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The Power of Five (House of X #5 Review)

Updated: Jan 25, 2020


Writer: Jonathan Hickman

Artist: Pepe Larraz

Colorist: Marte Gracia

Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles

Publisher: Marvel

Rating: 10/10


WHAT THE F*** that was literally my reaction when I read the first few pages. I'm not even kidding you, I said it out loud. This was hands down the craziest and most important issue yet. All the plans for Hickman's run are starting to come to fruition. You're all probably wondering how the X-Men could possibly come back from the dead right? Well the answers are here my fellow X-fans.

Many of the people I talk to in the comic book community all have somewhat of the same theory, those weren't the X-Men they were "pod" people created on Krakoa. Well..... we weren't completely wrong. Hickman wasted no time in explaining exactly what's going on. As we open the book we see Magneto and Polaris discussing whether or not there is any good in humans. A heavy question sure, but one that is not only relevant in comics but the world we live in as well. From there Magneto talks about the discussion that he and Xavier had.

"What would happen when--like with man--the greatest necessary traits in mutandum weren't strength and aggressiveness, but intelligence, ingenuity and creativity?"

Holy crap, what a concept. Mutants not just evolving physically, but in the way they think as well.

It was that thought that led Xavier and Magneto to come up with their grand plan. Gathering five powerful mutant in their own right ( Fabio Medina aka Goldballs, Hope, Proteus, Elixir and Eva Bell), they discovered a way to beat death. When these five mutants use their powers in unison they can create life. Coupled with the DNA from Sinister. The X-Men can be brought to life over and over again. Crazy right??? The craziest part is that Hickman made an otherwise laughable character (Goldballs) and made him one of the most important mutants in all of mutandum. Those "goldballs" are actually eggs and that is where the resurrected mutants are hatched from.

You may be asking yourself, "How is it really the X-Men if they are just clones?"

This is the genius of Hickman at work. He rewrites what we thought we knew about Cerebro. Not only can it locate mutants, but it is capable of copying the mind--the essence-- of any mutant Xavier has ever found. So he essentially can put the soul back into the shell. That alone raises some interesting questions, it gets into the metaphysical aspect of what a "soul" is. Hickman we need answers!!!!

Guys that's just the first 8 pages.

To say that this is a great book would be an understatement. This has set the bar so high, that it feels like everyone will be competing with this run for decades to come. The rest of the issue answers more questions through the use of Hickman's "data pages". While a lot of my questions were answered, I'm sure more will pop into my head as I come off of the high from reading this book.

That Art Though

Pepe Larraz and Marte Gracia continue to give us the best looking book on the stands. They is such power and beauty in every panel, that you don't want it to end. Larraz has left clues in every issue he's drawn and going back to the beginning, you can't help but pour over every detail to try and decipher whatever clues you can find.

Gracia is on another level. I mean some of these colors he's using, surely didn't exist before this book right? He gives this story an otherworldyness that I've never seen before.

"If you are us, then be with us.

Come home."


So Apocalypse is on the cover, but I have yet to mention him. Well it's not until the end of our story that we finally see another piece of the puzzle put together. Xavier and Magneto weren't kidding when the said unite ALL mutants. I'm not even going to get into these final pages, I've spoiled enough. But I will say that this as interesting turn of events that is sure to set the X-Men on one of the most insane paths in their long history.

With only 3 issues left, if you include POWERS OF X, before the launch of all the "Dawn of X" books. There is still a lot to be excited about. This is just the beginning of Hickman's master plan and I'm all in. There has never been a more exciting time to be an X-Men fan.

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