Well, I enjoyed the first issue of Wolverine and the X-Men a ton, here's hoping I enjoy the first issue of Lord Summers and the EVIL X-Men too. To be honest with you all, if not for Mr. Sinister appearing in the first storyarc of this series, I doubt I'd have even bothered to keep this on my pull list. As it is, I really don't like the team line-up(as I said, it's basically the evil X-Men), so I'll be rooting for Mr. Sinister to kill everybody here... Go Sinister!
Uncanny X-Men #1:
Summary: This issue kicks off the right way, with Mr. Sinister strolling through San Fransisco until he reaches the Dreaming Celestial. After killing two stupid tourists, Sinister enters the Celestial... Meanwhile, Lord Summers calls together the most powerful mutants left on Crazy Mutie Island(that would be Utopia to the uninformed) and decides that they were going to basically be the Crazy Mutie version of the Avengers, which Lord Summers would be using to both save and intimidate the world. The Extinction Team(as Lord Summers oh so dramatically calls it) consists of himself, Emma Frost, Namor, Our Lord and Savior Hope, Danger, Jugger-Colossus, Magik, Magneto and Storm... In other words, 8 crazy and/or evil mutants and Storm... For two weeks things are relatively silent until one day the Dreaming Celestial suddenly begins shooting all sorts of energy out. Lord Summers and the Extinction Team respond, at which time the head of the Celestial floats off of the body and takes on the visage of Mr. Sinister. Sinister tells the band of crazy/evil mutants(and Storm) that he wanted to play along with Lord Summers' plans of making the X-Men a force to be reckoned with, and as such was going to assault San Fran... Ah that Sinister is such a swell guy! The Extinction Team attacks, but Sinister responds by having the Celestial split into smaller pieces to assault the X-Men while he himself left in the Celestial's head. The Celestial pieces batter the X-Men(and break one of Emma's arms off) until Magneto is able to use his powers to force the Celestial back together, halting the assault. From there Lord Summers demands to know where Sinister went, at which time we discover that Sinister went to the San Fran Palace of Fine Arts where he proceeds to transform every living creature there into replicas of himself.
Thoughts: Well, I have to admit, I did enjoy this comic book(for the most part). Before I get to the little things that bugged me, first let me say, I can NOT wait for this Extinction Team to explode in the face of Lord Summers, because seriously, how the hell CAN'T it!? It's Storm and a mess of lunatics! If anything I feel horrible for poor Storm, since she didn't even want to stay on Crazy Mutie Island in the first place! So yeah, I am eagerly anticipating the utter implosion that HAS to be coming sometime soon. Besides that, the X-Men's Extinction Team were as you'd expect them to be, a bunch of arrogant, crazy pompous douchebags for the most part. Now, as I readily admitted in the intro to this post, I am just about as big a fan of Mr. Sinister as you'll ever find... With that said, his portrayal here was a bit... off. By the end of this one he was more “kooky Batman villain from the 1970's” than manipulative super-genius. But I'm willing to overlook that for now since a) he's Mr. Sinister and b) he was a complete force to be reckoned with in this issue. So yes, I'm still firmly in the camp of Team Wolverine, and yes, I'm basically only reading this comic to see Lord Summers and company fail miserably, but overall I'm glad I decided to stick with this series because this issue was a strong read.
Score: 8 out of 10.HA! Storm is easily my favorite character out of this mess.