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Gen V Has Made the X-Men More Relevant Than Ever


Gen V effortlessly continues the biting satire of The Boys’ superhero celebrity universe, but the X-Men’s tales of finding peace amidst enormous oppression are sorely needed right now.

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A teenage girl excuses herself from a family activity in the living room. When she gets to the bathroom, she discovers that she has begun puberty, a confusing and frightening situation for anyone. But matters get worse when the girl realizes she can control her blood, making it fly and move in the air. 

When her loving mother, concerned that she’s experiencing the normal bodily changes of a young woman, knocks on the door, the girl freaks out. She sends a glob of blood at her mother, slicing her throat. When her father rushes in and asks what happened, the girl panics again and uses blood to kill her father. The scene ends with the girl huddled in the corner, terrified of what she’s become. 

In another story, a frail teen enters his father’s stately bedroom to find him dead, shot by the recently fired groundskeeper. A berserker rage overtakes the teen and he hurls himself at the groundskeeper, punching the man in the stomach. At first, the teen’s weak fists do no harm to the groundskeeper. But suddenly, a look of shock falls over the man’s face, and the boy pulls back his hand to see three bone claws protruding from his heretofore weak knuckles. 

Most know that the latter tale is the origin of James Howlett III, the man who would later be known as Wolverine of the X-Men. And if you’ve been watching Gen V, the spin-off of The Boys, you know that the former appears in that series’ premiere episode, spotlighting Jaz Sinclair’s supe Marie Moreau. 

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