Marvel’s mutants suffered major casualties in Immortal X-Men #9 that may ultimately affect the future of the island nation of Krakoa.
The following contains spoilers for Immortal X-Men #9, now on sale from Marvel Comics.
The events of Judgment Day (by Kieron Gillen and Valerio Schiti) left a massive mark on the Mutant Nation as the eradication of billions of lives forced them to use their resurrection technology on regular humans. However, while that may have opened more doors for healthy dialogue between the rest of the world, it came at the loss of Magneto, who can’t be resurrected, and a positive public outlook for Orchis. As a result, Krakoans are now in uncharted territory.
Immortal X-Men #9 (by Kieron Gillen, Michele Bandini, David Curiel, and VC’s Clayton Cowles) picked up where those events left off and saw The Quiet Council try and make the best out of a new and difficult situation. Unlike the other X-Men books out right now, this series focused on the inner workings of Krakoa’s most important Mutants and how they work together while also scheming for their own benefit. But the book’s latest issue saw one member do the unthinkable and kill some of its most powerful members.
How Mister Sinister Sucessfully Murdered Several Powerful X-Men
After not being judged by the Celestial during Judgment Day, Mister Sinister begins questioning his skills and desires, wanting to reestablish just how dangerous he is. That said, coupled with a talk with Destiny, Sinister decided it was time to make big moves and strike the Quiet Council where it hurt. To do so, he initially decided to try and kill Hope Summers, only to be discovered by Destiny and killed. The process of elimination saw the holes in Sinister’s plan, and with each clone, he got closer to success.
In the end, Sinister used the element of surprise to formulate a telekinetic bomb that killed Emma Frost and Charles Xavier. Meanwhile, as the powerful Mutant, Exodus, and Hope remained in a telekinetic loop, Sinister used the chance to kill both of them as well. While this didn’t defeat the Quiet Council entirely, it left them greatly fractured and without its strongest members. But most importantly with Hope, Xavier, and Emma killed, there’s no safe way to resurrect Mutants properly.
How the X-Men’s Latest Deaths Affect Krakoa
While Kate Pryde and the rest of the Quiet Council will likely capture and punish Mr. Sinister for his actions, significant damage has already been done. Judgment Day may have dealt a massive blow in terms of Krakoa and its place in the world, but the loss of the final founder of Krakoa, as well as a key component in their resurrection system, is much larger. For now, Krakoa can live in blissful ignorance, but there’s no denying that the nation is now at its most vulnerable without a means to continue thriving.
All hope may not be lost with the act of resurrection, but things will be far from easy to build back. In essence, Mr. Sinister has shown that Krakoa’s airtight systems are anything but. This could even inspire other wavering Krakoans to rise up and try their own way of doing things. If so, some of the most powerful minds have now been eliminated, and the opportunity to rise up may not come again. In essence, Mr. Sinister’s actions may be the spark that lights a much more dangerous flame.