X-Men: Before The Fall: Sinister Four #1

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Paco Medina Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 5, 2023 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 23
8.3Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

FALL OF X IS COMING! As the nineteenth century drew to a close, the dying Nathaniel Essex unleashed four clones of himself into the world. They've been haunting it ever since, while lurking in the shadows. We know what Sinister has been up to. What about the others? In this issue, we delve into their past...and discover their latest atrocity. When they start to...date?
Rated T+

  • 10
    ComicsOnline - Kevin Gaussoin Jul 5, 2023

    X-Men: Before the Fall The Sinister Four gives us a look back at the relationship between the original Nathaniel Essex and his Rebecca, and shows us why Doctor Stasis is how he is and how he and Mother Righteous feel about each other now after multiple lifetimes since their original selves were together. How will that shake out? And what of the dude in the ball? Is he the greatest Essex clone or is that just my opinion, man? Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Jul 5, 2023

    If you want to read the perfect villain-centered story, this astonishing piece of art is for you Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Jul 7, 2023

    X-Men Before the Fall: The Sinister Four #1 delivers a masterfully crafted storyline, blurring the lines between good and evil. The comic's exceptional writing compels readers to sympathize with morally ambiguous characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Multiversity Comics - Robbie Pleasant Jul 7, 2023

    An excellent issue in terms of character, story, and art. Sinister Four builds on what we know of multiple antagonists, making them more fleshed out and interesting as it builds towards Fall of X. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    GWW - B Ferg Jul 7, 2023

    As the title X-Men Before the Fall suggests, change is coming. Many years ago one man made an attempt to alter the course of history. His decision led to an adventure that ended with four individuals emerging with powers. Individually their stories would go on to become the stuff of legends in the Marvel Universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Jul 5, 2023

    Bits and pieces of that were shining through towards the end of X-Men: Before the Fall The Sinister Four #1, however, not as bad as some of the other X-books on the market right now. We need some pep in our step in order to get this show on the road before its too late and this setup is slow-moving. Hopefully, we Fall fast without any dangling plot threads to tug on later. Give fans a good, clean, easy-to-follow, straightforward, story that ENDS! And then, let the next writers start fresh. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Jul 5, 2023

    It's a stellar issue that does well at building the tension for the coming Fall of X. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AIPT - Lukas Shayo Jul 5, 2023

    X-Men: Before the Fall The Sinister Four #1 provides an interesting look into the dynamic between Mother Righteous and Dr. Stasis, but it is just contributing to the oversaturation of the Sinister brand. The art is superb and the writing remains a high point of the X-Men: Before the Fallseries, but it never manages to hit the notes that it is desperately trying to achieve. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Jul 5, 2023

    Men: Before the Fall - Sinister Four #1 is let down by its structure. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Hailey Feb 27, 2024

    kiss, kiss, kisss!!!

  • 10
    cincyfan Jul 6, 2023

    Absolutely brilliant! I loved every panel of this book. I love this era of the x-men it has been amazing!

  • 9.0
    KittyNone Jul 7, 2023

    There are things I'll quibble with — in particular I always find the continuity implant trope, where a new character has secretly always been in the background, to be cheap in a way that's beneath Gillen — but those are balanced nicely by the usual joys of Gillen writing less-than-benevolent old women who can peer through the veil of fiction as needed. Doctor Stasis has always been the least interesting and impressive of the four, but Gillen & Medina do a fine job of making him both foolish enough to casually put himself in Mother Righteous's clutches but still clever enough to be playing his own game. Probably the first of these "before the fall" specials to really get me excited about the stories to come.

  • 8.5
    Kalaoui Jul 14, 2023

    Gillen has done a nice job with the Sinisters and this one was worth the read. Medina is great all throughout as usual.

  • 8.5
    Screaming Enigma Jul 8, 2023

    This was a nicely-written, character-driven one-shot for Before the Fall. The four Sinisters have all been depicted throughout Destiny of X, and I think Gillen brings the three "non-original" together her nicely. Despite the minimal use of Orbis Stellaris, I don't think we was needed through the bulk of this story. Having Stasis and Righteous together throughout the majority of this issue was a nice way to create emotional investment and I thought Gillen wrote that well. Overall, I'm very interested to see what happens with Sinister as Fall of X approaches.

  • 8.5
    derbycomics Jul 5, 2023

    Continuing the BEFORE THE FALL preludes to the upcoming Fall of X event (catch my review of last week’s HERALDS OF APOCALYPSE), SINISTER FOUR #1 hits shelves today. The one-shot, written by Kieron Gillen with art by Paco Medina, showcases the four major Essex clones we’ve been following over the current Destiny of X story arc — Mister Sinister, Doctor Stasis, Orbis Stellaris, and Mother Righteous. Full disclosure: Krakoan Mister Sinister has been one of my FAVORITE Marvel characters so this review will be influenced by that!

    ‘SINISTER FOUR’ is a slightly misleading title as the main story in this one-shot primarily focuses on two of the clones, Doctor Stasis & mother Righteous, and their attempts at wining, dining, and more

  • 7.5
    TSMack Jul 6, 2023

    (Cover Date: September, 2023)

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    Pardo Jul 8, 2023

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    Bruno Mael Jul 6, 2023

  • 9.0
    Jason The Dude May 25, 2024

  • 9.0

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    gabh4 Aug 29, 2023

  • 9.0
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  • 8.5
    NickNightingale Oct 29, 2023

  • 8.5
    Silver Rocket Jul 9, 2023

  • 8.5
    wesshamu Jul 9, 2023

  • 8.5
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  • 8.5
    Texas VII Jul 6, 2023

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    jmprados Aug 3, 2023

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    Jon42 Jul 5, 2023

  • 7.5
    K-23 Oct 10, 2023

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