Uncanny X-Men #2


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Uncanny X-Men #2


  • Words: Kieron Gillen
  • Art: Carlos Pacheco, Jorge Molina & Rodney Buchemi
  • Inks: Cam Smith, Roger Bonet, Walden Wong & Jorge Molina
  • Colors: Frank D'Armata, Rachelle Rosenberg, Jim Charalampidis & Jorge Molina
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics
  • Price: $3.99
  • Release Date: Nov 30, 2011

Kieron Gillen writes the most Sinister X-Men issue in history, literally.

Mister Sinister has stolen the head of the Dreaming Celestial and used it to create a Victorian-era city populated by genetic copies of himself. There are Sinisters brandishing rifles with bayonets, Sinisters firing cannons, and Sinisters riding on horses. They are all gathered around the Sistine Chapel fighting off the X-Men, who want to stop him before the other Celestials show up and take revenge for their headless brother. The plot is as silly and strange as it is diabolical, but isn’t that what the X-Men are all about?

The book has a great look to it. The clean Victorian streets of Sinister’s city and the dated costumes add a great style to the proceedings. Even the horses have Sinister’s signature diamond branded on their foreheads. Despite every villain having the same face, the sizable art team (eight artists in total) does a great job of mixing up their different uniforms and body language to create a whole world. It is bizzarely wonderful seeing a Sinister soldier, a Sinister royal guard, and a Sinister duke all making up the Sinister royal court. Although, one would shudder to think what the Sinister women look like.

Sinister has been around for a long time, always plotting some mastermind plot to exploit the incredible genes of Scott Summers and Jean Grey, but he has always been thwarted. Here, writer Kieron Gillen shows that the time for research and testing is over. This is Sinister’s endgame, inspired by a moment of his childhood where he saw perfection while walking in a park in London. The scene where that day is revisited is by far the most interesting in the entire comic, but it consists of only one page with three paragraphs of text. More time spent on how that moment profoundly affected him, changed him, and gave him a purpose for being so damn sinister would have been greatly appreciated.

Instead, the reader must listen to him monologue on and on and on for more than five pages. The writing is not bad. Gillen projects Sinister’s villainous, elitist voice with great style and humor, but it weighs down the issue with its excess. All the while, the X-Men attempt to stop him by their usual tactics (hit him with the optic blasts, shoot him in the head, crush his head with steel hands), but Sinister is ten steps ahead of the game. Sinister is a veteran villain, so it is nice to see he does not succumb to the same old tricks, and with the stakes raised to a world-class threat, Gillen has created an incredible amount of tension that makes the next issue a must-buy.

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