Gen 13 is a comic book originally written by Jim Lee and Brandon Choi and illustrated by J. Scott Campbell. It was published by Wildstorm Productions. Later writers have included John Arcudi and Adam Warren. The comic features a loosely-organized team of super-powered beings composed of five teens (three girls and two boys) and their mentor.
The series takes place in Lee's Wildstorm universe, and Gen13's stories and history intertwine with those from his own works, such as Wildcats and Team 7 (in fact, each of the main characters in Gen13 was the child of a Team 7 member). The title featured flashy graphics and was noticeably more risque than other titles of the time, such as X-Men, so it quickly grabbed the attention of a loyal audience.
The teens were originally invited to take part in a government project, but when they learned that the project was actually a prison-like testing ground on Gen-active teens, they made their escape, but not before they manifested superhuman powers, and they were labelled dangerous fugitives. Their only hope was to rely on each other to fight their foes and unveil the personal secrets that linked them to Team 7 and International Operations.
After a very successful run, co-creator and illustrator J. Scott Campbell handed the reins of Gen13 over to other creative teams, and moved onto his own new mega-hit series Danger Girl.
Despite outrageous story arcs and many artist collaborations, the popularity of the book dwindled to the point where Wildstorm decided to blow up the entire team with a 6 megaton bomb (#76, July 2002). Surprisingly, the title was not cancelled at the time, and was continued for a few numbers more, but featuring a totally different set of characters.
The original line up of Gen 13 was:
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