Hopeless does a solid job of getting us where we need to be quickly and organically. (In other words, we're not subjected to Bennettesque expository sequences to understand the status quo.) The master of his domain (literally), Magneto chafes under peace, but he's going to get his secret wish for some action given that Quicksilver is colluding with Namor to overthrow him. Luke Cage leads the Human Resistance Movement, but Magneto's Red Guard launches a surprise attack that decimates it; Black Cat, Hawkeye, and Misty Knight are the only ones to escape, thanks to the intervention of Death Locket. Wanda is reduced to playing the role of suburban housewife, cleaning up messes that Speed and Wiccan leave in their wake. I can't say that it's all that exciting, but it does have potential, particularly if Hopeless explores the hypocrisy of Magneto persecuting humans to nearly the point of extinction.
** (two of five stars)