PUTTING THE “DIE” IN DIAMOND AGE!
Hail the Pax Krakoa!
But to this hell age is born a hero.
Say hello (again) to Rasputin IV… but what can one good chimera do in a universe of sin?
The first century of Sinister’s plan has come to an end…and whether it’s better or worse may depend on the symbol on your forehead.
Comic WatchIn IMMORAL X-MEN, Gillen has created a book that perfectly balances horror, action, and a heaping helping of pure dystopian fun. He balances heavy theological themes (Exodus presents a take on the biblical figure of Judas that harkens back to appropriately medieval philosophical questions — presenting his role as one which is necessary to the resurrection and, therefore, from one angle at least, a heroic role — and that is the deepest of deep cuts) with gleeful Sinister machinations and all without sacrificing an ounce of his astonishing capacity for working within the outlines of established character. That’s a lot to cram into considerably less than thirty pages, and the fact that he manages all of this without ever losing the thread of his overarching plot is an astonishment. (...) Beneath the vaguely Star Trek patina, this story hides a wonderfully rotten heart. If you need a little theological and philosophical complexity with your futuristic mayhem, this is the book for you. I cannot wait to see what happens next.
COMICONSins of Sinister rockets into the 100th year as the ‘Immoral X-Men’ turn their sights on one of their own, moving the story ever closer to the upcoming conclusion to this miniature alternate future storyline. A lot of intriguing ideas and character bits that could be seen again when things return to normal, played out differently, but overall just a bunch of fun that works for a middle of the run issue.
Major SpoilersImmoral X-Men #2 is well-paced and well-designed. This issue shows the epitome of what could be done within this event. Unfortunately, I don’t know if this event can have this sort of food for thought in future issues without destroying the major narrative arcs.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: Gillen crafts an entertaining and arresting story in this issue. It not only adds more layers to Sinister as a character, but it introduces a moral dilemma that the character is not ready for. I love seeing Sinister having to deal with the consequences of his actions in creating clones that are so much like him that they cannot be trusted. The Mother Righteous character is a great addition to the plot and I am excited to see the conflict between them. I look forward to seeing where this story goes next. The Art: Di Vito created some beautifully detailed art throughout the issue. I love the look of the series and how expansive and bold the visuals are.
Graphic PolicyImmoral X-Men #2 is an interesting issue. It doesn’t feel so much like a sliver of a greater story but a story itself. It shows off the potential of this event which started strong but turned bumpy in its structuring. Unfortunately, the next issue jumps ahead in time leaving us to put pieces together as to what happened between issues. And that’s the thing about “Sins of Sinister” and this particular issue. Unlike others, where we have to spend so much time guessing what has happened, this focuses on what is happening and where things go next. Like the story overall, it shows not what was, but what can be.
ComicBook.comKieron Gillen promised the year-100 issue of Immoral X-Men would be like a dark take on Star Trek. He was not joking. By the 100th year of Pax Sinister, the mutants have taken to the stars wearing smartly-drawn uniforms resembling Starfleet's and introduce a ship that manages to recreate the core systems of a Star Trek space vessel—shields, impulse engines, and warp drive—using the clones parts of mutants with their powers intact. There's even a five-year mission by the end of it. Gillen wraps this into themes of empire, a line drawn by critics of Star Trek's vision of the future before, although Gillen doesn't comment on the idea one way or another (though the version here is more Mirror Universe than Prime Timeline). The issue also takes Hope Summers' perspective to consider the idea of a messiah and what utility they have, or do not have, when they're present rather than promised to return. We see it in the relationship between Hope and Exodus, her most devout follower, and in a separate plot involving Sinister, who unexpectedly finds himself needing a savior. As a Star Trek and X-Men fan, this issue has me squarely in its crosshairs, but regardless, it's compelling and well-crafted stuff.
AIPTWhile Krakoa continues to build power, the Quiet Council hasn’t been idle. As the Sins of Sinister event continues, Kieron Gillen, Andrea Di Vito, and Jim Charalampidis have come together to present a truly sinister universe. Immoral X-Men #2 explores the second century of Krakoan rule as mutants continue to explore the strengths of chimera while engaging in open warfare. (...) Outside of a few details about a new calendar and the new resurrection techniques, the book just hasn’t fleshed out the worlds of Sins of Sinister well. It makes the atmosphere feel somewhat hollow, which is disappointing. Considering that a common criticism of Krakoa has been somewhat lackluster worldbuilding, the underwhelming development of Immoral X-Men‘s setting feels like an emblematic problem. Still, for anyone enjoying the Sins of Sinister event, Immoral X-Men #2 provides a nice continuation that helps prove just how terrible the X-Men can be if they set their minds to it. With their moral restrictions utterly erased, the island of Krakoa has been showing off just how terrifying the mutant race can be. In all likelihood, that’s exactly what will lead to the Fall of X. Though there were some issues with the story, Immoral X-Men #2 is a compelling issue that offers some interesting notions and a very unique development for Sinister. Whether his changes stick remains to be seen.