With the X-Men dead after a suicide mission to destroy the Mother Mold, Xavier and Magneto enact a new portion of their plan in this week’s House of X #5 from writer Jonathan Hickman and artists Pepe Larraz and Marte Gracia.
As a new chapter for the X-Men dawns, the full scope of what Krakoa means and Xavier’s vision for mutantkind are revealed – but a threat may also be brewing. Read on to find out how.
Spoilers ahead for House of X #5.
Following the deaths of the collective X-Men in House of X #4, the future of mutantkind is fully revealed here – with Xavier enlisting a group of mutants known as “the Five” to resurrect the fallen heroes in a process that combines their collective powers into a process Magneto calls “transcendent.”
Here’s how it works. Goldballs generates a number of balls – actually dormant biological “eggs” - equal to the number of people to be resurrected. The eggs are injected with mutant DNA from Mister Sinister’s genetic catalog, and then made viable through Proteus’ reality-altering powers. Elixir gives the eggs life, and then Eva Bell uses her time manipulation powers to age the new shells to the age they were when they died – all the while Hope Summers uses her power to empower and synthesize everyone else’s abilities for the process.
Finally, Xavier uses Cerebro – actually a psychic codex of all mutant personalities, minds, and memories – to restore the resurrected mutants to their former selves, within days or hours of their deaths. This is, in fact, the process seen in the opening scenes of House of X #1, recreated in this issue.
With Cyclops, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, M, Jean, and Archangel resurrected and restored exactly as they were (yes, down to adamantium skeletons, the need for optic visors, and more), Xavier’s attention turns to the United Nations, where Emma Frost “aids” the body in recognizing Krakoa as an independent nation.
From here, the further extent of Xavier’s plan is revealed. He’s not just resurrecting the X-Men. Using the process developed by the Five, Xavier and Magneto plan to resurrect nearly every mutant that has ever died – including the millions who perished in the Genoshan Genocide.
What’s more, with Krakoa now an independent sovereign nation, dozens of mutant villains are now welcomed to the island and given amnesty – including Apocalypse. Despite the misgivings of many present, Apocalypse ascents to Xavier’s leadership, promising to follow the laws of Krakoa and praising what the X-Men have accomplished.
Of course, this also foretells the “Deadly Alliance” between Xavier, Magneto, and Apocalypse teased in Marvel’s recent Incoming! announcement.
The story continues in September 25’s Powers of X #5.