It’s been talked about and now it’s here. Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men has started. House of X #1 hit shops and we start to get a lot of answers to questions we’ve had. We just don’t get all of them. The first issue leaves as many questions as it answers.
Oh, no matter how much I try, there are going to be spoilers.
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Pepe Larraz
Colorist: Marte Gracia
FACE THE FUTURE! Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (SECRET WARS, AVENGERS, FANTASTIC FOUR) takes the reins of the X-Men universe! Since the release of Uncanny X-Men #1, there have been four seminal moments in the history of the X-Men. Giant-Sized X-Men. X-Men. Age of Apocalypse. New X-Men. Four iconic series that introduced a new era for Marvel’s mutants and revolutionized the X-Men. In House of X, Charles Xavier reveals his master plan for mutantkind…one that will bring mutants out of the shadow of mankind and into the light once more.
Like I said, there are still a lot of questions that I have about this new direction for the X-Men. When did Charles Xavier come back from the dead? Does Krakoa being created as a haven solely for mutants mean that Magneto has won? Did Charles Xavier give up on humans and mutants co-existing in peace? What exactly is it that the X-Men are going to be doing, anyway?
Personally, I like the idea that Professor X has given up on the idea of living in peace with humanity. We’ve just come off of the umpteenth time that the government has essentially declared war on mutantkind. Heck, we even see subtle gestures made showing distrust of mutants in the ambassadors Magneto gives a tour. Unknown to the mutants, humanity has co-opted the Master Mold that constructs Sentinels.
As far as Krakoa, I really, really like the use of the island that walks like a man. The creation of beneficial drugs out of Krakoa’s flora is an idea that I like, and it also shows that there is not necessarily animosity with humans. However, there’s a covert team that gets caught stealing schematics for Stark and Richards technology.
I stand by what I said about the art with the preview. However, I have to say that the “Director’s Cut” gives a view of the excellent work done by Pepe Larraz and Marte Gracia. Larraz’s artwork is amazing and Gracia’s colors truly add so much to the art, adding emotion to faces. especially noticeable with Jean Grey. Overall, I’m a little frustrated by what appears to be slower storytelling by Hickman, but the end product is something worth keeping an eye on.
Final Rating: 8.0 (out of 10)
(source: House Of X / Powers Of X Preview)