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Dennis "Hopeless" Hallum[1] is an American comics writer from Kansas City, Missouri who has written for Marvel Comics, Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Boom! Studios, Arcana Studio, and Oni Press.[2]

Dennis Hallum
Dennis Hopeless C2E2 2012.jpg
BornKansas City, Missouri, United States
Pen nameDennis Hopeless
OccupationComic Book Writer
Notable worksLoveSTRUCK
X-Men: Season One
Avengers Arena
Spider-Woman Vols. 5 & 6
Cable and X-Force

Hallum has written multiple series starring teenage superheroes and has said that he "tend[s] to write about the challenge of growing up."[3] He's been praised by critics for including a female point-of-view in his comics.[4] After finding success with two creator-owned comics, Hallum began writing for Marvel in 2011. In 2015, Hallum wrote two limited series as part of Marvel's Secret Wars event. The following year, Hallum began scripting Marvel's relaunched ongoing series All-New X-Men. That same year, he resumed his writing duties on Marvel's Spider-Woman comic, the sixth volume of the character's ongoing series. The series earned Hallum some of the best reviews of his career, as he and his creative team received praise from feminist critics for showing the realities of motherhood.[5] In 2017, Marvel published an ongoing Jean Grey series, the character's first, with Hallum and artist Victor Ibanez at the helm.[6]



Dennis Hallum worked in a comic store in the mid-2000s while trying to break into the comics industry.[7] In 2007, using the pen name " Dennis Hopeless", he created GearHead (with penciller Kevin Mellon), a four-issue comic about a female auto mechanic searching for her lost brother. The series was published by Arcana Studio.[8] His next notable work didn't hit shelves until 2011 when Hallum reunited with artist Kevin Mellon to create LoveSTRUCK, a supernatural graphic novel inspired in part by Frank Herbert's Dune and Garth Ennis's Preacher that was published by Image Comics.[9][10] That same year, Hallum began working with Marvel Comics, writing the second volume of Legion of Monsters (with penciler Juan Doe). The series starred the titular Legion and monster-hunter Elsa Bloodstone.[11]

While Legion of Monsters was still being published, Marvel hired Hallum (along with pencillers Jamie McKelvie and Mike Norton) to create a graphic novel called X-Men: Season One as part of a series of four graphic novels focusing on the origins of some of the company's biggest characters.[12] While some publications were hesitant to embrace the Season One concept, Hallum's novel garnered generally positive reviews,[13][14] with Comic Book Resources calling it, "easy to understand, fun to read and still pretty wide in scope."[15]

Hallum's next work for Marvel was 2013's Avengers Arena, an 18-issue comic series in which the villain Arcade kidnaps 16 teenage superheroes and forces them to fight each other to the death.[16] The series starred characters from Avengers Academy, the Runaways and Hallum's newly created Braddock Academy and featured covers referencing Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games series, the game show Survivor, and the Japanese film Battle Royale. The comic won Hallum the 2013 Harvey Award for Most Promising New Talent. That same year, Hallum wrote Cable and X-Force (with artist Salvador Larroca), a 19-issue series that ran concurrently and eventually crossed over with Sam Humphries and Ron Garney's Uncanny X-Force Vol. 2.[17] Also in 2013, Hallum co-wrote a 4-issue series called The Answer! with Eisner Award winning creator Mike Nolan for Dark Horse Comics.[18] In 2014, Hallum and artist Kevin Walker authored Avengers Undercover, a direct follow-up series to Avengers Arena with many of the same characters.[19]

Hallum's next project was the limited series All-New Captain America: Fear Him (with co-writer Rick Remender). Part of Marvel's Infinite Comics series, it starred Sam Wilson in his new role as Captain America.[20] The following year, Hallum began working on the fifth volume of Marvel's Spider-Woman comic with penciler Greg Land and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (with artist Tigh Walker), an all-ages western adventure comic based on the Disney theme park attraction.[21][22] That summer, Marvel began their Secret Wars crossover event and Hallum wrote two books in the storyline, Inferno (with Javier Garron) and House of M (with Mark Failla), both based on previous Marvel events.[23][24]

Upon the conclusion of the Secret Wars event, Marvel relaunched their Spider-Woman comic in January 2016 with Hallum now joined by artist Javier Rodríguez who had worked with Hallum on the previous volume after Land's departure.[25] The relaunched series centered on Spider-Woman, Jessica Drew's newly announced pregnancy and impending motherhood. Critics praised the relatable, fun storytelling of the comic with IGN calling it, "laid back at times and outlandish at others" while scoring it an 8.6 out of 10.[26] The following month, Hallum served as writer for another relaunched series, the second volume of All-New X-Men, a comic starring the time-displaced original X-Men now traveling the country with three young Jean Grey School students.[27]

In late 2016, Hallum wrote the main story in a one-shot licensed comic called "WWE: Then, Now, Forever", which was published by Boom! Studios with Dan Mora providing the art.[28] The comic became an ongoing series simply called WWE the following year with Hallum continuing to write the main story and Daniel Acuña replacing Mora on pencils.[29]

Both the All-New X-Men and Spider-Woman ongoing series came to an end in May 2017 with both series receiving fairly positive reviews throughout their run.[30] The final issue of Spider-Woman, in particular, garnered a great deal of positive sentiment, with The A.V. Club's Oliver Sava calling the series "one of Marvel’s most consistently entertaining, fun-loving titles" in his review of the issue.[31][32] Continuing his work at Marvel, Hallum was tapped to take over writing duties for the Doctor Strange ongoing beginning with issue #21 as well as scripting a new Jean Grey series, the character's first ongoing solo book and part of Marvel's ResurrXion revamp.[33][34] Hallum's first Dr. Strange issue and the first issue of the Jean Grey series will both have a cover date of July, 2017. After the end of Jean Grey in early 2018,[35] Hallum continued writing for Marvel, including a digital Cloak and Dagger comic miniseries to coincide with the premier of the Freeform television series adaptation of the characters.[36]

In January of 2019, after having used the "Dennis Hopeless" pen name for many years, Hallum announced in a Twitter thread that he would begin using his given surname, Hallum, in his published works.[1] To avoid audience confusion, however, he is credited as Dennis "Hopeless" Hallum.[37][38]

In April 2019, Hallum wrote an issue of Darth Vader: Dark Visions that portrayed Darth Vader from the perspective of an unnamed female nurse obsessed with him. Her portrayal evoked strong criticism from fans. io9 commented that "Dark Visions’ view of the nurse's desires takes established feminine power fantasies and treats them as delusional jokes, right up until the moment it leaves its female protagonist a crumbled heap on the floor."[39]


Hallum is a Kansas State University alumnus. He lives in Kansas City, MO with his two sons.[40]



Arcana StudioEdit

  • GearHead (limited series) (April 2007 — May 2008) (with Kevin Mellon, Ed Herrera, Alexey Strakhov and Jessie Hopeless)
    • GearHead (tpb, 120 pages, 2008, ISBN 978-0976309598) collects: GearHead 1-4

Image ComicsEdit

Dark Horse ComicsEdit

  • The Answer! (limited series) (January 2013 — April 2013) (co-written with Mike Norton)
    • The Answer! Volume 1 (tpb, 120 pages, 2013, ISBN 978-1616551971) collects: The Answer! 1-4

Marvel ComicsEdit

  • Legion of Monsters vol. 2 #1-4 (with Juan Doe and Will Quintana, December 2011 — March 2012)
    • Legion of Monsters (tpb, 96 pages, April 2012, ISBN 978-0785140573) collects: Legion of Monsters 1-4
  • X-Men: Season One (graphic novel) (with Jamie McKelvie, Mike Norton, Matt Wilson and Clayton Cowles, May 2012, ISBN 978-0785156451)
  • Marvel NOW! Point One #1 story "Forge in: Crazy Enough" (with Gabriel Hernandez Walta, David Curiel and Joe Sabino, December 2012)
  • Avengers Arena #1-18 (with Kev Walker, Alessandro Vitti, Riccardo Burchielli, Frank Martin Jr. and Jean-Francois Beaulieu, February 2013 — N2014), Collected in:
    • Volume 1: Kill or Die (tpb, 144 pages, May 2013, ISBN 978-0785166573), collects: Avengers Arena 1-6
    • Volume 2: Game On (tpb, 144 pages, September 2013, ISBN 978-0785166580), collects: Avengers Arena 7-12
    • Volume 3: Boss Level (tpb, 136 pages, February 2014, ISBN 978-0785189282), collects: Avengers Arena 13-18
  • Cable and X-Force #1-19 (with Salvador Larroca, Gerardo Sandoval, Cullen Bunn, Frank G. D'Armata, Angel Unzueta and Rachelle Rosenberg, February 2013 — March 2014), Collected in:
    • Volume 1: Wanted (tpb, 136 pages, May 2013, ISBN 978-0785166900), collects: Cable and X-Force 1-5
    • Volume 2: Dead or Alive (tpb, 96 pages, November 2013, ISBN 978-0785166917), collects: Cable and X-Force 6-9
    • Volume 3: This Won't End Well (tpb, 112 pages, February 2014, ISBN 978-0785188827), collects: Cable and X-Force 10-14
    • Volume 4: This Won't End Well (tpb, 152 pages, April 2014, ISBN 978-0785189466), collects: Cable and X-Force 15-19, Uncanny X-Force 16-17
  • Avengers Undercover #1-10 (with Kev Walker, Timothy Green II, Tigh Walker and Jean-Francois Beaulieu, May 2014 — November 2014), Collected in:
    • Volume 1: Descent (tpb, 112 pages, September 2014, ISBN 978-0785189404), collects: Avengers Undercover 1-5
    • Volume 2: Going Native (tpb, 112 pages, November 2013, ISBN 978-0785189411), collects: Avengers Undercover 6-10
  • All-New Captain America: Fear Him Infinite Comic #1-6 (with Rick Remender, Mast and Geoffo, October 2014 — November 2014), Collected in:
  • Spider-Woman Vol. 5 #1-9 (with Greg Land, Javier Rodriguez, W. Scott Forbes, Jay Leisten, Natacha Bustos and Muntsa Vicente, May 2014 — November 2014), Collected in:
    • Volume 1: Spider-Verse (tpb, 112 pages, June 2015, ISBN 978-0785154587), collects: Spider-Woman Vol. 5 1-4
    • Volume 2: New Duds (tpb, 136 pages, February 2016, ISBN 978-0785154594), collects: Spider-Woman Vol. 5 5-10
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad #1-5 (with Tigh Walker, Felix Ruiz, Guillermo Mogorron, and Jean-Francois Beaulieu, May 2015 — October 205), Collected in:
    • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (hc, 128 pages, October 2015, ISBN 978-0785197010), collects: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad 1-5
  • Inferno #1-5 (with Javier Garron, Chris Sotomayor and Joe Sabino, July 2015 — November 2015), Collected in:
    • Inferno: Warzones (tpb, 112 pages, December 2015, ISBN 978-0785198734), collects: Inferno 1-5
  • House of M #1-4 (with Javier Garron, Chris Sotomayor and Joe Sabino, October 2015 — December 2015), Collected in:
    • House of M: Warzones (tpb, 120 pages, February 2016, ISBN 978-0785198727), collects: House of M 1-4, House of M (2005) 1
  • Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #1 story "What to Expect" (with Javier Rodriguez and Álvaro López, December 2015), Collected in:
    • Vol. 1: Worldwide (tpb, 144 pages, April 2016, ISBN 978-0785199427), collects: Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 1-5
  • Spider-Woman Vol. 6 #1-17 (with Javier Rodriguez, Veronica Fish, Joëlle Jones, Álvaro López and Rachelle Rosenberg, January 2016 — March 2017), Collected in:
    • Shifting Gears Volume 1: Baby Talk (tpb, 120 pages, June 2016, ISBN 978-0785196228), collects: Spider-Woman Vol. 6 1-5
    • Spider-Women (tpb, 136 pages, July 2016, ISBN 978-1302900939), collects: Spider-Woman Vol. 6 6-7, Silk 7-8, Spider-Gwen 7-8
    • Shifting Gears Volume 2: Civil War II (tpb, 112 pages, December 2016, ISBN 978-0785196235), collects: Spider-Woman Vol.6 8-12
    • Shifting Gears Vol. 3: Scare Tactics (tpb, 112 pages, June 2017, ISBN 978-1302903305), collects: Spider-Woman Vol.6 13-17
  • All-New X-Men Vol. 2 #1-19 (with Mark Bagley, Paco Diaz, Nolan Woodard, Andrew Hennessy and Rachelle Rosenberg, February 2016 — March 2017), Collected in:
    • Inevitable Vol. 1: Ghost of the Cyclops (tpb, 136 pages, May 2016, ISBN 978-0785196303), collects: All-New X-Men 1-6
    • Inevitable Vol. 2: Apocalypse Wars (tpb, 136 pages, October 2016, ISBN 978-0785196310), collects: All-New X-Men 7-12
    • Inevitable Vol. 3: Hell Hath So Much Fury (tpb, 112 pages, January 2016, ISBN 978-1302902919), collects: All-New X-Men 13-16
    • Inevitable Vol. 4: IvX (tpb, 112 pages, September 2017, ISBN 978-1302903305), collects: All-New X-Men 17-19, Annual 1


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