There’s absolutely no way to review this comic without spoiling it. Before I read it, I had it spoiled for me. I really recommend that you read this issue before proceeding with what I think about it. It’s actually pretty fortunate that my day job and other pressing matters prevented me from finishing this until a week after it hit shops.
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Pepe Larraz
Colorist: Marte Garcia
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Learn the truth about one of the X-Men’s closest allies…and then begin the fight for the future of mutantkind! Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (AVENGERS, SECRET WARS, FANTASTIC FOUR) continues reshaping the X-Men’s world with Marvel Young Gun artist Pepe Larraz (EXTERMINATION, AVENGERS)!
So let’s spoil this thing right out of the gate. Moira MacTaggart is a mutant. Her power is to go back into the womb when she dies and live her life over with full knowledge of what she experienced in her past lives. She also doesn’t register as a mutant. Off hand, I don’t know of any details that would contradict this revelation. I’m certain that some exist. Some might cite that she already died once in the current continuity. In her third lifetime, Destiny reveals that she will only live ten lifetimes, possibly eleven. It handles the apparent contradiction.
Of course, this provides some of the architecture for the new direction of the X-Men. Moira has seen Xavier’s dream go off the rails. She’s seen that the Sentinels rise no matter what is done to stop them. Personally, I really like this little twist. It does make the world of the X-Men a little more structured. It also provides a purpose for Magneto and Xavier to currently be closer aligned, with Xavier constantly reaching out to Magneto with an olive branch. It now makes sense for Xavier to be very closely aligned with a human scientist. It also makes sense for that scientist to be so involved with mutants before they become an exploding population.
Her previous death is revealed in her timeline to have been a hoax, but I’m not certain what the purpose of that would be. I’m also uncertain of where her son Proteus comes in, and why her previous children in the other lifetimes were not apparently mutants. I’m certain that if anyone were to comb through all of her previous appearances, there could be a flaw in the premise. Of course, that’s the problem with modern super-hero comics. If there’s a twist, it comes from nowhere unless you can foreshadow it. In good writing, the foreshadowing of something major comes from the very beginning. With decades of history, and a plethora of writers, something is bound to contradict something else.
I like this “twist,” but I’m reserved in what this new direction will bring. I’m also curious as to what this will mean for the rest of the Marvel Universe. If something is this big, it should resonate throughout the world. I’m waiting to see what the rest on House of X and Powers of X will have to deliver before I declare it a success or a failure.
Final rating: 8 (out of 10)