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Generation Hope: The Future's a Four-Lettered Word (Generation Hope #1)

3.37  ·  Rating Details ·  288 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Spinning directlyout of UNCANNY X-MEN comes the most important new X-Book in years--GENERATION HOPE! When Hope Summers returned from the future she triggered the rebirth of the mutant gene. Five lights appeared on Cerebra and five mutants' powers came to life, but their activations have been chaotic and dangerous, nearly killing each of them. Now, Hope joins Cyclops, ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published June 22nd 2011 by Marvel Comics (first published January 1st 2011)
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Nov 04, 2015 Terence rated it liked it
Hope's status as the Mutant Messiah appears completely warranted. The new mutants since Hope have had problems with their powers and Hope's touch stabilizes them. She had little trouble with the first four new mutants, but the fifth is a different story entirely.

The Future is a Four Letter Word has an interesting start as Hope, Cyclops, Wolverine, Rogue, and four of the lights (the first five new mutants are referred to as lights) have to fight a newly emerged mutant who is particularly dangerou
Drown Hollum
Sep 08, 2014 Drown Hollum rated it liked it
Generation Hope proves to be a very center of the road X-book, with the handicap of having to introduce new characters into the fold. It's difficult to get readers to buy into new mutants, and none of the new characters get any significant lime-light time, failing (for me at least) to build any attachment to them in the five issues we are allowed. The are is all fun, (despite some questionable colors towards the end) and Jamie McKelvie even shows up to pencil an enjoyable fifth issue, so that's ...more
Feb 26, 2012 Mike rated it really liked it
Gillen starts us off with a detailed examination of different characters' introspection in motion, which I like - they're not sitting around moping and taking about what they wish they were doing (maudlin low-budget TV drama style), but acting and considering who they are in the act.

I'm fascinated by the mad philosophies of the villain - interesting turns of phrase, both evocative and intelligible at the same time. Gillen writes some interesting words when he has the inclination. And has a pret
Mar 09, 2015 Tanabrus rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, panini
Mi è piaciuto.
Questo primo albo segue il gruppo di Hope (e le sue quattro luci) alla ricerca della quinta luce. Solo che mentre per i primi quattro era stato tutto relativamente semplice, con il nuovo giovane mutante in crisi per l'improvviso manifestarsi dei poteri e la piccola messiah che con un tocco li stabilizzava, qui le cose si complicano.
Il mutante è oltremodo instabile, sia a livello di potere che di mente. E per salvarlo Hope e la sua squadra sfideranno direttamente Ciclope, Rouge e Wo
Joshua Buhs
Dec 27, 2014 Joshua Buhs rated it liked it
I haven't really read comics for twenty years, and am only slowly dipping back into the genre, mostly because my daughter found my old cache and became interested. She somehow became aware of Hope Summers, so I read this to her, as well as the other two books in the series.

And, it was fine. I seem to remember at the time there was a lot of pushing against comic's boundaries, trying to make it a more adult medium--Watchmen and Batman--and the sense I got from watching outside of comics is that it
Oct 12, 2014 Anchorpete rated it really liked it
It is nice to see the X-men before the Schism, with Cyclops and Wolverine on the same team. The Generation Hope time period was pretty short compared to other periods in the Modern X-men story arc. This was a (pun intended) hopeful time for Mutants, where New Mutants were finally emerging after the majority of mutants had been wiped out on M-day. Three out of the five lights (newly activated mutants that hope found) are interesting. I am really not feeling Theon (or whatever the hell the Dog ...more
Sep 05, 2011 Brandon rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
This starts off in what feels like the end of an arc (i think something that had been happening in Uncanny X-men), so you have to trust the creator to deliver the punch and make you care about the customers. the 5th chapter/issue is the pay-off here. It's definitely worth the 4 monster fight chapters to get there (that sounds derogatory but i mean it only as a classification - classic monster fight stuff takes place, but Gillen still gives us some great dialog). The 5th chapter is Gillen and ...more
Aug 31, 2014 Travis rated it it was ok
Shelves: comic-books
Not bad, but the mix of overly angst teens dropped in the middle of the 'Game of Thrones' mess that X-continuity had become just means we get six issues where the team fights each other and then goes to school, where they fight with their teachers.

Interesting takes on powers, but the attempt to write the team by channeling Joss Whedon feels clunky and every appearance by an X-character leaves you with the vague impression they are a jerk.

We are told Hope is either the messiah or the anti-christ
Gregory Gay
Aug 30, 2011 Gregory Gay rated it really liked it
A few years back, one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel universe snapped. In a moment of crazed desperation, she utter the sentence, "No more mutants."

And so it was. For a while, there were no more mutants.

Of course, that couldn't last forever. Mutants are beginning to pop up again, and it is Hope Summers' job to find them and stabilize their powers. Her team travels the world, finding and training new mutants. In some ways, this is Young Avengers with an X-Men twist. A headstrong
Jul 05, 2013 Sean rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: X-Men completists
While the idea of Hope Summers being a mutant messiah and being needed to help "fix" new mutants is interesting, but this book is a complete ripoff of a Saturday morning cartoon (Generator Rex). Kieron Gillen should be ashamed of himself. The plot involving the Five Lights itself is interesting but they aren't. Teon is a terrible cliche, Laurie looks too much like Mystique, Gabriel is interesting, and Idie is original but is supposed to be younger than both artists draw her. The book could have ...more
I wish so much of this book hadn't been about subduing/recruiting Kenji, and I wish McKelvie had drawn all of it, but generally, I enjoyed this! Though they can't seem to agree on an age for Idie (she was 12 in Uncanny X-Men: The Birth of Generation Hope and 14 here), which is a minor irritation.

I would be happy to read more about this most obscure X-Men team, especially if Gillen's written the whole thing (if I can track it down at the library).
My Brief Bookshelf Overview: gave-up-before-finishing, hell-of-a-ride, story-not-intriguing-enough, unrealized-potential

Other Useful Reviews: Drown Hollum's review

Additional Notes: This collection contains Generation Hope issues #1-5.

This seems a lot like what it would be if X-Men was a DC Comics publication. And in case you were wondering, that's not really a good thing.
Sep 24, 2011 Hillary rated it did not like it
Why they made the main character, Hope, such an unlikeable person is beyond me. Perhaps they were trying to make her spunky and independent and brooding. But instead she turned out whiney and babyish. Her resentment towards the "established" X-men is that she blames them for Cable's death,
and instead of realizing that they are mourning in their own way she only looks at herself: her responsibilities, her troubles, her way. Her bratty behavior is just not balanced enough with other actions. And
Jun 27, 2016 Garrett rated it liked it
This was much better than I was expecting it to be; it's from the "Utopia" era of the X-Men, which was an era I only skirted around the edges of due to complications and lack of interest. Hope's a compelling and ambiguous character, and her charges and influence make for an interesting story. It's worth noting that Zero basically IS Tetsuo from Akira with a nihilistic streak, but otherwise, this was fun reading. I leaped right into the second volume from here.
Feather Mista
El futuro es una palabra de cuatro letras: Caca. Chiste estúpido y escatológico al margen, este comic no me enganchó en ningún momento. Tiene el defecto que le encuentro a casi todo el mainstream yanqui: me quieren hacer creer que todo puede cambiar o acabarse en cualquier momento, pero parece que lo único que se les acaba son las ideas. Y eso que lo poco que leí de Gillen me había parecido bastante bueno. En fin... Mejor que AvsX sigue siendo, pero eso no es decir mucho.
Colin Moon
Nov 02, 2011 Colin Moon rated it really liked it
Out of all the comics I've been reading, the X-books have gotten me most excited in a long-term way, and the reason is little Hope Summers here; the Phoenix references in the art-work, the way the main X characters interact with her, and the joy of having a new teen team to enjoy (especially one as fucked up as this one), all make me crave further adventures.
Apr 28, 2013 Suu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Aún me queda pendiente leer el final de Dinastía M, ésta Hope Generation se ubica después de los eventos de House of M y de que la Bruja Escarlata dijera las tres palabras más dañinas de la historia de los mutantes "no more mutants" tiene todo el rollo de la Mesías y las luces y tal, la historia es rápida y por lo menos esta parte muy al estilo japonés de Akira, lo que me gustó mucho.
Shannon Appelcline
Jul 19, 2012 Shannon Appelcline rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-marvel
I wasn’t planning to read this book, but changed my mind when it effectively became a limited series. I’m glad I did. The main story is strong action-adventure that really highlights these sort of weird new mutants that have appeared [7/10]. The final story, showing how the lights interact with Utopia and how Hope and Scott “work” together really makes the volume, however [8+/10].
Nov 16, 2015 Delaney rated it liked it
Shelves: marvel-comics
i thought it would be interesting to read this bc its basically the young avengers of the x men and it was written by kieron gilled (who also wrote young avengers vol 2) but idk, x men just isn't my thing i guess. I bet if u liked mutants and were more familiar with the x men than me you would really like this
Sep 10, 2013 Angela rated it liked it
The new mutants are trying to find their place in the world. They want to help other new mutants, but everybody has an idea of how they should be doing that. Hope learns how to cooperate, Though she's still a bit too self righteous for me. This series has potential. A good read.
Oct 03, 2012 Lord rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, marvel
I may not completely like the direction Hope is seems to be taking but I can't deny Gillen is a damn good writer and he may very well be the second best in nowadays X-Men comics. After the great Peter David, of course, who is always several ranks above the rest.
Paul Allard
Feb 23, 2016 Paul Allard rated it liked it
Ordinary and not particularly original story of Hope and her Lights team as they gather the last member of the team in Tokyo. This was OK without being special, both in the writing and in the artwork.
Apr 19, 2014 Matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: x-men
Gillen does some great character work here. He makes the interactions between Hope & her "lights" and the X-Men a source of great tension, and Espin's art is lovely. Good stuff.
Sep 24, 2015 Kirsten rated it liked it
I'm not sure if I like Hope or not. Sometimes she feels like a badass and then sometimes she feels like a Mary Sue. Hmmm.
Dec 18, 2012 sixthreezy rated it really liked it
Shelves: marvel
Quick, painless, original. Cool villain, neat heroes. Easy read. Gillen is slowly earning a little respect in my book, but nothing has blown me away yet.
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