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The hottest comic released this week is undoubtedly House of X, issue one. House of X is a series reboot, which means it does not disavow the X-Men canon, but seeks to create a jumping on point for readers unfamiliar with the lengthy history of the franchise. What’s most attractive about this book is that it is being written by Jonathan Hickman. I’m a big fan of Hickman as the only Fantastic Four stories I’ve ever given a damn about have all been written by Hickman. After reading this first issue, I think it is safe to say that we are in for another epic Hickman book with all the recognizable Hickman tropes that we’ve seen from his past books.
House of X picks up after the end of the most recent Hickman story, which conveniently brings back to life just about every major X-Men character from the franchises history. This sets the stage for a new story irrespective of all the headache inducing, overly complex, almost melodramatic plot that came before.
In this first issue, all mutant kind, led by Charles Xavier, has created its own country and pressured world powers to recognize it. This first issue merely takes a look at this new world.
House of X is a companion book to Power of Ten, also written by Hickman. No idea what that book is going to be about or how that’ll work with this book.
The main thing this book establishes is the setup for the story and that this is undoubtedly a Hickman book. That means there are diagrams and charts and heavy science fiction-y concept and a bunch of name dropping to other things outside of this book. I love Hickman’s work, but his greatest weakness to me is that he loves to explore heady concepts while forgetting about character development and the nitty gritty, intimate moments of a story. In other words, he likes the big moments and forgets the little ones. This book hints that this may be a problem, but there’s not enough here to jump to any conclusions. What we do know is that this will likely be a heavily political book.
The art is fantastic.
Overall, this is my new must read book for the next few months. The Batman Who Laughs used to be that book, but that’s coming to an end. I can appreciate the seeds planted in this first issue and look forward to where Hickman takes the story.