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So Far in the House of X

House of X #1 and #2 Review

A third of the way through this ambitious relaunch of the X-Mythos, we are introduced to an eeringly new setting for the X-Men, all of mutantkind, and the rest of the world. With the first two issues of this six-part series released, we now have a better grasp of the vision for this bold relaunch.

Written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Pepe Larraz and Marte Garcia, House of X #s 1 and 2 begins to tell the story of what happens when Charles Xavier’s dream becomes reality. The series so far feels like a tale from the now defunct Marvel series “What If”, in a sense that it seems to be set in a world that’s considerably different but feels vaguely familiar.

Humans of the planet Earth. While you slept, the world changed.

Professor X

House of X #1 gives us a tour of the audacious new world that Charles Xavier has created for all mutants. A world where mutants, instead of being feared and hated, have taken their rightful place as homo superior. This first issue is carefully paced, slowly but clearly showing the readers this novel status quo that the mutants have built. It’s an interesting and engaging read, but it disconcertingly felt unnatural. The one thing I couldn’t shake off after reading the issue was the feeling that something was off. Don’t get me wrong though, it’s a great read, with a very enthralling plot. When I say something feels off, I just mean that these don’t seem like the same X-Men we grew to love.

With the second issue, House of X #2, Hickman sort of gives us a glimpse at how these bold new circumstances came to be. Told from the surprising perspective of a longtime X-Men ally, this issue gives us a more distinct view of how this whole reboot began. It’s interesting to see how this whole event ties into the X-Men’s rich history, and exciting to discover how it all plays out.

I’ve been a fan of Hickman since his work on Avengers and Fantastic Four, and his incredible talent at storytelling and world-building is put to impeccable use in this series. He adds to the experience with several infographics and prose scattered throughout the pages to give us an immense and totally immersive ride.

Spanish artist Pepe Larraz’s art is as stunning as ever. I have to say that this guy was meant to be drawing the X-Men. Along with Leinil Yu, Stuart Immonen, Kris Anka, and Olivier Coipel, he’s slowly becoming one of my favorite artists to draw the X-Men in the modern era.

Admittedly I wasn’t too sure about how I felt about the series after reading the first issue. Although it was a very engaging read, I wasn’t too keen on having the X-Men seem like the villains of the story. It kinda felt like an alternate universe tale not much different from big arcs told before such as Age of Apocalypse, House of M, Age of X, and Age of X-Man. But after reading the second issue, I am now convinced of the genius behind the storytelling. I can’t wait to see how this all ends.

All in all, House of X is so far turning out to be an interesting and exciting reboot to the X-franchise. Alongside Powers of X, this is a promising start to a new era in the lives of our favorite mutants.