Welcome back! I am back to reviewing my weekly comics again and today we will be reviewing House of X #1 written by Jonathan Hickman and art by Pepe Larraz.
When I heard that Jonathan Hickman was going to be relaunching the X-men, I knew that it was going to be good. Marvel only ever brings Hickman on a book when they know that he has something good and when they need a story or characters to look good, usually because they are going to be in the movies. *wink wink*
But in all seriousness, this story is going to be really cool because Hickman is dealing with a lot of concepts that we’ve seen in other X-men books and kind of redefining a lot of it. For example, Krakoa, which is a mutant Island, is acting similarly to Genosha in the sense that it is a safe haven for all mutants. Hickman is also redefining what it means to be an Omega Level Mutant when he shows us Orchid’s files. Orchid is a group of people that don’t like mutants with people from S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra and everywhere basically, who monitor the mutants situation on Earth. They check to see how close mutants are from taking over the planet pretty much. And the last thing that you need to know is that Professor X has created three different drugs that cure all types of illnesses whether its in mutants or humans. Which is crazy, but let’s get into what I thought of all this.
This book is awesome. It doesn’t have that cheap feel to it like so many other modern X-men books and it actually feels like the mutants are finally stepping up. They aren’t just focused on their little corner trying to make a school for gifted youngsters. They want a nation to safeguard all mutants and that is just so perfect. It’s exactly what the X-men and the mutants needed. It feels fresh and natural. I love Jean Grey and Cyclops’ small parts in the book. I love how Magneto deals with the different spy organizations trying to get information on this new mutant utopia. I love professor Xavier trying to finally make a safe home without negotiations for once. Although I still don’t feel like Xavier is entirely a good guy here, mostly because he reminds me of the Maker, who was an evil Reed Richards, with he mask on but I digress. It feels genuine and I am actually excited to see what happens next to the X-men.
Overall, the book was great and is a must-read for any comic book fan right now.
(How good is the story? Does it stand up to others?)
(Does it tell the story? Does it work well with the character?)
(Does this story need to be told? Is it helping the Character?)
(Is the character represented well? Does the writer understand the character?)
Total: 19.5 / 20
It’s a 19.5 because I don’t know how I feel about Xavier and his actions. The next one will probably hit 20 at this rate, however.