House of X #6 – Review
The final issue of House of X has come out and Jonathan Hickman’s restructuring of the mutant corner of the Marvel Universe is done. Not really, because Powers of X #6 has yet to come out, and there has always been a little present day development in there. Nevertheless, we finally see all the pieces in place for how mutants are acting in the present day when it comes to the rest of the world.
Oh yeah, there will be spoilers here.
House of X #6
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Pepe Larraz
Colorists: Marte Gracia and David Curiel
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover Art: Pepe Larraz and Marte Gracia
Variant Covers: Mike Huddleston, Skottie Young, John Tyler Christopher, Javier Garrón and Rachelle Rosenberg, Sara Pichelli and Dean White, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Iban Coello and Nolan Woodard
THE INEVITABLE FUTURE.
The revolutionary tale of Mutantkind’s rise comes to a conclusion that will lay the groundwork of the X-Men’s stories for years to come! Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (AVENGERS, FANTASTIC FOUR, SECRET WARS) and Marvel Young Gun artist Pepe Larraz (EXTERMINATION, AVENGERS) wrap the series that changes everything!
There’s something to be said for finding a way to restructure everything and yet acknowledge the past. Jonathan Hickman managed to create an issue of what consists almost entirely of the Mutant Congress writing the first draft of its constitution and make it a compelling comic book. A lot of the credit for that goes to Pepe Larraz. I really like a peek at how the Marvel universe at large responded to the announcement from Professor X about the establishment of a united mutant nation. We saw a little of that before with the Fantastic Four.
The way that interaction ended and the reactions shown here lead us to ponder if mutants associated with other teams like Franklin Richards, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, or villains like Mandrill seek to join Krakoa. From the acceptance of Apocalypse, Mister Sinister and Exodus, Krakoa welcomes mutants until they prove themselves unworthy of sanctuary.
That leads us to one of the big developments in this issue, the trial of Sabretooth, who callously killed several guards on an early mission. Of course, killing a mutant doesn’t mean much when mutants are essentially immortal. Of course, killing humans presents a problem. This solution is a unique one that I haven’t seen before in science fiction. Of course, I am not the world’s foremost authority on the genre.
The council is interesting, especially in the empty chair for the “Red King.” Who will fill this chair? It’s a mystery that we’re sure to see unfold. It’s also nice to see it reflected in Xavier’s words to this council that what they’ve created isn’t perfect, but a start. Of course, that brings me to my favorite part of this issue. Heck, it’s my favorite part of the whole series.
At the end, we have an official celebration of the formation of this mutant nation. As part of this, we see the mutants, especially the X-Men setting aside their differences from the past. It all starts with Wolverine sharing beer with Cyclops and Marvel Girl and offering one to Lady Deathstrike. Marvel Girl then shares one with Emma Frost.
This, of course, is foreshadowed at the beginning with Magneto and Charles. At the very beginning of their endeavor that all of their past differences are over. All the animosity ends with the formation of this mutant nation. The smile from Xavier before he dons his Cerebro helmet is so refreshing to see. For too long, mutants have always been seen grim, worried and angry. Seeing so many characters smiling here is refreshing. Heck, I even loved the panel of Exodus telling the mutant children a story.
Of course, there are problems on the horizon. Apocalypse isn’t taking part in the celebration. Of course he has never been much for camaraderie. It’s also possible that when he sees mutants taking control of their destiny, he’s not the one shaping it, as he’s watching Magneto and Xavier. He is their equal on the council, but does he really feel like it?Emma Frost also takes a moment to look behind Jean’s back Cyclops, making us wonder if this little love triangle is truly over.
Overall, I enjoy this new direction, but I want to see a little more of the bit players. I want to see mutants that haven’t worked together in the past work together, much in the way Siren uses her powers to boost Dazzler’s light show. Let’s see where the future take us in the next few years.
Final rating: 9.5 (0ut of 10)