Review by Shawn De Ocampo
Writer: Mike Carey
Artist: Scott Eaton
Charles Xavier is in the mindscape with Mr. Sinister, as Sinister reveals that he has added himself to Charlesâ€™ DNA. Gambit, who was under attack, is assisted by Sebastian Shaw and is warned that he is on an assassination list with Charles Xavier, Cain Marko and Carter Ryking. After they dispose of the assassins, Shaw informs Gambit that Sinister has encoded his DNA, with the Cronus Device, in all of the people on the list when they were children. Sinisterâ€™s DNA cycles through in each of them, reawakening to take over when the time is right.
Professor Xavier is targeted by the same group of assassins, when approached he â€œsuggestsâ€ they take him in alive. He then is brought to Amanda Mueller, the first mutant to inspire Mr. Sinister to encode his DNA in other mutants. She informs Xavier that she has modified the Cronus Device in order to receive Sinisterâ€™s Powers, but without his consciousness. She then shoots Professor Xavier in order to prevent Mr. Sinister from taking over his body.
As a dying Professor Xavier ponders whether or not to let Mr. Sinister persuade him to take over his body and save his life, Gambit and Sebastian Shaw track him down to where he is being held. As Gambit comes to his aid they see Professor X stand up and reveal a diamond on his forehead and glowing red eyes. Mr. Sinister is in control of his body.
I enjoy this title, as it caters to the long time x-fans. With the storylines delving into the past, uncovering the different aspects of Professor Xavier, having Sinister taunt him about how heâ€™s become short tempered with the X-men, and so on, it proves to be an interesting plot to follow. Further, it also breaks away from the traditional team book and focuses on one character, set usually absent from the other two titles. A great, strong issue. I just canâ€™t wait to see where all this leads to.
Scott Eatonâ€™s art proves to once again be well received, especially the scenes in the mindscape, which have that color-washed appearance. With a story with a lot of flashbacks, as seen here, the layouts have potential to be confusing, yet Scott Eaton does a fantastic job making the art work flow from panel to panel. This allows the reader to easily follow the plot. Scott Eaton is sadly one of the most underrated artists. He makes basic, simplistic, yet extraordinary art. He always proves to be a great benefit to whatever title he is on. This title is definitely a job well done.
Posted originally: 2008-06-30 15:37:39