X-Men: The Mutant Collection is a collection edited by Hachette. Back to its number 51, available on newsstands: Deadly Genesis.

Last week, we found on newsstands the fiftieth issue of the Hachette collection entitled X-Men the mutant collection : The executioner’s song part 2by Scott Lobdell, Peter David, Fabian Nicieza, Brandon Peterson, Jae Lee, Andy Kubert and Greg Capullo.

This week, it’s the turn of number 51 of the collection to be availablefeaturing the X-Men: Deadly Genesis, by Ed Brubaker and Trevor Hairsine. It is sold at the price of 12.99€.

We recommend once again to discuss with your bookseller who can put your copy aside every fortnightwhich also ensures that the collection will be followed in its point of sale.

X-Men: The Mutant Collection: Deadly Genesis

X-Men: The Mutant Collection: Deadly Genesis

X-Men: Deadly Genesis #1 Ed Brubaker / Trevor Hairsine / Kris Justice 01/2006
X-Men: Deadly Genesis #2 Ed Brubaker / Trevor Hairsine / Scott Hanna, Mike Perkins 02/2006
X-Men: Deadly Genesis #3 Ed Brubaker / Trevor Hairsine / Scott Hanna, Nelson DeCastro 03/2006
X-Men: Deadly Genesis #4 Ed Brubaker / Trevor Hairsine / Scott Hanna 04/2006
X-Men: Deadly Genesis #5 Ed Brubaker / Trevor Hairsine / Scott Hanna 05/2006
X-Men: Deadly Genesis #6 Ed Brubaker / Trevor Hairsine / Scott Hanna 07/2006

On the publishing side, it’s always the same type of album since the beginning of the collection in terms of format and paper. There is no problem printing in this volume, no rendering of the boards.

Regarding the number on the back of the album, it is the 78.

X-Men: The Mutant Collection: Deadly Genesis

As with all previous volumes, we begin reading the album with an introduction signed by the community manager of Panini Comics. In this issue, he explains the concept of retroactive continuity (retcon) and how it applies in this story.

Because it is indeed a question of look back at the history of the X-Men which finds itself thus modified thirty years later Second genesis : Deadly Genesis actually comes back to the circumstances of the founding of the second group of X-Menwhen they had gone to the aid of the first prisoner team of Krakoa.

X-Men: The Mutant Collection: Deadly Genesis

It is Ed Brubaker who takes on this mission, which is delicate to say the least. : it could indeed be difficult to look back on the beginning of an important period for the history of the X-Men, about which everything seemed to have been said… and yet there was still something to tell !

Deadly Genesis therefore presents us a totally unexpected X-Men adversary from the Children of the Atom’s past… and with him it is a whole unknown part of their history which arises before the eyes of the reader. It is interesting that the author takes advantage of this in passing to resolve a common thread surrounding the Summers family which had been at the center of many theories both on the side of the fans and the screenwriters who had their own idea on the question but without going in the direction of Deadly Genesis.

The climate of this story is particularly tensebecause in the aftermath of M-Day – the sudden disappearance of most mutants from the planet following the “No More Mutants” unleashed by Wanda Maximoff at the end of House of Mthe X-Men team must deal with the presence of the authorities who monitor their actions and gestures but also get by without their mentor Professor Xavier who is missing. Suffice to say that the strange events that occur as well as the sudden appearance of a “new” adversary who definitely seems to know a lot about their methods are enough to give rise to an increasingly perceptible atmosphere of tension.

X-Men: The Mutant Collection: Deadly Genesis

Deadly Genesis is an interesting story in more than one way : in addition to its rather well-made construction aroundan atmosphere of suspensethe retro-introduction of the Vulcan character to X-Men history is well thought out. It’s not necessarily very subtle – that said, retcons rarely are – but it works very well and as we said above it allows to give an official explanation to a sea serpent of the history of the mutants.

The paranoid side of the story is also one of its strengths : Ed Brubaker indeed plays with the nerves of his characters as much as those of the readers, with a succession of twists, some of which are particularly tragicall in an atmosphere that gives the impression that anything can happen.

Finally the story is interesting because it tackles head-on a key character in the X-Men universe: Charles Xavier himself. Presented from the beginning as a benevolent mentor attached to beautiful humanist values ​​about the cohabitation between humans and mutants, the founder of the X-Men is not necessarily shown in a very positive light in this story.

X-Men: The Mutant Collection: Deadly Genesis

Whether Charles Xavier and Magneto have often come across as the Martin Luther King and Malcom X of the mutant universe by their respective personalities and methods, the image of the telepath on wheels could have been dented more or less subtly on several occasions. Besides a thought bubble dating from the sixties showing his interest in Jean Grey, subsequently there were several manifestations of his “dark side” which thus expressed his darkest impulses. We remember for example the famous “Entity” in the story The X-Men and the Micronauts which had attitudes that we can qualify as particularly inappropriate towards one of his students (from there to think that it is not only a problem of rights on Micronautes which condemned this story to the limbo of stories never republished…). Finally the culmination of Charles Xavier’s expression of “dark thoughts” was of course Onslaughtan evil entity born from his and Magneto’s psyche.

In Deadly Genesis, Ed Brubaker does not hesitate to show Charles Xavier in a light that shatters the image of the benevolent mentor. Admittedly, this does not change him into a demonic monster either, but we still see a character with a tough and stern personality who does not hesitate to make particularly questionable decisions with serious consequences and putting lives at risk. This characterization took the readership the wrong way but in view of what we mentioned above there is a certain logic between what figures in this story and the manifestations of certain less than stellar aspects of the dashing professor’s personality. This is an opportunity for Cyclops to emancipate himself from the one who made him a mutant superhero, to “kill the father” in a way.

X-Men: The Mutant Collection: Deadly Genesis

Deadly Genesis generally not a reader favoritebut it still remains a solid narrative that skillfully altered the history of the X-Men without completely calling it into question.

Graphically, it’s Trevor Hairsine who brings this story to life and he does an excellent job. The boards are nicely drawn, with an effective rendering of the tense atmosphere of the story. Note thatthere is movement on the inking sidewhich may explain the small variations from one episode to another.

bonus sidewe right to a gallery of covers and character sketches by Trevor Hairsine… as well asto a summary of the back-ups which are not present in this volume ! This is incomprehensible that these stories that introduce the new characters are not in the contents of this album (there are thicker ones in this collection), and disappointing that we must content ourselves with summaries. At the limit we would almost have preferred that there was nothing !

We are changing the decade again with the next issue: Programmed X-Tinction. See you in fifteen days.

X-Men: The Mutant Collection: Programmed X-Tinction

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X-Men: Back to issue 51 of the Hachette collection