Penulis tersohor Jonathan Hickman yang kembali ke Marvel Comics untuk mengambil alih francais X-MEN – mengumumkan pembatalan 15 komik bertema X-MEN di Marvel Comics – untuk me’reboot’kannya kembali mulai bulan Julai 2019 dengan komik HOUSE OF X #1 dan POWERS OF X #1.

Siri mini 6-isu HOUSE OF X dan POWERS OF X akan diterbitkan 2 kali sebulan – selama 3 bulan daripada Julai ke September 2019.

“Okay, so, for the most part, I don’t believe incrementalism works in fictional universes, and that, I think, is why almost every big franchise change that occurs has a delineated starting point.

I mean, it does work, which is why the industry often abuses it as a sales tactic. And in the spirit of ‘what works’ and also ‘what the market is used to’, I didn’t feel like just doing a new number one was enough. I also didn’t think that if we were serious about what we were trying to do we should have a mixed message in the market about what an X-book is.

So I argued for cancelling the entire line: Why it would work, why it was a good idea, and most importantly, why it was what we needed to do narratively to return the X-Men to their rightful prominent position in the Marvel Universe.”

Motivasi Jonathan Hickman untuk membatalkan 15 siri komik X-MEN

Komik HOUSE OF X akan mengisahkan tentang satu bulan terpenting di dalam sejarah X-Men yang telah mengubah nasib Mutants di bumi selamanya, manakala POWERS OF X pula adalah tentang sejarah Mutants di semesta Marvel Comics selama ini.

“I think the X-Men is about finding the family that you never knew you had. One that accepts you for who you are, who loves you at your best and worst, and who shares your dreams for what the world can be.

You know, everybody wants to love somebody, everyone wants to be loved, and it’s pretty great when you find both. Especially if you’re, say, a weirdo mutant with eyeballs covering your whole body.”

Jonathan Hickman tentang etos disebalik HOUSE OF X | POWER OF X

“We needed to sell the idea that this is what we’re going to be doing for the next few years. So if you want to read X-Men books during the run from late-July through September, House of X (HOX) and Powers of X (POX) are the only new X-books available and everything that’s going to follow is based on them,” he added. “We wanted to be clear to the fans, to the stores, and just as importantly, to the creators who are going to be staffing these books in the future. We wanted the message to be very clear: This is a whole new era for the X-Men. This is what we’re doing now.

At the conclusion of our 12 weeks of HOX and POX, we’ll be launching an entire new universe of X-books. Some will be traditional fare, some carry through on ideas presented in HOX and POX. Some books are completely new concepts.

I, personally, will be writing the ongoing flagship X-book.”

Jonathan Hickman tentang masa hadapan X-MEN

Komik HOUSE OF X #1 akan terbit pada 24 Julai 2019 manakala POWERS OF X #1 akan terbit pada 31 Julai 2019 daripada Marvel Comics.

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