Comic Book Review: House of X and Powers of X

Above is a short interview with the author, Jonathan Hickman.

Details: More information can be found at https://www.marvel.com/comics/issue/72991/powers_of_x_2019_1 https://www.marvel.com/comics/issue/72984/house_of_x_2019_1

Score: 8.7/10

Powers of X just published its sixth and last issue, thus ending the twelve issue miniseries that was House of X and Powers of X. Marvel recently got the movie rights to X-Men back, which means that they can freely write good X-Men stories again without worrying about promoting a movie franchise they don’t own. As a result, Jonathan Hickman (wrote Avengers, Fantastic Four, Secret Wars) was enlisted to relaunch the X-Men franchise and tell some new stories. The resulting X-Men stories are some of the most revolutionary in the history of the X-Men franchise. House of X and Powers of X add massive changes and new ideas to the franchise while reminding us of the classic themes of what the X-Men have always been about. When you read these two miniseries, you get the sense that they were written by a longtime X-Men fan with a wide ranging knowledge of the details of the franchise, and who also wants to make a statement about what the X-Men are really about.

There will be spoilers ahead.

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Comic Book Review: House of X #2 Retcons the History of the X-Men

Details: More information can be found at https://www.marvel.com/comics/issue/72985/house_of_x_2019_2

Score: 8/10

After the end of the Batman Who Laughs, I was worried about what my next must read book would be. I didn’t have much to worry about because that new book is this one. House of X is a companion book with Power of X, but I feel like this book is the true main book.

House of X #2 takes one of the primary characters in the X-Men franchise and rectons her history, thereby retconning a lot of the X-Men’s history. It’s quite the trip as we not only explore this characters history, but we get to explore the intricacies of her powers, which is one of my favorite kinds of stories when it comes to superpowers. There will be spoilers ahead.

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Comic Book Review: Walking Dead #193 (the Final Issue) and Thoughts on the Whole Series

The video below has some spoilers, but they warn you before showing them.

Details: More information can be found at https://imagecomics.com/comics/series/the-walking-dead-1

Score: 7/10 for issue #193, 8/10 for the series as a whole

Much like his past series Invincible, Robert Kirkman has suddenly ended his Walking Dead comic book series, a series that spawned the television show and who knows how much merchandising money. Again, like in Invincible, the Walking Dead comic book has felt stagnant for a while. As a series that depended largely on shock plot twists, this sudden ending at least offers some final surprise to a series that seemed to be dying a slow death.

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Comic Book Review: The Batman Who Laughs

Details: More information can be found here: https://www.dccomics.com/comics/the-batman-who-laughs-2018/the-batman-who-laughs-1

Score: 8/10

There is only one western comic book that I need to read each time it’s released and that is this book. The Batman Who Laughs is a character who originally appeared in the Dark Metal miniseries and has gone on to be one of DC Comics most popular characters. Though there be haters, I love this character. I love this character because I love character development and you cannot have this character without exploring the Batman mythos (which I also love) and questioning again what it truly means to be Batman.

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Manga Review: The Promised Neverland

Details: More information can be found at https://myanimelist.net/manga/100128/Yakusoku_no_Neverland

Score: 8.3/10

The Promised Neverland is one of the top selling mangas in Japan as of this time. It touches upon a number of genres like horror, action, and fantasy. What I like most about this manga is how much of the story consists of intellectual and psychological battles versus just pure action.

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