IXth Generation #1-4

In the future there is no more natural death, no needs unfilled and everything you could ever want is yours… as long as you’re one of the ones chosen to live in this new Utopia and you’re willing to subjugate yourself to these new self-proclaimed gods with “IX”s emblazoned on them. Do the ends truly justify the means? Is a utopia built on genocide worth the price? Aphrodite, Velocity, Hades, and the other Nines establish fiefdoms in this new world and attempt to rule. Their internal clashes have escalated, but they are forced to put that aside as they face off against the relentless hordes of the Darkness. The sins of the past have come to claim those who would pretend to be Gods.

Of the various publishers I started to get into during my teen years, Top Cow was pretty high up on the list. To no surprise, Witchblade and The Darkness were what pulled me into the ever expanding universe. Years later, I was certainly excited to get the opportunity to check out the first few issues of IXth Generation. Right from the cover of issue one I felt like a growing comic fan again, and was all the way into number four.

In a desperate attempt to keep mankind from completely being wiped off the Earth late in the 21st century, the Aphrodite Project was put into effect.  Nine genetically engineered advanced humanoids were created, intended to rule over the new world. Some 700 years later they were awakened, these nine being choosing their lands and started living with their subjects in overall peace. These “siblings” capable of living virtually forever by transferring their minds to clones were bound to clash eventually, and that inevitable time has come. The namesake child Aphrodite has done all she can to stay neutral, but after Hades forces her hand that is no longer possible.

While the story set thus far was pretty neat, I was more drawn in by the artwork. This futuristic world was done with a more sketchy approach to it, but never comes off ever feeling incomplete. There are a lot of wide open visuals of the way things look now that provide an excellent setting for the series. Although it is set in the future, all the illustrations and colors are not overdone, and give us the rough edgy look it needs.

As fair warning to those without any knowledge of the fairly large Top Cow universe, you may feel a bit overwhelmed. Even myself with a moderate knowledge of it from the previously mentioned titles still needed to rely on the dose of information text drops throughout the books. That aside, I think these books show a good amount of promise and would not be a bad new Top Cow title to add to your collection.

For more on IXth Generation or other Top Cow titles, check out Top Cow.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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