K Lynn Smith, Hope #1, Hope Volume 1, Source Point Press

With its highly anticipated release on Free Comic Book 2019, HOPE #1 (Source Point Press) radiates every single page with its with tenacious female superhero! In the first installment, Hope explores the relationships that can be destroyed after becoming a superhero.

Unbeknownst to her husband and daughter, Julie Lavelle secretly moonlights as a beloved costumed “Ultra” known to the public as Hope. However, when a family outing takes an unexpected turn, she quickly learns how everything can change in an instant.

Here are 5 reasons we’re excited for HOPE #1:

5) An Uncompromising Look!

As we previously mentioned, HOPE takes an unflinching and uncompromising look at parenting, the law, the media, and even womanhood. Artist K. Lynn Smith explained, “It’s about a superhero who finds herself in a situation she can’t punch her way out. It blurs the line between good and evil, and tests the limits of what one could do, and what one should do when things go to hell.”      

4) The Writing!

Writer Dirk Manning really surprises readers with the engaging opening pages. In a very clever storytelling technique, Manning explores Julie Lavelle’s normal lifestyle outside of her costume. Smith’s lettering echoes a family drama about a husband and wife arguing over power within their marriage. 

3) The Artwork!

Hope #1

Artist K. Lynn Smith beautifully captures an emotionally flawed suburban wife juggling motherhood and her secrets. As the outside world appears to have their opinions on Ultras, Julie just cares about what her daughter thinks of her. Smith delivers a shocking scene that captures suspenseful intensity and its devastating aftermath. 

2) The Colors!

The first page really captures the vibrant tones of Hope’s superhero costume.The blue and pink tones outline the jacket that Hope wears. I love how Hope’s long hair flows with white strands. The black domino mask reminds me of Black Canary’s on Arrow

1) A Great Read! 

A fresh take on the superhero genre, Hope #1 delivers a gripping family drama of raw emotion. The first issue has done a fantastic job examining how responsibility coincides with extraordinary gifts.



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Get Hope #1 on Saturday, May 4th 2019 aka Free Comic Book Day!

By Jorge Solis