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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; Direct Ed edition (February 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785117210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785117216
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Michael Bendis is an award winning comics creator and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For the last eleven years, Brian's books have consistently sat on the top of the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.
Brian is currently helming a renaissance for Marvel's popular AVENGERS franchise by writing every issue of the NEW AVENGERS plus debuting the hit books MIGHTY AVENGERS and DARK AVENGERS along with the wildly successful 'event' projects HOUSE OF M, SECRET WAR, SECRET INVASION, and SIEGE.
This summer will see the blockbuster new line-ups for AVENGERS and NEW AVENGERS.
Other recent projects include the groundbreaking SPIDER-WOMAN MOTION COMIC, that debuted number one on iTunes TV sales chart and the New York Times best selling HALO graphic novel.
Brian is one of the premiere architects of Marvel comic's Ultimate line of comics. A line of comics specifically created for the new generation of comics reader. He has written every issue of ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN since it's best selling launch in 1999, and has also written ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR, X-MEN, MARVEL TEAM UP, ORIGIN, SIX and the ENEMY trilogy.
He is creator of the JINX line of crime comics published by image comics. This line has spawned the graphic novels GOLDFISH, FIRE, JINX, TORSO (w/ Marc Andreyko) and TOTAL SELL OUT.
Brian's other projects include the Eisner award winning "POWERS" (w/Mike Oeming) from Marvel's creator owned imprint ICON, and the Hollywood tell all "FORTUNE AND GLORY'. Entertainment Weekly gave both projects an "A." SONY and FX networks are currently developing POWERS for series with Brian as exec producer.
Brian is currently adapting his spy graphic novel FIRE for Universal Pictures as a starring vehicle for Zac Efron.
Brian is a member of Marvel studios creative committee, which consults on their numerous ongoing film projects. He has consulted on IRON-MAN and IRON MAN 2 and is currently consulting on THE FIRST AVENGERS: CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR and THE AVENGERS
Brian has won five prestigious EISNER awards, including 'Best Writer of the year' two years in a row. He has also won over two dozen Wizard comic awards. Brian is the recipient of the Cleveland Press 'Excellence in Journalism' Award and was named "Best Writer of the Year." by Wizard Magazine and Comic Buyer's Guide for three consecutive years.
He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Alisa, his gorgeous daughters Olivia and Sabrina and his dogs Lucky, Max and Buster.

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Customer Reviews

I thought the story was good and the artwork was excellent.
Luke Waygood
This book is amazing and fun to read, not to mention it is fairly cheap, so I would recommend anyone who loves marvel comical to pick this one up asap.
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Even more interesting, perhaps, is the round-about way the social schism of mutant vs human changes in this altered world.
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117 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on February 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
Alternate realities and other worlds are nothing new in the world of comic books. DC has the multiverse, where an infinite number of Earths exist, each with parallel versions of Superman, Batman, and all of the other major players in the world of DC comics. Marvel has the Ultimate universe, which serves as a way to retell the classic stories in a separate, but parallel world to the 616 universe, which is the "normal" Marvel world. There was also the Age of Apocalypse miniseries, in which Apocalyspe, in an altered reality, controlled the world, and Magneto was the leader of the X-Men. However, in most alternate reality storylines, the ending seemed to undo everything. The characters remembered nothing of the other world when things went back to normal. Such is not the case in House of M.
Wanda Maximoff, also known as Scarlet Witch, is the daughter of Magneto. She and her brother Pietro, also known as Quicksilver, are mutants, and thus have lived a life of oppression at the hands of humans. It doesn't help that their father is a maniacal terrorist bent on making the world a mutant paradise. Wanda's powers to alter reality have served her well as an Avenger, but lately, they have begun to take their toll on her mind. Prof. Charles Xavier has tried to help her, but she is quickly losing her grip on reality, which means that she could unknowingly alter the reality of everyone around her. Concerned for the safety of the world, Prof. X asks the X-Men and the Avengers to help decide how to deal with the problem. Fearing that Wanda's death is imminent, Piertro asks Magneto to do something, and suddenly, in a bright flash of light, everything changes.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Neal J. Wertanen on March 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
After years of mediocre to bad to (frankly) horrible stories and crossovers within the company, Marvel has recently started to turn things around. Ironically a big reason for the turn around is avoiding the major crossover that "House of M" is and was. However, "M" is one of those stories that seemed to be coming for awhile and was executed very well.

After the Scarlett Witch went insane and killed Avenger teammates Hawkeye, Vision and Ant-man, Professor X and Captain America call together all the X-Men an Avengers to discuss how to deal with her and its determined she is a threat and must be killed. A threat her brother Quicksilver hears and then sprints off to warn her about, and to plead with there father, Magento, to prevent. Magneto refuses, and the super-teams arrive on Genosha when all the sudden a bright light envelopes everything and the heroes all wake up in a new altered reality where Mutants live in peace with the humans and the world is more or less a good place for all the heroes, each seemingly having exactly what they always wanted.

Wolverine seems to be the lone hero to realize something is wrong and he slowly gathers up the rest of the heroes, and reveals the truth to them. (special note: it is awful and heartbreaking when peter parker/spider-man realizes the truth) The heroes gather and a final battle ensues, and in the end everything is set right...well not quite.

The results of "M" are truely epic, and unless Marvel follows the mistakes of its past, and undoes every major decision they ever make, the effects will be felt in the Marvel universe for a long long time. "M" is a return to the great storytelling the company had going for it in the '70s and '80s, and is a welcome addition to the small group of classic stories that must be talked about with things like "The Dark Phoenix Saga".
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 30, 2006
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Much to the dismay of many fans, Brian Michael Bendis' run on the Avengers saw the destruction of the team from the inside out as the Scarlet Witch's reality altering powers killed members Hawkeye, Vision, and Ant-Man; and caused much more chaos beyond that as well. House of M picks up in Genosha with Professor Xavier failing to help the Scarlet Witch reclaim her sanity, leading Xavier to unite his X-Men and the New Avengers to decide her fate. Then everything goes white. When X-Men and New Avengers member Wolverine comes to, the whole world is upside down. Mutants are the dominant species on the planet and humans are looked down upon. Magneto and his family are the royal leaders of the planet, and Wolverine is an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. who knows that this world isn't right. As he scrambles to locate his friends and team mates to find Xavier and figure out just what happened, we are given glimpses of this alternate reality, which is surprisingly well thought out and written by Bendis, who had a reputation for being a top writer with his indie-crime work and his early work on Daredevil, but has been labeled lately as being overrated and working on so many Marvel titles it's almost impossible to keep up with what he's doing. While this mega event mini-series doesn't focus on as many of the characters as one would like (there are seperate TPB's focusing on Captain America, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the Dr. Doom led Fantastic Four in this alternate world) but that is forgiveable here. There's some nice art here by Olivier Coipel, and Bendis' story has plenty of twists and surprises, and an ending which actually leaves the Marvel universe in a situation it hasn't faced, and a delicious twist for Wolverine as well. All in all, House of M may be seem as yet another mega cross over mini-series, but the biggest twist here is that it's actually pretty good.
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