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Immoral X-Men #2 (of 3)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 7 critic ratings.


Hail the Pax Krakoa!

Or perish!

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.

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25 pages
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7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 99

    Comic Watch

    In 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.
  • 90


    Sins 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.
  • 90

    Major Spoilers

    Immoral 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.
  • 88

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The 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.
  • 83

    Graphic Policy

    Immoral 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.
  • 80

    Kieron 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.
  • 75


    While 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.

More From Immoral X-Men (2023)

About the Author: Kieron Gillen

Kieron Michael Gillen (/ˈɡɪlən/; born 30 September 1975) is a British comic book writer and former video game and music journalist. In comics, Gillen is known for Phonogram and The Wicked + The Divine, both co-created with artist Jamie McKelvie and published by Image, as well as numerous projects for Marvel, such as Journey into Mystery, Uncanny X-Men, Young Avengers and Eternals. In video game journalism, he is notable for creating the New Games Journalism manifesto.



As a reviewer, Gillen has written for publications such as Amiga Power (under the pseudonym “C-Monster”), PC Gamer UK, The Escapist, Wired, The Guardian, Edge, Game Developer, Develop, MCV/Develop, GamesMaster, Eurogamer and PC Format, as well as the PC gaming-oriented website Rock Paper Shotgun, which he co-founded in 2007. In 2000, Gillen became the first-ever video game journalist to receive an award from the Periodical Publishers Association, for New Specialist Consumer Journalist. Gillen is a fan of the work of the video game developer Warren Spector, having written positive pieces on several Spector’s games, most notably Deus Ex and Thief: Deadly Shadows, both produced by Ion Storm.

In addition to his work as a reviewer, Gilen has acted as a guest speaker at numerous video game industry conferences.

In a September 2010 post at Rock Paper Shotgun, Gillen announced he was leaving full-time video game journalism to devote his time to comic book writing.


Gillen’s earliest work in comics was published in various British small-press anthologies and Warhammer Monthly. Between 2003 and 2007, Gillen collaborated with artist Jamie McKelvie on a comic strip for PlayStation Official Magazine – UK, entitled “Save Point”, following up with the pop music-themed urban fantasy series Phonogram, which was described by Gillen as his “first real comic”. Veteran comics writer Warren Ellis dubbed the series “one of the few truly essential comics of 2006.” The first issue, published by Image Comics, went on sale in August 2006, with the first series running for six issues. The sequel, a series of one-shots subtitled The Singles Club, launched in December 2008. Between 2014 and 2019, Gillen and McKelvie collaborated on The Wicked + The Divine, an Image series that has won Gillen multiple awards, including nominations for the Eisner Award for best new series, and for the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story. Gillen’s other creator-owned work includes Three, a mini-series about the helots of Sparta, and The Ludocrats, initially announced in 2015 as a collaboration between writers Gillen and Jim Rossignol and artist David Lafuente. The series was eventually published in 2020 with art by Jeff Stokely.

On 14 April 2008, it was announced Gillen would collaborate with the artist Greg Scott to expand on Warren Ellis’ newuniversal series with “a story about killing the future” set in 1959. That year, Gillen also wrote Crown of Destruction, a Warhammer Fantasy comic. Further Marvel assignments included a Dazzler short story and a Beta Ray Bill one-shot, which was followed by a three-issue mini-series. Gillen’s workload at Marvel increased in late 2009. At HeroesCon, it was announced he would be writing a tie-in to the “Dark Reign” storyline, the mini-series Dark Avengers: Ares, and, during the 2009 Chicago Comic Con, it was announced that he will collaborate with Steven Sanders on S.W.O.R.D, an X-Men spin-off series. Gillen took over Thor following a run by J. Michael Straczynski, writing issues #604 to 614. In late 2010, Gillen launched another X-Men spin-off Generation Hope that picked up plot threads from the end of the “Second Coming” storyline. Gillen wrote the title for twelve issues before passing it to James Asmus. After co-scripting a few issues of Uncanny X-Men with outgoing writer Matt Fraction, Gillen took over the series with issue #534.1. His time on the title saw the book through the 2011 “Fear Itself” storyline, a renumbering to #1 in the wake of the “Schism” storyline, and a tie-in with the “Avengers vs. X-Men” storyline. After finishing his run with issue #20, Gillen penned a five-issue epilogue miniseries AvX: Consequences that dealt with the aftermath of that event. In 2011, Gillen returned to Marvel’s Asgard with a run on Journey into Mystery (the original name of the Thor series, continuing its original numbering), starting with issue #622 and finishing with #645 in October 2012. As part of the Marvel NOW! relaunch, Gillen wrote two books: Iron Man (again taking over from Fraction) with art by his frequent Uncanny X-Men collaborator Greg Land, and Young Avengers with Jamie McKelvie.

In June 2020, Marvel announced that Gillen would write Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar, the first series in a line of Warhammer comics published by the company. In 2021, Gillen began writing the Eternals ongoing series, illustrated by Esad Ribić.

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