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Did House of X #1 Live Up to the Hype?

July 31, 2019 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
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I’m Steve Gustafson and thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget to check out 411mania’s Comic Book Review Roundtable, every Thursday! Read up on the best reviews and let us know what you’re reading as well. Click to read the latest Comic Book Review Roundtable! Last week we covered House of X #1, History of the Marvel Universe #1, and more!

On with the show!

Last time we discussed The Best of DC’s Elseworld Books Comic Book Series!. Here’s what some of you had to say:

Prez Gar: “Batman: In Darkest Knight, where Bruce Wayne gets Abin Sur’s ring instead of Hal Jordon, and Selina Kyle becomes a Star Sapphire.

Superman: Speeding Bullets, where Kal-El’s rocket lands in Gotham and not Smallville and he’s raised as Bruce Wayne, resulting in a more powerful Batman.. Lex Luthor becomes The Joker.”

Phenomenal: “Red Son and The Nail is some of my favorite comics in general. Sadly didn’t hear anything good about Another Nail and didn’t read that. Also,would Rock of Ages count as Elseworlds?”

Len Archibald: “Red Son is one of those books that changed how I looked at what kind of stories could be told…of course the end was one of those I saw coming but didn’t go precisely the way I thought (I thought it was more or less ending with a familiar “parallel” universe loop and not a legit one.)

Kingdom Come is well…Kingdom Fucking Come.🤘🏾🤘🏾🤘🏾

Elseworld stories are precisely why movies like Joker don’t bother me.”

Ken Wood: “I was digging through my old comics the other day and found two or three Else Worlds comics that I can’t remember ever reading before. I’ve put them in my stack to read but none are on this list. I’m also thinking of ordering the Marvels book since I didn’t get to read all of them but they were also great.”

Excollector: “1. Kingdom Come
2. The Golden Age
3. Superman: Red Son
4. Gotham By Gaslight”

Whole F’n Truth: “1) New Frontier
2) The Golden Age
3) Kingdom Come
4) JLA The Nail
5) Supermsn: Red Son”

Carl Rood: “I understand the business reasons, but I’d have like it if Elseworlds wasn’t so heavily Batman driven. Alternate takes on other characters tended to be few and far between. I did like how writers could really take the characters into interesting directions that couldn’t happen in the main titles. They didn’t have to explain why everyone lived 100 years in the past. They just put them there and extrapolated how they’d behave in a combination of the familiar and the different.”

Keith: “Stoked you listed the Batman/Captain America book. One of my all time faves.”

To read all of the comments go HERE! As always, thanks for the input!

This week we ask…

Did House of X #1 Live Up to the Hype?

Stop. If you haven’t read House of X #1 and want to participate in the comments, I strongly suggest you read this House of X review by 411mania’s own Jeremy Thomas HERE!

Even if you’ve read it, I’d check out his review because he and I share the same thoughts about the issue.

I think we can all agree that this issue brought the mutants back to prominence in a major way. Many times comic book fans are promised an issue will change things like never before and nothing really changes. House of X #1 delivered and could be the standout book of 2019.

When Marvel and writer Jonathan Hickman announced that he would be revamping the X-Men, reactions ran from excitement to major doubt. Hickman gave us an issue that changed the status quo and set up a number of intriguing possibilities. Most would agree that this will stand along side Giant-Sized X-Men, X-Men, Age of Apocalypse, and New X-Men as classic chapters in their history.

All this, of course, is my personal feeling on the subject. The real question is what did YOU think of the issue? Too soon to judge or pleasantly surprised?

That’s all the time I have. Check out our Comic Book Reviews tomorrow and see you next week!