-Wanda's "no more mutants" declaration at the end of #7 has drastically cut down on the number of mutants on Earth. Tons of folks have lost their powers, such as Iceman, Magneto & the Scarlet Witch...who nobody can find.
-Everyone who was being protected by Dr. Strange's magic & Emma Frost's psychic abilities in #7 remember everything. Specifically, Peter Parker remembers being married to an alive Gwen Stacy (and goes loco trying to get Dr. Strange to take that knowledge away) & Wolverine remembers his entire life.
-Nobody knows where Professor Xavier is, or if he's even still alive.
-Hawkeye's costume was found arrowed to a wall at the wreckage of Avengers Mansion, with the Daily Bugle article about Hawkeye's death pinned up next to it. Warbird asked "What does this mean? What does it mean?" while Captain America just smiled. Hawkeye's probably alive.
-Dr. Henry Pym (former Avenger & super-duper science guy) closes out the issue with a monologue, cut over Wanda being revealed as being somewhere in the Balkans living a normal human life. Pym asks what the long-term damage of the changes will be, as tons of mutants controlled energy (he specifically mentions magnetic fields, which Magneto & Polaris had influence over), and now that they're apparently powerless...what's going to happen?
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On my first read this issue was kind of a let down, especially after the huge throwdown and Magneto getting all bad ass in #7. After a few reads though it was pretty satisfying, with the Spider-Man and Magneto moments being pretty gut-wrenching. Obviously this poses more questions than answers which is kind of interesting, but it looks like the after effects are only being dispersed through a whole heap load of x-books. Overall, House of M wasn't completely earth-shattering, but for me it was enjoyable and did what it had to.
P.S. Any particular reason they're undoing a lot of the stuff that happened in New X-Men?
Well, let's be honest. The management has said that this is how things are going to be for the time being, but I, for one, will be absolutely and totally amazed if Magneto, Iceman, and Quicksilver(at the very least) do not get their powers back in the fullness of time. I think it makes for a good shake-up now, but as soon as someone has a pretty good story to tell, I think things will go back to normal.
It all seemd like a waste of money to me, but being a comic collector, I was forced to get it anyway.
After sitting down and reading it all at one time, however, it turned out to not be as bad as I think it should be. It's like IDENTITY CRISIS; the story itself isn't all that important, the after effects are. What the story branches out into is where the real 'meat and potatos' is at.
I still don't like Quicksilver being the cause of it, but this certainly opens up numerous story ideas for his character. The same goes for Magneto, Iceman, Wanda, and Xavier who have all been rather stale for the past few years.
I've always liked Quicksilver, and the idea of him having that big chip on his shoulder now with him finally being slowed down to everyone elses pace should make for some excellent story telling.
The same with Magnus, in that he's hated non-mutants for so long, how is he going to cope with being a normal human? Personally, I'd LOVE to see him try to off himself. Call me crazy, but it'd make for some great drama.
Other then all of this, why the fuck did Marvel allow this story to crossover into all those other books when they could have easily wrapped it all up in a three or four issue mini series? The Hulk didn't need to be a part of this. There was no need for EIGHT fucking issues. The Iron Man series wasn't needed. Neither was the Spider-Man one, but that paid off in the last issue of the core book, so it's justified... I suppose, but still, what the fuck!
I strongl second AWA and add The Elric series by I believe Wolfe. Also Piers Anthony's series of the Incarnations of Immortality, Roger Zelazny's The Chronicles of Amber, and the collection of Heinlein, "The Past Through Tomorrow."