The GeeksverseGeneration Hope #1

Generation Hope #1
Published on Thursday, November 4, 2010 by

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Kieron Gillen
Art by: Salvador Espin
Colored by: Jim Charalampidis
Lettered by: Dave Sharpe
Assistant Editor: Jake Thomas
Associate Editor: Daniel Ketchum
Editor: Nick Lowe
Cover: Olivier Coipel w/ Danny Miki & Laura Martin

This was a very short issue. At least it felt that way, with all the extra pages in the back. It still clocks in at a 22 page story, but it felt short.

This is a direct continuation from Uncanny X-Men, so it’s assumed that everyone reading would have read the “Five Lights” arc in Uncanny. Not the best way for a first issue to start, but then this isn’t really a new book as it’s more of a spin-off from Uncanny.

The story is decent. I like that Gillen gets into the thoughts of each of the four lights, the new mutants. It’s interesting to see hwo they all view Hope as a savior. Teon’s thoughts are especially brillant, as he’s basically just three thoughts: fight, flight or mate. But even with just those three thoughts, can do alot with Teon, as Gillen shows.

They need to nail down the ages of these characters, as they don’t appear or act their ages, especially Idie. She’s supposed to be 12 but appears and thinks alot older then that.

The Fifth Light seems alot more in control of his powers then the others were. His thoughts were interesting. Chaotic, but not.

Gillen sets up a conflict between Hope and Rogue, which should be interesting. And he does a good job of establishing the authority Hope has over the Lights. It’ll be interesting to see how a young woman like her handles it.

They really need to get rid of the ragged clock Hope wears. She’s no longer on the run. She doesn’t need to dress like she is.

Espin’s art isn’t bad. The facial features of the Lights change a bit from panel to panel, page to page. And he really needs to get a handle on Idie’s age. All the artist do. She appears older in most places then she is described and was shown in her first appearance.

The layouts aren’t bad, some minor flow issues, but overall not bad. Some panels need more work on the perspective. The shot of Hope and Idie in the Blackbird’s chairs make them seem at an angle.

Generation Hope #1 receives
3.5 out of 5

Some nice moments, but really nothing earth shattering.

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