Immoral X-Men #3 teases great concepts

Immoral X-Men #3

It’s been 1,000 years since Sinister’s experiment began. 1,000 years that have led to destruction, death, war, a plan completely spiraled out of control. Sinister is now attempting to right his wrong, searching for the one weapon that can correct everything. Immoral X-Men #3 adds another glimpse the the mad world Sinister has wrought and adds more wrinkles to the end game for this event.

Kieron Gillen continues the interesting thread of Sinister’s journey as he and Rasputin IV travel through space in hopes of finding clues to take them to the weapon to correct the madness. It’s an interesting journey that feels much more like a travelogue than anything else. There’s some action and very interesting moments but much like the event as a whole, it’s a sliver of a narrative.

That “sliver” is partially what has made Sins of Sinister so interesting and so frustrating at the same time. Each issue takes place at a different point in this event. The first issues are 10 years, second 100, and third are 1,000. And thus, they’re just a moment of time. Each issue hints and teases the story at this point forcing readers to piece together what has happened. It also leaves a lot wanted. Everything presented could be a story unto themselves with a full miniseries dedicated to what’s shown. But, we’re given just a glimpse of where things are at, pieces of a puzzle where we can infer the picture but never get to see all of it. That’s both original and frustrating because what’s presented is so interesting. I want to know how we got to each of these points.

The art by Alessandro Vitti is interesting and feels like it’s both grounded in a way and also a world gone mad. With color by Rain Beredo, lettering by Clayton Cowles, and design by Jay Bowen, the art adds so much to the story. We need to infer and figuring out where things stand from the visuals as much as by what’s said. The two need to work hand in hand to really deliver all the information we need. Here, we get a lot of that with teases and hints as to where the mutant legion have taken the world. The visuals drive home the corruption, like rot that has spiraled out of control.

Immoral X-Men #3 is good. It also leaves me wanting a lot more. How the three issues remaining for the event will be able to tie things up and get things somewhat back to the way they were should be impressive. Hopefully, it’s a bit more of a straight narrative than the event so far. Overall, it’s something original, but it’s originality that leaves things in a frustrating place as well.

Story: Kieron Gillen Art: Alessandro Vitti
Color: Rain Beredo Letterer: Clayton Cowles Design: Jay Bowen
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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