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The Uncanny X-Men #539 - Losing Hope Review

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A great issue to establish where we've been, and where we're going.

This month, Hope gets into some trouble that only our friendly neighborhood Wolverine can help her out of. Can they manage to escape from the clutches of a delusional WWII vet? How far will Hope go to assure her freedom?

The Good

This issue was great because it re-emphasized Hope as a capable person and a danger to mutantkind; having an entire issue lead up to a conversation that could have happened at the beginning just seemed like a way of making it exciting. Hope's request to Wolverine at the end is a bit extreme, but within reason after the things she's seen and the potential danger on the horizon due to her existence.

If anything, this issue was great because it highlighted Wolverine's extreme sense of duty; even though Hope got his best friend killed and her existence makes him uneasy, he's still willing to sacrifice his well-being in order to save her.

The inclusion of the Crimson Commando was a good way to introduce a villain that was dangerous, but one that wouldn't monopolize the Hope/Wolvie story. Ultimately, he's easily dispatched and discarded, and he needed to be: there is no way this would have translated into a multi-issue story without becoming bland and boring.

The Bad

While I liked where the issue was taken, it would have been a bit better if Hope didn't get snatched when she was trying to have some semblance of a normal life. I know life for mutants is supposed to be hard, but when you have characters say "Man, you need to lighten up," then have bad things happen when they do, it sends a conflicting message.

I, for one, would like to see Hope be something more than the "Mutant Messiah;" I want the writers to, as well. However, they're the ones who write these stories, and I just review them.

The Verdict

If you want an issue that both explains the tone of the previous couple-year's worth of X-Men Comics and looks to set up the next few, as well. Pick up this issue. While it's not directly tied into the upcoming "Schism," it does highlight the way of Wolverine's thinking that would affect it. It's a nice way to ease into the event when you might not have any prior context.

11 Comments
Posted by Baron_Emo

Definitely going to pick this up. So glad Gillen is on this book.

Posted by They Killed Cap!

I am not a fan of the alternate covers that have absolutely nothing to do with the issue...I guess I am not a huge fan of alternate cover in general
Posted by JonesDeini
@Baron_Emo said:
Definitely going to pick this up. So glad Gillen is on this book.
Word, he's redeemed Uncanny for me. I'm sad that Ibraim isn't staying on, I absolutely love his art. Land and Dodson will be ending/beginning Uncanny before/after Schism :(
Posted by Sobe Cin

Story was good, I was happy it was not a longer story arc. Although I am pretty bored with Hope and the generation Hope characters. They need codenames, did however like Idie's new look with the dreadlocks instead of the puffy planitoid that she's been sporting. 
 
But honestly, after reading this and reading Children's crusade- I want to see the ramifications of that book more than schism at the moment.
Posted by Renchamp

Glad the Crimson Commando is still able to find some face time.

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Posted by sora_thekey

So this is the .1 issue we've been waiting for?

Posted by Skaddix

Yes it was a .1 for all practical purposes. should have been a gen hope .1 but i guess they needed to bump up sales

Posted by Mutant God

I dont like that they made Commando a villian

Edited by louis1212

thank you

Posted by tiocoy

i loved the art!!!

Posted by JonesDeini
@tiocoy said:
i loved the art!!!
I'm a big fan of Roberson and glad that he finally got a shot at the big X book. I would've given this issue a four if he'd followed through with reflecting the actual impact of the violence on the characters. Aside from Wolverine it was as if he was skittish about showing the girls, especially Hope, as having any physical blemish. This issue had some really gritty moments that he just didn't follow through on. He's such a talented artist and it was a shame to see him sell him self a bit short.