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Mr. Sinister's dreams come true (and we leap a decade into the X-Men's future) in 2023's The Sins of Sinister

The upcoming Marvel event was announced at this year's New York Comic Con
Sins of Sinister
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Marvel’s mutants might have barely survived A.X.E.: Judgment Day — assuming that they do all survive the current crossover event, which won’t finish until later this month — but that doesn’t mean that things are going to calm down for them anytime soon. As revealed at New York Comic Con 2022, as soon as 2023 begins… so do the Sins of Sinister.

Described by Marvel as a “universe-melting X-event,” the Sins of Sinister sees Kieron Gillen mastermind a new spin on the beloved Age of Apocalypse concept, as Nathaniel Essex reshapes the Marvel Universe in his horrifying image. How horrifying, you might ask? Well, to quote Marvel’s official description of the event, it “makes Age of Apocalypse look like the X-Men Swimsuit Special.”

As you might expect, the event — which runs multiple months beginning in January — contains a number of spin-off titles spotlighting the new universe. Following Sins of Sinister #1 by Gillen and Lucas Werneck and a number of other artists in January, February brings the first issues of Storm & The Brotherhood of Mutants by Al Ewing and Paco Medina, Nightcrawler by Si Spurrier and Medina, and Immoral X-Men (yes, you read that right: Immoral X-Men) by Gillen and Medina, each of which take place 10 years in the future and explore the world that Sinister has created, for better or worse. Spoilers: it’s worse.

(Yes, Paco Medina is listed as drawing the first issues of three seperate titles in March. We've asked the publisher for confirmation on this information.)

The particular flavor includes the destruction of Mars and Storm’s thirst for revenge, Mr. Sinister’s personal army of assassins, all of which are clones of Kurt Wagner, and Emma Frost’s plan to use the X-Men to crush humanity… but only after she’s crushed Sinister first.

Each of the three spin-off books run three issues, as per the publisher.

The crossover was part of the biggest news from Marvel’s Next Big Thing panel at NYCC ’22, but more information about the event will be released in the upcoming weeks.


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