House of X Issue 2 Review: The Uncanny Life of Moira X
House of X Issue 2, titled ‘The Uncanny Life of Moira X,’ gives us an explanation about the most important scene that was teased during the promotional campaign of this new comic book series. Y’all, two issues in, I’m in love with what writer Jonathan Hickman is doing in House of X.
If you haven’t been reading X-Men titles lately because the stories have been too repetitive or with no real consequence, I urge you to consider picking up the House of X and Powers of X series by Jonathan Hickman. What’s currently occurring in these pages is set to shake the mutant lore to the core. I can’t wait to see what happens to the mutants once these stories conclude in a few more weeks.
House of X Issue 2 picked up from a scene in the debut issue of Powers of X. It turns out that Moira MacTaggert was a mutant all along. Not only that, she has been trying to mold the fate of the entire mutant race in the Marvel Comic Book Universe for a very long time.
My mind exploded as I went through her story. I get some readers might not like Moira being revealed as a mutant, but I’m telling you, Hickman’s revelation (or retcon, as some might argue) works. It’s great and opens the door to numerous possibilities.
Moira has been very busy for a long time now. Her mutation allows her to be reborn. With each rebirth, she retains memories of her past lives. It was very interesting to see her realize she’s a mutant, think of it as a gift, think of it as a curse, try to do better, and so much more. The Moira in the current timeline is her 10th reincarnation. This is the version of Moira fans are familiar with. Apparently, she can come back only one more time. There won’t be any do-overs for her after that.
The only one who knows about her powers is the future-seeing mutant (and Mystique’s romantic partner) Destiny. The scene where Destiny talked about her role in front of Moira and then ordered Pyro to kill Moira slowly (so, she’ll remember how it feels to die in her next rebirth) was well-written.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Moria realizes certain mistakes made in House of X and Powers of X, dies, and then her 11th reincarnation ends up being the new timeline which leads to the upcoming X-Men comic book series set to release once the current event concludes.
Artist Pepe Larraz and colorist Marte Garcia, again, do an exceptional job of bringing Hickman’s words to life. And what amazing words they are.
There are panels in this comic book with only words in them, and you know what? I didn’t mind reading all of them without any accompanying art. Give me a House of X novel adaptation!
It’s rare for anything, especially comics, to deliver on the hype surrounding them, but Hickman has more than delivered!
Go read House of X Issue 2 right now!
Farid has a Masters in Psychology and an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Arousing the Legacy, Missing in Somerville, The Game Master of Somerville, and The Escaped Murderer of Somerville. He gives us insight on comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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