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Preview: Sins of Sinister #1

Sins of Sinister #1

(W) Kieron Gillen (A) Lucas Werneck, Various (CA) Leinil Yu
In Shops: Jan 25, 2023
SRP: $5.99

POWERS OF ESSEX! It’s the end of the world as we know it, and at least Sinister feels fine. For now. Can that last? Especially when we discover that he really is his own worst enemy… The universe-melting X-event begins here, in a horror timeline that makes Age of Apocalypse look like the X-Men Swimsuit Special. Join Kieron Gillen (IMMORTAL X-MEN, AXE: JUDGMENT DAY) as he kicks off the X-Men crossover Sinister has been planning since the beginning?and is going to have to see through to the bitter end.

Sins of Sinister #1

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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Preview: Sins of Sinister #1

Sins of Sinister #1

(W) Kieron Gillen (A) Lucas Werneck, Various (CA) Leinil Yu
In Shops: Jan 25, 2023
SRP: $5.99

POWERS OF ESSEX! It’s the end of the world as we know it, and at least Sinister feels fine. For now. Can that last? Especially when we discover that he really is his own worst enemy… The universe-melting X-event begins here, in a horror timeline that makes Age of Apocalypse look like the X-Men Swimsuit Special. Join Kieron Gillen (IMMORTAL X-MEN, AXE: JUDGMENT DAY) as he kicks off the X-Men crossover Sinister has been planning since the beginning?and is going to have to see through to the bitter end.

Sins of Sinister #1

Preview: Monica Rambeau: Photon #2 (of 5)

Monica Rambeau: Photon #2 (of 5)

(W) Eve L. Ewing (A) Luca Maresca (CA) Lucas Werneck
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 11, 2023
SRP: $3.99

GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND!
Have you ever had one of those days where everything is going wrong? Like you’ve somehow been sucked across the infinite cosmos into the wrong corner of fragmented space-time? And you run into someone from your past you really can’t stand? Like, say, someone from…beyond? If so, maybe you’ll have some good advice for Monica. (She’ll take what she can get.)

Monica Rambeau: Photon #2 (of 5)

Marvel Variant Covers Pay Homage to Famous Art Movements

 Marvel’s Stormbreakers Class of 2023 are here and bringing their incredible talents to your favorite comic series and characters! This year’s class features a diverse line-up of illustrators who are constantly breaking the mold, and each month they’ll have a chance to flex their skills with an exciting themed variant cover collection.

For March’s Stormbreakers Variant Covers, fans can see their favorite heroes in depictions inspired by art movements throughout history. A perfect spotlight of the raw talent embodied by these eight artists, these visually stunning and unique covers can be found on some of Marvel’s hottest titles.

Here are the art movements each artist chose to celebrate: 

  • C.F. Villa: Mexican MuralismSpider-Gwen: Shadow Clones #1 – on sale 3/1
  • Elena Casagrande: Russian Fairytale Art X-Men: Deadly Regenesis #1 – on sale 3/8
  • Martin Coccolo: Pinturas Negras  – Doctor Strange #1 – on sale 3/22
  • Lucas Werneck: Art Nouveau Rogue & Gambit #1 – on sale 3/1
  • Jan Bazaldua: SurrealismAmazing Spider-Man #21 – on sale 3/8
  • Chris Allen: DadaHallows’ Eve #1 – on sale 3/1
  • Federico Vicentini: Pop ArtAvengers #66 – on sale 3/1
  • Nic Klein: German RenaissanceSpider-Man: Unforgiven #1 – on sale 3/1

Check out their latest covers now and stay tuned for more Stormbreakers Variant Covers to be revealed in the coming months!

Preview: Monica Rambeau: Photon #1 (of 5)

Monica Rambeau: Photon #1 (of 5)

(W) Eve L. Ewing (A) Luca Maresca (CA) Lucas Werneck
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 14, 2022
SRP: $3.99

HIGHER. FURTHER. FASTER.
Universal powerhouse MONICA RAMBEAU stars in her very own all-new adventure! The hero known as PHOTON has been charged with making a very special, very cosmic delivery – should be light work (get it?) for Monica… if family drama doesn’t hold her back!

Monica Rambeau: Photon #1 (of 5)

Preview: Monica Rambeau: Photon #1 (of 5)

Monica Rambeau: Photon #1 (of 5)

(W) Eve L. Ewing (A) Luca Maresca (CA) Lucas Werneck
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 14, 2022
SRP: $3.99

HIGHER. FURTHER. FASTER.
Universal powerhouse MONICA RAMBEAU stars in her very own all-new adventure! The hero known as PHOTON has been charged with making a very special, very cosmic delivery – should be light work (get it?) for Monica… if family drama doesn’t hold her back!

Monica Rambeau: Photon #1 (of 5)

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

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