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House of M #5: Review

Aug 2005
Brian Michael Bendis, Olivier Coipel

Story Name:

(no title given)

Review & Comments

Rating:
4.5 stars

House of M #5 Review by (July 31, 2013)
This issue shows the aftermath of 2 tie-in mini-series which fit between #2 and here. In Iron Man: House of M as well as being a successful businessman Tony Stark takes part in televised armoured gladiatorial games. His father Howard plans to use a mutant-killing genetic invention, that Hank Pym was seen discussing in #2, to kill Magneto. Armoured Tony stops him, and is feted as heroic Iron Man. (Despite this he won't use his armour in the following issues.) In Spider-Man: House of M Peter Parker is successful at everything including being a superhero, in large part because he claims to be a mutant. But the lie has been eating at him, and he takes on the role Green Goblin to expose himself as a fraud. This has to happen currently because in #2 he was still the idol of millions, but now he's in hiding after being exposed. There is a 3rd tie-in which very definitely fits in this issue. In The Pulse #10 Kat Farrell is investigating the Red Guard chasing Wolverine. Hawkeye pops up and tells her about the 2 realities now in his head, and how he's going to Genosha after Magneto and Scarlet Witch. (This is the only example I know of the 2 realities physically manifesting simultaneously. Hawkeye holds the news report of his death in Avengers Disassembled that he will pin to Avengers Mansion in #8, but Kat sees it as a different article.)

I think Luke Cage's group consists of Black Cat, Bob Diamond, Cloak, Hawkeye, Iron Fist and Moon Knight. Abe Brown, Misty Knight and White Tiger were left behind last issue when Sentinels attacked. They seem to have dropped Lin Sun and Lotus Shinchuko since last issue too. The last of the Sons of the Tiger, Bob Diamond, probably doesn't continue into next issue either. Peter Parker faked his suicide in Spider-Man: HoM #5 after he lost all public support, and he and his family are supposed to be in hiding. But someone in the crowd here easily recognises him and cheers him. In this reality he is married to Gwen and they have a son. Uncle Ben is still alive. Peter was a famous scientist, actor and wrestler (as Spider-Man). Mary Jane Watson is a film actress. I don't know why Daredevil is chosen for enlightenment. He's not an Avenger, having turned down the invite in New Avengers #3, and he won't do much in the following issues. It can't be just because Matt Murdoch was talking to Jennifer Walters when Layla awoke She-Hulk's memories. Jessica Drew is actually a Skrull imposter. New Avengers (2005) #45 will show that the Skrulls actually knew about Wanda's reality change as soon as it happened. So Layla doesn't really enlighten her here.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

House of M #5 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
In #2 Wolverine seemed to be the only one in the new reality to remember the old one. (Actually New Avengers (2005) #45 will reveal that Skrulls currently impersonating certain characters, such as Jessica Drew in this issue, are also aware.) Last issue we were introduced to young Layla Miller, who also remembers but can also cause others to remember. Wolverine hooked up with Luke Cage's resistance group and they took Layla to wake Emma Frost up.

Emma can't figure out how Layla's power works. But then husband (in this reality) Scott Summers arrives home, and Layla returns his correct memories too. Cyclops quickly takes command.

The next recruit is Peter Parker, who really doesn't take the news very well that Uncle Ben and wife Gwen Stacy are really dead, and his son Richie doesn't really exist.

They pick up Kitty Pryde, Dr Strange and Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers). Tony Stark is fielding the press after the appearance of Iron Man in the IM:HoM mini-series. They also wake up lawyers Jennifer Walters and Matt Murdock to their real identities.

They skip over Steve Rogers, who is an old man in this reality after surviving WWII as Captain America, as seen in CA(2005)#10.

Emma puts forward the theory that Magneto must have made his daughter Scarlet Witch create this reality where mutants rule, and he rules them. He gave many of the the heroes their deepest desires in order to keep them happy. He must have somehow used Prof X's psychic power and Cerebro to discover those desires. And then he got rid of Xavier.

Hawkeye has resisted letting Layla show him reality, because he's been told that in that reality he's dead. But the problem is shelved as the SHIELD Red Guard (Jessica Drew, Mystique, Nightcrawler, Rogue and Toad) come knocking. But the fight is short-lived as Rogue grabs Layla and absorbs her power. Soon the Red Guard know the truth too.

Mystique isn't too happy to find her relationship in this reality with Wolverine wasn't real. And Hawkeye slips away.

In Genosha Lorna Dane tells Magnus (Magneto) that the guests are arriving for his party.


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Olivier Coipel
Tim Townsend
Frank D'Armata
Esad Ribic (Cover Penciler)
Esad Ribic (Cover Inker)
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos.
Editor: Tom Brevoort.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Daredevil
Daredevil

(Matt Murdock)
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)
Hawkeye
Hawkeye

(Clint Barton)
Iron Fist
Iron Fist

(Danny Rand)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Luke Cage
Luke Cage

(Power Man)
Ms. Marvel
Ms. Marvel

(Carol Danvers)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)
She-Hulk
She-Hulk

(Jennifer Walters)
Spider-Man
Spider-Man

(Peter Parker)
Spider-Woman
Spider-Woman

(Veranke)
Wolverine
Wolverine

(James Howlett)

Plus: Ben Parker (Uncle Ben), Black Cat (Felicia Hardy), Bob Diamond, Cloak, Emma Frost, Layla Miller, May Parker (Aunt May), Mystique, Shadow-Cat, Toad.