Comic WatchThis is, put bluntly, an astonishing book. It functions both as a perfect glimpse into a mind composed of overweening hubris and as a horrifying setup for what is certain to be one of the most memorable comics events of the year. I cannot wait to get this sinful party started.
AIPTImmortal X-Men #10 will make you think about Mr. Sinister's point of view, however tainted, and commiserate with him. That's a special thing, as it's rare to feel for a villain like Mr. Sinister and even for one second consider maybe he's right. For Mr. Sinister, the slightest edge is the greatest advantage, and this issue proves he may be the most dangerous mutant villain ever due to his tainted point of view delivered expertly here.
GWWImmortal X-Men #10 takes readers into an area few have ever entered. After seeing the reflection of Xavier's mind's eye, will you be able to look at Charles the same ever again?
COMICONA dream is shattered as ‘Immortal X-Men’ #10 dives deep into the mind of the man that helped begin it all while sinister motivations begin to spin Krakoa toward the endgame of the evil geneticist working in plain sight all along. Two narratives are woven within this issue seamlessly coming together at the very end to help kick this book into gear for the upcoming event that will see it completely changed for months.
ComicBook.comThis issue of Immortal X-Men is a bold one, tackling multiple complex ideas wrapped up in the X-Men mythology, from the flawed character of Professor X to the self-policing politics of the X-Men as a superhero team, to the limits of the mutant metaphor. It'll surely spark debate among fans, but Kieron Gillen makes a compelling case for this version of the truth, as seen through Professor X's eyes, and as makes sense within the context of the Marvel Universe. Lucas Werneck takes a noticeably more exaggerated turn with his anatomy in this issue, occasionally to awkward results, but more often to create something dramatic or slightly dreamlike, fitting with the themes of the issue. The story also sets the stage for the coming Sins of Sinister event with an "oh $#!+" ending that'll have readers buzzing to see what happens next. The X-Men are off to a heck of a start in 2023.
Major SpoilersDespite my reservations, Immortal X-Men #10 is still a solid comic with profound ideas and excellent writing. The character development of each comic is outstanding and worth a pickup.
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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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