House of X # 6 officially wraps up one half of Marvel's two-pronged relaunch of the X-Men. In the process, it solidifies a brand new status quo for the X-Men, one that unites all mutants under no fewer than twelve leaders. The days of Professor X being the big X-Man on campus are over.
Read on to find out which mutant heroes and villains are now officially in charge of the X-Men, but beware of spoilers ahead!
The 12 Leaders of the X-Men
The House of X finale changes the dynamic of the X-Men in a big way. Rather than being led by a singular figure like Professor X or Cyclops, the mutants of Krakoa are ruled by a council of 12 mutants. And while the number 12 has some rather negative connotations for X-Men readers, this isn't shaping up to be a rehash of the critically panned Apocalypse: The Twelve crossover. We think, anyway.
This so-called "White Council of Krakoa" is divided into four factions inspired by the four seasons. The Autumn faction includes mutant figureheads Xavier, Magneto and Apocalypse. The Winter faction includes former villains Mister Sinister (aka, Mister Sassy), Exodus and Mystique. The Spring faction features Hellfire Club leaders Emma Frost, Sebastian Shaw and the mysterious Red King (more on that character shortly). And finally, the Summer faction consists of long-standing X-Men Storm, Jean Gray and Nightcrawler.
Each of these twelve members is given an equal vote in charting the direction of society on Krakoa and establishing a new legal system. However, the council is also advised by both Cypher and Krakoa itself, as Krakoa is both home to mutantkind and a mutant in its own right. The new mutant hierarchy also includes four captains who have absolute authority when carrying out field missions. Those four captains are Cyclops, The Gorgon, Bishop and Magik.
The 3 Mutant Laws
In their first official meeting, the White Council established the basic laws that govern life on Krakoa. First, as Nightcrawler declares, mutants should be fruitful and multiply. Second, because mutants now have the gift of infinite resurrection, no mutant is allowed to take a human life. Finally, the island of Krakoa should be respected as a scared land by all mutants.
We also get our first glimpse of new mutant justice in this issue, as Sabretooth is brought before the White Council to be tied for his recent crimes against humanity. Reasning hat Victor Creed will never truly reform but knowing that the execution is pointless, Xavier has Sabretooth dragged into the depths of Krakoa. His punishment is to be trapped in hibernation for eternity while the rest of the mutant race enjoys its new home.
And surely this will be the last anyone hears of Sabretooth …
Who is the Red King?
This issue doesn't offer any clues as to the identity of the Red King. Normally, the Hellfire Club is only split into white and black factions, inspired by rival chess teams. The addition of a red group certainly changes things.
But if House of X # 6 doesn't hold the answer, the cover for Marauders # 3 does. It appears that Kitty Pryde is being given a big makeover as part of the Dawn of X relaunch. As the Hellfire Club transitions to a new role as the organization responsible for distributing Xavier's new wonder drugs, Kitty looks to be taking a prominent leadership position.
For more on the big twists currently rocking the X-Men franchise, find out how Moira MacTaggert completely changed. Marvel history and why House of X makes death matter in an era of constant superhero resurrections.
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