We're only a few months away before Marvel Comics debuts the X-Men focused miniseries, House of X and Powers of X. The publisher has begun to release new preview pages by artists Pepe Larraz and R.B. Silva, offering some clues to writer Jonathan Hickman's plans for the X-Men franchise.
Even though specific details are being kept under wraps, Hickman has revealed the basic story elements of the X-Men series.
"One, House of X, is a story about a pivotal month in the history of the X-Men where everything changes for mutants on Earth. And the other, Powers of X, is a story about the history of mutants in the Marvel Universe," Hickman told ComicBook.com. "It works as a series of reveals and revelations where each issue of HOX that follows POX -- and vice versa -- makes you reinterpret the issue you had previously read."
Considering what little we knew beforehand about House of X and Powers of X, these are important details to learn. For example, what period of time does House of X's pivotal month take place? As for Powers of X, it sounds like it will peel back the curtain on the Marvel Universe's mutant history. Since both series will deal with mutant history, it should allow Hickman to mold the X-Men and prepare them for the same signature brand of storytelling he brought to the Fantastic Four and Avengers.
Hickman also revealed the entire X-Men line will come to an end right before the debuts of House of X and Powers of X, in order to provide a smooth transition for readers.
"So I argued for cancelling the entire line: Why it would work, why it was a good idea, and most importantly, why it was what we needed to do narratively to return the X-Men to their rightful prominent position in the Marvel Universe," Hickman said.
House of X #1 and Powers of X #1 will go on sale in July from Marvel Comics.