There wasn't a lot of quality books that came out in the 1990's, but for me one series really stood out for its deep story, beautiful art and humor that made the book something special and that was 'Gen 13'!
'Gen 13' was the brainchild of Jim Lee, Brandon Choi and J. Scott Campbell and stared 5 teenagers that, because of their powers were being hunted by an agency looking to exploit them. That is the simple! Where it gets deep is that these young kids are trying to not only cope with the issues of their teenage years, but are also trying to find their parents or at least what happened to them... never with good results. The humor of the book comes from their inexperience in everything; life, coping skills and of course sexuality! But for me it was J. Scott Campbell's art that made me pick up the book month after month... including all 13 different covers of the first issue.
As the series began to pick up steam Campbell left to create the equally (and slightly better in my opinion) 'Danger Girl'. By the 25th issue there was new writers (John Arcudi, Scott Lobdell) and artists (Gary Frank, Al Rio, Ed Benes), but the book continued to shine and delight readers.
Sure, they produced 13 covers of the first issue and produced many cheesecake covers and 'Three's Company' moments ...but that was part of the charm! Fairchild, Rainmaker, Grunge, Burnout and (my favorite) Roxy were a magical team from a not so magical moment in time!
If you'd like to find out what the hoopla is all about, why not head over to www.curiousgoodsandcomics.com and pick up some back issues at real good prices. And feel free to get all 13 covers of number one... so I'm not the only knucklehead who did so!