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Generation X is a 2017 comic book written by Christina Strain (The Magicians, Runaways) and drawn by Amilcar Pinna, with covers by Terry & Rachel Dodson. Published under the Resurr Xion umbrella of titles spinning out of Inhumans vs. X-Men, it is a revival of the Generation X title and concept, originally written by Scott Lobdell and drawn by Chris Bachalo.

Upon returning to the Xavier Institute —now located in Central Park— Jubilee is disappointed to learn that she hasn't been assigned to training a new team of X-Men by headmistress Kitty Pryde — instead, teaching a class of students with useless and unreliable powers, who aren't suited to be X-Men or to be ambassadors for mutantkind.

Among Jubilee's Ragtag Bunch of Misfits are Kid Omega (Quentin Quire), Morph (Benjamin Deeds), Hindsight (Nathaniel Carver), Bling! (Roxy Washington), Eye-Boy (Trevor Hawkins), and Nature Girl (Lin Li). Some of Jubilee's fellow founding Gen-Xers (like Chamber, Husk, and M) also appear in guest spots.

After nine issues, Generation X renumbers to #85 note  as part of the Marvel Legacy initiative, with Strain and Pinna remaining onboard as the creative team. The series concludes after twelve issues in total, ending at #87.

Generation X provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Ascended Extra: At least half of the main cast consists of this:
    • Eye-Boy was a fairly popular but minor supporting character from Jason Aaron's run on Wolverine and the X-Men (Marvel Comics).
    • Nature Girl was introduced in the second volume of Wolverine and the X-Men but received little screen time.
    • Bling! is a long time, rarely spotlighted background student, having only had a small role in Adjectiveless X-Men in the last decade.
  • Blessed with Suck: Newcomer Nathaniel Carver, who can get a psychic feeling from locations about what happened there.. but doesn't want the inevitable future that brings of working in crime scenes and other horrible places.
    • Eye-Boy can see just about anything but is physically unappealing due to having an eye everywhere.. even his tongue.
  • The Bus Came Back: Jubilee returns to the X-Men titles in a main role for the first time since Secret Wars, while Quentin Quire returns for the first time since then, period.
    • Eye-Boy returns after being absent since Spider-Man and the X-Men
    • Chamber returns for the first time in years as a supporting character while Husk is also set to make an appearance, having disappeared since the end of Aaron's run on Wolverine and the X-Men.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: The characters of Quentin, Benjamin and Nathaniel are never referred to as Kid Omega, Morph or Hindsight in the actual text.
  • Daywalking Vampire: Jubilee wears an amulet that allows her to be in sunlight.
  • Face–Monster Turn: Monet, due to events of Uncanny X-Men (2016) was merged with her brother, Emplate & cursed with his mutant vampirism. she gets cured in the final chapter with the help of her friends.
  • Grouped for Your Convenience:
    • The X-Men have realized that training every mutant to be an X-Man has only lead to an extremely high mortality rate so they've decided to instead divide up the students into future X-Men, Future Ambassadors for Mutantkind and Generation X.
    • Quentin is put into this group rather than the future X-Men due to a long history of being a Wild Card.
  • Hufflepuff House: The main characters. They're not suited to become X-Men, or to become public figures crusading for mutant rights – their curriculum is aimed to let them master their powers to lead relatively normal lives.
  • Left Hanging: Monet's partnership with Sabretooth. She was merged with Emplate in Uncanny X-Men (2016) and needed to feed on mutants, so Creed promised to keep her secret by letting her feed on him until they could find a way to cure her. When the team disbanded, they were shown to have stayed together. Here, Monet is still merged with Emplate and Sabretooth isn't with her. Chapter 86 shows a flashback to their fight in Limbo, but still doesn't answer why they're separated.
  • Psychometry: Nathaniel can see the past of an object or person by touching them.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The team consists of mutants who don't really fit elsewhere.
  • Ship Tease: Jubilee expresses an attraction towards Chamber. She kisses him in Issues #85 & Jono does not seem bothered by it
  • Shipper on Deck: Quentin encourages Benjamin to pursue Nathaniel, who he obviously has a crush on. Paige is also this for Jubilee & Jonothon, telling the latter they look good together.
  • Status Quo Is God: Jubilee finally gets her mutant powers back, and is cured of her vampirism in issue #86. Monet follow behind her, being cured of Emplate in issue #87.
  • Those Two Guys: Benjamin and Lin are sometimes depicted this way, like on the cover of issue #1 above.
  • Villain Decay: The Purifiers. Last time they attacked the school, they used technology that could neutralize some of the X-Men's powers, had snipped their biggest threat the day before and used the cover of the night to enter the school and start picking off students, failing only because of unexpected circumstances. Now their fighting force seemly consists of four guys who decided they could attack Central Park in broad daylight without any fighting plan other than "shoot at the mutants".
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: The reason Eye-Boy is on the team.
  • Wild Card: Why Quentin is part of Generation X. He's such a coin flip that the X-Men can't trust him for either of the other classes.