Published on May 28th, 2024 | by Howard Smith

Fall of the House of X #5 Review @GerryDuggan

Final Battle

The X-Men are taking the fight to Nimrod and Omega Sentinel on Sentinel City and it’s heating up fast. Fall of the House of X #5 is the X-Men’s final bout with the ever-evolving killing machine. Though the X-Men’s future looks bleak they fight harder and harder until they die. This brings forth a lot of X-Men characters that have been familiar throughout this entire ordeal of mutant oppression and extermination. Nimrod is clever as he fights the X-Men in more than one place, but will the X-Men succeed in winning? And who among them is the strongest mutant to take Nimrod down?

Gerry Duggan (Fear Agent, Hulk, Infinity Countdown) can split his focus between the main X-Men title and this series without constraint as the final battle rages on. While carefully crafted to progress the story, Duggan knows how to combine two series that coincide with each other and add on from another writer’s endpoint. Fall of the House of X #5 is jampacked with a lot of action that just sucks a reader right into the fight with Nimrod and Omega Sentinel. As there are explosions and things on fire from Nightcrawler sabotaging the space station readers are introduced to moments that empower mutant tenacity to keep fighting. It’s one big brawl that signifies messing with the X-Men is a terrible idea. Duggan positions a gravity of emphasis on some mutants to take center stage and show off why they are not to be underestimated in the slightest of anyway. His writing amplifies the astonishing willpower that mutants can display when they band together to defeat one singular foe.

Comparably, the artwork for Fall of the House of X #5 is amazing. Lucas Werneck (Dead X-Men, Hellions, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) and Stefano Caselli (A+X, Civil War, Blade) tested their skills in this comic book. Their combined linework showcased some stellar displays of craftmanship. Both artists gave it their all for this final issue to fully be imagined from Duggan’s writing. The characters within this comic book were so attentively illustrated that re-reading the issue over again was a must. The way both artists captured the essence of each character’s personality while the fight was going on says they were just as invested in their work as fans anticipated how this battle would turn out. Panel performance is intact as following the beats of the story doesn’t fall short of its structural story flow. Werneck and Caselli work perfectly with each other to create a visual layout of events.

Combined with Travis Lanham’s (Action Comics, 52, All-Star Superman) lettering and Bryan Valenza’s (Chasity, The Avengers, Blood Hunt Diaries) coloring skills they also create a visual layout of their own within the comic book. Valenza’s coloring enhances the linework from both comic book artists and creates a colorful dance of shock and awe. Meanwhile, Lanham’s lettering improves the action and experience of the story itself. His lettering elevates the quality of the story and the characters within the comic book which makes reading it enjoyable. Valenza’s coloring work ties in the value of such a big fight, which requires a lot of variegation to accomplish on a task such as this.

The cover art created by both Pepe Larraz (Black Cat, Blood Hunt, Empyre) and Marte Gracia (Black Widow, Doctor Strange, Fantastic Four) is one of the coolest main covers produced by Marvel in a while. The frontal artwork for Fall of the House of X #5 culminates the building confrontation the X-Men would eventually have with Nimrod. It works as a foreshadowing aspect of the comic book and as an incentive to read it. Larraz and Garcia concluded this series with awesome cover work.

In conclusion, Fall of the House of X #5 is an amazing final issue in this series. It brings about the closure to a long and terrible exchange between mutant and machine. If you’re looking for another epic story, pick up this issue along with the previous comic books to catch up. Don’t miss this exciting conclusion to the mutant’s war with Nimrod and Orchis. Be sure to check out your local comic book store or online where copies are sold.

Comic Details

Writer: Gerry Duggan

Artists: Lucas Werneck, Stefano Caselli

Color Artist: Bryan Valenza

Letterer: Travis Lanham

Cover Artists: Pepe Larraz, Marte Gracia

Editor: Jordan D. White

Publisher: Marvel Entertainment

Release Date: May 22, 2024

About the Author'

Howard is a passionate collector and avid reader of comics who resides in the city of Washington, D.C. His love for all things pop culture extends beyond the pages of comics, as he attends popular culture conventions both locally and out of state. Whether he’s searching for rare comic finds or engaging in video games, or reading manga he manifests an opportunity to celebrate his fandom. Follow along as he explores the worlds of superheroes, sci-fi, and beyond, always with a keen eye for adventure and a deep appreciation for the art of storytelling.

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