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McGuffin X (Powers Of X #3 Review)


Writer: Jonathan Hickman

Artist: R.B. Silvia

Colorist: Marte Gracia

Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles

Design: Tom Muller

Cover Artist: R.B. Silvia & Marte Gracia

Publisher: Marvel

Rating: 8/10 Terminal Apocalypse Seeds

Powerful new info and powerful new questions were brought to us in the last issue of POWERS OF X. Issue #2 gave us a little something from all 4 timelines presented throughout HoX and PoX so that lean into having a significant impact on the mutant’s existence. Has Hickman given us the corner pieces of the puzzle we need to begin piecing it all together? The stories from these two books are beginning to really pick up now and after the last issue of PoX it’s time to dive right back in with another issue and try to avoid spoilers as much as possible.

Recap Ⅸ

It’s important how much both HoX and PoX rely on each other for the stories being told here by Hickman. HOUSE OF X #2 gave us one of the biggest changes to X-Men history with the reveal of Moira being a reincarnating mutant who lived multiple lives already, trying something different each time. The ending result of the reveal is by the tenth life we see Moira open her mind up to Charles Xavier revealing everything she has experienced. This is the clearest thread the ties through this issue and the following POWERS OF X #2 which established four things:

  1. In the past, Moira and Charles, now with the knowledge of mutant’s history and end, seek out Magneto to form an alliance of two of the biggest mutant idealists on the opposite side of the spectrum from each other. The biggest reveal that I’m waiting for at this moment is the awkward conversation someone has to have about Magneto not being Pietro and Wanda’s father…

  2. In the present, the mutants are being faced with the opposition of some members of the biggest organizations on the planet secretly coming together in fear of the mutant’s rising power and status. They are tasking resident good boy, Cyclops to go on a suicide space mission to take out evil mutant killing robots.

  3. In the future, we discover the leader of what’s left of the mutant resistance on Earth is none other than Apocalypse who uses data collected in the first issue to enact the next stage of his plan to fight the sentinels and machines.

  4. In the very far future, mutants, or they might be some machine hybrid is seeking to be brought into a galactic society through some form of ascension.

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