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Review – House of X #1 (Marvel Comics)

house of X #1(Marvel Comics) Variant cover art(detail) by Mark Brooks
House of X #1
Overall
8.2/10
8.2/10
  • Writing - 8/10
    8/10
  • Art - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Overall - 8.2/10
    8.2/10
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Summary

Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Pepe Larraz
Colorist: Marte Gracia
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: July 24, 2019

House of X #1 ushers in a new era for the mutants in the Marvel Universe. Charles Xavier unveils his grand plan for mutant-kind.

 

“In Bloom” House of X #1

Jonathan Hickman makes his triumphant return to Marvel Comics in House of X #1. He has some major plans for Marvel’s mutants between House of X and Powers of X. He intends to bring the X-Men back to the forefront of Marvel. In House of X #1, Charles Xavier has a plan to bring mutant-kind not only equal to humans but maybe past them. Plans to keep mutants safe forever, and possible peace. But what deals must be struck? And not everyone sees eye to eye with Xavier’s plan.

Writing

house of X #1(Marvel Comics) cover art by Pepe Larraz
House of X #1 (Marvel Comics) cover art by Pepe Larraz

Jonathan Hickman is one of those writers with all his own style. You know immediately when you are reading a Hickman book. He has a lot of thought and detail to every page, every word. The writing is very, very high-concept. He thinks and sets up things well in advance of any payoff. In ways, his high-concept writing is what brought him to this superstar status. Setting things up to huge payoffs in the future. Those huge payoffs are great and all, but it can make the beginning a bit of struggle, which I feel in House of X #1.

House of X #1 is an oversized issue with a lot going on. It sets up a new dynamic and new era for Marvel’s mutants. I suspect with them getting the movie rights back they want to bring the mutants to the forefront again. Well, this issue certainly brings in a new era and some wonderful new concepts. Hickman is one of those writers where at times I feel dumb while reading his stuff. Am I the only one? I usually have to go over stuff twice or more to maybe get a grip on what he is trying to do.

Again that is good and bad. Good because it is dense reading and gets you thinking about what is happening. It also just makes the issue feel worth the money, plus it is fun to think about where he is going with these different concepts. Bad because at the end of the issue I am not sure if I overly enjoyed myself. I mean, I liked it, but also it kind of felt like homework at the same time.

Art

Pepe Larraz handles the pencils and inks in House of X #1. He has a very “clean” tight style that works well for this series. His characters and landscapes are very realistic in looks and style. He also has a wonderful eye for detail which works wonders in the different locations and characters shown throughout the issue. I dig his designs for characters. He catches different body types and clothing/costumes exceptionally well.

For the most part House of X #1 is a walking, talking type of story, which Larraz does well on. It is too bad, though; he shows off some great dynamic work in the more action-oriented scene in the issue. I do wish the characters’ faces had a little more expression to them at times.

Marte Gracia does some fine coloring work throughout House of X #1. Again, with all the different locations throughout the issue, Gracia gets to show off an array of colors. For my personal taste the coloring maybe a little too “glossy”; it has a little “sheen” or tint to it that is just not for me.

Conclusion

House of X #1 was a hard review for me in the writing. Like most of Hickman’s stuff is, it is dense and high-concept and usually takes a while for a payoff. I like it and don’t like it at the same time. It has me very interested to see what he has in store down the line and what happens with Marvel’s mutants. Which is a very good thing to do. At the same time, I don’t know how enjoyable the single issues are. The art is good; while not my favorite style, it looks good and has some great detail throughout the issue.


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Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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