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Sins Of Sinister #1

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 18 critic ratings.

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 as he kicks off the X-Men crossover Sinister has been planning since the beginning

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
46 pages
Amazon ASIN

18 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 99

    Graphic Policy

    Overall, Sins Of Sinister #1 is an unfolding enigma of a debut issue, one will astound you, even if you had an idea of the result. The story by Gillen is masterful. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, one of the best things written by Gillen, and proves why he was the perfect person to write the beginning of this massive event.

  • 98

    Comic Watch

    This issue was a powerful introduction to a hideous new world. Fans of dystopian futures will not be disappointed. This is the sinister start of an entertainingly horrific event. I cannot wait to see what happens next.

  • 97


    A necessity of any major comic event or crossover is inclusion of other characters. Sins of Sinister #1 features a stellar lineup of artists to cover all corners of the Marvel Universe. This issue touches on the ramifications of Sinister’s actions over the course of the first 10 years. While most of the issue centers on Sinister pulling strings behind the scenes on the Council, actions on Krakoa reverberate across the cosmos. The artistic lineup does a tremendous job of capturing movie length story moments in a single image. Readers get an opportunity to witness several diabolical movements, such as rematch with the Eternals and Doom’s fate, each designed to eliminate any potential future threat.

  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    Sins of Sinister #1 is everything anyone can want from a kickoff for an event. It’s well-written, full of killer art, and best of all, exciting and fun to read. The X-Men books can seem pretty event heavy at the best of times, but this issue shows that sometimes, that’s a good thing.

  • 95

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 95

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    The cream of the X-Men crop has been within the pages of Immortal X-Men. And hopefully, the individuals who have been distant from the X-Men decide to return after seeing Sins of Sinister #1 on the market. It’s the perfect place to dive back into the Krakoan era of X-Men with an outstanding recap page, clever reveals, and story beats that will really get the reader thinking. I haven’t been this impressed by an X-Men book for quite some time. The layers are certainly meta, the story is masterfully crafted, and speculation and fan theories are almost never-ending. I highly recommend picking up Sins of Sinister #1 and hope you take a deep dive back into Immortal X-Men for all the exact background details leading up to this event.

  • 93

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Brash, audacious and deliciously dark, Gillen crafts an issue that is filled with great action, high stakes and dark humor. The plot is impressive and entertaining with all of its twists and turns. I really love the concept of this arc and just how broad and unique Gillen has taken it in just this first issue. I love the twist at the end of the issue and how consistently engaging Sinister is as a character. I look forward to seeing what’s next.

    The Art: All of the artists deliver beautiful, exciting and visually engaging art on every page. The styles perfectly complement the story, the characters and each other.

  • 90

    But Why Tho?

    Sins of Sinister #1 more than lives up to its name, as the mad scientist rewrites the Marvel Universe in his own image. This comic proves that the Age of Krakoa still has plenty of gas in the tank, especially with creators like Gillen and Werneck at the helm. But it’s only the beginning, as the following weeks bring new glimpses into this strange and twisted world.

  • 90


    Sins of Sinister #1 is an entertaining issue that feels like a one-shot thanks to the many event-caliber moments, all of which lead to a mystery cliffhanger to resolve in the tie-in series. Taking big swings, Sins of Sinister doesn’t miss as it delivers big comics moments X-Men and Marvel fans will love. It sparks the imagination and is jam-packed with cool ideas and visuals.

  • 90

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    Sins of Sinister #1 sets the stage for an exciting crossover for our favorite mutants. Kieron Gillen has earned all the praise he receives for his attention to detail and well plotted out stories. He’s been building this up for his entire run on Immortal X-Men, and everything feels natural. The art is superb, and all the guest artists help diversify this issue’s look. Sins of Sinister #1 is available at a comic shop near you!

  • 83

    Graphic Policy

    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”.

  • 80

    It’s clear that Gillen and Werneck, along with their other collaborators on the events, are planning to go big with Sins of Sinister. Alternate timelines and dark futures are familiar tropes throughout X-Men history, dating back to “Days of Future Past.” Yet, the setup here feels fresh and exciting in ways a jaded comics reader might not expect. For decades, “Age of Apocalypse” has reigned as the premiere villain-ruled alternate future in the X-Men canon. If Sins of Sinister #1 is anything to go by, we may have a new challenger for that title.

  • 80

    Geek'd Out

    As a number one issue, Sins of Sinister #1 rather clearly explains the premise of this storyline, outlines the stakes, and sets up each of the three tie-in limited series that will contain most of its action. That’s not to say it’s entirely “standalone” in nature, because it requires the reader to be familiar with pretty much everything that’s happened from House of X/Power of X onwards, but I feel like anybody seeking this event out will more than likely have that knowledge. It’s a lot to ask from a reader, but as with the entire Krakoa era in general, I think it’s a rich, rewarding experience for those of us who are invested. There’s nothing quite like the scope of the Krakoa saga in comics right now, nor throughout the history of Marvel for that matter, which makes it just as daunting to face as it is exciting. I’m especially excited for the Storm arc, which places her as something of a resistance leader against the growing specter of Sinister throughout the universe, especially in Magneto’s absence. (Her choice to not back herself up in Cerebro is really paying dividends now!) With an intriguing narrative hook and gorgeous art from Lucas Werneck, Sins of Sinister #1 is sort of a no-brainer for me to pick up… unless you’re somehow a Sinister hater, who is a type of person that apparently exists and I pity for.

  • 80

    Un Cómic Más

    This event is going to show alternate versions of this change and new world control of Mr Sinister.

    With many details and textures, he achieves dynamism, as well as different environments, where he mixes the reality of a metropolis with the living organism that is Krakoa.

  • 73

    Major Spoilers

    I am not sure where Sins of Sinister #1 fits in the continuity of the X-Men mythos, but there are some excellent ideas here. Kieron Gillen has continuously proved his writing ability and can masterfully handle complex and large plots. But this is an intro to future comics.

  • 70

    Multiversity Comics

    Horror begins with a smiling face in this opening to an apparent alternate timeline.

  • 50


    Fans of Sinister may have some fun here with all the villain’s monologuing but I’ll admit to being a bit lost (and not caring all that much to try and figure out what the point of this ultimately might be). Although the crossover promises an epic story spanning a thousand years, none of the comics cross over outside of the X-Men comics into the wider Marvel Universe to any major titles. So despite the appearance of some Avengers here, I’d guess the entire episode will be largely ignored by the rest of the Marvel Universe.

  • 45

    Comics Nexus by Inside Pulse

    A complicate and confusing formal event kick-off. Decent art, but a rather inaccessible story. I’m intrigued by this alternate world or timeline, but I found this one-shot padded, long with moments of incomprehension. 4.5 out of 10 on the strength of the art.

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