- Writer: Jeff Lemire
- Artist: Humberto Ramos
- Inkist: Victor Olazaba
- Colourist: Edgar Delgado
- Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
- Cover Artist: Humberto Ramos and Edgar Delgado
- Publisher: Marvel Comics
- Release Date: December 23rd, 2015
It’s time for Mr. Sinister to play his hand! The X-Men finally go to rescue their teammates and in typical comic style find out all about what Sinister has planned for them along the way. Oddly enough, Sinister seems to think he’s helping them in his own twisted way. While the team is united, it looks like their combined forces won’t give them any advantages.
This issue seems to be mostly the exposition kind, but unlike most issues of this kind, Lemire manages to make it one of the best issues he’s done so far. The way the characters interact in this issue is very much like the strange makeshift family that the X-Men are. Jean and Old Man Logan seem to have formed a grand father and Daughter relationship, with him trying to look out for her in a mostly none creepy way. In fact, everyone seems to have developed their own sense of snark, which makes the comic a much more fun reading experience and the way that Lemire treats Jean Grey is shaping up to be different to the way Bendis handled her in the best possible way. Plus that dramatic character return at the end of the issue keeps readers on the edge of their seats. Though with Sinister being the the villain of this issue, it’s hard to know whether this is a real return or yet another one of his cloned creations. It’s most likely the latter but if this character has returned it will have serious ramifications for the X-verse, either way Lemire’s writing is improving the more he gets into these characters.
Ramos is best known for his heavily kinetic style and as per usual that’s the best feature of his art work. His stationary scenes are nothing special the characters all have their own look which is most definitely a good thing, as there’s no doubt as who is meant to be who in this issue. The fight scenes in this issue, of which there are quite a few are on a different level. It takes skill to make Jean Grey using telepathy to knock someone out as visually interesting as Storm using a tornado to try to take someone out of the fray. In fact much like Lemire when it comes to Jean Grey the changes are nothing but good so far. His art reminds the reader just how much of a force of nature she is as she pushes back the hordes of demons single-handedly.
It’s also very important that credit is given to the colourist. The colours Delgado employs for the X-Men make all of the pages pop, his X-Men are wonderfully vibrant and even his colour pallete for Sinister is a strong reflective black, really showing his power. He also manages to pay homage to the Phoenix as Jean is back to red and orange to display her powers, and the way the terrigen mist is coloured makes it seem like the ominous force it is to all mutants.
Using Sinister as a big bad can be said to have been a somewhat questionable decision, but that’s only before reading this issue. The team does such a good job showing him off and his reasons for kidnapping some of the team, that it’s incredibly difficult not to find yourself drawn into this issue.
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