Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Art: Pepe Larraz, Marte Garcia, VC’s Clayton Cowles, and Tom Muller
Release Date: August 7, 2019
In this week’s all-new HOUSE OF X #2 by Jonathan Hickman, readers learn the truth about one of the X-Men’s closest allies…and then begin the fight for the future of mutant-kind! Let’s dive into this week’s edition and see what else we discover!
WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD!!!
Finally, the Jonathan Hickman storytelling that this reviewer has waited for has arrived. Many readers were confused and curious as to the series beginning of HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X. Additionally, many readers had a variety of questions and felt like they were missing something while searching for answers. Now, this issue doesn’t answer all or necessarily any of those questions, but it points fans on a path towards understanding, purpose, and direction. There are very few authors that this reviewer totally trusts to wrap up all loose ends and answer the nagging questions within their series but Hickman is one of them. Furthermore, after reading this insanely creative issue, this reviewer hopes readers will truly hop on board the Hickman Express to a reimagining of the X-Men.
What struck this reviewer the most from this issue was how ingeniously brilliant this issue truly was. Looking at the broad picture of the complicated X-Men landscape, Hickman may have solved all possible storylines, continuities, and explanations about what the current makeup of the mutant Marvel Universe is by simply using Moira’s reincarnation mutant ability. Who thinks of this stuff? A freaking literary wizard… that’s who!
This is so incredibly original and solves multiple problems throughout the Marvel Universe. Additionally, some have speculated online that a face-off between the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, which just so happen to be two “families” Hickman has had his hands involved with in the past, is in the works down the line. Point is; a universe that continues to change due to one woman’s reincarnation mutant ability versus a team that created multiverses and multiple universes with ease just screams like an epic, Longview, showdown ready to erupt.
Whether it be joining Xavier, taking down Master Mold, recruiting Apocalypse, or giving birth to Proteus, Hickman has made Moira the linchpin to all of mutant-kind and possibly the Marvel Universe. However, take notice of the last pages with different timelines. Now, this reviewer may be mistaken BUT, Timeline 9 has “House of X” listed in it. However, we are also seeing a 10th Timeline. Therefore, are we in both timelines throughout this ongoing series? Are we witnessing “House of X” through young Xavier reading young Moira’s mind on the bench from issue one and now issue two? If so, is “Powers of X” the future of the 9th Timeline or the 10th?
Hickman has opened up the door to endless possibilities and discussions for X-Men and comic fans to truly geek out by introducing something so simple that doesn’t reboot a franchise, yet somehow leaves the potential for everything to technically still be in continuity. Multiple teams with multiple incarnations of X-Men could have existed with multiple future timelines making everything you’ve ever read in X-Men lore true! Sure, the issue was a big read however explanation was needed to clear up past continuities and heavy X-Men storylines. Could this reviewer be wrong with his speculation and direction? Of course! I’m wrong all the time! However, it’s what makes sense to this fan and makes me feel confident that we will finally get the X-Men we have all wanted and deserved for years.
Hickman will blow your mind this week’s HOUSE OF X #2. Pick this immensely clever issue up, add both series to your pull list if you haven’t already, and get pumped for next week’s POWERS OF X #2. If you weren’t on board, this reviewer hopes you are now! All aboard!!!