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Fall Of The House Of X #4 (of 5)

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They say a wounded animal can be the most dangerous kind of animal to face.

As the fight between the mutants and Orchis reaches a deadly pitch, a startling revelation rocks the X-Men to their core.

The two series that are one come together in one horrible betrayal as the Krakoan Age nears its conclusion!

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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 96

    Comic Watch

    A terrible beauty is born in the X-Books this week. This issue is the loveliest, most malevolent flower.

  • 85

    Multiversity Comics

    Marvel’s Fall of the House of X #4 is a triumphant comic book marred slightly by unfocused visuals. However, the script from Duggan highlights a great number of X-Men plot threads that easily catapults the issue to greatness. Using so many elements of Krakoan continuity from Mr. Sinister to Sunfire has allowed Duggan, Morales and Werneck to unlock so much potential for the X-Men characters during this run of comics. The animosity built up between the X-Men and Orchis from writers like Gerry Duggan has created such a compelling final set of issues for the Krakoan era. Also, the cliffhanger teased in the final moments in the narrative beautifully teases yet another fan-favorite Mutant set to return to the X-Men franchise after another long departure.

  • 82

    Nerd Initiative

    Apocalypse takes center stage as the end of the Krakoan Era draws closer. Duggan’s writing sets a high bar with emotion and action. The art team gives fans plenty to enjoy with superb images leading into the X-Men’s last stand.

  • 78

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Duggan continues to craft some interesting and entertaining moments in this issue. The story has some confusing elements that are both engaging and maddening as a fan of the characters. I like the different emotional reactions that each part of the story elicits from the reader and I look forward to seeing what happens after the huge betrayal shown in the issue.

    The Art: Werneck and Morales deliver fantastic art throughout the issue. The visuals are beautifully detailed and capture the emotion of the story perfectly.

  • 75

    Comic Book Revolution

    Fall of the House of X #4 is a strong penultimate issue to this mini-series. There were plenty of moments of payoff, especially with Apocalypse actions. The surprise turn by Charles Xavier elevates the stakes even more as we are at the endgame of the Krakoa Era.

  • 70

    Caped Joel

  • 65

    Geek'd Out

    Fall of the House of X #4 finally moves the story a bit further and raises the stakes. Oops, Earth went bye-bye! (For now.) Xavier makes a shady deal with the enemy, really not fighting the “Professor Xavier is a Jerk!” allegations, but he purports to have a plan. Let’s hope he does! Elsewhere, the Apocalypse subplot is really interesting, introducing the idea that Krakoa could literally subsist on mutant blood if absolutely necessary, which is just as horrifying as it is obvious. RIP Wrongslide! Hope you come back normal again!

  • 40

    Fall of the House of X continues to do itself no favors with its callbacks to the early days of the Krakoan age. In this issue’s case, Apocalypse reenacting the Crucible to feed the starving Krakoa the mutant energy it needs to survive could be a significant moment. Instead, it lacks the sense of ritual gravitas that colored those original Crucible sequences, making the juxtaposition fall apart. Part of this is weakness in the art, which struggles to keep up with Apocalypse’s battle prowess, relying on half-hearted efforts to imply his speed and ferocity by not showing him at all, efforts that prove transparent and lack impact. The rest of the issue lingers on Professor X’s seeming betrayal of the X-Men to save his dream at any cost, another moment that should be momentous but gets buried under narration and the overall soap operatic tone of the issue. Fall of the House of X #4 has a lot going on. None of it quite hits the mark.

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About the Author: Gerry Duggan

Gerry Duggan‘s extensive career in the comic book industry is marked by a unique blend of humor, action, and heartfelt storytelling. With a diverse portfolio that includes some of the most beloved characters and teams in the Marvel Universe, Duggan has established himself as a dynamic storyteller capable of navigating the complex worlds of antiheroes, cosmic adventurers, and, notably, mutants.

Duggan’s significant contributions to Marvel’s mutant narratives stand out as a key aspect of his career. His work with the X-Men and their extended universe, particularly through the series “Marauders,” has been pivotal in exploring new dimensions of the mutant experience. In “Marauders,” Duggan brings a fresh perspective to the mutant saga, focusing on themes of freedom, identity, and societal acceptance. This series not only highlights Duggan’s skill in balancing ensemble casts and intricate plotlines but also underscores his ability to inject new life into established mythos, making the stories accessible and engaging for a broad audience.

Before venturing into the world of mutants, Gerry Duggan made a name for himself with his work on “Deadpool,” where he masterfully balanced the character’s trademark humor with unexpected depth and vulnerability. This approach revitalized Deadpool’s character for a new generation of readers and demonstrated Duggan’s versatility as a writer.

Beyond the realm of humor and the intricacies of mutant politics, Duggan has showcased his range through various genres and characters. His contributions to “Hawkeye” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” highlight his adeptness at both ground-level storytelling and cosmic adventures, respectively. Each narrative, whether set on the bustling streets of New York or the far reaches of space, is infused with Duggan’s distinctive voice and keen narrative insight.

Duggan’s creator-owned projects, such as “Analog” and “The Infinite Horizon,” further illustrate his storytelling range, exploring dystopian futures and retellings of classic tales with a modern twist. These works, characterized by their thought-provoking themes and complex characters, offer readers a glimpse into Duggan’s broader literary interests and his proficiency outside the superhero genre.

Collaborations with top artists have been a hallmark of Duggan’s career, resulting in visually stunning and narratively rich projects. His respect for the comic book medium as a collaborative art form is evident in the seamless integration of story and art, enhancing the overall impact of his narratives.

As a key player in the comic book industry, Gerry Duggan continues to leave an indelible mark on the characters and worlds he touches. From the humorous escapades of Deadpool to the societal struggles of the X-Men, Duggan’s work resonates with fans for its emotional depth, humor, and inventive storytelling. For enthusiasts and newcomers alike, Gerry Duggan’s body of work represents the vast potential of comic books to entertain, challenge, and inspire.

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