“The Future Is A Four Letter Word” (part 2)
Generation Hope is a concept that certainly warrants a title to tell the tale of the first five mutants since the M-Day fiasco. This handful of young mutants, led by Hope, is a rag tag ensemble that is made up of some very intriguing characters. However, in order for this title to flourish it needs to quickly find its own feet in which to stand on. The cogs are all in place for that to be achieved but writer Kieron Gillen needs to get all of the foundation building out of the way and start cementing these young people onto their collective paths. The potential for this series to thrive is there without a doubt.
Gillen has a great grasp on his handling of the Lights and it is evident that each one of them brings a unique perspective to the group as a whole. Kenji, the fifth of the newly inducted mutants, is easily the most obvious due to his bizarre power set. He also serves as the adversary for the first two issues at, least, as the rest of the group led by the ever present combination of Cyclops, Wolverine, and Rogue, have been dispatched to Tokyo in order to bring Kenji home with them. While Hope is the de facto leader and expectedly gets the majority of the spotlight, the other Lights also play a part at times which is a nice change of pace in comparison with the older sibling stable of X-Men offerings.
The biggest inconsistency within this issue is the uneven Salvador Espin artwork. There are far too many instances of the pencils and inks looking rather rushed and/or merely phoned in. You can go so far as to assume that dependent upon the page that you would think there were different artists tasked with art chores. Unfortunate since the artist is capable of delivering some truly good artwork. Thankfully the vibrant coloring of Jim Charalampidis more often than not allows the eye to gravitate away from some of the less than favorable panels.
As far as a second issue goes this wasn’t bad but regrettably average. Gillen is a writer who has all the tools to deliver truly amazing work much like we have seen in the past. He needs to recapture that magic here because as I stated earlier all the pieces are in place for this to be a really interesting title.