Powers of X #1/ Writer: Jonathan Hickman/ Penciller: R.B. Silva/ Inkers: R.B. Silva and Adriano Di Benedetto/ Colorist: Marte Gracia/ Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles/ Publisher: Marvel/ Release Date: July 31st, 2019
Jonathan Hickman continues his universe-shaking take on the X-Men with his second miniseries, Powers of X. Alongside artist R.B. Silva, Hickman positions Powers as the sister series to House of X and raises even more questions in the process.
Powers of X hops through four different time periods, starting with a young Charles Xavier meeting Moira McTaggart; then ten years into the future, following the events of HOX #1. From there, we leap a hundred years into the future, where a highly evolved Nimrod leads a bloody war against mutantkind; and then a thousand years further to a radically different Earth. Eagle-eyed readers will notice that Hickman and Silva are using actual powers of ten (“X” is the Roman numeral for ten) to advance the story.
It’s in Year One Hundred that we spend the most time, and where Hickman and Silva shine. Silva, in particular, grabs the reader’s attention with his designs of the Chimera, aka the mutant hybrids created by Mister Sinister. The Chimera we follow, Cardinal and Rasputin, are brought wonderfully to life by Silva, inker Adriano Di Benedetto, and colorist Marte Gracia, especially Rasputin. Looking like a cross between Colossus and Magik (With a few more surprise mutant powers) Rasputin is a delight to watch in battle as she cleaves through Sentinels with her Soul Sword.
In the same tradition as his runs on Avengers and Fantastic Four, Hickman seeds several mysteries. Is Charles Xavier really as benevolent as he seems? How did the new Nimrod come to be? What secrets is Moira hiding? Like any good storyteller, Hickman gives the audience enough to keep them invested without revealing his entire hand.
Powers of X #1 continues to immerse readers in a brand new era for the X-Men. I cannot wait to see future issues, as well as how this series continues to tie with House of X.
Rating: 5 out of 5 Chimeras.