Don’t Call It A Reboot: House Of X / Powers Of X Preview
One of the comics that came out this week from Marvel was a preview of Jonathan Hickman’s House Of X and Powers Of X. While it could be argued that any major shift in direction is technically a reboot, it isn’t an entire relaunch, ignoring the history, especially with what led to this point in X-Men history. Age of X-Man ended with the missing X-Men returning home to where they were presumed dead. I don’t consider that a spoiler, since that was a assumed resolution to the event. However, if you really want to go into these series fresh, consider everything from here a spoiler.
The four pages of House of X #1 are quite possibly the most optimistic that I have ever seen in an X-Men comic. Honestly, I’m racking my brain and I can’t think of anything that seemed so… happy. Wolverine is even playing and laughing with kids. We see Jean Grey walking some children in X-Men / New Mutants uniforms through a Krakoa portal to an island paradise. What seems a little odd is the presence of Banshee, who was apparently killed the last time we saw him. We also are greeted by Professor X. We know it’s Professor X because of the teased House of X image featuring a statue of Charles Xavier, reminiscent of the Lincoln Memorial. The inscription behind it strongly infers the statue is Xavier. Of course, we last saw Professor X killed and his brain removed by the Red Skull.
I suppose the opening of the preview shows “the most important scene in the history of the X-Men.” It has Xavier reading the mind of a young woman and being surprised at what he finds. I assume that this at some point in the past. There was a point in recent history where a young trainee of Cyclops’ X-Men that went back in time to stop Xavier from doing something that would lead to an Omega-level mutant killing the X-Men and a lot of other people. To my recollection, this woman does not look like her. I really suspect that it might be along those lines, but of Hickman’s own creation.
I’m really not sure what is going on in Powers of X. According to Hickman, it has to do with a secret history of mutants. None of the characters are familiar, but the Sentinel designs hint that this is sometime in the future. The interviews really don’t give much past that. The covers are such that we can’t suppose much past what I’ve already talked about.
The artists for the series, Pepe Larraz and R.B. Silva definitely show the influence of Stuart Immonen. I loved Stuart Immonen, especially his work on X-Men. I don’t know how I feel about artists showing their influences so blatantly. However, there are worse artists to resemble. It doesn’t look as if the two artists are directly copying artwork from Immonen, so I can’t find any fault with them. I tend to doubt the imaginations of the editors. There are a plethora of great artists out there, but instead of something fresh, we’re getting those that most resemble Stuart Immonen. I’ll repeat, though, that I like the artwork, especially from Pepe Larraz.
I’m intrigued by the preview. I’m intrigued enough to give it a try. I’d recommend that you at least pick up this preview and decide if you feel likewise.