It stung a bit not having the opportunity to review and talk about the issue before, because that was pretty freaking groundbreaking for the X-Men! Who would have thought that this Krakoan system ran so deep that they could really have escaped their cycle of hollow deaths too? Some could argue that this is all convenient, but yes, this is convenient. As convenient as it SHOULD be when these mutants have now had ten lifetimes to understand the direction they needed to take in order to overcome every obstacle which has ever held them back, and those that could ever have a chance to.
As the last issue to House of X, it was smart that part of this issue was used to bring us to that fateful day where all of this began. The one thing you never expected when both HoX and PoX began, was that we would jump to so many points in time where this one moved changed everything for Mutantkind. However, all of these events past, present, and future only mean as much as the point of origin where it was all set in motion. Up to this point we saw the speech which Charles gave the rest of his fellow mutants, and that was empowering for everything which has now changed about the way he looked at the world. Though seeing this speech which he prepared for the world? I don’t think there was ever one from this guy that you could have applauded more. The beauty of this book has always been the reality check that this fight for peace among mutants and humans was never going to work the way it was dreamed. The dream is dead, it died long before HoX and PoX began, it was about time that we got a creative team that went these lengths to acknowledge this rather than do small shake-ups with the teams and location of the school.
Now the big thing surrounding House of X has also been figuring out the mystery behind The Quiet Council of Krakoa. I never touched upon this, but I found this to be a brilliant concept. I mean, we’ve never had this many mutants together and on the same page to pull off something like this. So far I couldn’t argue with a single person who they put on this council. All proper head-figures between those you could call heroes, and those you used to call enemies. Though the only question which remained was “Who did Emma Frost choose as her third seat?”. Even if we wanted to guess who this Red King could be, right now it could have been anyone.
This first meeting was well worth the wait if you ask me. That mystery third person we could wait on when the important thing was seeing just how these other eleven mutants could work together on the same council. It was very engaging to hear something from all of them. This was the perfect opportunity taken to show us where all of them stand on the future of mutants moving forward. Some of them were a bit predictable in their ideals, but it was the way they presented them to the rest which was refreshing. Especially when this is at the same time a good time to get through those rough patches with the ones you know that could easily be troublesome if they aren’t seeing enough for them to follow rules.
The big thing for me was coming right back around to Charles again to learn that this really is a new him. Before this year, I would have yawned at the idea of making him important again. His ideals are what led Mutantkind down this path in the first place. Though here he is making the hard calls and finally seeing the world for what it is and what it could be with a bolder direction taken.
There wasn’t too much room for this art team to be playful as they have been the past five issues, but this was also an excellent issue for them because this was that time to take a step back and get into one of their more personable takes of this story. Particularly when it is involving The Quiet Council of Krakoa. From start to finish I loved how into it that Pepe Laraz got with the way that these mutants meshed together. Some enthusiastic about what was unfolding in the meeting, others who didn’t care, some who of course would be taking things seriously. He captured this through an excellent mix of facial expressions and body language that could have also spoke volumes on their own. Particularly when it came to dealing with their first piece of business. I think what I loved most was just seeing the presence of the actual Krakoa. You always forget that this is an actual entity till you see that big tree with a face. The color work of course was what captures his beauty best. I’ll never get over how Marte Garcia consistently mixed natural colors with colors more out there like that unique shade of pink. It didn’t hurt to also have another colorist in David Curiel on hand, because this was all the more a stunning and flashy issue for it.
Aside from this, it goes without saying that the research files pages will always be the most appreciated part of this series, and I do hope that outside of House of X and Powers of X this will not be the last time we see this page style used.
House of X #6 brings this revolutionary tale of Mutantkind’s rise to a conclusion, and I couldn’t be prouder of Marvel and this creative team taking the mutant problem seriously again. Survival is not just about facing extinction time and time again, it’s also about the wonder in how you adapt to the world around you. This is the first time where you could say that the mutants genuinely adapted with all the resources and allies they have had to take advantage of for YEARS. I don’t think I have ever felt this excited for what comes next in the X-Books. The Dawn of X-Men is going to be a line of books to look forward to!