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Is House of M worth reading?

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Now one of the reasons I have thus far restrained from picking up the House of M trades is because there are so many, and with comics, toys and games and dvds, money is tight. But I know there is a trade picking up the story of the 'main' House of M title. Is it worth it? Would I need to pick up all the numerous titles to understand it? I hate books like that...but I would plan on picking up that, and afterwards the new Decimation tpb. Would you say they are worth it as two tpbs in a series?
 
Eh. It's ok. Pretty art, but it was underwhelming for all the hype.

No, you wouldn't need to read any other titles to understand, just the main miniseries. The only primer you'd need before started is to know that the Scarlet Witch went crazy.
 
Didn't dig it much at all. A whole lot of nothing happened.
 
No...:(

Half out if it could have been in maybe 1 or 2 issues, it draaaaaaaggggggeeedd......d. IMO


:(
 
I thought it was solid. Nowhere near as good as the hype suggested but still a solid read.

Had some really good issues during the 8 part series. It did drag on though.
 
It wasn't a bad read, but nothing really happened. It was like 8 issues of nothing??

Looked pretty....
 
I liked it. :O It was a pretty good read. :up: There were some good stuff in it like the character, Layla Miller (one of my faves from X-Factor), the whole
deciding-on-Wanda's-fate, the whole Emma-Layla-bringing-back-memories and Spider-Man's return from his happiness memory :-)up:).

But yeah, I do hate the ending. :o:down
 
Not really. The story could have been told in less than 8 issues but that's Bendis for you.
 
I liked House of M, it's only problems were the over-hyped promotions and the aftermath: Decimation.
 
Very much, especially if you're a fan of Bendis or Coipel, or both.
 
The main story is good as is Son of M which shows what happened afterwards w/ Magneto and Quicksilver. I'd stay away from the others House of M stories, especially Spiderman's House of M which contradicts the main story.
 
I will agree that Son of M is excellent. No matter your opinion on House of M, Son of M is an excellent book that came out of it
 
"I'm Layla McGuffin. I have the power to advance dead plotlines."

Jes' Sayin...
 
Like Lex said, most definitely, pick it up. Fair pacing, top notch art, and an involving story.
 
hippie_hunter said:
it's only problems were the over-hyped promotions and the aftermath: Decimation

I think Decimation is way better than HoM. X-Factor is a great new series and Wolverine and New X-Men have been solid since HoM. The 198 is interesting as far as a character study goes but it does tend to get boring in parts. New Excalibur was good for the first few issues I think but it's started to slip. Son of M, however, is the best thing to come from Decimation. It's fantastic and srange. Compared to the HoM tie-ins, Decimation is better in my opinion. The only HoM tie-in I liked was The Hulk one and the Cable/Deadpool one. I bought the Black Panther one too but it was just okay.
 
KingOfDreams said:
I think Decimation is way better than HoM. X-Factor is a great new series and Wolverine and New X-Men have been solid since HoM. The 198 is interesting as far as a character study goes but it does tend to get boring in parts. New Excalibur was good for the first few issues I think but it's started to slip. Son of M, however, is the best thing to come from Decimation. It's fantastic and srange. Compared to the HoM tie-ins, Decimation is better in my opinion. The only HoM tie-in I liked was The Hulk one and the Cable/Deadpool one. I bought the Black Panther one too but it was just okay.

Marvel had the oppourtunity to cut the fat of the X-books (meaning cancel some), instead they just added more. :down

Also Angel, Magneto, and Professor X are no longer mutants, that sucks.
 
KingOfDreams said:
Not really. The story could have been told in less than 8 issues but that's Bendis for you.

ughhh that is such a tiresome criticism.

ALL stories could be told in less than their alotted issues.
Just because a story COULD be condensed isn't a bad thing (i am assuming this is a criticism) because it applies to all comics (apart from one issue ones natch.)

Bendis has a style where he basically likes his characters to speak lots, which results in lots of dialogue and a general lightness of action. As he is fond of saying he likes scenes in his story to 'breathe'. Sometimes (most times if you belive some people) this can affect the pacing of a story and make it a chore to get through as nothing much seems to happen (for the plot loving fans out there).

So if you want to criticise his style, criticise his style and provide a rationale as to how it didn't work PLEASE!!!
This "could have been told in less" issues is nonsensical from the off and completely without merit as far as proper criticism of the comic form goes.


/end rant
 
hippie_hunter said:
Marvel had the oppourtunity to cut the fat of the X-books (meaning cancel some), instead they just added more. :down

Also Angel, Magneto, and Professor X are no longer mutants, that sucks.

That does suck that they are no longer mutants I agree but if a series is good I don't care how many X-books there are.
 
gildea said:
Bendis has a style where he basically likes his characters to speak lots, which results in lots of dialogue and a general lightness of action. As he is fond of saying he likes scenes in his story to 'breathe'. Sometimes (most times if you belive some people) this can affect the pacing of a story and make it a chore to get through as nothing much seems to happen (for the plot loving fans out there).

That's my criticism right there.
 
gildea said:
ughhh that is such a tiresome criticism.

ALL stories could be told in less than their alotted issues.
Just because a story COULD be condensed isn't a bad thing (i am assuming this is a criticism) because it applies to all comics (apart from one issue ones natch.)

Bendis has a style where he basically likes his characters to speak lots, which results in lots of dialogue and a general lightness of action. As he is fond of saying he likes scenes in his story to 'breathe'. Sometimes (most times if you belive some people) this can affect the pacing of a story and make it a chore to get through as nothing much seems to happen (for the plot loving fans out there).

So if you want to criticise his style, criticise his style and provide a rationale as to how it didn't work PLEASE!!!
This "could have been told in less" issues is nonsensical from the off and completely without merit as far as proper criticism of the comic form goes.


/end rant

I agree, it gets tiresome to see the Bendis hate generalized under this one blanket statement more than half the time it's the only reason posted. As it's been said, most arcs in the comic world could be done in less issues, but where's the profit in that and why rush it? :down
 
KingOfDreams said:
That's my criticism right there.

Not having a go sir but then you should have said "HOM was badly paced" and not the nonsensical "could have been done in less issues."

Anyhoo i agree with that statement up to a point. :)
 
Go back and read Age Of Apocalypse again.

Similar idea ... SO much better.
 

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