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Sins of Sinister #1 shows how carefully laid plans can get out of control

Sins of Sinister #1

Sins of Sinister #1 kicks off the latest “X event” as Mr. Sinister’s plans finally begin to play out to shape the world. The island nation of Krakoa has relied on Sinister in its focus on genetics and that reliance has been its downfall as Sinister has used his position to plant the seeds of his rule. This debut issue acts as not just a solid start to the event but carefully lays out what this classic Marvel villain has been up to.

Written by Kieron Gillen, Mr. Sinister has been a character that has seen quite a change in years. Going from a rather stiff and boring villain, his personality has been let loose giving an at times hilarious villain who just so happens to control genetics. Sins of Sinister #1 delivers all of that on full display as Sinister plays puppet master and PT Barnum in our introduction to the world he has crafted.

Using his clones of Moira McTaggert, Sinister has been resetting time, manipulating things so he can ascend. Add in his tampering with the genetics of mutants, he’s created what would seem like a perfect plan and takeover that has relied on intelligence rather than brute force. But, even the best laid plans can spiral out of control and soon Sinister learns he’s not in as much control as he tought.

And that’s where Gillen’s writing triumphs. Sinister pops from the page with a personality that’s larger than life and so over the top it feels like it’s being projected for the people in a theater. As presented, Sinister comes off as a villain you should fear due to how laid out his plan and vision are but at the same time you want to see the chaos he’ll cause as you know there’s no way this is going right. He’s clown like, smashing pies in the face of those that stand in his way. It’s hard to not enjoy the exaggerated… everything.

The art by Lucas Werneck is fantastic delivering every exaggerated moment with a flair that’s fitting for Sinister. With Bryan Valenza on color and Clayton Cowles‘ lettering, the comic has a sinister vibe about it without being doom and gloom. It’s an post apocalyptic story at times without being depressing. The subtle design work from the art is fantastic as well. Slight facial expressions or body language plays so well with who has been corrupted and who hasn’t adding a slight horror aspect as Sinister’s aspect spreads. It’s subtle and goes far beyond simply adding Sinister’s signature diamond on a forehead.

Sins of Sinister #1 is an entertaining start not only catching readers up but laying out when things get out of hand. There’s an almost tragic aspect for our villain as he discovers he’s not in as much control as he thinks. This is where the “smart person” finds out they’re actually not that smart and there’s a lot they haven’t planned for that’s now out of their control. It’s an event that looks like it’s keeping things fairly focused and if this debut is an indication, going to be a fun addition to the high bar that is “X events”.

Story: Kieron Gillen Art: Lucas Werneck
Special guest artists: Geoffrey Shaw, Marco Checchetto, Juan José Ryp, David Baldeón, Travel Foreman, Carlos Gómez, Federico Vicentini, David Lopez, Joshua Cassara, Stefano Caselli
Color: Bryan Valenza Letterer: Clayton Cowles Design: Jay Bowen
Story: 8.3 Art: 8.3 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Marvel’s Free Comic Book Day releases Kicks off some of the Biggest Stories of 2023

For this year’s Free Comic Book Day, Marvel will have something for every fan, offering four separate titles packed with exciting entry points into the Marvel Comics mythos! In addition to lead-in stories to the biggest comic book sagas of 2023 including Fall of X and Jonathan Hickman and Valerio Schiti’s upcoming epic, 2023’s Free Comic Book Day titles will also spotlight creators and characters from different cultures, communities, and identities and provide the perfect first comic for new readers!

Free Comic Book Day 2023: Avengers/X-Men #1 features a pair of all-new stories that set the stage for the next evolution in mutant adventures, Fall of X! First, X-Men masterminds Gerry Duggan and Joshua Cassara give fans a peek at the drama to come at this year’s Hellfire Gala and reveal the surprising fate of Captain Krakoa. Then, superstar artist Javier Garrón joins Duggan for a story that features the rise of Stark Sentinels and lays the groundwork for an uncanny new team book launching later this year. Plus meet Jonathan Hickman and Valerio Schiti at the crossroads of science and magic with a sneak peek at their upcoming mystery project! Featuring a cover by Javier Garrón.

Free Comic Book Day 2023: Spider-Man/Venom #1 will web-sling readers into the exciting developments currently taking place in the world of Amazing Spider-Man and Venom! First, see Zeb Wells and Patrick Gleason unleash the full fury of Peter Parker’s new spidey suit and reveal the exciting plans for one of Spider-Man’s fiercest foes. Then witness a symbiote experiment gone horribly wrong and the creation of a terrifying new enemy for Venom in a story by writer Al Ewing and new Venom artist CAFU. Plus a surprising preview of new Marvel saga just on the horizon by two of Marvel’s top creators! Featuring a cover by Patrick Gleason.

Free Comic Book Day 2023: Marvel’s Voices #1 invites readers to the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed Marvel’s Voices series, which spotlights creators and characters across Marvel’s diverse and ever-evolving universe. The book will include a range of stories from previous Marvel’s Voices issues that star Ms. Marvel, Luke Cage, Wave, and more! Plus a brand-new Ironheart adventure by writer John Jennings and Paris Alleyne that debuts her deadly new nemesis, KHEM! Don’t miss stories written by Jennings, Nyla Innuksuk, Sabir Pirzada, Alyssa Wong, and Cody Ziglar and art by Alleyne, Natasha Donovan, Eric Koda, Stephen Byrne, Diógenes Neves, and Eder Messias. Plus, a cover by Chris Allen!

And last but certainly not least, Free Comic Book Day 2023: Spidey & His Amazing Friends #1 is back! Swing into adventure with Spidey, Ghost-Spider, and Miles as they face off against Green Goblin, Doc Ock and more in this spectacular special. Filled with easy-to-read comic stories based on the hit Disney Junior show, this book is perfect for the youngest readers aged 5-7. Young fans will even be able to test their wall-crawling skills with thrilling interactive activity pages! Kids will love this not-to-be-missed comic: the perfect primer for the newest generation of Spider-Fans!

Check with your local comic shop regarding availability and don’t miss the chance to pick up these extraordinary one-shots when they arrive in May! 

Preview: X-Men #18

X-Men #18

(W) Gerry Duggan (A) Joshua Cassara (CA) Martin Coccolo
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 11, 2023
SRP: $3.99

GETTING INTO SYNCH!
Synch has a lot to sort out. His life has been derailed, his powers have grown and he’s experienced a loss that no one understands. The universe has had its way with him. Now… it’s his turn.

X-Men #18

The Marvel Universe is Twisted in Mister Sinister’s Image in the Sins of Sinister Trailer

On January 25, the Marvel Universe will descend into utter madness thanks to the machinations of one of the X-Men’s most devious villains: Mister of Sinister! Enter this terrifying new age in “Sins of Sinister“!

This all-new mutant epic will begin in Sins of Sinister #1, a giant-sized one-shot by the visionary Immortal X-Men creative team, writer Kieron Gillen and artist Lucas Werneck. After that, the current Krakoan era will crumble and Immortal X-MenX-Men Red, and Legion of X will be washed away, transformed into three limited series: Immoral X-Men, Storm & The Brotherhood of Mutants, and Nightcrawlers! Series writers Kieron Gillen, Al Ewing, and Si Spurrier will pen their respective new titles, joined by artists Paco Medina, Andrea Di Vito, and Alessandro Vitti. Tackling three separate time periods, each superstar artist will draw an issue of all three titles as consecutive issues propel the Marvel Universe further and further into a dark future, dramatically escalating the stakes with each startling time jump. 10 Years… 100 Years… 1000 Years… The Powers of Essex will seek to stretch beyond the limits of time and space until it comes crashing down in the X-Universe shattering finale one-shot, Sins of Sinister: Dominion #1! Infamous for his long-term meticulous manipulating, Mister Sinister’s scheming will yield unpredictable results in this overarching saga that pays off plot threads that have been haunting fans since Jonathan Hickman’s House of X and Powers of X!

Fans can get their first look at this universe-melting X-event right now in the highly-anticipated Sins of Sinister Trailer, featuring never-before-seen artwork! The trailer opens with Sinister finally paying for his monstrous crimes, but it’s far too late… Even as mutantkind’s leaders sentence him to the pit, Sinister’s dangerous game bears fruit. Watch in horror earth’s greatest heroes fall and armies of mutant Chimera rise. The trailer teases Storm’s brave struggles as leader of the last surviving mutant stronghold in Storm & The Brotherhood of Mutants, the vicious plotting between the remaining members of the Quiet Council and the return of fan-favorite character Rasputin in Immoral X-Men, and the deadly attacks committed by a cult-like group of vicious Nightcrawler hybrids in Nightcrawlers.

Sinister has been planning all this since the beginning, and now he’ll be forced to see it through to the bitter end. Dare to see what unfolds in a world cursed by Sinister when Sins of Sinister #1 arrives on January 25

Preview: X-Force #35

X-Force #35

(W) Ben Percy (A) Christopher Allen (CA) Joshua Cassara
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Dec 07, 2022
SRP: $3.99

JAIL BREAK!
BEAST’S off-the-books plans go belly-up when SEVYR BLACKMORE stages a space prison break that even MAVERICK and the MERCS can’t keep it in hand! A major turning point for X-FORCE as a team?and breaking points for more than one key X-character!

X-Force #35

Preview: X-Force #35

X-Force #35

(W) Ben Percy (A) Christopher Allen (CA) Joshua Cassara
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Dec 07, 2022
SRP: $3.99

JAIL BREAK!
BEAST’S off-the-books plans go belly-up when SEVYR BLACKMORE stages a space prison break that even MAVERICK and the MERCS can’t keep it in hand! A major turning point for X-FORCE as a team?and breaking points for more than one key X-character!

X-Force #35

Preview: X-Men #17

X-Men #17

(W) Gerry Duggan (A) Joshua Cassara (CA) Martin Coccolo
RATED T+
In Shops: Nov 23, 2022
SRP: $3.99

THE BEST LAID PLANS…
As the new X-Men team brings deals with a seemingly unstoppable foe, one X-Man wrestles with the fact they’ve gone way too far, and another is shaken by unexpectedly getting exactly what they’d no longer allowed themselves to dream of.

X-Men #17

Preview: X-Force #34

X-Force #34

(W) Ben Percy (A) Christopher Allen (CA) Joshua Cassara
PARENTAL ADVISORY
In Shops: Nov 23, 2022
SRP: $3.99

IN SPACE, NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SNIKT!
The planet Arakko is a new target for Arakkii pirate SEVYR BLACKMORE! But where there’s crime, there’s inevitably punishment. And that’s where X-FORCE comes in along with hired hands MAVERICK and the MERCS! But are even their combined forces up to the task of keeping these deadly warriors from overrunning the solar system?

X-Force #34

Preview: X-Men #16

X-Men #16

(W) Gerry Duggan (A) Joshua Cassara (CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 19, 2022
SRP: $3.99

FORGING A WAY AHEAD! Forge has a secret mission that he’s been working on for the Quiet Council for some time. Now that he’s been elected to be one of the X-Men – the world’s greatest heroes – it’s time to put it into action…even if it does break some of the laws of Krakoa.

X-Men #16
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