Dennis Hopeless: Not so hopeless!

Dennis Hopeless: Not so hopeless!

Why IGN is wrong (maybe), and why Avengers Arena/Cable & XForce are worth your time.

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By xcrementus - 12/20/2012
Every week, I always check out comic reviews on IGN.
Usually the most kickass comics of the week get great grades. Same for the stinkers.
And sometimes...I think they just get it wrong.

IGN has pooped on the first issues of both Avengers Arena and Cable & XForce. I was excited to check them out, I love Kev Walker's art, and I grew to love Larrocca on Invincible Iron Man.
I was also interested in Dennis Hopeless...a mostly unknown, getting a big break, with interesting concepts to play with.
I loved....LOVED....Avengers Arena #1. And IGN said "meh".
I also loved Cable & XForce #1. IGN didn't really at all.

Opinions are subjective, I know that, we all know that. But IGN's reviews tend to have a lot of influence, and because of the mixed/negative reviews, maybe people won't give the title (and Hopeless) a chance.

So here's what I like about them.

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AVENGERS ARENA
-Teen characters that kick ass, but aren't famous enough for there own books. Couple of Runaways, Avengers Academy kids, Darkhawk, X23, etc etc.

-Also, the new characters created for the book, from the Braddock Academy, were introduced properly in issue #2. And they have character, in spades. Between Kid Briton, and a new Bloodstone kid, you can tell we're gonna end up with some keepers from this series after all is said and done.

-also , Death Locket!! a young teen with Deathlok technology, the daughter of Ryker. So sweet and innocent, and unintentionally deadly!!

-I love the high stakes. These kids have been groomed to play with the big boys. Well, now they're knee deep in it. I look forward to the pretenders being weeded out. And the inevitable tough choices to be made down the track.

-Hopeless made his case for me in that first issue. He set up the rules of the game. And he showed that he (and Arcade) are not playing around. Issue #2 showed me that there's a lot of reasons to stay, namely these new characters who I already wanna see more of.

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CABLE & XFORCE
-characterisation. Spot on. The dynamic between Hope and Cable is touching. Domino is her charming self, Forge is a crazy paranoid, and Dr Nemesis shoots off one-liner after one-liner.

-I agree with IGN that maybe Hopeless should put more cards on the table...but the writing has been solid enough to make me want more of this team, the great writing really comes out when they're stuck in a lab together, arguing and yelling.

-Cable sees the future. And he knows its his job to shoot the future in the face. As of issue #2, the team is all done being recruited. Issue #3 looks ready to throw gasoline on the fire.



I've read a lot of books. And these books are nowhere near as bad as IGN makes them out to be. If you're undecided on the fence, just pick up a copy and check it out for yourselves, I feel they both deserve more attention than they've been getting.

Thanks for reading!
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marvel72 - 12/20/2012, 7:53 AM
avengers arena is a lot better then i expected & cable & x-force is a pretty good read as well.
comicstocode - 12/20/2012, 8:06 AM
I like everything
Bandido - 12/20/2012, 8:21 AM
Idk when I see these two books I think "I can most likely get something better and far more interesting" idk that's my opinion but if u like these books then go ahead and read man! Everyone has their taste
toco89 - 12/20/2012, 1:12 PM
@bandido

So did you read them or not? Cuz the whole don't judge a book by its cover comes to mind when reading your comment.
Bandido - 12/20/2012, 3:59 PM
@toco89: yeah i went thru it pretty fast last week when i was at my lcs, the owner told me it was cool but in the end i just wanted to get out and read batman 15 :p idk it might also be that i have no interest in the team like i do with avengers and all new xmen...i think if i do get one of these it will PROBABLY be AA but not right now, xmas shopping is killing me :( haha
Gunslinger - 12/20/2012, 4:23 PM
Avengers Academy was very good, interesting premise, I was hooked even though I'm not familiar with the majority of the character. X-Force was... Underwhelming. I love Cable (Cable and Deadpool was one of my favourite series ever) but there wasn't anything in it that blew my mind or that made it stand out that much. Still, early days, could get better and I hope it does.

As for what I think are the best comics out there right now, I encourage everyone to check out Hawkeye, Thor, All New X-Men, Saga and Animal Man

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