POWERS OF X #1
Writer: Johnathan Hickman
Artist: R.B. Silva
Inker: Adriano Di Benedetto
Colorist: Marte Garcia
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel Comics
POWERS OF X (Ten… and now we know why it’s 10) #1 is set up in 4 different ways.
X0 is Year One. The Dream. Moira MacTaggert and Charles Xavier are sitting on a park bench discussing their day. Until she reveals there's more to this interaction.
X1 is Year Ten. The World. This takes place in “present day” Krakoa. Where House of X is currently taking place. Mystique gives off the information to Magneto and Professor X that she and her gang stole in the first issue.
X2 is Year One Hundred. The War. This is where Powers of X is prominently set. It is after the Fall of Krakoa. The Sinister Line and Mutant Breeding Program is explained here. This is the good stuff.
X3 is Year One Thousand. Ascension. This takes place after the end of the war. Showing the Preserve kept of humans.
Now buckle in folks, because it’s starting to get interesting. If you’ve ever read an X-Men comic, you know how they love to play with time. Different timelines, alternate universes, all the jazz – but this is not that. There is no time travel in this book. You need to think of it more as time jumping. Because this is all one story being told in different years. As far as I can tell X2, year one hundred, is where the meat of this comic is going to be. Where Rasputin, Cardinal, and other Chimera are hopefully going to run this show. Because they are the most interesting new characters I have seen in a long time! A combination of 5 different mutant powers (For Rasputin we’re looking at Kitty Pryde, Gunther Bain, Quentin Quire, Laura Kinney, and Piotr Rasputin, respectively) into OP fighting machines… yes please.
How did these new characters come to be? Well that would be the work of Mr. Sinister, of course. From what we can tell so far Sinister is behind the fall of Krakoa, among other things. I’m particularly excited for this as Mr. Sinister is one of the best villains that the X-Men has to offer. His thoughtful planning, expertise in biology, and motive of desire for the fall of mutantkind, all makes for a hell of a party. I’m so pleased Hickman is including him in the grand scheme of this story.
Overall, I appreciated the writing and art of this issue more so than House of X. It all felt very intricate and purposeful. All the bits of information come together in a complex story that will unfold over the next few weeks. In reading POWERS OF X, the words were a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ sort of thing. Therefore, it was important to carefully read each panel and digest where this fit in the timeline. Some may find this annoying, I found it exhilarating. I found myself making out notecards to carefully keep tabs of who is who and what is what. This is the sort of reading I like. It forces your brain to work just a little harder than your everyday hero comic would. Which is what I hope HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X will continue to be. Only time will tell!
P.S. Aren’t these variants just absolutely killer? I’m including my favorite down below!