Powers Of X #6 – Review

NOW we now have the blueprint for Jonathan Hickman’s new direction for the X-Men. Nothing terribly new is revealed about the present plans for the X-Men, but we do have a clear explanation for the why of it all.

Oh, I will be spoiling the story for people.

Source: Marvel Comics

Powers of X #6

Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artists: R. B. Silva and Pepe Larraz
Colorists: Marte Gracia and David Curiel
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover Artists: R. B. Silva and Marte Gracia
Variant Covers: Mike Huddleston, Skottie Young, John Tyler Christopher, Javier GarrĂ³n and Rachelle Rosenberg, Cafu and Jesus Aburtov, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Dustin Weaver
Rated T+

Solicitation:
THE INEVITABLE TRUTH.
The revelatory tale of Mutantkind’s fall comes to a conclusion that will lay the groundwork of the X-Men’s stories for years to come! Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (NEW AVENGERS, FF, INFINITY) and rising star artist RB Silva (UNCANNY X-MEN) wrap the series that reveals everything!

Review:

Of course, in reviewing the comic we have to review the plan Hickman has laid out for his X-Men relaunch. Moira has seen her plan fail time and time again. We see how her sixth life ended. It even seemed to be the most like this one, but with Krakoa essentially becoming a zoo for mutants. Moira and Logan cannot abide this and set forth to change it the only way they can on the eve of the Phalanx incorporating humanity into its hive mind. Logan kills Moira, starting her life cycle anew.

I like this revelation that this is the ending of Moira’s sixth lifetime, previously unknown. It adds some sense that this lifetime was in some way similar to the tenth and current lifetime. It also helps that Moira is insisting that precognitive mutant Destiny is not resurrected. The goes back to her third life when Destiny threatened her in every future timeline. Destiny sees all possibilities of the future, but mutants are destined to lose in every version of the future she has lived through. I’m looking forward to this subplot.

Charles Xavier’s dream has never changed, but this time, she has changed his mind. As Moira’s journal notes that Charles has to be worn down. Now that has happened. The journal is an interesting addition to the story. It tries to explain how this long-reaching plan of Moira’s fits into the history of the X-Men. It’s not perfect, and I’m certain that some reviewers will pick it apart. There’s been too many different writers with too many directions to make it work out all across the various “all-new” directions.

Art by R. B. Silva and Marte Gracia

One aspect mentioned and acknowledged by Xavier and Magneto is the presence of problems within the mutant community. Mystique insists that Destiny be revived. Emma Frost is definitely plotting to her own ends. Of course that was hinted at with her glance over at Cyclops in House of X #6. Apocalypse may be a problem, as he was the last to come around to Moira’s plan, and learning that mutants may be destined to lose could prompt action. Mr. Sinister and Exodus are acknowledged as potential problems. However, I really enjoyed seeing Exodus interacting with children. I believe that he may be a surprise for Xavier and Magneto.

Art by R. B. Silva and Marte Gracia

The art is very well done. The two artists have complemented each other throughout the two series. The art conveys the mood very well. I would have preferred a little less localized color in places. The shading is excellent and I really enjoyed it. It does have a tendency to make itself known and stand out. It does add to the mood, which I think might have been its purpose. Marte Garcia, I’m assuming,  colors the park scenes in this issue exquisitely. I fell in love with the scene that comes out of Xavier seeing the future that has been chronicled in the thousand years hence.

Is the issue good? Yes. It serves the purpose of a final issue of a limited series. It also serves the purpose of launching a new direction for a family of comics. Hickman and crew higlight some possibilities. It finally reveals the mystery of the place in Krakoa that the mutant island cannot see into. It’s where Moira lives. I wonder if anyone other than Xavier and Magneto know of Moira’s presence. I’m actually looking forward to some X-Men comics.

Final Rating: 9.0 (out of 10)