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And Now We Build (Powers of X #6 Review)

Updated: Jan 25, 2020


Writer: Jonathan Hickman

Artist: R.B. Silva

Colorist: Marte Gracia 

Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles 

Publisher: Marvel 

Rating: 10/10

This is it fellow X-fans, the final chapter of Hickman's mind-blowing saga of HOX & POX, but in reality it's just the beginning. We finally learn why X-Men Year One Thousand has been so prominent in the pages of POX and while some of us may have guessed the outcome, it doesn't make this issue any less exciting. Because as you'll read, that was just a small part of what made this issue so Xcellent.


"You've been dreaming the wrong dream Charles...

and it's long past time that you wake up"


But I Don't Wanna Join The Phalanx

The opening pages takes us back to X-Men Year One to the festival where Moira and Xavier sat talking on the bench. This moment holds special significance because this is where we learned that Moira was a mutant and has lived many lives always restarting the universe but keeping her memories of her past lives intact. As she sits this time with Xavier she once again gives him a peek into her head.

This is where we jump to Year One Thousand, the 5th Life of Moira. We see that the Phalanx is intending to assimilate every living being on Earth into it's collective hive mind. But The Librarian is aware that Moira can change everything by dying and preventing this future from happening. He's conflicted because he isn't sure if that's what he wants. So he looks to Moira and Wolverine to change his mind. 

Is Failure Inevitable?

The Librarian talks of how Mutants never fully recognized who there true enemy was. It wasn't the machines (Sentinels or Nimrods), those just bought the human time. Time to manipulate their own genes to become Homo novissima. With the help of technology there were able to evolve themselves. Therefore the advancement of technology was there true downfall.

Not being able to convince The Librarian, Logan does what he does best, kills him. With the Librarian gone Logan looks to Moira knowing that has to happen next. He kills Moira effectively ending her 5th life.

Enter the 6th Life of Moira and the Breaking of Charles Xavier

Back to the bench (Year One) with Moira and Charles. The look in his eyes after what he just witnessed shakes him to his core and cuts at everything he believes in. They always lose. But Charles is sure that he change that future by being more selective with his students or making a broader appeal to humans. But  Moira has come to know him better than he knows himself over her past lives and one thing has always been certain, he never changes.