After a somewhat hit-and-miss first arc, things appear to be picking up for the mutant messiah Hope and her Five Lights. This appropriately titled "The Daddy Issue" delves into the facets of what makes young Hope Summers such an intriguing character, but also shows that the reader that the girl has serious balls by standing up to authoritative figures such as Emma Frost and Scott Summers.
In doing so, Hope comes across a much more likable individual. In fact, there are a few scenes where she really lets loose and establishes herself as a serious player in the world of the X-Men. Initially, she lets loose on Xavier and denounces his reasoning in the whole mutant relation debate by accusing him of simply stoking the flames on the fire to some degree by his labeling of mutants as "gifted youngsters." Such a brilliant and tactful development by writer Kieron Gillen and I immediately slapped my forehead and thought, "Why hasn't someone thought of this before?" It is absolutely a warranted and reasonable point of view. Hope is so headstrong and stubborn that you can almost read the writing on the wall that those personality traits will eventually cause her to unravel, but it is the point from here to there that should provide plenty of suspense.
While the "Lights" have seemingly been relegated to background fodder during Generation Hope, they do manage to actually get a bit of development within these pages. The problem is that it really isn't enough to make some of them any more appealing, particularly Idie and Kenji. The other three have some good moments here and there, but they linger in the long shadow cast by Hope far too often.
There was quite a bit to like in this book though the art was a bit of a letdown for me here. I generally enjoy Jamie McKelvieís work but there was just something missing here. The coloring by Matthew Wilson certainly didn't do it any favors as everything just felt out of sync. However, the scene dealing with Hope and Scott -- teasing the ever-debated Phoenix issue -- was enough to make up for it. I can't wait to see how that's handled as the book proceeds. There was also a nice balance of humor as well, and an eerie warning from the Beast.
Good stuff all around for the most part. I look forward to the next issue and the promise of yet another light being lit.
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