HOUSE OF X #1 ‘a Towering Achievement’
At the dawn of the 21st century, Grant Morrison with collaborators like Frank Quitely reinvented the X-Men franchise for a new age as the boldness of his reinvention of x-men changed it forever. The boldness of this new era was made clear by a single sequence in the first issue of New X-Men in which Professor X puts a gun to his own head to threaten an invasive psychic presence as it’s truly a very bold moment that showed a sea change in x-men forever. The panels of story scream this isn’t x-men you know and love you can take it or go home. House of X is the first issue of Jonathan Hickman’s attempt to again redefine the X-Men for a new era.
There are other moments like this littered throughout the issue, moments where anticipation and payoff are manipulated with expertise. here’s a perfectly-paced time-lapse that doubles as a countdown, building tension as it ticks away, setting the stage for what’s to come as we see the talk with Fantastic Four and Cyclops that gets even more tense as they talk about the issue at hand. There’s a glint of red as the reader awaits the expected superhero brawl, but instead, with a page turn, Hickman and Larraz gently diffuse that build. And that’s not even getting into some of the other iconography at play or the final panel that serves as a kind of thesis statement that the moment is tense as it comes
If the strength of any structure rests upon its foundation, then House of X stands to be a towering achievement just based on this debut alone. For years, the future of the X-Men has been in turmoil as the writing here showcases that Jonathan Hickman as crafted something truly special. Whether the Children of the Atom prove to be angels or devils, there’s something exciting and strange about trying to make sense of Jonathan Hickman’s new scripture as we see him crafting something that will redefine x-men forever. It reads to me, my X-Men From the jump of the comic, Hickman portrays Charles Xavier not as a scholar or an ordinary man, but as almost a divine figure, wielding the island of Krakoa as both a Garden of Eden for mutant-kind, as well as a sort of Tree of Life for Scott and Jean, his prodigal Adam and Eve. But Hickman also keeps us off-balance in a way that I think is very smart, given the X-Men’s original high concept when we see Charles smiling from the confines of his ominous Cerebro helmet, are we feeling suspicious because of genre conventions, or are we simply proving the point that mutant cultures and mutant nations would inherently, instinctively feel alien and imposing to the rest of mankind? as he does in a biblical sense in these wordings here. It’s simply a biblical tone that does change how we look upon the x-men. it’s a brave new world for the House of X, and it’s one X-fans will absolutely love exploring as we see a big redefining x-men comic that alone in this issue will change how we look upon the x-men forever. It’s is a brave new world that House of X begins today is simply a towering achievement that you should read today.