WARNING: The following contains spoilers for House of X #6, by Jonathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz, Marte Gracia, David Curiel, VC's Clayton Cowles and Tom Muller, on sale now.
Jonathan Hickman has completely revitalized the X-Men franchise with his dual miniseries, House of X and Powers of X. The changes the prolific writer has introduced to the X-Men will have dramatic ramifications throughout the Marvel Universe, especially with the conclusion of this week's Powers of X #6.
One of the new wrinkles is the establishment of the island Krakoa as the new sovereign nation for all mutants. What makes Krakoa different from Genosha and Utopia is how the X-Men went through the proper political channels to get Krakoa recognized by the United Nations. With everything being done by the law, Krakoa now stands on equal footing alongside other world powers.
Of course, every nation needs to have leaders that create the laws of the land that its citizens must abide by. For the X-Men, it's the Quiet Council of Krakoa: Professor X, Magneto, Apocalypse, Mister Sinister, Exodus, Mystique, Sebastian Shaw, Emma Frost, an unnamed Red King, Storm, Jean Grey and Nightcrawler, with Cypher and Krakoa on hand to witness the proceedings.
This collection of mutants consists of heroes and villains putting their differences aside for the greater good of all mutants. When the Quiet Council gathers to decide the fate of Sabretooth in House of X #6, we couldn't help but notice the striking similarities between this collection of X-Men characters and the houses found in HBO's Game of Thrones.
The Game of Thrones television series centers on various players vying for the Iron Throne to rule over Westeros. The protagonist house is undoubtedly House Stark, which is filled with fan-favorite characters like Ned Stark, Robb Stark, Jon Snow, Arya Stark and Sansa Stark. Another major house that cannot be overlooked is House Lannister, with Jamie Lannister, Cersei Lannister and Tyrion Lannister. These two proud families turned Westeros into a war zone as they both tried to gain an advantage over the other.
When they weren't fighting, there were behind-the-scenes dealings and backstabbing taking place, which is more than likely what will eventually happen for the X-Men's Quiet Council. The odds of villains like Apocalypse, Mister Sinister and Exodus following the rules remain slim. Plus, readers have already been told how foolhardy it is for the X-Men to put their faith in Mister Sinister, since Moira X's ninth life revealed how he betrayed the X-Men.
The Quiet Council may have calmly come to a decision on Sabretooth's judgement, but the introduction of Krakoa's first laws -- Make More Mutants, Murder No Man and Respect This Sacred Land -- is bound to create conflict. This has all the makings of the same political intrigue and backstabbing that made Game of Thrones one of the most-watched series of the last decade. The series finale brought together all of the leaders throughout Westeros together to form a small council that decided on a new king, following Jon Snow's assassination of Daenerys. Seeing them all together deciding on their kingdom's future almost serves as a preview a preview of what the Quiet Council scenes will look like in Marvel's Dawn of X lineup of comics.
The phrase "Dawn of X" alludes to a golden era for Marvel's Merry Mutants, but Krakoa's answer to the Red Wedding is just around the corner. Krakoa may be a paradise now, but it could all burn to the ground as quickly as King's Landing was reduced to ash and rubble.