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House of M #7: Review

Sep 2005
Brian Michael Bendis, Olivier Coipel

Story Name:

(no title given)

Review & Comments

Rating:
5 stars

House of M #7 Review by (August 5, 2013)
Wanda says she created this reality to make people happy. She made mutants in general happy by making them dominant (but of course this made non-mutants less happy). She made Magneto happy by giving him the mutant world he always wanted. She made herself happy with her recreated children. Members of the X-Men got fulfilling lives without the stress of being the X-Men. Wonder Man was a big star. Ms Marvel was the nation's favourite heroine. Spider-Man hit the jackpot:- fame, money, scientific credibility, his Uncle Ben alive, and a family with Gwen Stacy. And Wolverine got his missing memories back (and possibly Wanda subconsciously knew that this meant he'd know her reality was fake). I give this issue a 5, because it's the stunningly-well executed finale to the whole story. Next issue is really an epilogue, where we find out what "No more mutants" means. I've placed 2 tie-ins here because they end with the closing of the HoM reality. New X-Men: Academy X #16-19 starts when Wolverine is on the run. The students are all part of Magneto's ruling system in various ways. But their allegiances are strained as they investigate Project Genesis in Japan, which is meant to turn humans into mutants. Many of the students die, but then Scarlet Witch brings the main reality back. (Magik is with them in HoM, despite the fact that's she was dead in the main reality. This indirectly causes her return as Darkchylde in #39.) The Mutopia X mini-series continues from District X. The former inhabitants of District X mutant ghetto are now part of the dominant mutant race. But still things go wrong in #1-4. (#5 will show what happens after the 'real' reality returns.)

The hero team is the same as last issue except I don't see Mystique and Shadowcat. (I'm sticking with Moon Knight rather than Bob Diamond again.) Dr Doom, Storm and Sub-Mariner fight for Magneto. Black Panther and Genis-Vell seem to have left the party. Sasquatch has gone, to be replaced by Sauron. Blob and Pyro are still in action. The rest of Magneto's Red Guard aren't really identifiable. Comic Book Database says Phantazia's not there, but any one of the female Guards could be her. On the other hand CBDB plumps for Lady Deathstrike, but maybe just because the Red Guard helmets look somewhat like LD's original look. Dr Strange suggests that Scarlet Witch created Layla Miller in HoM. However her X-Factor appearances give Layla a backstory in the 'real' Marvel universe. However again, Since Wanda recreates the 'real' timeline here with changes revealed next issue, she could create Layla's history as well. Strange also suggests Wanda may have brought Magneto back from death before HoM. Magneto died along with the rest of Genosha in (New) X-Men #115.Then there was the whole Xorn-impersonating-Magneto story. But the real Magneto just reappeared in Excalibur vol 3, without any real explanation.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

House of M #7 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
The heroes who remember the reality before Scarlet Witch changed things are still attacking Magneto's palace in Genosha. Rogue absorbs a lot of power and takes Magneto away. Polaris tries to keep the magnetically-sustained palace from falling apart, and tells Quicksilver to take his sister Wanda to safety. But the Witch crumbles to building blocks in his arms.

Wanda and her twin boys were never really at the party. Dr Strange finds the real versions playing with building blocks in a secluded tower. Steven tries to get the Witch to remember what she's done. He suggests that she wanted to be found out. That she created Layla Miller to return their memories to some of her friends. (He doesn't also mention that she left Wolverine with his memories intact to start with.) Wanda denies knowing anything about this.

Strange shows her the fighting going on outside. Wanda finally admits to having created this reality, but there wasn't supposed to be fighting. Everyone was supposed to be happy.

Dr Strange thinks that Magneto made her do it. And he wants to know where Prof X is. But Scarlet Witch shows him that it was Quicksilver who suggested the idea to her fragile mind.

As we saw in #1 Pietro came to warn his father that the Avengers and the X-Men were coming to kill Wanda. But Magneto thought it might be the only course to take. We now see that the Witch was ready to let them too, as she felt Charles Xavier enter her mind. But Quicksilver persuaded her that by combining Prof X's power with her own she could create a reality where everyone would get to live the life they wanted.

Back in the now, Strange is mentally contacted by Emma Frost, who with Layla Miller and Cloak has found Xavier's tomb empty. Steven again asks Wanda about Prof X. But before she can answer she is hit by an arrow in the back. And Magneto finds the trio at the tomb.

The archer is of course Hawkeye, who has made his own way here after leaving the rest of the team in #5. He's understandably angry that Scarlet Witch killed him during Avengers Disassembled. And the fact that she brought him back to life in the new reality doesn't really square things. But Wanda dissolves the arrow, and then dissolves Hawkeye into his component bricks because he was frightening her sons.

Meanwhile Quicksilver has personally taken out most of the attacking heroes. But Magneto arrives and stops him. Some combination of Layla Miller/Emma Frost/Dr Strange has obviously let him know what really happened. And he smites his son Pietro in righteous anger.

This finally gets Wanda's attention, and she cradles her probably-dead brother. Emma Frost and Dr Strange can sense that in her crazed state she could wipe everything out of existence. But they daren't make a move for fear of triggering the catastrophe.

Wanda holds her father in a mental straight-jacket, and blames him for everything. He always put the mutant cause above his children. Now she's going to change that. She utters the phrase "No more mutants". And everything goes white like it did at the end of #1.


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Olivier Coipel
John Dell
Paul Mounts
Esad Ribic (Cover Penciler)
Esad Ribic (Cover Inker)
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos.
Editor: Tom Brevoort.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

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)
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, Emma Frost, Layla Miller, Pyro, Sauron (Karl Lykos), Toad.