LISTEN TO MOTHER!
Now that we know who she truly is, it’s time to taste the horrific ambitions lurking in the heart of MOTHER RIGHTEOUS… The galaxy burns… The pieces are in place… The Storm System rages… The NIGHTKIN make a last, lethal leap…and the GREAT DEVOURER hungers only for vengeance. The experiment is over. The cosmic laboratory is on fire. At last, the Sinister Galaxy will feel the wrath of one seriously baaaad mother…
Comic WatchNightcrawlers #3, the final issue of the Sins of Sinister event, was, by far, the most coherent installation of the Nightcrawlers storyline because the plot was composed by writers with clear vision. Si Spurrier has, unfortunately, spent much time harping on his usual ‘religion is inherently bad’ refrain. Still, this was limited by the fact that he was required to supply the penultimate issue of the event and, therefore, could not determine the plot points himself. Editors for the win. (...) The art was fantastic. Lorenzo Tammetta and Philip Sevy worked together seamlessly to create a dark, virulent world. They brought light to a world where all the light was slowly dying. I particularly enjoyed their depiction of facial expressions, blood magic, and faltering machinery slowly stuttering out. Rain Beredo’s colors were, as usual, absolutely gorgeous. There was a visual richness to this book that compensated when the writing failed. Startlingly effective art and odd asides elevate this final issue head and shoulders above the previous two.
AIPTNightcrawlers #3 is worth a read, if only for Mother Righteous’ monologues alone. While it suffers from timeline issues, a confusing data page, and thin characterization, it’s a great setup for Sins of Sinister: Dominion. Once it’s read in context with Dominion, it will probably read a little better, if only because there can be a more adequate and satisfying conclusion.
ComicBook.comNightcrawlers wraps up as quickly as it arrived, with little to show for its existence in the Marvel pantheon. Throughout this three-issue micro-series, each issue was told as a story, with plots expanding and resolving in other titles in the same event instead of subsequent issues of the same title. No issue was truly self-contained, and the stories were nothing short of incomplete. If anything this title feels like a series of one-shot teasers for an expansive sci-fi world that has nothing to do with Marvel or mutant lore.