Here’s my review for House of X/Powers of X Hardcover by Jonathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz, R.B. Silva, Adriano Di Benedetto, Marte Gracia, and David Curiel! Forget everything you know about the X-Men because this story changes everything!
The Book Itself
House of X/Powers of X Hardcover edition is a jaw-droppingly beautiful book. This is a slick and sexy oversized hardcover comic with a dust jacket. The spine and cover design look great. Taking off the dust jacket, the book itself is a gorgeous red. The art on the dust jacket is pretty nice. The only slight negative is that it is a glued binding rather than a sewn binding. But for the size of this book it’s not really a problem. Sewn vs glued binding is more of an important consideration when you’re buying an Omnibus Edition.
The art in this this book is handled by Pepe Larraz and R.B. Silva. The art is really quite something. I was unfamiliar with these artists before reading this book. I am quite fond of their style. The art is loose and dynamic. The art feels new and exciting. I especially like the redesign of Professor X. His new look with the Cerebro Helmut on and his slender able-bodied design is interesting and new. Shows us a whole new side to the character.
The only downside to the art and compositions comes from the fact that this book is largely exposition, and laying out a new status quo. There’s not a ton of action scenes and large splash pages to be had. Nonetheless, the book is beautiful and the art is worth admiring.
This will be Spoil-Free Review, to the extent that it’s possible.
This book collects House of X #1-6 and Powers of X #1-6.
If you are familiar with the X-Men, you know the basic premise has always been that humanity is evolving into Homo Superior. That this new species are commonly referred to as Mutants. The mutant X-Gene tends to give mutants amazing powers and abilities. Finally, these powers inspire fear and distrust in normal humans, leading to constant friction between the human and mutant populations. Mutants are feared and discriminated against, sometimes even killed, massacred, and oppressed.
In this context of a world divided between mutants and humans, some such as Magneto and Apocalypse believed conflict and domination were inevitable. Others, such as Professor X and his X-Men, strived for peaceful co-existence between humans and mutants.
This has been the status quo in the X-Men books for basically the entire history of the X-Men. Now, that situation is going to change in important ways.
The X-Men Series Evolves
In House of X/Powers of X we see that history hasn’t been all that we thought it was, and some characters were not who we thought they were. In Jonathan Hickman‘s story, something changes, and it causes Professor X to abandon his previous dream of peaceful co-existence between humans and mutants. Instead, he sets out to create a nation-state for mutants. A safe-haven, for all the mutants of the world. A place for mutants to live independently of humans, and vice versa.
What could possibly make Professor X abandon his dream, and basically support a kind of permanent segregation between humans and mutants? I won’t spoil that here, but let’s just say it’s big, and it has convinced him beyond any doubt that his dream could never work.
This book is fascinating. The story is well written and well thought out. And while it sets out to change everything, it does so while respecting everything that has gone before. We they don’t do any disservice, in my opinion, to the history of the X-Men. Instead they enrich it, while taking things in a bold new direction.
This book is really just laying the groundwork for all sorts of new adventures and sagas that will be made possible by this new status quo. I can’t wait to se what happens next!
House of X/Powers of X Hardcover is a remarkable book. Physically speaking, it’s a gorgeous design, well built and beautiful. Content-wise, this is the most creative and groundbreaking reboot of a comic series I may have ever read. Any X-Men fan owes it to themselves to check this out and see where things go! I will be!
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Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Pepe Larraz
Color Artists: Marte Gracia, David Curiel
Cover Art: Pepe Larraz, Marte Gracia
Pencilers: R.B. Silva
Inkers: R.B. Silva with Adriano Di Benedetto
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Design: Tom Muller
Assistant Editor: Annalise Bissa
Editor: Jordan D. White