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Comic Review: Secret Wars House of M #1 – Long Live The King

By Jeff Ayers

Comic Review: Secret Wars House of M #1 - Long Live The King

Writer: Dennis Hopeless

Artists: Marco Failla and Matt Wilson


Marvel Comics

The epic marvel event Secret Wars has been going on now for a few months, and the main series line has just passed over it’s midway hump into issue 5. (You can see what I said about that issue here.) Many of the so called “tie ins” have been underway since the beginning of the event, but a few are still coming out, including the first issue of House of M.

This series revisits the alternate timeline world set up in 2005 and written by Brian Michael Bendis. The quick recap is that after the events of Avengers Disassembled story arc, the Scarlet Witch has a mental breakdown, and together with Professor Xavier they create a world that is drastically different than the one we know. Mutants are now the dominant species, with “sapiens” being persecuted and outcast, and Magneto and his son Quicksilver along with his daughters Wanda the Scarlet Witch and Polaris rule over mutants and sapiens alike. In that story arc, a new character named Layla Miller is introduced, who has a power that is able to “wake up” the heroes she encounters to remember life the way it once was. Wolverine also remembers the previous world, thanks to his psychic blocks in his brain. Wolverine, with the help of Layla, wakes up many of the heroes to wage war against Magneto and Scarlet Witch, leading to her reverting the world but uttering the phrase “No More Mutants”.

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Comic Review: Secret Wars House of M #1 - Long Live The King

This view of the House of M story arc seems to not involve Layla at all, and Wolverine shows no signs of remembering anything, at least in this first issue he is totally a team player in his ‘red guard’. So fans of the original series will get to see a lot of the characters that appeared in the original, still slightly skewed from their known counterparts. The difference also is that these characters, along with Magneto and his family, know that Doom is the true ruler, and god of the new Battleworld. The reveal in this issue, is that Magneto doesn’t have the hold on society like he might think he does, and not even within his own family.

Comic Review: Secret Wars House of M #1 - Long Live The King

The “Best There Is”: It is fun with a lot of these tie ins to Secret Wars to see different story arcs from Marvel comics revised and tweaked a little. I thoroughly enjoyed the original House of M story arc, and it is neat to see these characters back in action. Even if that means it just adds more versions of Wolverine, Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel et al to the veritable pile of different versions out there in Battleworld. Dennis Hopeless does a good job capturing the feel and tone of the original series, and stories that bring Magneto to the forefront, and also feature cool underground characters like Hawkeye and Misty Knight are always fun.

The “Isn’t Very Nice”: More of a commentary on the event as a whole, I really dislike the release schedule of books like this. Only now are we getting the number one issue of this series, and the main event is already past the fifth issue out of eight total. That means there will definitely be tie in lines still going on after the main series is over, and that is always a little confusing. Also, I never really get a sense that any of theses tie ins really matter to the overall events in the main line, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but, it still gives me pause when I am collecting.

FBI Score: 8 out of 10.

The writing and art brings you seamlessly back in to the fun, skewered world of House of M, but I don’t see much of this line having any impact on the greater story arc in the events of Secret Wars. Truly a book for fans of the original series.

Jeff Ayers

Both my parents instilled in me at an early age the awesome power and incredible wonder of the written word. My father sat with me when I was four years old and taught me to enjoy reading with classic comic strips like SPIDERMAN, PEANUTS, B.C. and, later, CALVIN AND HOBBES. My mother exposed me to such classics of literature as Poe, Tolkien, Stoker and Doyle, and I started my own comic collection with allowance money from mowing lawns. I liked Wolverine before it was cool, I watched as Superman died and returned, and huddled under the covers as I turned the pages of SANDMAN. Reading is like oxygen to me, and all genres and formats are welcome and devoured equally. I am the co-host of The DW and Incredible Jeff Show, CEO of Permian Productions, and a reviewer at Graphic Novel Reporter. I am 34 and live in scenic Saratoga Springs New York, where I haunt coffee shops and dive bars and the best comic shop anywhere, The Comic Depot.

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