Released at a time when new Image titles were literally a dime a dozen, Gen-13 quickly jumped ahead of the pack to become one of the hottest comics around.
Gen-13 (originally titled Gen-X before Marvel's lawyers stepped in) was the first teen hero title in creator Jim Lee's Wildstorm Universe. All Wildstorm titles tie in to the saga of Team 7, an elite military unit who were unwittingly given super powers by government orders. The men of Team 7 were known as Gen-12, and Gen-13 features their offspring.
Like their fathers, the stars of Gen-13 (Fairchild, Freefall, Burnout, Rainmaker, and Grunge) all had their powers activated by a secret government agency. This trade paperback details the team's origins and their escape from government control. Gen-13 isn't too far removed from the early Lee/Kirby X-Men story - 5 teenagers with powers they never asked for, fighting for their lives under the guidance of an older mentor. In this case, the role of Professor Xavier is played by former Team 7 commander Jack Lynch, who I always thought was one of the more interesting Wildstorm characters.
The story may be pretty basic, but the characters are interesting and the dialogue is fresh (at least it was in 1993). The real highlight is the artwork, which was provided by newcomer (and future superstar) J. Scott Campbell. Campbell's dynamic style was bold and exciting, and he could draw stunning female characters like no one else.
Gen-13 became a massive hit for Wildstorm, and it all starts here. This trade paperback collects the entire 5-issue Gen-13 limited series, plus some sketchbook material by Campbell and Lee.