Mention the 90s to a comic book fan and the first thing that usually comes to mind is supermuscled, superviolent superheros. Though the decade is best known for Rob Liefeld and his over-the-top friends at Image, the popularity of "alternative" culture outside of comics also fed the independent comics scene. Black and white art was a sign of street cred. Unlike the counterculture comix of the 60s and 70s, indy comics of the 80s and 90s were primarily created by fans of mainstream comics. When a writer or artist who made their name doing a black-and-white book published by a small-press publisher like Oni or Slave Labor Graphics got an offer to write for one of the Big Two they usually jumped at the chance.
This week I introduce to you the results of one of those pairings, one of the least likely books to come out of Marvel Comics: Jim Mahfood's Generation X Underground Special.
|Kids and their newfangled 32-bit systems...|
The book puts its alt-culture cred out in front with a story called "The Big Game", about Skin challenging M to beat his high score in Space Invaders. It's adorable, but not exactly plot-heavy.
|Lucas Bishop: Sex Offender|
|QQ moar, noob|
This book as a whole is a lot of fun, and reading back through it, as a huge fan of the original Generation X comic and 90s indies in general, was a lovely slice of nostalgia. And for another slice of nostalgia, I leave you with the Unofficial Bootleg Generation X Trading Cards. Remember superhero trading cards?
|You know it's not "official" Marvel because Emma's clothed.|
*Skin could give him a run for his money, and Penance only gets a break because she's feral.