Powers of X #1: Recap and Review

Powers of X #1

Story By: Jonathan Hickman

Art By: R.B. Silva

Colors By: Marte Gracia

Publisher: Marvel Comics

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.


Review of House of X #1


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.

Sources: Marvel fandom

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House of X #1: Recap and Review

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, Fallen Angels 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.

Next issue, Power of X #1, July 31, 2019.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #30: Your Favorite Event

Civil War

Civil War was an Marvel event that began after a battle between Nitro and the New Warriors results in the death of 60 school children. In response the U.S. government tries to institute the “Superhuman Registration Act.” With this tragedy and the events that saw the Hulk go on another rampage (killing 26 adults and 2 children) the Act became necessary. Sympathy for mutants fell in public after M-Day, when 90% of the mutant population became depowered. The public support for the bill was 50%.

Tony Stark was against the act until the events between Nitro and the New Warriors. The public began to hate the superhero community. The New Warriors were called “baby killers,” and Hindsight (Carlton LaFroyge (Earth-616)) began leaking their secret identities, resulting in many of them being lynched. Human Torch was beaten into a coma outside a Manhattan nightclub. Many of the superheroes are apprehensive that they should become “civil servants,” or “Super cops.”

Captain America disagreed with the act claiming that ” heroes needed to be above direct government control, because when politicians could control the heroes, they could decide who the villains were.” What follows is a very interesting conflict that splits the superhero community. Ultimately we get what the event promised, a fight between the worlds greatest heroes. While it’s never in question whether any major would die, there was still concern about who would get harmed. The most important aspect of this event was whether you agreed with one side or the other. I was more on the Captain America’s side but I could see the other side as well.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #29: Your Favorite Series

Thor: God of Thunder

I don’t really have too many series that I’ve followed to completion, but one that I did was Thor: God of Thunder. Written by Jason Aaron and Penciled by Esad Ribic, the series focuses on Thor and his encounter with Gorr the God Butcher. The series is part of the larger “Marvel NOW! (2012) event,” and part of the “The God Butcher” story arc. What initially drew me to this comic was the magnificent art style of Esad Ribic. The story tries to flesh out who the God Butcher is.

I found the story to be great from start to finish. It combined mystery and action with an interesting villain. The God Butcher is the opposite of what Thor is. He’s rather heartless and aims to destroy the world of Gods. The God Butcher feels like he’s a threat. Most of the time in comics you can predict the ending. Obviously, Thor will win, but reading the series allowed you to think that it wasn’t going to happen. The biggest problem with this series is the multiple timelines. Jason Aaron bounces occasionally back between them and it can be confusing (also the older Thor looks exactly like Odin).

The art of Esad Ribic is a really impressive. I lack the words to describe what makes his art so great but you have to decided for yourself. The color in this series is profound. Ive Svorcina appears to use pencils or watercolor (although it’s probably all computers) that give the pages a soft look. The contrast between the blues and reds are really impactful.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #28: Your Favorite Comic Time

The Modern Age

The Modern Age of Comics is generally considered to have begun from the mid-80’s to today. The age followed the Bronze Age and is noted for having more dark and complex stories and characters, like Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen. Horror, Fantasy, Mystery and Science Fiction became more mainstream at this point. Alan Moore’s Swap Thing and Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman featured some elements from these genre’s. Many characters like Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Hulk and Wolverine got costume changes.

Antiheroes rose in popularity and characters became more sophisticated, focusing less on being good or evil but more nuance. In Marvel, Galactus became a force of nature that didn’t have any person malice towards the worlds he consumed. In 1996 Marvel declared bankruptcy resulting in “X-books” being cancel. However, with the X-Men movies being released in the early 2000’s and a new animated series, X-Men: Evolution the X-Men series increased in popularity. I believe that the Modern Age will end up being know for an increase of diversity. Heroes like Miles Morales and Kamala Khan will be one of the legacies of the Modern Age.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #27: Your Favorite non-human race

Inhumans (Inhomo supremis)

My favorite non-human race is the Inhumans. Mostly because I’m the most familiar with them and they have a lot of variation among their race. This variation exists both in their powers and how they look. Created by the Kree, the Inhumans are ruled by their King Black Bolt and Queen Medusa. They have a caste system, which is determined by the genetic development, physical and mental ability after exposure to the Terrigen Mist. Once an Inhuman is assigned to a place in society they cannot move in society.

Inhumans aren’t permitted to engage in racial combining. Crystal broke this rule when she married Quicksilver, a mutant. The Inhumans tend to isolate themselves from other races, but they have come into conflict with other races before. Black Bolt once declared war on the United States during the events of Son of M. The average lifespan of an Inhuman is 150 years, they’re greater than the average human in speed, strength and other physical abilities. However, most Inhumans being raised in a pollution and germ free environment they have a hard time dealing with Earth’s pollution.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #26: Your Favorite Elementalist

Ice Man (Robert Drake)

Universe: Earth-616

Creators: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

First Appearance: X-Men #1 (1963)

Iceman is one of the original X-Men. Born in New York, Bobby first discovered his mutant abilities when he found himself unable to stop feeling cold. When a bully, Rocky Beasely orchestrated an assault on Bobby and his girlfriend Judy Harmon his powers finally emerged. The town of Fort Washington organized a lynch mob and broke into the Drake household. Sensing that the situation was becoming dangerous Bobby was taken into custody. Professor X discovered this story and sent Cyclops to recruit Bobby. He became the second member of the X-Men.

In the X-Men: Animated Series, Iceman was portrayed as a troublemaker that left the team after becoming feed up with Cyclops and Professor X’s rules. Iceman seems to have maintained his comical personality, often cracking jokes. Drake is an Omega Level Mutant. He can manipulate his external and internal body temperature. When his body temperature decreases, so does the surrounding moisture. Bobby has learned to increase his coldness allowing him to change from a snow like appearance to a more crystalline ice. He also has thermal vision, as well as cryokinesis (ability to generate, manipulate and fully control ice, snow and cold temperatures.) Despite being one of the original X-Men, Iceman is largely a minion character. However, I always found him to be one of the coolest (LOL) X-Men.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #25: Your Favorite Video Game

Spider-Man 2

Marvel video games can be hit or miss. When I was a kid Marvel games were largely limited to the arcade. One of my all time favorite games were “X-Men: The Arcade Game (1992),” a side scrolling fighting game. The goal of the game was to basically fight through waves of Sentinels and other villains like Pyro and Juggernaut in order to stop Magneto. Up to six players could play and like many arcade games I would end up playing with random players. Ultimately, I wasn’t very good at games then so I never got very far in that game. However, it was impact on my childhood and my first memory of a Marvel game.

I haven’t played the latest Marvel Spider-Man game which I hear is great. Regardless, my favorite Marvel game is Spider-Man 2. The game was not only a Marvel game but even worst a video game based on a movie. The history of good movie games isn’t great, so my expectation for this game was low. Spider-Man 2 is a open world action adventure that was published by Activision and developed by Treyarch. It was released for basically every console at the time. What makes the game so phenomenal is how the gameplay was able to emulate Spider-Man so closely.

I spent over a hundred hours largely swinging through NYC, travelling from Manhattan to Liberty Island. You felt like you WERE Spider-Man and of course it was fun. Like most open world games I got distracted from the main story and barely finished it. However, that is the point. It didn’t matter that I followed the linear story because I didn’t care to have the game end. With the realistic NYC environment, variety of crimes to stop, variety of Spider-Man powers and the realistic swing mechanics, Spider-Man 2 is my favorite Marvel video game.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #24: Your Favorite Cartoon

As I’ve mentioned before the X-Men: The Animated Series was my primary introduction to X-Men and Marvel. Although there was an animated series for the Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man and Fantastic Four as well. The series debuted in 1992 and ended in 1997. The series spanned 5 seasons and 76 episodes. The first thing that I will always remember about the series is the theme song that was composed by Ron Wasserman. The show had the line up from Cyclops’s Blue Team, that featured Cyclops, Wolverine, Rogue, Storm, Beast, Gambit, Jubilee, Jean Grey, and Professor X.

The series focused on social issues like divorce, Christianity, the Holocaust and AIDS. Of course as a child a lot of this stuff was over my head, but had some impact on my views of the world. Many of the series story arc’s were original, several of the story-lines were direct adaptations of comic book events. In season 1 the series adapted, “Night of the Sentinels,” “Enter Magneto,” “Captive Hearts,” “Come the Apocalypse,” and “Days of Future Past.” Season 2 saw the adaptation of, “Whatever It takes,” “Weapon X,” “Legacy Virus.” Season 3 adapted my all time favorite arc the “Phoenix Saga,” and the “Dark Phoenix Saga.”

The series fell apart (in my opinion) after this season with season 4 & 5 focusing on “One Man’s Worth” and the “Phalanx Covenant.” Overall, this series marked a moment in my and many other lives became familiar with Marvel and comic books. The series had tremendous influence on me and presented X-Men as being more people with cool powers. It also has a lot of humor (which was mostly Wolverine one liners). I would recommend this series to anyone (up to season 3 (LOL)), you can stream the series on Hulu. If you want to read another take on the series effect check out this article.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #23: The Best Transportation


The Blackbird

Technicality this day’s challenge is “the best form of transportation.” I’m going to cheat a little and choose two. One is a technology and the other is a mutant power. I have always found the X-Men’s iconic Blackbird. While a conventional means of transport the Blackbird is both in real life and in Marvel a cool means of transport. The original Blackbird was modeled after a scaled up version Lockheed SR-71. It was often destroyed during the many X-Men missions, at great cost to Professor X. It has also been upgraded with Shi’ar technology. The software for Cerebro was added as well as the addition of a cloaking device and the ability to fly in space.


Magik fighting Scarlet Witch, Art by Olivier Coipel

The second form of transportation the “Stepping Discs” from Magik(Illyana Rasputina). She can mentally control these “discs,” which permits her to transport herself and others teleport “across interstellar distances or through time.” She must use the dimension Limbo as a midway point. She has teleported herself across continents, planets and even galaxies. Magik is also able to teleport through time and space. She has managed to teleport into the future and past by days or centuries. Obviously compared to the Blackbird, Magik’s discs are far more useful and varied. She has complete control of where she and others go, where the Blackbird is severely limited.