The GeeksverseGeneration Hope #15

Generation Hope #15
Published on Monday, January 23, 2012 by

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: James Asmus
Penciled by: Tim Green II
Inked by: Cam Smith, Rick Ketcham
Colored by: Jim Charalampidis
Lettered by: Dave Sharpe
Cover Art: Jorge Molina
Assistant Editor: Jordan D. White
Associate Editor: Daniel Ketchum
Editor: Nick Lowe

I wasn’t originally going to review this issue, but after reading it, felt pretty strongly about it.

Generation Hope has felt pretty directionless since it’s first issue. It’s felt like it’s just been going along with the flow, no real point. Hope’s team has gotten special treatment, but they’re the newest mutants on the block. Part of that gets mentioned in this issue, but it only ends up shining a light on the problems with this book.

The script isn’t that good. Most of the characters seem.. well, out of character, even Hope and her team. Hope’s explanation for why she wants Shaw on her team just reads as false. It reads forced. This reminds me of the Joseph stories from way back, when Magneto apparently lost his memory and was walking around as a man named Joseph and joined the X-Men as a hero. This Shaw story falls into that mold. It’s just gotten started and already feels old and boring.

Pixie has been around the X-Men for awhile now, living on Utopia and she’s never heard of Sebastian Shaw? We’re supposed to believe that? She acts like she doesn’t know the rag tag group of mutants that confront them. She’s a veteran X-Man at this point. This sequance was so out of character for her.

The rag tag group have a point, and it was good to see it being brought up even if it was in a cliched way. Hope’s group are getting special treatment but why should they? I can see why others on Utopia would be upset about it. But it should have been brought up by Surge or one of the others on the island. Hearing Dragon Lady (if that’s her name, been so long can’t remember) say “fighting for mutants” was laughable.

If Transonic recognized Dragon Lady, a Z-list mutant, from reading then why didn’t she recognize Sebastian Shaw?

Speaking of Dragon Lady, Random and the others; it was nice to see some of the other mutants being used/noticed but who were these people? Would have been nice to see some names associated with them.

Why does Hope’s group exist? There hasn’t been a new mutant since the fetus one from the beginning of the series. I’m not quite sure how Shaw would register as a new light when his powers had already been manifested for awhile. That was a big hole in the plot. But why would Cyclops send newbies off to find potential new mutants? That’s a job for some of the veterans.

Green’s art was good. There were some odd panels here and there, but overall it was quality work.

Generation Hope #15 receives
2.5 out of 5

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