We haven’t seen Hope Summers for several issues in this series, so why not focus an entire issue on her? That’s what this issue is about, Cable’s daughter finally taking matters into her own hands and heading out to help Cable, whether he wants her help or not. This is a great character focused issue, and a nice little break from the usual craziness that Cable’s team is getting involved with.
There’s not all that much to spoil in this issue – the fun really is in how it plays out. The dialogue between Hope and the Uncanny Avengers has it all: simple character development, a quick heartwarming conversation between Hope and Rogue, and humour. Hope really is Cable’s daughter, and that’s never clearer than in Cable and X-Force 9. The art is also great here. It’s a nice, clean look with very good facial expressions and costume detail. The light effects are also great; shadows look realistic, as do glare effects.
As good as the character focus is, there are two possible complaints about this issue. First off, the use of Hope’s powers is different than it has been in the past. Hope borrows powers from a couple imprisoned mutants and uses them to her advantage, however she’s far away from them by the time she meets the Uncanny Avengers. In the past, she’s had to be near any mutant in order to borrow their powers. It’s possible that her mimicking have developed for the better since Avengers vs. X-Men, so I won’t complain about it. The other possible complaint is that Purple Girl is in prison. I don’t know much about her character, but as far as my research can tell she’s supposed to be a hero. If you know about this and why she would be in prison, please let me know.
As with Age of Ultron 9, there really isn’t all that much to say about this comic. The majority of it is one extended scene, and while it’s full of character development, not all that much happens in it. Still, if you’ve been enjoying this series so far, or you like Hope as a character, you should definitely pick this up.