"Generation Hope" (Marvel 2011-2012) By Kieron Gillen, James Asmus and Salvador Espin
There are a plethora of X-titles on Marvel's publishing schedule at any given time, so many that sometimes a great mutant title could get lost in the multiple X-Men, Wolverine and X-Force-led series. "Generation Hope" was such a title. Current "Iron Man" writer Kieron Gillen crafted a book dealing with themes of alienation, suicide and loneliness, all viewed through the lens of Marvel's adolescent mutant population. The team, led by the 'mutant messiah' Hope Summers, represented the next generation of mutants and a rekindling of Xavier's dreams. Despite its heady themes, the book was an action-packed romp combined with deft character development. A number of the characters have been shunted off into other books since "Generation Hope's" cancellation, which speaks to the appeal of Gillen's creations, but if left to survive, "Generation Hope" could have been the modern generation's "New Mutants." It's certainly true that X-titles often become redundant due to the huge number of books Marvel publishes each month, but "Generation Hope" had a voice and a purpose which, sadly, was never truly realized.