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House of M #6: Review

Aug 2005
Brian Michael Bendis, Olivier Coipel

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Rating:
4.5 stars

House of M #6 Review by (July 31, 2013)
The tie-ins I have chosen to include here all portray elements of recent HoM 'history' that involve guests at the party. New Thunderbolts (2005) #11 has Kree including Genis-Vell help Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) and mutant forces against rebel Thunderbolts. But Genis started channelling the 'real' timeline. The catatonic state he ended in doesn't really fit with his appearance in the current issue. The Fantastic Four: House of M limited series tells how Dr Doom rescued Ben Grimm from Reed Richards' disastrous spaceflight, and made him one of his Fearsome Four as the It along with himself, wife Valeria and adopted son Kristoff. Doom tried to kill Magneto and family. Valeria and Kristoff were killed, but Magneto let Doom continue ruling Latveria as a puppet. In Black Panther (2005) #7 Magneto tired of Panther and Storm's joint but separate rule over most of Africa as a place where humans and mutants lived in harmony. He sent Apocalypse, ruler of Egypt, against Panther. Panther and Storm were allied with Black Bolt, Dr Doom, Sub-Mariner and Sunfire (ruler of Japan). Doom refused to help, but the alliance still won.

Jessica Drew is actually a Skrull imposter, indeed the Skrull Queen Veranke, and as such she has her own agenda. New Avengers (2005) #45 will reveal that she intends to kill Wanda. And she has told fellow-Skrull Hank Pym to stay out of the invasion of Genosha, to lead the Skrulls if she doesn't make it back. Veranke may also be trying to dissuade the heroes from changing reality back because she may prefer this reality. Some super-characters such as the Fantastic Four have been removed from this reality, and the mutants have dealt with some others. The gene bombs invented by Hank Pym in the Iron Man: HoM limited series could still be used to destroy all mutants. Thus this reality would be easier for Skrulls to conquer than the 'real' one. Xavier's grave was seen last issue, and his death in this reality will be described in the HoM: Civil War mimi-series. We don't actually get an explanation of why his tomb's empty. Captain Greycrow is probably Scalphunter of the Marauders in the 'real' reality. The Red Guard at Magneto's palace include Blob and Phantazia, and probably Pyro and Sasquatch.

Tony Stark doesn't have his Iron Man suit from the Iron Man: HoM mini-series. Instead he seems to be wearing a Red Guard jacket, and using a gun next issue. Bob Diamond and Misty Knight have dropped out of the team this issue (unless the figure I identify as Moon Knight is actually Bob Diamond). We saw 1 of Wanda's sons in #4. This is the 1st time we've seen them both in this series. Her appearance in HoM: Civil War #5 may have been supposed to indicate pregnancy. But nothing indicates who the father is. Of course these sons are replacements for the ones she lost in Avengers West Coast #52. (Like the ones she briefly created in Avengers Disassembled.) Genis-Vell as a Kree delegate shows that Scarlet Witch's reality change extends beyond the Earth. The Genis-Vell we know is the son of Kree Captain Mar-Vell, at this time appearing as Photon in New Thunderbolts. Spider-Man's doubts about restoring reality probably indicate that he is torn between his life with Mary Jane and the one here with Gwen and his son.




 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

House of M #6 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
Jessica Drew of the SHIELD Red Guard requests permission to land her plane on the SHIELD Helicarrier. When she disembarks Emma Frost psychically makes sure no-one on the base will see the extra non-SHIELD personnel with her.

Last issue Layla Miller restored the real memories of a group of heroes, who now know they are in a reality created by the Scarlet Witch.

One group, the Red Guard, are elite troops in the forces of Magneto, who rules this world dominated by mutants. Jessica Drew leads a Red Guard squad who have been 'turned' by Layla, comprising Mystique, Nightcrawler, Rogue, Toad and Wolverine. Also along for the ride are Black Cat, Bob Diamond, Carol Danvers, Cloak, Cyclops, Daredevil, Dr Strange, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Shadow-Cat, She-Hulk, Spider-Man and Tony Stark.

Cage now remembers his pregnant lover Jessica Jones, and tries to phone her in this reality. Only to find that she she is married to her old boyfriend Scott Lang. Spider-Man is resisting the urge to do the same with Mary Jane Watson.

Emma 'persuades' the Captain Greycrow of the carrier to head for Magneto's base Genosha, where Magnus and his children Polaris, Quicksilver and Wanda are holding a reception. Here we also see Wanda's 2 sons.

Among the attendees is Dr Doom monarch of Latveria, who is surprised to have been invited after he attempted to kill the royal family in the Fantastic Four: HoM limited series. Also there are Black Panther  and Storm of Africa, King Namor of Atlantis, and Genis-Vell of the Kree Empire.

Cyclops urges his troops to fight without restraint, because they have to win to get the true reality back. Spidey isn't sure that's possible. Shadow-Cat isn't sure they have the right, because many people might prefer this new reality. And Jessica Drew agrees strongly. But Emma Frost and Scott Summers overrule them.

Cyclops splits them into 3 teams. Emma will locate Prof X, and Cloak will transport her and Layla there. Their task is to show Xavier the old reality. Dr Strange will confront Wanda on the astral plane. The rest will provide a diversion. Which takes the form of a giant Sentinel thrown at the party, with the heroes bursting out of it.

Emma's tean find Xavier's tomb, which would seem to put a crimp in their plan. But Cloak teleports inside, and returns to say it's empty.


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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.

Black Panther
Black Panther

(T'Challa)
Daredevil
Daredevil

(Matt Murdock)
Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom

(Victor Von Doom)
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)
Sasquatch
Sasquatch

(Walter Langkowski)
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: Black Cat (Felicia Hardy), Blob, Cloak, Layla Miller, Mystique, Phantazia, Photon (Genis-Vell), Pyro, Scalphunter, Shadow-Cat, Toad.

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