We are coming close to the end of David Canham‘s analysis of Jonathan Hickman’s House of X/Powers of X series over at Sequart.
Here is an excerpt:
“One theory of religion postulates that such belief systems arise out of questions that remain (as of yet) beyond our ability to answer. Wondering, ‘Where did everything ultimately come from?’ leads to creation myths and the belief in an omnipotent Creator. At the other end of existence, various answers to the question ‘What happens after death?’ have been addressed in different chapters of this series. A person of faith would probably argue that these questions do not cause religious beliefs but are simply the subject matter of religion. The opening and closing scenes of Powers of X #5 focus on an equally existential question: ‘What makes you who you are… who you really are? What is the essence of your being?’ The middle section, meanwhile, illustrates the difficult process of making a decision based on faith; committing oneself, even when some questions remain unanswered and the outcome cannot be completely known.”