Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artists: Pepe Larraz
Colors: Marte Gracia & David Curiel
Letters: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Designer: Tom Muller
For a society to survive it must have rules. It must have laws. It must have a government. House of X #6, the final issue of this landmark X-Men relaunch, deals with what the government of the new mutant nation of Krakoa will look like, who will sit upon the council, and what their rule will be. Over the course of six issues Jonathan Hickman has been building to this moment, to this inevitable situation where man and mutant can no longer co-exist and the mutants of the Marvel universe must establish their own homeland.
The dream is dead. Xavier’s vision of man and mutant living together in perfect harmony is no more. Professor X himself has come to the realization that man will never accept mutant and therefore mutants must carve their own path in the world. To secure their future Xavier will hold the human’s hostage, not with a gun or a doomsday device, but with the life altering drugs made available through Krakoan science. The human’s own desires to be healthy and live longer will secure the new mutant nations future but that future must be based on laws and it is these laws that are the focal point of House of X #6. With the final issue of this magnificent mini-series Hickman spends the bulk of his time establishing the laws of Krakoa and who will initially carry out these laws. The ruling council of twelve is quite an eclectic group of mutants all with interesting backgrounds yet chosen with logic. With four groups of three, each named after a season (Spring, Summer, Fall, & Winter) comprising the council with Cypher and Krakoa as advisors and four champions who will assume command on the battlefield or during times of war. It’s this council that will establish the initial laws of Krakoa and then administer these laws with the islands first criminal, the homicidal mutant Sabretooth. The choices of the council were intriguing and the debate was logical but the actual judgement was insane yet completely fitting.
Even though this issue is devoid of any action I was completely and utterly fascinated by the content. Hickman had me early on with his relaunch but to watch it develop over eleven issues (with the sister title the Powers of X) was completely satisfying. Watching the developing politics of Krakoa was a brilliant way to wrap up this title and establish the Dawn of X, which I am even more excited for now. Pepe Larraz’s art was once again spectacular and the X-Men and their allies as well as (former) enemies have never looked better. Marte Gracia and David Curiel’s colors were deep and rich, which only made the art look that more luscious. House of X was an incredible ride and House of X #6 was the perfect ending for this new mutant world order.
Verdict: Buy! House of X has been an incredible read since its beginning and this concluding issue was simply amazing and the perfect concluding chapter for the House of X.