HOUSE OF X #1. Writer: Jonathan Hickman / Illustrator: Pepe Larraz / Letterer: Clayton Cowles / Colorist: Marte Gracia / Publisher: Marvel Comics / Release Date: July 24, 2019
To say that House Of X is a very special comic would be an understatement. Hickman has blown everyone away with only just the first issue of this title, and I must say, the hype is well warranted. This book is straight-up fantastic and striking in all of the best ways. The post- Age Of X-Man heroes have arrived in a new era and it is a wonder to watch this new world unfold.
The X-Cellent Artwork
House Of X’s strength is not only Hickman’s stunning writing, but Gracia and Larraz’s artwork throughout the book is also amazing. It gives off a beautiful yet eerie feel, during the whole comic. The colors are used in stunning ways throughout this entire book– the way colors are used in each scene reminds me of a Jack Kirby comic.
The Writing and Lettering
Hickman’s fantastic writing and his go-to graphs are one of the books biggest strengths, as it makes you feel Human reading it. The more you read this book, the more you get encompassed in the grand scale and weight of the story. Cowles has some of the best lettering I’ve seen in comics; this may be his greatest work yet. Between Hickman, Cowles and the art, the book drives home a beautiful yet eerie, foreboding tone.
The shocking note that House Of X #1 ends on, reveals a great deal about Mutantdom as we know it, and it’s only going to get crazier from here.
VERDICT: 5 Graphs out of 5