Monday, August 12, 2019

House of X #2 (of 6)

   One of the reasons why fans were excited to hear Jonathan Hickman was taking over the writing (and direction) of the X-Men books is easy to understand - he's a terrific writer.

   After a strong start last issue, this issue of House of X gives us the introduction of a mutant who determines the future of the Marvel Universe in ways that are shocking and very clever.

   It's a concept that I'm pretty sure hasn't been used in comics before (although it has science fiction priors), and it has a powerful effect on the reality of the X-Universe as we know it - yet it doesn't violate past stories (as near as I can tell).

   It's always exciting to read a smart story, and there are few writers with the skill to work within established continuity and come up with interesting twists that shake things up in a way that doesn't feel artificial or tacked on. 

   I'm thinking Englehart, Thomas and Busiek, to name a few. Good company for Hickman!

   Highly, highly recommended!

Grade: A


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