Hanging with the HiX-Men, Part 5 — Powers of X #3 Review

Hanging with the HiX-Men is a series of reviews of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men comics, followed by a spotlight of a specific scene and an eventual analysis of each overall arc once it is concluded. It’s what happens when a longtime X-Men fan has his love for the franchise reinvigorated by a beloved writer who has written some of his favourite comics. With that in mind… Welcome to the HiX-Men, hope you survive the experience.

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Hanging with the HiX-Men, Part 4 — Powers of X #2 Review

Hanging with the HiX-Men is a series of reviews of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men comics, followed by a spotlight of a specific scene and an eventual analysis of each overall arc once it is concluded. It’s what happens when a longtime X-Men fan has his love for the franchise reinvigorated by a beloved writer who has written some of his favourite comics. With that in mind… Welcome to the HiX-Men, hope you survive the experience.

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Hanging with the HiX-Men, Part 3 — House of X #2 Review

Hanging with the HiX-Men is a series of reviews of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men comics, followed by a spotlight of a specific scene and an eventual analysis of each overall arc once it is concluded. It’s what happens when a longtime X-Men fan has his love for the franchise reinvigorated by a beloved writer who has written some of his favourite comics. With that in mind… Welcome to the HiX-Men, hope you survive the experience.

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Hanging with the HiX-Men, Part 2 — Powers of X #1 Review

Hanging with the HiX-Men is a series of reviews of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men comics, followed by a spotlight of a specific scene and an eventual analysis of each overall arc once it is concluded. It’s what happens when a longtime X-Men fan has his love for the franchise reinvigorated by a beloved writer who has written some of his favourite comics. With that in mind… Welcome to the HiX-Men, hope you survive the experience.

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Hanging with the HiX-Men, Part 1 — House of X #1 Review

Hanging with the HiX-Men is a series of reviews of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men comics, spotlighting a standout moment at times (obviously, spoilers), followed by an eventual analysis of each overall arc. It’s what happens when a longtime X-Men fan has his love for the franchise reinvigorated by a beloved writer who has written some of his favourite comics. With that in mind… Welcome to Hanging with the HiX-Men, hope you survive the experience. Continue reading “Hanging with the HiX-Men, Part 1 — House of X #1 Review”

Hanging with the HiX-Men, an Introduction

Writing about comics as a hobby is strange. Because it’s just a hobby and I have lots and lots of other hobbies, it’s something that can very easily slip if I don’t enjoy it. Such was the case with Road Trip with the Transformers, a feature that didn’t last past five parts because I just didn’t enjoy it. I kept thinking that I would catch up, but I just wasn’t enjoying reading the comics, let alone writing about them. They weren’t even bad enough to be enjoyably bad, they were just mediocre. What eventually made me realise this was the hype, anticipation and finally release of Jonathan Hickman’s first X-Men comic, House of X #1.

See, Jonathan Hickman is a writer I truly love. I didn’t always love him, as it took me a while and a few attempts to really get into his Fantastic Four and Avengers runs, but once I was hooked I was hooked. I went back and read his other works, like Secret Warriors, The Ultimates and Red Wing, among others. And while I can’t say I always love his work, I admire the man as a creator who can tell such intricate stories in such different styles (as long as he gets to do some graphic design). The announcement of the Dawn of X relaunch lent credence to the idea that Hickman truly had a plan for Marvel’s long-suffering franchise, helping build that excitement within me that this was something worth committing to. After reading House of X #1… I realised that I’ve never felt this before. Being hyped for a comic and anticipating it — enough to actually get my comics on a Wednesday like some sort of animal — and it actually delivering!

Because of this, I decided I had to retire Road Trip with the Transformers. It was fun while it lasted — well, it was fun to conceive and fun to write for about two entries — but I couldn’t let it drag me down. Having to write about something that I didn’t enjoy, that showed no signs of improving, I realised made this less of a hobby and more of a chore. Instead, I’ve decided to look at Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men run — which I call HiX-Men — because this is something I can’t see myself losing interest in any time soon. Of course, I might down the line (it’s Hickman so I probably won’t) and other hobbies and life might get in the way, but for now I’m committed to this.

It won’t be quite the same format this time around; instead I want to just review the comics at first, maybe pointing out some cool moments here and there that truly stand out. Afterwards, when I think a particular story arc is done, I will do a closer analysis and recap. I think this will allow me to keep more up to date with things while still allowing me to spotlight certain moments and look at a story with some depth.

With that in mind… Welcome to the HiX-Men, hope you survive the experience (and graphics)!

Why I Welcome Hickman’s Take on the X-Men

Jonathan Hickman will be taking on the X-Men in July with two miniseries: House of X and Powers of X. There is rampant speculation on what these two series will entail, in no small part due to the ominous tone of the House of X promotional image and the mish-mash, different character designs present on the Powers of X image. But whatever they are, it’s clear that Marvel are putting their eggs into the HiX-Men basket.

This comes hot off the heels of Marvel’s relatively recent relaunch of Uncanny X-Men that came in the form of “X-Men Disassembled”, a story that I dissected due to how much I loathed it. That storyline led into the currently ongoing Age of X-Man event, which is better than “X-Men Disassembled” based on the few issues of it I read. Then Marvel streamlined the creative team of Uncanny X-Men to Matthew Rosenberg and Salvador Larocca, in a run that’s largely been a rehash of the 2000s with some superficial 90s nostalgia for good measure.

So all of that seems like it’s not going to be too relevant in a few months as Hickman does what Hickman does and reinvents the X-Men. Marvel are even promoting it as a shakeup on the level of Giant-Size X-Men or New X-Men, which is certainly a brave comparison to welcome. And… I am okay with this. Really. Hickman is just what the X-Men need, and read on below so I can explain why. Continue reading “Why I Welcome Hickman’s Take on the X-Men”