From IO9: Although they are intended to be a duology, it’d be an arguable claim to make that between Jonathan Hickman’s House and Powers of X, the latter is ancillary to the former. While House has consistently tackled gripping, chilling, and earth-shattering revelations with a direct impact on the world the X-Men currently find themselves in for Marvel’s present, Powers has primarily focused on adding context to those revelations. It’s been where gaps have been filled, teases were made—hell, it’s where in between these moments of shock, the duology has allowed itself to step back from the high drama to have some fun and remind us all that this is a saga of superpowered men and women in tights.
Powers of X #5, out this week—by Hickman, R.B. Silva, Adriano Di Benedetto, Marte Gracia, Clayton Cowles, and Tom Muller—is still, in some parts, that contextual plug-filler, as it deftly skips across timelines to fill in questions and tease things still yet to come beyond this duology. [Spoiler Warning]