Sebastian Shaw had been a prisoner of the X-Men, under the guardianship of Danger, until Emma Frost took it upon herself to kidnap and kill him. Her planned execution didn’t go as well as she expected, allowing Shaw to slip away from her. Now, stripped of his position within the Hellfire Club, Shaw gathers a team of his own, seeking to regain the power he once had.
From creators James Asmus (Namor: The First Mutant Annual, X-Men: Manifest Destiny) and Ibraim Roberson (JLA: Cry For Justice, New Mutants) Generation Hope #13 shows readers the first reactions to the recent Schism storyline.
Schism leaves the X-Men torn apart into separate teams. With their allegiances divided, Sebastian Shaw uses the opportunity to build a team of his own. Marvel’s recent shadowy teaser shows Shaw proudly surrounded by what is assumed to be members of his new team. Is he trying to rebuild his Hellfire Club, a team that, as shown in the pages of Schism, no longer allows mutants among his ranks? Or is Shaw looking to pick up the pieces of mislaid X-Men, taking the stragglers under his wing to help fulfill his own devious plans?
Given the two recent teasers from Marvel, it’s interesting that they’ve added a third. We’ve been hearing about how Schism tears the X-Men into two teams, but the addition of Shaw makes it seem like there’s a third team. Maybe we are revisiting Colossus’s defection, the storyline from the mid-’90s that saw the popular hero fall out of graces with Xavier’s dream and join Magneto and his Acolytes. Given all the drama in the X-Men’s lives, it’s likely that at least a few of them will change their minds about Utopia and Cyclops’ leadership. And it would remain in Shaw’s character to swoop in and convince them to join him.
So far, Schism is looking like a great story. And if Regenesis works out the way I think it will, it will be an excellent denouement. I can’t wait to see what Marvel has in store.
Generation Hope #13 is on sale November, 2011.