X-Men: House of X/Powers of X Reading Order Guide

X-Men: House of X/Powers of X Reading Order Guide

Welcome to a bold new era of X-Men comics! After a few years away from Marvel Comics after his epic run on Avengers and Secret Wars, Jonathan Hickman is back to give the X-Men a massive shake-up.

How? By reinventing Marvel’s mutants. So far he’s created a new status quo for the X-Men, reinvented characters, gave others a new purpose, created a few new characters, brought back forgotten ideas, and wrapped up them in exciting high concept science fiction.

This exciting new era has kicked off two special miniseries called House of X and Powers of X (pronounced Powers of Ten). With art by impressive up-and-coming artists Pepe Larraz and R.B Silva, these pair of six-part series will run over a twelve-week period and set up what’s to come for the X-Men in the future?

If that has captured your interest, read on to find out more about House of X and Powers of X – including the recommended reading order.

Is This A Good Place To Start Reading X-Men?

Yes! House of X and Powers of X are the start of a brand new era of X-Men, which introduce drastically new ideas, reinvent older ones, and give the X-Men comics a new feel.

These two series set up years, perhaps even decades, worth of brand new stories.

Is There Any Required Background Reading?

Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men comics are not concerned about what has happened in recent X-Men stories. It’s not like they never happened, they have their own ending and don’t specifically lead into House of X or Powers of X.

Additionally, while there are plenty of references to X-Men lore, you don’t need to do any background reading to understand them. If you know them then that’s cool, but you won’t be lost if you don’t.

If you’re the kind of person who NEEDS to know what all of these references are, I can suggest having Wikipedia open while you read these comics. Although, I feel like it’s just best to go with the flow and just enjoy the comics.

How are House of X/Powers of X Structured?

House of X and Powers of X are two 6-part miniseries that act like two sides of the same coin. Both series are the main book comic is it is recommended that you read both of them to get the full story.

Powers of X #1 cover by R.B Silva.
Powers of X #1 cover by R.B Silva.

House of X/Powers of X Reading Order

So how should you read these two miniseries? Here is the recommended reading order, along with creative credits, and release dates.

House of X #1 (of 6)
Written by Jonathan Hickman. Art by Pepe Larraz.
Available July 24th.

Powers of X #1 (of 6)
Written by Jonathan Hickman. Art by R.B Silva.
Available July 31st.

House of X #2 (of 6)
Written by Jonathan Hickman. Art by Pepe Larraz.
Available August 7th.

Powers of X #2 (of 6)
Written by Jonathan Hickman. Art by R.B Silva.
Available August 14th.

Powers of X #3 (of 6)
Written by Jonathan Hickman. Art by R.B Silva.
Available August 21st.

House of X #3 (of 6)
Written by Jonathan Hickman. Art by Pepe Larraz.
Available August 28th.

House of X #4 (of 6)
Written by Jonathan Hickman. Art by Pepe Larraz.
Available September 4th.

Powers of X #4 (of 6)
Written by Jonathan Hickman. Art by R.B Silva.
Available September 11th.

House of X #5 (of 6)
Written by Jonathan Hickman. Art by Pepe Larraz.
Available September 18th.

Powers of X #5 (of 6)
Written by Jonathan Hickman. Art by R.B Silva.
Available September 25th.

House of X #6 (of 6)
Written by Jonathan Hickman. Art by Pepe Larraz.
Available October 2nd.

Powers of X #6 (of 6)
Written by Jonathan Hickman. Art by R.B Silva.
Available October 9th.

After House of X/Powers of X

House of X and Powers of X are just the beginning! These two series will set up a new line of X-Men comics known as Dawn of X.

You can find out all about Dawn of X and what comics will be part of it in this helpful guide.

House of X/Powers of X promo image by Mark Brooks.
House of X/Powers of X promo image by Mark Brooks.

Collected Editions

Prefer to wait for the collected edition? You’ll be able to read House of X and Powers of X in one big hardcover collecting all 12 issues. The hardcover hits stores just in time for Christmas on December 24th.

Have Your Say!

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Comments (5)

  • Is the hardcover version in the correct reading order, or are they HofX #1-6 and then PofX #1-6?

  • Hi, My favorite writer is Ed Brubaker, my favorite type of comics are super heroes, crime, espionage, fantasy and sword and sorcery. But edgy, adult oriented, adult themes, and for mature readers. I currently read everything Ed Brubaker. DC’s Black Label titles. Marvel’s Power & House of X, Conan & everything Wolverine. And Game of Thrones.

    Any other comics I have just described that you can recommend to me would be appreciated!

    Thanks! Eddie

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