Review: House of MHouse of M by Brian Michael Bendis, Olivier Coipel
Released by Marvel Comics on 1 February 2006
Genres: Action, Comics
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780785117216
Source: Received

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The Marvel event of the decade is here! The Avengers and the X-Men are faced with a common foe that becomes their greatest threat: Wanda Maximoff! The Scarlet Witch is out of control, and the fate of the entire world is in her hands. Will Magneto help his daughter or use her powers to his own benefit? Starring the Astonishing X-Men and the New Avengers! You know how sometimes you hear the phrase: and nothing will ever be the same again? Well, this time believe it, buster! Nothing will ever be the same again! Collects House of M #1-8, and Pulse House of M Special Edition Newspaper.

As you might know, I am a huge Marvel fan (mostly of the movies), and I have been wanting to try out some of the comics/graphic novels for a while now. One of them (that I really wanted to read) was House of M; mostly because it featured the Maximoff twins, two of my favourite characters in AOU. Thanks to my friend, Tanja, who gave House of M to me for my birthday, I got to read it this month, yay!

House of M is about Wanda Maximoff who has lost her mind after losing control over her powers and killing several of her Avenger friends. The (old) Avengers, some X-Men and a couple of other Marvel heroes meet to discuss her fate. Pietro (Wanda’s twin brother) is convinced they want to kill his sister and wants to protect her at all costs. But that’s when everything goes wrong.

I had seen a lot of things about House of M on Tumblr already, so I was really curious what it was about. The story was really nice, and I really enjoyed reading the entire thing. We met a lot of characters, some of which I already knew (The Maximoff’s, Xavier and his X-Men, Iron Man, Spider-man and so forth), and some new characters as well (Luke Cage, Doctor Strange, Cloak and a lot more). I did find out that this copy I have doesn’t have all the stories in the House of M story-line in it, but just the eight main ones I believe. I do want to read the rest of the stories as well, so I’m going to see if I can find them somewhere. Unfortunately, I was spoiled a bit about what happened at the end of this novel so even though I was a tiny bit sad I wasn’t surprised at it at all which was such a shame.

Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this story – I loved looking at the graphics and I just really loved reading the bits that I hadn’t seen on Tumblr already. Now I really want to read more Marvel comics, but I honestly don’t know where to start. Is there a general order to read them or can you just read them however you want? I am planning on reading either Civil War or Ms. Marvel next!

If you want to start reading Marvel comics and you don’t know where to start, just look around the internet, google ‘Marvel comics’ and pick out something you really like (if you like Deadpool for example, just google ‘Best Deadpool comics’ or something like that and you will probably find a list of comics you could read. I do recommend getting the ‘volumes’ which usually have like eight or so comics in one book which is cheaper and a lot nicer to read. I own a single comic and I am honestly afraid of reading it because I’m afraid it’ll tear or something like that. I do definitely recommend House of M not just to people who love the Maximoffs but just to people who want to read Marvel comics in general!

My opinion in one gif:

(rushing through the book because I wanted to know how it went on)