Alright folks, after marathoning two issues of Powers of X, we’re back on the House of X train! The present-day story will be taking the lead here with no substitutions and no interruptions. So, let’s dig into issue three and see what awaits our merry mutants.
This issue begins with Cyclops talking to Professor X and Magneto about the mission he and his team of X-Men are about to undertake. If you didn’t read Powers of X #2, they’re going to take down the Mother Mold space station set up by Orchis which will eventually spawn Nimrod. Professor X senses Scott’s worries and anxiety about returning from the mission and responds by telling him how proud he is and that he won’t die. He’ll make sure of it. Magneto remarks that the righteous can never truly die and that they’d have to be forgotten first. So who wants to live forever?
Our starting lineup for this attack on Mother Mold is Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Archangel, Marvel Girl, Mystique, Husk, and Monet St. Croix / M. It’s also a life or death suicide run if they don’t accomplish the mission successfully because they’re not bringing any Krakoa plants to use as portals with them for fear of the station’s A.I. analyzing them and using them against mutants. They’re trying to keep casualties of the “innocent human personnel” to a minimum, even though the personnel on that base are trying to eliminate mutant kind, as Wolverine remarks.
Meanwhile, at the superhuman supermax prison, Project Achilles, Sabretooth is on trial for his part in Mystique’s heist back in issue one of this series. Considering all his actions during that issue, there’s no way he’ll be getting off on any technicalities. Plus he’s got a crappy lawyer so he’s got no chance at all until Emma Frost and two of the Stepford Cuckoos interrupt to take Sabretooth back to Krakoa. Emma foregoes using her powers or breaking him out and instead uses the most powerful thing in the world: diplomatic immunity! Due to the fact that the UN is making Krakoa a recognized nation, the U.S. Department of State has given all Krakoans immunity. Frost and the Cuckoos promptly collect Sabretooth and leave.
Back in space at the headquarters of Orchis, Dr. Gregor is talking with Omega Sentinel (Karima Shapandar) about the moral implications of Mother Mold’s existence. There are multiple things that could go horribly wrong ranging from seeing humans as the root of mutants and thus humans become targeted for extermination to Mother Mold becoming a straight out sociopath. Suddenly their radar picks up a ship moving fast towards them. It’s the X-Men in a Sh’iar scout ship that’s able to outrun the station’s defenses. Nightcrawler “bamfs” onto the station to do some recon and runs into the good Doctor and Omega Sentinel whom he knows from her time with the X-Men. They alert the rest of the crew, including the head of security (who is also the Doc’s significant other) who blows himself up along with the X-Men’s currently docking ship to stop the mutants from boarding.
I’ve got to say, I’ve been digging this series more than I have Powers of X. Not to say that it’s a bad book or not equal to House of X because it’s really all one big book, but I’ve just been more excited to see what’s happening in the present day goings-on of the X-Men. In this issue we got to see how the X-men are going to deal with this new threat of Orchis and prevent their annihilation. I also love the throwback parallels to X-Men #1 from 1991. The X-Men rushing into space to stop their greatest threat (then Magneto and now Mother Mold) is too “uncanny” to miss. Also while it looks like they were blown up at the end of the issue we know that that they’re going to have six different team books with some of these folks on them so I'm sure they’ll be fine… Or they’re clones and Xavier and Magneto have copies back on Krakoa. I’m sure we’ll find out next issue. Also I’m curious why Hickman wanted to use Husk and M for this iteration of the team? Why those two specifically? Hmmmmm. Anyway, overall I’d say we have another great issue of X-Men. This series just keeps hitting the high notes. Pepe Larraz continues to do a fantastic job on art. Can’t wait to see what’s next!!!
Verdict: 7.5/10 Possibly Dead X-Men