The Quiet Council is still in turmoil after Inferno and X Lives/Deaths of Wolverine. Find out how the mutant nation of Krakoa manages in Immortal X-Men #1 by Marvel Comics!
IMMORTAL X-MEN #1
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Lucas Werneck
Colorist: David Curiel
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Editor: Jordan D. White
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: March 30th, 2022
Previously in Immortal X-Men: The mutant nation of Krakoa is slowly falling apart. After Emma Frost learned that Professor X and Magneto were hiding Moira, it caused a major riffed in the Quiet Council. Old battle wounds are opened, and the leadership of mutantkind begins to crumble.
Immortal X-Men #1 tells the story from Mister Sinister’s perspective. It initially shows us a meeting with Destiny in 1919 before shoving us to the present day. Magneto is stepping down from the Quiet Council, and Sinister gives his perspective on every member. What happens next is several mutants who want the open seat, including Angel, Beast, and Abigail Brand. However, Exodus pushes his own agenda and asks Hope Summers to put her name forward. Hope has the love of the people due to being part of The Five and having a significant role in the resurrection process. The other major candidate is Selene Gallio, who believes her magical knowledge could be an asset.
The Quiet Council decides to vote Hope into the council immediately, and Professor X decides to break the news to Selene. Selene retaliates by summoning a monster to attack Krakoa. As the Council mobilizes, Sinister retreats to his base and prepares a plan to defeat the monster.
I think the progression of Mister Sinister as a villain is interesting. Lately, he has felt more comic relief than a dangerous antagonist. I really liked how Immortal X-Men #1 approached his mindset. Watching him trying to manipulate the council but not really succeeding is engaging. He is the perfect character to portray these serious topics but adds a bit of levity.
This leads to an interesting topic about the direction of the X-Men. There is a ton of political intrigue going on right now. We have people trying to undermine each other and create alliances to try and get their way for Krakoa. It is becoming susceptible to corruption, and I find that fascinating. The creative team does a fantastic job keeping a reader engaged despite minimal action. For example, Hope Summers’s argument was that she had public opinion supporting her. If she is rejected, the Quiet Council may lose the people’s faith. These small moments make the plotline worthwhile.
BOTTOM LINE: I LIKE WHERE THIS IS GOING
I’ve been enjoying the new direction that X-Men has been going, and Immortal X-Men #1 is a real winner for me. I enjoyed the interpersonal relationships of the council, and there is this Game of Thrones feeling that emanated through the comic. This comic is a solid 4.5 out of 5 and reinvigorates my interest in the X-Men titles.
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Immortal X-Men #1
Immortal X-Men #1 made an excellent decision having Minster Sinister be our perspective. His inner monologues are engaging and worth a read.