- You are nothing but a man. And you are a foolish man. I have been listening carefully as I reconstructed myself. You must know I believe in rehabilitation. But, by your own lengthy testimony, it is clear you have made yourself criminal on a genetic level. You are a weed in life's garden. You will be pruned. Welcome to the Danger Room.
- -- Danger
Appearing in 1st story
- X-Men (Utopia's Team)
Synopsis for 1st story
The battle between the Extinction Team and the army of Sinisters continues. Hope uses her telepathy to protect Cyclops’s squad from Sinister’s psychic powers. Suddenly, Sinister drags hope into the astral realm. There, Sinister tells Hope about the conflict between nature and nuture, and says that her nature is also the missing piece of her nature. That missing piece is only one word: “Phoenix.” Angry, Hope teleports to Sinister’s palace and shoots the Sinister in the throne. However, Sinister transfers his mind to another body and his army subdues the Extinction Team.
Suddenly, Danger manifests the Danger Room inside Sinister’s palace and destroys all the Sinister inside, saving the Extinction Team. They leave the palace, only to find more Sinisters. Emma tells Namor to hold her arm, to which Namor believes to be a sign of affection, but Emma replies that it is just to keep pressure on her wound. Then, Emma uses her telepathy to channel the power of the Dreaming Celestial’s head, dissipating the Sinisters.
Suddenly, the original Sinister appears before them. Emma tries to use her telepathy on him again, but Sinister proves to be immune to her powers, having used his connection to Cyclops’s brain and the army of Sinisters to gather data about the X-Men and their powers. Then, Sinister steals the Palace of Fine Arts, saying that even without the Celestial’s head, it serves as a headquarters. Telling the X-Men they will meet each other again, Sinister grabs his gun and shoots himself in the head.
With Sinister gone, the Celestial’s head returns to the body, and Magneto breaks his connection to the Celestial. Magik teleports the X-Men to Magneto’s position and witness as the Celestials arrive at San Francisco. The X-Men walk towards the Celestials and Cyclops says that Earth is under the X-Men’s protection. He also says that since the Dreaming Celestial is on Earth, he is under the X-Men’s protection too, and if he is in danger, they will save him again. Hope, shining with a soft fire aura, says that what Cyclops is trying to say is that the Celestials should leave.
Suddenly, the Dreaming Celestial lifts his arm and points towards the sky, and the Celestials leave Earth.
The X-Men realize that the people of San Franciso witnessed everything that happened. Noting that they are petrified of the X-Men, Cyclops says that as long as the X-Men exist, they will not dare to touch a mutant. Emma asks if that means that their ascension into Earth’s premiere superteam is inevitable, and Cyclops replies that if it was inevitable, they wouldn’t have to work so hard.
Mr. Sinister’s tampering with the Golden Celestial has summoned the immortal Space Gods to earth, to render judgment upon all mankind. If the X-Men we’re looking for a chance to prove that they are earth’s mightiest heroes, HERE. IT.IS!
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Mr. Sinister is my favorite villain. Normally I'd prefer him with the Marauders, but this time no way. He actually fought the fight, and boy did he. I really feel like Kieron Gillen did justice to Nathaniel Essex. Gillen managed to show just how big of an ego Sinister has, how powerful he is, his obsession with evolution and how he plans to be on top, heck, Gillen even manages to show us Sinister's Victorian routes via his outfit; and I liked it all.
I was unsure at first, from the promo images of Uncanny X-Men #544, but by issue #2 of the new series my mind was fully made. He mentions Phoenix to Hope, and I wonder if he'll play a rold in the upcoming Avnegers vs. X-Men crossover. If he does, I may think about picking it up.. Anyways, in this issue, he gets away. And this promises future Sinister encounters! :D
So Emma was pretty badass this issue, by reverting to her human form even though her human arm was gone. Nice. Really showed how tough she can be, and what she's willing to do to win a fight. And even though she isn't shown next issue, I'm sure she's fine. She has, after all, survived being shattered to pieces. Though to be fair, Jean Grey was alive back then..
While we don't see the promised (sort of) fight on the cover, the X-Men do stare down the Celestials and prove they are the 'Earth's mightiest heroes'. "Someone call the Avengers. They've just been made obsolete." - Hope Summers. Slow clap - me. While the crowd may not exaclty respect the X-Men or cheer for them yet, they do respectfully fear them. So Gillen made his point. Much as he did when he proved his point of Juggernaut's unstoppability (is that a word?) in the last arc of the last series. I like Gillen as a writer, and he seems fairly fresh to the X-Men too, which is a bit of a surprise.
I'll give this one a 4.5 out of 5. Really good issue, but not quite a perfect one though I don't really have quite a reason why. But if you're looking for a book post Schism, try this one over WATXM. I like it, so you should. ;)
--Johnnybravo44 06:53, January 5, 2012 (UTC)PS - This is entirely un-related, but did anyone else notice the striking resemblance between the cover of Avengers Annual Vol 4 #1 and Avengers: X-Sanction #2? Both Iron Man fighting some guy in practically the same stance, and both released on the same day. Weird…