Even though I had discussed what was introduced in the first issue of this series, I recently had a chance to catch up with this series and it blew my mind on what Jonathan Hickman had introduced for the X-Men series; included in this review will be Powers of X, due to the reading order of how it’s introduced. Let’s check out How Hickman has done for this series.
During the Summer Hickman promised there would be a new Dawn for the X-Men and with the first issue of this series, it came in burning bright like a flame, we learned that Charles Xavier had a new plan for mutant-kind and with that plan also came a new Mutant Nation that reintroduced a very old character for a new generation, Krakoa. The revelation blew everyone’s mind and of course, it sounded so crazy at first; at one point back in 2011 in Wolverine and the X-Men, the Jean Grey School of Higher Learning was built on a willing spawn of Krakoa who believed it was a Mutant.
Speaking of Krakoa, It was a shocker to see that Magneto was chosen to be the Krakoan Ambassador, given his history with the X-Men and while he has helped the team out on occasion but unlike normal ambassadors, Magneto’s presence is intimidating and he can be unpredictable. But he does what he can to protect mutants from the humans; while Magneto, Emma Frost and the Stepford Cuckoos meet with the Human ambassadors, we’re seeing human organizations such as A.I.M., S.H.I.E.L.D., Alpha Flight in the shadows, far away from Earth preparing to ‘save’ humankind from becoming extinct due to the Mutants.
A reminder for the reader is that as mentioned above, the reading order for this series is joined with the Powers of X series due to the relaunch of the X-Men series. It was incredible to see the change of the Character known as Moira Kinross (Later becoming MacTaggert), with every time she dies, she suddenly found herself in her mother’s womb; all of her memories intact from the previous life she had lived and was born again with the mutant power of resurrection, with each life she lived Moria either pursed Charles, falling in love with Charles or pursued a cure for Mutation and so on. Another thing that I enjoyed seeing in this series was the Fantastic Four guest-starring in this series, in some ways it was a nod to Hickman’s previous run on the Fantastic Four, a series I would recommend checking out.
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