Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Olivier Coipel
House of M was Marvel's major comic book event of 2005 and the eight issues collected here launched the story. While an ailing Scarlet Witch is struggling to hold the fabric of the universe together, both the Avengers and the X-Men are thrust into an alternate reality. The mutants role over mankind with Magneto at the helm. Only Wolverine remembers the way things used to be.
There's nothing like an Avengers story to bring a cast of thousands. The movies only scratch the surface. Plus you throw the X-Men on top of all that. There are a lot of characters to keep track of here! I am grateful for the movies and for what limited comic book experience I already had. Despite it all, I was still mostly able to grasp the broader story. There are some great what-ifs, including what if Gwen Stacey had lived.
A couple of important differences between the Marvel comic books of the 1960s and those of the 21st century:
- There is less text on the page now than there was in early eras. This leaves a lot more room and storytelling heft for the artwork.
- Panel layout is more varied and less predictable. This can be confusing in trying to follow the story in proper sequence.