan wrote this issue and is writing the next and I think he did a good job mixing up the action, story, and humor.  It felt like a Gen 13 book.  Phil Hester is supposed to take over after #34 but I guess we won’t know for sure until the solicit for #35 hits.  If you haven’t been following Gen 13, this is a good jumping on point.




Story: 3 - Good
Art: 4 - Very Good

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