We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!
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Fall Of The House Of X #1 Review:
The Krakoa era comes to an end starting in this issue as Cyclops is put on trial, and the X-Men scramble to take the fight to Orchis. Meanwhile, Professor X continues to be a jerk.
Host Justin Tyler enjoyed the issue, and in particular that this was a “big rallying point… But instead, Professor X f**ks up their plan almost immediately.” He also enjoyed that this is a “scrappier X-Men situation,” as well as Cyclops taking center stage and “dropping some philosophy here.” He also called out a page where Colossus and Wolverine come up with a variation of the fastball special called the “screwball special,” where Colossus throws a man at Wolverine, who slices him to ribbons as “quite dark.”
“This feels like they’ve been pushing the ball up the hill the entire time, Sisyphus style,” said host Alex Zalben, “and they’ve finally gotten to that mountain peak and it’s starting to roll down [the other side].”
He also loved multiple elements of the issue, including how Tyler had mentioned that the team is not ready, Professor X screwing things up, yet again, and Kitty Pryde having fun for the first time in months. Additionally, Zalben shouted out the references to the classic Trial of Magneto storyline, and a fun sequence where Cyclops asks about Jean Grey possibly showing up. “It’s a great line, very funny for such a dire situation,” Zalben added.
Zalben also speculated that there was a possibility that Cyclops will die in this comic, given the paired series Rise of the Powers of X picks up 10 years after the X-Men have lost. “I think there’s going to be some sort of soft reset,” Zalben threw out there, which means you can make moves like killing Cyclops, without the death taking permanently.
Fall Of The House Of X #1 Official Synopsis:
KRAKOA HAS JUST BEGUN TO FIGHT! Mutantkind has never had a greater fall. From the highs of Krakoa – their own glorious nation, a place where they were safe and happy – to the lowest of lows. Outlawed, hunted, killed, most of their kind missing or dead, and now, one their greatest leaders, Cyclops, is on trial facing a death penalty. Ready or not, the time has come for the X-Men to make their final stand against the forces that have struck them low. The day is now. The place is here. The tale of the house Xavier built will long be told…and few will forget this darkest chapter. From writer Gerry Duggan (X-MEN, MARAUDERS, UNCANNY AVENGERS) and artist Lucas Werneck (IMMORTAL X-MEN, TRIAL OF MAGNETO) comes half of the story that will bring the Krakoa Age to its conclusion!