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• The Mutiny Continues, As The Lights Rebel Against Their Leader!

• Kenji Vs. Hope For The Final Fate Of The Lights!

Story by James Asmus
Art by Takeshi Miyazawa
Colors by Jim Charalampidis
Letters by Dave Sharpe
Cover by Salvador Espin & Jim Charalampidis

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  1. Is this the last issue?
    i hope so, this book has taken a royal dump since gillen left.

    • it is

    • I love Gillen but I think it’s gotten better since he left. His run was a bunch of generic fight scenes with new Lights and then that one super heavy handed gay rights issue. I prefer the internal intrigue with the Lights rebelling and the Sebastian Shaw stuff.

    • I’ve only read a couple of GIllen’s issues, but I jumped on this book post-Schism with the intention of sticking around for Asmus’ first arc.

      While I’ve generally enjoyed the book, and I’m happy I’ll get a complete story, I can totally see why this book has been cancelled.

      In a five issue arc, we’ve something like 3 or 4 different interior artists, and the only one I think I remember is Ibrahim Robinson. I feel like all the art teams were competent, but I know that an inconsistent art team can make it difficult to keep some readers. And beyond that, even though this book has a pretty tight focus, I feel like it’s also pretty steeped in the rest of the X-universe — in other words, and X-book for X-fans.

      But I need to re-read this arc, so maybe I’m off base here.

  2. I’ll stick to my guns here. I mean common, there is NO WAY you can tell me that with all of Cable’s training that hope has, you’re trying to tell me that she can’t recognize Sebastian Shaw on sight? pffft! I liked gillens stuff way better. The suicide issue was stellar.

    • I don’t disagree, but did Cable ever encounter Shaw or the Hellfire Club?

      While I’d like to think Hope would have spent some downtime on Utopia studying mutant history, even really smart and capable teenagers can surprise you with the bits of knowledge they just aren’t aware of.

      And since she is a teenager, it’s possible she DOES know who Shaw is, and is just pretending to be ignorant for some reason.

      In any case, while it’s a point that bugged me too, it didn’t entirely derail the book for me.

  3. I just re-read the first four issues of this arc. Here are the facts:

    -3 different artists over 4 issues – Ibraim Roberson did a nice job on the first two. Timothy Green had two inkers on his issue, some pages looked great and reminded me of early Olivier Coipel, other pages looked a bit rushed. Takeshi Miyazawa did the last issue and (according to the solicit) the new one out tomorrow and his works looks good to me too. So while the multiple artist thing is less than ideal, it was handled pretty well.

    -As for Hope’s knowledge of Shaw, in issue 13 Hope says she’s been studying the dossiers on all known mutants (of which there’s only supposed to be a couple hundred, right?), but then later claims to not know of Shaw. Maybe she hadn’t reached the “S” files yet? So while I still think it’s a minor thing that could be explained in any number of ways, it still strikes me as a bit of a plot hole.

    That said, there’s a lot I liked here. Several fun character beats (Gabriel’s concern about his powers aging him, Teon and the Cuckoos, the acknowledgement of a Cyclops Death Pool, among others). And the development of Martha Johannson is especially intriguing, since we don’t know exactly what Kenji’s up to yet. Also, the way people are getting uncomfortable with Hope and what she’s capable of makes me think AVX might not be as cut and dried as Avengers Versus X-Men.

    In short, I’m reading enough other X-books to not feel sad about this one ending, but I think this book was doing a better job than people often gave it credit for.

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