Mutopia X #1 Review

Reviewer: Andy Campbell

Writer: David Hine
Pencils: Lan Medina
Inks: Alejandro “Boy” Sicat
Color: Avalon’s Dave Kemp
Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Production: Jacob Chabot
Editor: Sean Ryan
Associate Editor: Nick Lowe
Supervising Editor: Mike Marts
Publisher: Dan Buckley (Marvel Comics)

Before I start the review, let me just get this out of the way: I’m not reading any House of M books, with the exception of this book. So, I have no idea what has gone down in the main titles. All I know is what the intro of the book tells me.

To make a long story short, District X (a mutant ghetto) is no longer District X; apparently in this world, mutants are the majority and humans are the minority. It’s an interesting concept, to be sure. Unfortunately, in this book surfaces one of my greatest pet peeves from the X-books: using the word “sapien” as a singular form of the word “sapiens.” I don’t know why this bugs me, but it does; our genus and species is Homo sapiens.

The word “sapiens” is not plural, but all the X-books use it as a plural because it has an “s” on the end. Arg! Anyway, my pet peeve aside, District X is now called Sapien Town (*cringe*), where the now-minority humans live.

Beyond this, I can’t comment too much because I’m not entirely sure what’s going on. If you’re following House of M, this may be a book for you, but as for me, I’m just missing my regular ol’ District X. Ah well. It’s not that this is badly written or drawn; on the contrary, the creative team does a great job, as usual. I would just rather have a normal story.

But that’s just my opinion. I could be wrong.