Powers of X #1
“The Last Dream of Professor X”
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: R.B. Silva
Cover Art: R.B. Silva & Marte Gracia
Jonathan Hickman’s second mini series that is being used to restart the X-Men brand was released this week. Last week was House of X, and this week is Powers of X (pronounced ‘ten’). These two books are telling one gigantic story from Hickman and, much like his run on the Avengers, he re-creates a bunch of the future and past and weaves them together. Because of that, there are moments when it can be difficult to follow.
Again, like last week, there are pages of white throughout the book that gives paragraphs of exposition and I had difficulties with these pages.
There are a group of new characters that are interesting, with apparent ties to mutants that we knew. I am wondering how much my confusion is because I have not been reading much X-Men in the lat several years.
The beginning scene may have been my favorite as Charles Xavier and Moira McTaggart are shown meeting, yet it all feels odd…dreamlike. And then the scene on Krakoa is just as strange. Some of these characters feel unlike they have been shown before. I have a feeling there is a reason for that.
This may require a re-read to grasp on what is happening, or perhaps the mystery of exactly what is going on is the main part of it. I will say that I am interested in what is happening and I would like to see where it goes. I am fearful that all of this is just going to be one more alternate future for the X-men and, once these two stories are over, they will split the mutants up into different teams and just continue the status quo from the last several years.
I plan on continuing to read the two series with hope that this is not just another X-Men story without any weight.