Powers of X #3 focuses on a narrow story in this issue. We were originally lead to believe that the alliance between humans and machine was maintain to wipe out mutants. However, in this issue it’s revealed that machine have betrayed humans as well. In the Year One Hundred, in the “Temple of Concordance,” of the “Church of Ascendancy,” we witness a priest like figure presiding over a baptism of sorts. The priest asks the people to “reject your humanity.” He offers humanity “true evolution,” as they begin to transform a baby into a machine. During the ceremony the X-Men attack. I haven’t been familiar with Xorn, but i found him and his dark humor to be enjoyable. Of course Nimrod’s craziness continues.
He refuses to care about Church burning, leaving Omega to handle it. She arrives with several Sentinels. Meanwhile, Apocalypse arrives in the old machine data-bank with Wolverine (War) and Krakoa (Famine). They are detected by Nimrod, who intercepts them. At the Church, Omega and the Sentinels overwhelm Xorn, North and Rasputin. Cornered, Rasputin threatens to remove Xorn’s masks setting off his singularity. Omega calls her bluff. She removes his mask, killing the remaining X-Men and Omega. Apocalypse tells Wolverine he needs to take the crystal of information and leave. He initially refuses, but Apocalypse insists on him doing so. After, Krakoa and Wolverine leave Apocalypse takes on three Nimrods. As he fights the three Nimrods, Wolverine awakens Moira. He inserts the crystal into her chest, force feeding her the information the collected. He kills her, ending the ninth life of Moira.
I loved this issue. It wasn’t as game changing as previous issues but I liked the simplicity of it. Seeing Apocalypse do the hero’s sacrifice for the greater good is something I didn’t think I would ever see. I also liked the relationship between him and Wolverine. It at least appeared that they cared about each other. If there’s something I would complain about it’s first I wanted to see more of the fight between Apocalypse and Nimrod. Second I didn’t care that any of the X-Men died because due to the time travel elements it doesn’t seem to matter much. Each issue continues to be great and I can’t wait for the next one.
I found Powers of X #1, to be underwhelming relative to House of X. It still is. However, this issue was better than the first. Powers of X #2, like the previous issue splits the X-Men timeline into for eras, Year 1, Year 10, Year 100 and Year 1000. In Year 1, Moira MacTaggert and Charles Xavier meet with Magneto. The dynamic between Magneto and Xavier is always tense, either their enemies, friends or temporary allies. Regardless, when Xavier reveals to Magneto the history Moira has experience, Magneto decides to join Xavier. Only he will continue to “check him (Xavier) at every moment of weakness.”
We then move to Year 10. Xavier informs Cyclops of the new type of Master Mold, Mother Mold. This version makes other Master Molds while orbiting the sun. Mother has been completed, but lie dormant. Xavier believes that they’re waiting for the “right catalyst.” Magneto explains what was found on the information that Mystique stole, which is all the information on Orchis. Xavier tells Cyclops that they must prevent Mother Mold from “coming online.” The fear is that NIMROD will become operational. Cyclops promises that he will “get it done.” Despite the fact that I don’t like Cyclops, I think he makes a good soldier.
We fast forward to Year 100, on Asteroid K. Wolverine is being a downer. With Cylobel and Percival gone they can no longer hide from the machines. Apocalypse is given the information, and plans on sacrificing mutants for the greater good. Just the idea of Wolverine and Apocalypse working together makes this series more interesting. The dynamics of the mutants are different now that machine and human have teamed up. Many of the mutant supremacist like Apocalypse, Cyclops and Magneto are now important and their views have been validated, if for no other reason than humans are trying to exterminate all mutants now.
Meanwhile, Nimrod is “disturbed” by the theft of the indexing machine. Nimrod is so odd in this series. He rambles. Nimrod is a juvenile and often funny. I’m not sure if that is how Hickman intends for Nimrod to be portrayed but it’s working for me. In the Year 1000, we are introduced to a Nimbus. I’ll admit that didn’t completely comprehend what Nimbus was, other than a Worldmind. Hickman has his explainers for the types of societies based on the measured species intelligence. I found it to be interesting, but its purpose is to explain the way the Phalanx function. Now my only history with the Phalanx was an episode of from the X-Men animated series that I hated.
Regardless they’re back. The Phalanx is an “interstellar society that operates on a galactic scale.” The Phalanx consume lesser societies, if they view the society a worth consuming then “Ascension” occurs. During the Year 1000, the Librarian when asked by the Phalanx “what do you seek,” her answer was Ascension. Even though I think Power of X is inferior to House of X, I think it’s important to read both together and in the order intended. They time jumps isn’t nearly as daunting as it could be. Seeing the villains and heroes from X-Men together against a greater threat is what makes this series the most interesting.
To say I’m loving this is an understatement. I’ve never been a comic book enthusiasts, but I think House of X is going to mark the moment I became one. This issues centers on Moira MacTaggart. When I was a child she was featured in the X-Men animated series, but she was the non-mutant scientist ex girlfriend of Charles Xavier. Hickman has retcon her backstory. If past history is any indication, many fans will hate this. Comic book fans tend to hate it when writers retcon anything that was well established in the past. However, I think Hickman has what it takes to make it work. Besides he’s is trying to restart the X-Men.
If you read Powers of X#1, you know that MacTaggart meets Xavier but he’s doesn’t seem to know her. However, she knows him. When Xavier reads her mind he understands. This moment is confusing, but House of X #2 clarifies it. Hickman makes Moira into a mutant with the ability of reincarnation. After dying she retains all her memories from her previous life. She isn’t reincarnated into a new body and she’s not born into the present moment when she died. Meaning every time she’s dies, she returns to the day her life started the first time. This allows her to change the future, as she is aware of her past and can make different choices.
Each resurrection results in Moira becomes more and more radical. In her third life she decides to “cure” mutants, thinking that she has a disease like cancer. However, she doesn’t get a chance to as Mystique and Destiny intervene. Her beliefs regarding mutants are changed by this encounter with Destiny, who can see the future. She tells Moira that “she not immortal” and only has 10 or 11 lives to live. Destiny makes it clear that she will hunt down and kill Moira, if she doesn’t change. Moira views shift to protecting her fellow mutants. Moira is negatively influence by her experiences, eventually become evil, teaming up with Magneto and then Apocalypse.
In her tenth and maybe final life, she plans on doing something. After allowing Xavier to read her mind, he becomes radicalize as well. This leans to the change in him that we have been witnessing. House of X focuses on her tenth life. By giving Charles the knowledge she had collected over the years give him the advantage of knowing what went wrong. Of course in Powers of X #1, we know that they fail again. Regardless, Hickman’s House of X, is exciting and new X-Men story that I can’t wait to finish.
This week was the debut of Power of X #1 (X is pronounced 10), the sister series of the House of X. The first thing you learn is the reason that it’s pronounced “Powers of Ten.” The first page of the series reveals that four time periods will be the focus. There are referred by exponents. X⁰ is Year Zero, the period when Professor X created the X-Men. Followed by, X¹ as Year 10, the present time in X-Men depicted in House of X. Then, X² is 100 years later. And finally, X³ is 1,000 years after that.
Hence, the Power of Ten. Make sense?
I think it can feel overwhelming at first but after re-reading it, I got it. Powers of X #1, primarily focuses on the period 100 years in the future. During this period, Mutants are engaged in a war against the alliance between humans and Sentinel robots. Hickman includes the explainers like in House of X, helping us ease into this new information. At some point between X⁰ and X², Mr. Sinister was permitted to create the “Sinister breeding pits of Mars.” Similar to the Sentinel HOUND program, this program would breed mutants that had powers with “aggressive, militaristic traits.”
Why anyone would trust Mr. Sinister is beyond me. Regardless, Sinister created a “Chimera” class of mutants. The first generation had a “singular DNA source,” the second one had “DNA composed of two separate X-genes,” the third produced mutants that had a “amalgamated DNA featuring up to five X-genes.” Sinister created a fourth generation that resulted in “systemic failure,” the “destruction of 40 percent of the mutant population,” the “fall of Krakoa,” and “mass suicide.” One fourth generation mutant that survived was Rasputin.
She was given DNA and powers from, Quentin Quire (telepathy), Colossus (Metal skin), Unus (force-field shield), Kitty Pride (Intangibility) and Laura Kinney (Healing Factor). Of course, Mr. Sinister betrays mutant-kind, and defects to the Man-Machine side. They publicly executed him. The mutant population has been decimated to merely ten thousand that mostly live out their lives as refugees and soldiers in the Shi’ar Empire. Some of the older X-Men remain alive like, Wolverine, Magneto, Xorn and Black Tom Cassidy (he looks like Groot). Meanwhile it’s revealed that Nimrod and Omega Sentinel Karima Shapandar are running the Man-Machine Supremacy on Earth.
While I prefer House of X, Power of X is really interesting. There’s a lot to grasp here but like House of X the explainers help. I also prefer the art style of Pepe Larraz, R.B. Silva is pretty good as well. Power of X does spoil what happens to the mutant nation of Krakoa. I’m not bother by this, but it does make the revelations in House of X feel worthless or at least knowing it will all be destroyed undermines it significance. On a side note I am interested in the Empress of the Shi’ar Empire, Xandra. It was indicated that she was interested in taking over the Sol system. Also she’s the “daughter” of Charles Xavier and Lilandra.
Overall, Powers of X #1, manages to include old characters with some new ones, while introducing interesting events. Future timelines in comics an become problems, but Power of X may get them right.
I’ve said this many times before, but I often prefer Japanese Manga to American comic books. This has nothing to do with there countries of origin (I’m American), it’s more about the way comics and manga are made. To be specific, manga series are generally written and drawn by one or two people. Comic books are similar, however, sometimes a new writer or artist can take over a series an change it. There’s also the problem of continuity. Changes to character histories and backstories can be good or bad depending on the series. These changes can become a problem if they feel forced or simply don’t make sense. This inconsistency has largely put me off of reading comics. However, there are series that have a single artist and writer. I’ve decided that I should at least focus on so of those series. One such mini-series is Marvel’s, House of X/Power of X.
House of X is suppose to show how Professor X starts a new beginning for mutants, whereas, Powers of X will focus on “mutantkind’s secret past, present, and future.” Once, House of X/Power of X (pronounced “Powers of Ten”) is over, Marvel will release six new ongoing series. They are X-Men, Marauders, Excalibur, New Mutants, FallenAngels and X-Force. House of X #1 by Jonathan Hickman and drawn by Pepe Larraz, was released yesterday. This series has been anticipated for a while, as a reboot for the X-Men, the first issue is a lot to take in.
House of X #1
Story By: Jonathan Hickman
Art By: Pepe Larraz
Colors By: Marte Gracia
Letters By: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel Comics
House of X #1 operates as new begin for the X-Men. Xavier frees various X-Men from what looks like a tree. Then when see various X-Men planting flowers around the world. Throughout the comic, Hickman has several explainers for the reader. The first one explains what Flowers of Krakoa are. The “primary economic resource” of Krakoa, these flowers can produce several different things for humans and mutants. From humans three drugs, one to extend “human lives for five years,” one that’s a “super drug,” and finally a drug that cure “diseases of the mind.” Xavier offers these drugs to the nations that recognize Krakoa as a nation.
To this end, Xavier has invited six ambassadors from Israel, China, France, Russia, the U.K., and America. They’re invited into the Krakoan habitat by Esme and Sophie and greeted by Magneto. He will be giving the Ambassador’s the tour. Meanwhile, a group called Orchis, is preparing to take on mutant kind. Hickman explains Orchis protocol. By recruiting assets from the A.I.M., S.H.I.E.L.D., S.W.O.R.D., ALPHA FLIGHT, HYDRA, A.R.M.O.R., and H.A.M.M.E.R., Orchis is preparing for “doomsday.” The problem is that despite earlier predictions, the mutant race is repopulating at a higher rate than anticipated.
During the tour, Magneto explains that “mutants are the evolutionary inheritors of this world,” the island of Krakoa is for mutants only. House of X clarifies what an omega level mutant is. In Marvel, “Omega level” was often used to simply suggest that a particular mutant was powerful but didn’t go into too much detail. Hickman describes an Omega level mutant as “a mutant whose dominant power is deemed to register or reach an undefinable upper limits.” Hickman notes that in mutants with multiple powers, usually only one is omega. It is the priority of the nation of Krakoa to protect it’s “greatest natural resource,” the Omega level mutants. Magneto finally proclaims to the ambassadors that they’re (mutants) are not negotiating, and they (humans) need to understand that they have “new gods now.”
I’m excited for these mini-series. It combines my to favorite things, a great intriguing story with amazing art. Pepe Larraz art style is beautiful and detailed, with perfect color by Marte Garcia. This may not work for everyone but the use of infographics, to explain the world was really helpful and well done. Many of my favorite X-Men are here and some villains as well. However, Xavier comes across a little creepy to me. He wasn’t feature much in this issue. Maybe it’s that helmet that make’s him seem to detached or the fact that he seems to have abandoned his dream of seeing human and mutant kind live together. Regardless, I’m skeptical of him and his goals. Overall, I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. If your not familiar with what happen recently I don’t think that’s an issue. House of X #1 introduces a lot in explaining the new world, but it’s accessible to everyone.