House of M

House of M - Brian Michael Bendis, Olivier Coipel

After Scarlet Witch's breakdown, Professor Xavier has been working with her to try to heal her mind. However, he's not having much success with that, so the Avengers and the X-Men gather to discuss whether or not they should just kill her. Quicksilver, her twin brother, is determined to prevent her death and convinces her to recreate the world so she'll be safe. In this new world, mutants rule the world with her father as the head of a powerful nation.


I really enjoyed this story, although not because I found the story itself to be particularly amazing. I didn't actually want the heroes to succeed in fixing the world because I found the new mutant-lead world to be far more interesting. Plus, there is something very satisfying about seeing the humans of the Marvel universe face discrimination after reading so many stories where they're just awful to the ones saving their lives. And there's my love of the family dynamics of Magneto and his children. I just wanted to see more of them.


I didn't care too much about the heroes as they all had their memories restored and gathered together to take on Scarlet Witch and fix things. I felt there were a few too many heroes thrown in to such a short story to really do justice to all of them, which contributed to my lack of caring toward them.


I'm conflicted on the ending of the story with Wanda's declaration of "No more mutants" stripping most mutants in the world of their powers. On one hand, it was a bold move that had lasting consequences for the Marvel universe and lead to some great stories. On the other hand, it comes across as a bit cheap when almost every major mutant keeps their powers and it's mostly unknown ones who lose their powers. Except Scarlet Witch and her family, of course.


Basically, I like this book for the alternate reality it introduced which provided a fairly intriguing setting for this story. The actual plot of the heroes getting their memories back and working to fix reality was less interesting. But the art was always nice to look at.