I continue to really enjoy this title. Unlike Young Avengers, it is most definitely not written to please it’s target audience, and it’s all the better for it. Hopeless is constantly surprising me with this title, and you never know what to expect. This issue catches us up with all of our heroes who aren’t dead yet, and there’s plenty of great moments and surprises. I’m glad to see that Juston is still alive, but sadly his Sentinel isn’t quite the same and he himself seems to have gone a bit crazy.
The stuff with the Braddock Academy is also very good, everyone’s shocked in the aftermath of Anachronism decapitating Kid Briton, and we get some cool revelations. There’s our biggest hint yet that Bloodstone is gay and in love with Anachronism, which was expected, but cool to see. But the biggest surprise is that Apex, aka Katy, is not actually called Katy, but is a dude named Tim! WTF? That is bonkers.
I think it’s a real testament to Hopeless that in the space of only 8 issues, I’m as invested in all of these all-new heroes as I am in the ones I already know like the Runaways and Avengers Academy kids. Speaking of those guys, Chase finally reveals that he is now Darkhawk and starts to fight Sentinel, which is going to be awesome. This is one of the few books out there that is genuinely surprising each month, and it’s due to the precise reason so many people online seem to hate it. It’s because it’s using lesser-known characters that people don’t care that much about and is free to fuck with them as much as possible. The wanton slaughter is a good thing, not a bad one, most of these characters are more relevant in imminent death than they ever were before.