House of X #1 changes the relationship between the X-Men and the rest of the Marvel Universe in a major way. Read on to learn just how drastically this new series is changing the status quoWarning: this article contains spoilers for House of X #1!
The X-Men's New Home
Art by Pepe Larraz. (Image Credit: Marvel Comics)The X-Men are used to being an endangered minority in the Marvel Universe, but House of X shows a mutant race finally consolidating its power and gaining a new foothold on the global arena. Professor Xavier has created a new home for mutantkind on Krakoa the Living Island. This island serves as a brand new mutant nation, something previously attempted by Magneto with Genosha and Cyclops with Utopia. Xavier seems to think he can succeed where his friends failed, partly by reaching out to other world leaders and encouraging them to officially recognize the sovereignty of the new mutant nation.To encourage friendly relations with the outside world, Xavier uses his resources to purchase a large pharmaceutical company and create three wonder drugs - a pill that adds five years to anyone's lifespan, a new super-adaptable antibiotic and a drug that can cure all mental diseases in humans. The catch is that only those nations which open diplomatic relations with the mutant nation of Krakoa will be given these three drugs.
Art by Pepe Larraz. (Image Credit: Marvel Comics)As this issue reveals, Magneto is all-in on Xavier's new vision for mutantkind. He gives a tour to several international ambassadors, showing them one of numerous global hubs that provide mutants with instantaneous transport to Krakoa. However, Magneto is more than a mere tour guide. He allows the Stepford Cuckoos to telepathically read the minds of these ambassadors, learning that each has ulterior motives and one has secretly brought a weapon.Magneto quickly destroys the weapon. But rather than kill the ambassadors for their deceptions, he allows them to live so that he can deliver a clear warning to the outside world. Krakoa isn't going anywhere, and there's nothing humanity can do to stop the rise of mutantkind. Magneto insists humans should look to mutants as their new gods.
Art by Pepe Larraz. (Image Credit: Marvel Comics)Perhaps the most controversial aspect of Xavier's new mutant nation is his offer of blanket amnesty for all mutants, regardless of their crimes in the human world. This creates newfound tension between the X-Men and Fantastic Four when Mystique and the Brotherhood of Mutants break into a Damage Control facility to steal scientific data and blueprints created by Tony Stark and Reed Richards. Sabretooth is captured by the FF, but Cyclops arrives to insist that the prisoner be allowed to return to Krakoa. After a tense standoff, Cyclops agrees to resolve the conflict another time, but it's clear relations between the X-Men and the other superhero teams of the Marvel U. aren't in great shape these days.It also becomes clear that part of Xavier's goal with the mutant amnesty program is to consolidate Krakoa's power and bring all of the world's Omega Level mutants under one roof. Because of this, Xavier and Cyclops have a vested interest in encouraging Franklin Richards (arguably the most powerful mutant ever) to make his new home on Krakoa.
The Orchis Protocol
Art by Pepe Larraz. (Image Credit: Marvel Comics)It pretty much goes without saying that a power play of this scale won''t go unopposed. Issue #1 introduces a new enemy to the mutant race, an organization called Orchis. Comprised of former members of groups like AIM, Hydra and SHIELD, Orchis is determined to save humanity from complete extinction. And given that it forecasts the end of the human race in a mere 20 years, Orchis doesn't have much time to waste.Readers get a taste of the threat Orchis poses to the X-Men in this issue. The group has taken over Sol's Hammer (a Dyson Sphere/space station Tony Stark designed shortly before Secret Wars) and transformed it into a factory capable of producing enormous Sentinels.
Xavier's Secret Plans
Art by Pepe Larraz. (Image Credit: Marvel Comics)One of the big questions raised in House of X #1 is just what Xavier's endgame is. Does he still yearn for a world where humans and mutants can peacefully coexist, or is he now wholly concerned with ensuring the survival of his species. The fact that Xavier appears so little and keeps his face hidden underneath his new portable Cerebro helmet only adds to the general level of mystery.The opening pages are especially perplexing. They show Xavier literally hatching versions of Cyclops and Jean Grey. The altered design of Xavier's Cerebro helmet suggests this scene is happening in a different time period, but it's unclear whether he's cloning his X-Men or if the implication is that Xavier actually created them in the first place. That would certainly change much of what we thought we knew about the X-Men and their place in the Marvel Universe.For more on this new issue, check out our review for House of X #1.关注无极荣耀官网（www.laicachina.com.cn）。