Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Pepe Larraz
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: July 24, 2019
Cover Price: $5.99
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.Marvel Comics
Let’s jump straight into the main reason why we are all here. Jonathan Hickman is a master of his art and House of X is no different than all the rest masterpieces he touched. From his acclaimed run of both the Avengers and Fantastic Four, Hickman has made a name for himself with fans following every story he touches.
House of X is no different. Together with Pepe Larraz as an artist, Hickman has created an entirely new universe for X-Men, bringing them right back on the map, making sure that this time they are there to stay.
Starting, House of X #1, with the words of Charles Xavier on a white page:
Humans of the planet Earth.
While you slept, the world changed.
Since this work is the genesis of an entirely new world for the X-men the next few pages are more fitting than anything. Professor X standing near a tree which at its roots there are pods hatching and the original X-Men crawl to him while he is uttering the old familiar words. “To me, my X-Men.”.
Right from the start, there is a sense that things we knew about the X-Men, Professor X or even the entire mutant population no longer apply. When they have been previously painted as the victims of human atrocities now they are in control. They are powerful and they are stepping up and what is most interesting – for once there is no other side. They are united under one person. One idea.
The story revolves around the creation of a nation and a new country, safe-haven for the mutants on top of the living island of Krakoa. Moreover, in order for Professor X to make sure that humans give mutants their space he has made an unnegotiable deal. The use of the Flower of Krakoa.
In order to gain leverage over the humans, Xavier purchased a pharmaceutical company to provide a variety of drugs created by the flower of Krakoa.
Human Drug L: This flower produces a drug that extends the life of a human for five years.
Human Drug I: This flower produces an adaptive universal antibiotic. A super drug for humans.
Human Drug M: This flower produces a drug that cures diseases of the mind (in humans)
It’s not an easy pass for the governments but what it’s made clear is that even if the humans passed, the Mutants wouldn’t care. This is a deal set in stone.
Hickman’s, Krakoa is objectively the best interpretation of the living island since its first appearance back in. Yet Pepe Larraz is the one that has taken this bad boy home with some of the most creative, colorful and surrealistic view of a new beginning I have ever seen. In a sense, everything and everyone seems to be making a great new start at a place that they fought far too long to get and Larraz makes sure that you can see the happiness through his vibrant art.
Having said that, not everything in this new world is happy or at least not everything is peaceful.
House of X provides a great new opportunity for new starters to jump right into the world of Mutants and Hickman makes it so much easier with the great “infographics” placed in key moments within the first issue explaining the history but also some generic information about the mutants such what an omega power mutant is and a list of them and their powers.
One of the main characters in this first issue of House of X is no one else than Magneto. Responsible for the tour and introduction of this new world to the human race he is not holding back his punches. There is no room for humans and no tolerance or forgiveness for those that will defy them. His outfit might have changed but he feels the same inside with the difference that now he lives his dream with the approval and on the side of Xavier. Magneto was no short than god-like and that was terrifying, and what was even more terrifying is the fact that he knew it ending the first issue of the series with everything you ever wanted to hear him saying.
You have new Gods now.Magneto
This is not another X-Men story and is certainly here to make a statement. House of X is here to change the way we look at the Mutants as a collective and probably will make a huge impact on the Marvel Universe. If you are looking for a new classic, Hickman’s X-Men is the series you are looking for and an easy title to go in our best Marvel comic series of 2019.