With sights set on Inhumans, the criminal geneticist drops in on Marvel.com’s Resident Therapist.

Professor,

Thank you for the invitation to speak to your class “Criminological Theory in the Age of Costumed Offenders.” I am excited for the lecture and discussion. Enclosed is a brief write up on the criminal known as “Mister Sinister.” Please distribute it to the students and ask them to read it in advance of class as I will be referring to it and calling on them to participate. Again, thank you, and I will see you next week.

The client, Nathaniel Essex — far better known as the criminal Mister Sinister — discovered that, while he was assumed dead, this writer did a presentation on him as a guest lecturer to a “Criminological Theory in the Age of Costumed Offenders” course. He claimed to be visiting to “meet the arrogant plebe who would think so highly of himself to believe himself my better,” and no other reason.

He presented with a poorly hidden wounded narcissism and insisted on being called “Mister Sinister”—as I hypothesized he would in my class presentation—throughout session. I will therefore treat that as his name for the purpose of this note.

Despite his insistence on being my better and my work being completely “misinformed and off the mark,” the client confirmed many of my hypotheses in short order. He demonstrated an underdeveloped sense of morality, a rejection of conventional rules in place to protect others besides himself, and a fulfillment of several categories necessary to diagnosis Antisocial Personality Disorder.

His narcissism also seemed to make it impossible for him not to, in essence, tell on himself. After confirming that his seeming obsession with the Summers family—especially the late Scott aka Cyclops—has also admitted that since that person’s death, he has found himself searching for a new purpose and found it with turning his genetics fixation to the so-called Inhumans.

As in the presentation, I feel comfortable predicting that any kind of meaningful healthy change for the client is unlikely, even with therapeutic intervention. Overall, the subject is smart, arrogant, and nearly entirely without empathy. The only reliable means of “controlling” him would seem to be to give him a project that captures his imagination and give him the free rein to explore it fully. However, what he might do in his quest to solve that problem and/or when he became bored would be, undoubtedly, wholly unacceptable.

Given this, I also would predict that it is highly unlikely Sinister will return. His arrogance permits him to see no other outcome but that he bested this writer the moment he showed up at the offices, so the actual outcome of our session is immaterial. His ego integrity returned by “showing” me, he’ll now have no compelling reason to return.

That said, this writer did do his due diligence and made a follow-up appointment for the client. However, given the dynamics in the room, should he return for the next appointment on December 13, he will be seeing Doctors Matthew Rosenberg and Javi Garron. Any session notes will be found in SECRET WARRIORS #10 file.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist who welcomes Mr. Sinister — or ANYONE else — to try and out-arrogant him.

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Matthew Rosenberg sets the Warriors up against a classic Marvel Legacy foe!

In SECRET WARRIORS #8, something wicked this way comes. Or, rather, something sinister.

On November 15, Mister Sinister turns his torturous methods on the Inhumans! Marvel Legacy dawns as writer Matthew Rosenberg joins artists Javier Garrón and Will Robson to see the Secret Warriors combat this classic villain—and more discord within their own ranks.

We asked Rosenberg for a couple of hints about what to expect in the newest issue.

Marvel.com: Given the unique physiology of the Inhumans and how they develop powers, it makes sense that Mister Sinister would be interested in them. Creatively, though, what drew you to using him in your story?

Matthew Rosenberg: Besides me being obsessed with the X-Men? Okay.

I think he’s a fascinating villain because he can be a great example of the very simple—but very hard to pull off—idea that villains don’t act as the villains of their own stories. Sinister has a brilliant mind and, if pointed in the right direction, could be doing some of the most important work in the Marvel Universe. His desire to figure out how the world works and conquer it feels truly admirable in many ways.

But he is psychotic and sees no value in the normal morality of the civilized world. It has never been hard to imagine him as one of the Hanks, as a Reed Richards-type. But he has no interest, and that fascinates me.

Marvel.com: How prepared will the Warriors be for this new threat? What do they know about Mister Sinister?

Matthew Rosenberg: They will not be prepared at all. Daisy knows him simply because she studied her S.H.I.E.L.D. files pretty well. Karnak knows who him because crazy people all know each other. But the rest of the team has not prepared at all. And in issue #8 you will see just how unprepared for playing by his rules they will really be.

Marvel.com: From the cover of #8, we see Mister Sinister sporting an unexpected look. Can you describe artist Javier Garrón’s visual conceptualization of the character? How does it inform or compliment your take on Sinister?

Matthew Rosenberg: First of all, let’s just say this. Javier is brilliant and I love working with him. With that out of the way, one of my favorite things has been that he just really likes redesigning characters. I think his instincts and design sense are awesome, but more than that, I just love the idea that all these characters just change it up sometimes. I don’t wear the same thing every day. Actually, I kind of do. But I get that seems weird. But why should super heroes? I get that they have a brand consciousness and want to be recognizable, but even baseball teams have a few different uniforms.

I think Javier’s design of Sinister feels like a great update that really helped me realize who he can be in our story. Sinister, obviously a psychotic maniac, is also cultured, sophisticated, and smart. His grand designs may not be evident to everyone, but he tries to shape the future of the world and he has a plan. This isn’t some two bit villain in tights. Mister Sinister wants to reshape the course of the human race, so of course he’ll dress like a megalomaniac too.

But what do I know? I wear shorts 365 days a year.

Marvel.com: Unfortunately, in the midst of this, Karnak seems to be pursuing his own agenda away from the team. Can you offer any insight into what might be going on with him? What kind of dangers does he expose the team to when he leaves?

Matthew Rosenberg: From the start, Karnak has his own thing going on, as I think he always does. Only this time it seems like his plans might be working in almost opposition to his teammates. An alarming disconnect appears to the team as a result. But it’s Karnak, so he might be playing the game 10 moves ahead of everyone else. But he also has shown a willingness to allow suffering and hardships to befall the people around him in ways that many would find troubling. Those two factors combined put him somewhere between callous and evil. And that will be a big factor of what happens going forward.

Marvel.com: All things considered, what kind of odds would you give this team on being able to stay together and survive the battle with Sinister?

Matthew Rosenberg: 50/50.

Check out SECRET WARRIORS #8, by Matthew Rosenberg and artists Javier Garrón and Will Robson, on November 15!

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The writer of Origin II and Iron Man talks savage beasts, wild men, sinister elves and more!

With lots going on currently in both ORIGIN II and IRON MAN, we sought out the common denominator between the two titles, writer Kieron Gillen, to get the low-down on both.

Fans of Gillen already know that he’s an author who cares deeply for his projects; that’s hammered home here in his answers to our attempt to get up to speed on both ORIGIN II and IRON MAN. And readers beware: British slang ahead!

Origin II (2013) #3

Origin II (2013) #3

  • Published: February 26, 2014
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: August 25, 2014
  • Rating: Parental Advisory
  • Writer: Kieron Gillen
  • Cover Artist: Adam Kubert
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Marvel.com: Kieron, what’s it like for you to see ORIGIN II coming out issue by issue, with readers discovering each aspect of it as it rolls along?

Kieron Gillen: It’s a joy. It’s a tight little statement. The first issue was an overture for the whole thing. The second issue introduces the rest of the key cast: Creed, Clara, Essex and Hugo. And from now on, it’s seeing these five very different people rub up against each other. Joy and sadness, ecstasy and tragedy. Mainly tragedy. It’s Logan. At his core, there’s a deep sadness there, and that runs right through it.

Marvel.com: How often does Adam Kubert’s art inform and shape your writing of the series?

Kieron Gillen: Constantly. He’s an astounding storyteller, so I’ve tried to leave as much as possible in his hands. [There are] moments when we both hit on a similar solution separately—as in, something that I didn’t put in the script for some reason and he goes that way anyway. The last page of ORIGIN II #3 would be one part of that; there’s a wonderful subtle visual detail in there which I love.

Marvel.com: Speaking of #3, what’s one of the most exciting things in the issue to you? We’re halfway through the series, so what has Logan learned so far?


Origin II #3 preview art by Adam Kubert

Origin II #3 preview art by Adam Kubert

Kieron Gillen: This is a bit of a comic writer spod sort of thing to love, but it’s its basic formal aspect. Logan spends the majority of the issue in his cage. It struck me that a way to capture that claustrophobia would [be] to do the whole issue in an Alan-Moore-esque nine-panel grid. You can even imagine the grid as the bars of a cage, if you see what I mean. I suggested it to Adam, and he jumped at it, and did a wonderful job. It’s one of the things that just gives ORIGIN II a different feel to the vast majority of the books. Issue #1 was the silent thing. Issue #2 was a little more traditional, but the third pushes it a bit more again. I talk about the period-novel vibe, and I think the third is the one that most feels like that. Also, a nine panel grid does mean you get a lot of story in there. It motors.

On a less spoddy way? Well, Essex has a wonderful time with a scalpel. Let’s leave it at that.

What has Logan learned by this point? I think it’s important what he hasn’t learned. He hasn’t spoke to anyone yet. He’s silent. Whatever’s happened to him isn’t enough to make him want to have any form of human contact. Is human contact worth it? That was where ORIGIN left him. With the first issue of ORIGIN II, that even widened. It’s not just human contact that may not be worth it. Maybe no contact is worth it.

Yes, a cheery book, ORIGIN II.

Origin II #3 preview art by Adam Kubert

Origin II #3 preview art by Adam Kubert

Marvel.com: At this point in the story, how would you characterize Logan’s relationship with animals? Is there anything in him that might still elevate humans above them?

Kieron Gillen: Good question, but one I’m going to dodge. His relationship with the opening issue really comes to the fore with the third issue. The question of who Logan is most like—and who everyone else is most like—is right in the key. He sees the links between the people who surround him and the animals he had to leave behind.

Marvel.com: You mentioned Clara; where did the character come from? What’s her role right now in the proceedings?


Kieron Gillen:
Even in the second issue, she’s clearly the one who believes in Logan, or at least believes he’s being mistreated terribly. She’s the one who wants him out of the cage. She’s the one who wants him to talk. So she’s actually the one who Logan most rebuffs. If you can describe anyone in the narrative as good, it’s Clara.

The same can’t really be said of Creed, and the relationship between Clara and him is just as important.

Marvel.com: Fans love Logan, but do you ever feel there’s any danger in revealing too much about him?


Origin II #3 preview art by Adam Kubert

Origin II #3 preview art by Adam Kubert

Kieron Gillen: Yeah, there’s always a danger, but there’s always a danger in writing anything. Deciding what detail adds to him and what detail lessens is the job. I want to say something about the fundamentals of Logan in ORIGIN II that reveals his character. I mean, there’s clearly going to be some key aspects of his relationship with Sabretooth being charted here, and the aim is to add flesh to that bloody relationship. It has to feel both mythic and real. If you’re replacing a question mark with anything, you want it to fire the imagination in a similar way.

Marvel.com: Fair enough. Over in IRON MAN, what will be the connective tissue between “Iron Metropolitan” and “Rings of the Mandarins”? Will #23.NOW be a jumping on point for new readers?

Kieron Gillen: That’s the plan. It’s both the continuation of everything we’ve been up to so far, and an introduction to the world, including Tony Stark’s current state. In some ways the Mandarin plot is really accessible high concept: the weapons of Tony’s greatest enemies are now in new, mysterious hands. Tony wants to stop them. Against that pulp action, we’ve got all the emotional stuff churning away. The anger and frustration Tony feels is right to the front.

And in a real way? Tony Stark versus the villain of the last Thor movie? That’s a big accessible easy exciting thing for even anyone who only knows the characters from the movies.

Iron Man (2012) #22

Iron Man (2012) #22

  • Published: March 05, 2014
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: September 01, 2014
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Writer: Kieron Gillen
  • Cover Artist: Paul Rivoche
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Marvel.com: Well okay; how did you arrive upon the use of Malekith? What makes him an engaging antagonist for Tony, in your opinion?


Kieron Gillen:
It’s partially the culture clash element. This isn’t what you’d be expecting. I first had a magic versus science theme in my Iron Run in IRON MAN #4, and this is moving that to the fore, with Tony trying to wrestle with an alien intelligence with a very different way of seeing the world.

There’s also a lot of interesting resonances between elf-lore and Iron Man lore. I mean, famously Elves despise iron. Elves are symbolic, magical thinkers, so [they] are going to have a natural loathing of anyone who describes themselves as an Iron Man. There’s also some thematic links with the other ongoing subplot in Iron Man, of Tony’s adoption. What are elves known for? The changeling myth. They steal babies and replace them with elf-children. Elves are a nightmarish take on that.

Malekith is also a joy to write. I like horrible people, and he’s up there with Mephisto, Loki and Mister Sinister on that front.

Pick up ORIGIN II #3 on February 26 and IRON MAN #22 on March 5!

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The evolution of the malevolent Machiavellian currently menacing the X-Men

By Ben Chabala

Every week we’ll pick a handful of awesome comics from the thousands available through Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited. From creator spotlights to editor’s picks and more, this’ll be your spot to find something new and cool.

This week Nathaniel Essex, the master manipulator better known as Mister Sinister, steals the spotlight in UNCANNY X-MEN #2 and brings more woe to Marvel’s merry mutants in UNCANNY X-MEN #3 out on December 28! But why does he against the Children of the Atom? What makes this devious deviant tick?

X-FACTOR (1986) #39

A maniacal monologue sadistically spilling from his lips, the Summers brothers’ own personal poltergeist, the deadly Mister Sinister prepares to destroy X-Factor and the X-Men once and for all. And really, what chance do they have? He knows their strengths, he knows their weaknesses, and he’s prepared for every eventuality. Unless Longshot scrounges up some much-needed luck or Cyclops opens his eyes, it looks like everyone’s favorite mutants will wind up as raw genetic material in Sinister’s experiments!

X-FACTOR #75

Once again Sinister finds himself at odds with a group of mutants, but this time he’s got his own team of mutated misfits behind him. No, not the Marauders, we’re talking about the Nasty Boys! Mister Sinister’s malevolent machinations reach all the way to the United States Senate, and unless Havok and X-Factor can stop his puppet senator, they all might be in for a deadly new future. Then again, the present looks pretty lethal with Gorgeous George, Ruckus, Ramrod, Hairbag, and Slab ready and raring to rip the crew’s hearts out!

WEAPON X #14

To what lengths will Mister Sinister go in the name of science? We know he’s willing to take on the world’s most high-profile mutant super hero team to further his goals, but what about the Sovereign of the Seven Seas, Namor himself? During World War II, Essex went undercover in the Third Reich to obtain a sample of the Avenging Son’s DNA. With it, he created a monster more than a match for the original. Can a mere man defeat Sinister’s most diabolical work of twisted genius to date?

X-MEN: COLOSSUS BLOODLINE #5

Decades, centuries—blinks of an eye to the man once known as Nathaniel Essex. One of his many plans hangs on the cusp of fruition; Sinister seeks to resurrect the mad monk, the legendary Grigori Rasputin, and only Colossus and his brother Mikhail stand in the way. Should one of the two mutants die, their ancient ancestor’s disembodied spirit would consume his last descendant, freeing him from the bonds of death. Will Sinister finally reach his endgame after all his precision planning, or will the brothers find a way to bring an end to the curse of Rasputin?

X-MEN LEGACY #214

After lifetimes spent courting the outer limits of science, the nigh immortal Mister Sinister needs a new body, and he needs it fast. Multiple contingencies have been activated and he plans to take over the vessel containing the world’s most powerful mutant mind. That’s right: he wants Professor X. Now, unless the unlikely duo of Gambit and Sebastian Shaw can combine their killer kinetic abilities and find a way to exorcise Essex, the master manipulator may finally have found a way to conquer even death!

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The arrival of the Celestials causes even more problems for an exhausted X-Men team

The Celestials have arrived! In UNCANNY X-MEN #3, from the team of Kieron Gillen, Carlos Pacheco, Paco Diaz & Rodney Buchemi, Cyclops and his Extinction Team must protect mankind not only from Mister Sinister, but the world-ending space gods! Sinister’s quest for supremacy has doomed the entire world and it’s all crumbling down around the feet of the X-Men. Are the Children of the Atom finally spread too thin? Find out this December in UNCANNY X-MEN #3!


UNCANNY X-MEN #3 (OCT110671)
Written by KIERON GILLEN
Pencils by CARLOS PACHECO, PACO DIAZ, RODNEY BUCHEMI
Cover by CARLOS PACHECO
FOC – 12/5/11, ON SALE 12/28/11

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Cyclops and the new Extinction Team face the deadly Mister Sinister

After a critically acclaimed first issue, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at UNCANNY X-MEN #2 as X-Men: Regenesis continues! The creative team of Kieron Gillen and Carlos Pacheco pull out all the stops as Cyclops and his new Extinction team go head to head against the deadly Mr. Sinister. And with Sinister controlling the all-powerful Dreaming Celestial in San Francisco, his destruction has no limits.  

Fans and critics agree – UNCANNY X-MEN is a smash hit!  

“This first issue sets up the new status quo well before diving into the plot, resulting in an entertaining, action-packed, smart comic.” – Chad Nevett, ComicBookResources.com  

“Pacheco captures the scope of long shots well while using interesting environments and viewing angles to create an effective sense of depth.” – Poet Mase, IGN.com

“It’s time to get on board the UNCANNY X-MEN train and enjoy the ride.” – Tony Guerrero, Comicvine.com  

“With UNCANNY X-MEN #1, Gillen and Pacheco take a bold step forward in the evolution of the X-Men mythos” – Ron Richards, iFanboy.com  

Can Cyclops pull his team together in time to take out Sinister? Will his mission statement fail right off the bat? Find out in UNCANNY X-MEN #2!  

Who’s your favorite member of the Extinction team? Join the conversation on Twitter with #XMenRegenesis!

GetGlue users – check in to UNCANNY X-MEN #1 and get your exclusive sticker, today!

Also, want to learn more about X-Men: Regenesis? Be sure to visit Marvel.com!  

UNCANNY X-MEN #2
 
Written by KIERON GILLEN
Pencils by CARLOS PACHECO, JORGE MOLINA & RODNEY BUCHEMI
Cover by CARLOS PACHECO
Inks by CAM SMITH
Colors by FRANK D’ARMATA
November 2011

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Kieron Gillen discusses establishing a new mutant world in the X-Men: Regenesis one-shot and new Uncanny X-Men series

By Justin F. Gabrie

With the X-MEN: REGENESIS one-shot coming next week—Wednesday, October 12—writer Kieron Gillen begins a new chapter in the lives of Marvel’s mutants. It’s a lot of responsibility, but one would never know it talking to the British scribe.

UNCANNY X-MEN #1 preview page by Carlos Pacheco

Having spoken to fellow X-Masterminds Jason Aaron and Rick Remender, Gillen knew exactly where all the writers wanted to position their characters. 

“It’s not just a book about the characters’ future physical locations, but their emotional locations, too,” notes Gillen of REGENESIS. “Obviously with ‘my’ cast it’s easier, but to hopefully avoid it feeling too piecemeal, there’s a nice big visual metaphor—and a visual metaphor involving punching, because I’m aware of what genre I’m writing in.”

The writer’s excitement on breaking new ground with the X-Men had only one dark cloud manifested in a simple plot point:

“It’s just sad. [Wolverine and Cyclops,] two men who’ve come so far dealing with each other and now that’s over. That we leave them in a chilly, cold war almost makes it worse.”  

While REGENESIS presents a daunting endeavour in terms of the writing, even that does not compare to closing out the original UNCANNY X-MEN series with issue #544 and preparing for a new #1 on November 2.

“It’s just something I’m aware of,” says Gillen in reference to concluding the long-running title. “Even if it’s re-launching next month, writing the final issue of UNCANNY, that’s an enormous thing to do. I’m trying to put a thematically-appropriate bow on top of decades of work. I wanted to make it feel like a thematic epilogue to the whole thing, so it’s a mixture of the X-state of the art and some nods towards the earliest days.”

In looking toward the future of the new UNCANNY, it began with which characters would wind up on which side after Schism.

UNCANNY X-MEN #1 preview page by Carlos Pacheco

“Apart from the Great Maggott Battle Of 2011—I can show you the scars—surprisingly gentlemanly,” Gillen describes the selection process. “It’s just a question of writing. A lot of characters logically went to one camp or another. As much as I love Beast or Kitty, there’s no natural or convincing way that they’d end up on my side. Psylocke, on the other hand, we talked over carefully. Her position: complicated, to say the least. I think we’ve left her in an interesting position.”

When Gillen took over UNCANNY X-MEN a year ago, he knew about the impending divide. Quickly, he became aware he had 12  issues to set up the status quo he planned to operate under, so his stories focused on showing Utopia as a fledgling state and Cyclops dealing with one diplomatic crisis after another while staying true to his stance on how to best safeguard the mutant race.

“The split transforms all this theory into practice,” he says. “[Cyclops] pushing his plans forward quicker as a direct response to [Wolverine] taking a bunch of people and—in Cyke’s opinion—endangering them. However, while a response, it’s also a direct development of what’s come before.

“The biggest change: I don’t get to write Wolverine significantly any more. Sniff.”

But where one door closes as Wolverine walks out, another one opens with Carlos Pacheco coming in as the regular artist on the new UNCANNY.

“Carlos is a joy, in that he can do pretty much anything,” Gillen touts. “My vision for the book which marries sheer, planetary scale with genuine human moments, magnifying the traditional X-Men stories until they can be projected to fill the sky. Carlos handles the superhuman and the human with equal aplomb.”

UNCANNY X-MEN #1 preview page by Carlos Pacheco

Having collaborated before on the Point One issue of UNCANNY X-MEN, Gillen mildly inquired about Pacheco’s availability:

“I was a little more passive aggressive than just asking for him, wearing ‘Pacheco is a Very Good X-Drawer’ badges when I popped into the office. I’m subtle, me.”

Looking ahead, the writer promises the Uncanny team will continue to follow Cyclops’ direction for the X-Men, aspiring to be the world’s premiere super team for the improvement of the mutant image, while using the natural fear humans have of mutants to get things done.

“That’s the reason for the Extinction Team: save the world, but—by their very existence—they’re a threat,” says Gillen. “Yes, they’re saving this city. But they could just as easily be destroying it, if you gave them motivation to do so. And the team, with its bunch of ex-villains, are designed to be credible and convincingly intimidating in that role, both in terms of power and personality. People [are] glad the team has turned up [and] seem glad that they’re on their side, but know if they ever did anything to make them not on the same side, there would be trouble.

“In short, it’s the super-team as nuclear deterrent.”

Mister Sinister will be the first villain to menace the pages of UNCANNY X-MEN, and Gillen promises the classic baddie has raised his own game along with his long-time foes.

UNCANNY X-MEN #1 preview page by Carlos Pacheco

“Frankly, he’s my archvillain,” he says. “[Sinister] has been scheming ever since his introduction to the X-world, and the first arc shows and tells the results of his grand experiment.”

Following the initial arc, issue #4 will present a standalone tale illustrated by Brandon Peterson, whose work has floored Gillen. The second major story will pick up threads recently explored in UNCANNY X-FORCE—a certain environment in particular—and after that the team will go globetrotting.

“It’s a team of fiery, powerful personalities, and the clashes between wills are all sorts of fun,” Gillen concludes. “Also, I’m genuinely surprised by how Namor and Hope act around each other.”

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The final issue

UNCANNY X-MEN #544
Written by KIERON GILLEN
Pencils & Cover by GREG LAND
“Eulogy”
After the hammer-blow of FEAR ITSELF and the violence of SCHISM, it can’t go on. It’s the end of the Uncanny X-Men. And who better to provide a stirring eulogy than… MISTER SINISTER? Join us for the end of the industry-shaping series with the return of the 19th century’s finest morally dubious scientist.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
ON SALE OCTOBER 19 

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