“Sins of Sinister” architect Kieron Gillen says the X-Men crossover will introduce many dark dystopias, including a “Sh-thead Star Trek” world.
The upcoming Marvel Comics event “Sins of Sinister” will introduce a world that writer Kieron Gillen referred to as “Shithead Star Trek.”
Starting with January’s Sins of Sinister #1, the X-Men crossover will span three separate time periods— 10, 100 and 1000 years into the future—looking at the various ways Sinister’s rule transforms the Marvel Universe. “Each era has its own vibe,” Gillen told SFX Magazine. “The +10 issues are the near future Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, cyberpunk dystopia. +100 goes galactic, and I basically think of it as Shithead Star Trek! By +1000, it’s imploded into an operatic, galaxy-wide horror-scream, a grim future where there is only Sinister, lots of flavors and lots of sins.”
Gillen also teased the scale of the event, comparing it to the beloved “Age of Apocalypse,” one of the first dystopian X-Men crossovers. “Sins Of Sinister is so much bigger than “Age of Apocalypse” in its scope,” Gillen said. “Rather than a planet, it takes place across the whole galaxy, by the thousandth year, as its awfulness reaches levels of grimdark impossibility.”
“I joke that it makes “Age of Apocalypse” look like the Swimsuit Special, and I’m not saying in terms of quality or anything,” Gillen previously noted. “What I’m actually saying is, by the end of the thousand-year bit, it’s so apocalyptically grim.”
Like “Age of Apocalypse,” “Sins of Sinister” will introduce new versions of classic characters. The trailer for the event introduced what appear to be Beast / Colossus, Angel / Jean Grey and Nightcrawler / Spider-Man hybrids, while the cover for one of the crossover issues has a Wolverine / Nightcrawler amalgamation front and center.
Following Sins of Sinister #1, Mr. Sinister’s rule will continue to be explored in the pages of Gillen’s Immoral X-Men (replacing Immortal X-Men), Al Ewing’s Storm & the Brotherhood of Mutants (replacing X-Men Red) and Si Spurrier’s Nightcrawlers (replacing Legion of X). They will be joined by artists Paco Medina, Andrea Di Vito and Alessandro Vitti, who will each draw one issue of each three-issue tie-in series. The event will conclude with April’s Sins of Sinister: Dominion #1.
Written by Gillen and illustrated by Lucas Werneck, with a main cover by Leinil Francis Yu, Sins of Sinister #1 hits physical and digital comic shelves on Jan. 25, 2023.
Source: SFX Magazine