42 – MR. SINISTER

2 May

Subject: Mr. Sinister
Real Name: Unrevealed
Height: 6’3″ Weight: 225 lbs.
Group Affiliation: Marauders
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #221, September 1987

Power Ratings:

  • Energy Projection: 3/7
  • Mental Powers: 6/7
  • Strength: 4/7
  • Fighting Ability: 2/7
  • Intelligence: 3/7

I don’t care what other people say: Mr. Sinister looks way badass and one of the most stylish X-characters out there. You’d have to be to have been introduced as a villain at the same time as Apocalypse and still stand toe-to-toe with the guy (didn’t help that they were both cloaked in shadows for a long time and had the same color scheme).

By this point in X-Continuity his penchant for messing around with mutant genetics, specifically Scott Summers and Jean Grey‘s, has been well established, most devastatingly to create Jean’s clone Madelyne Pryor (aka Cable‘s mommy), but the convolusion would continue well after Lee and the others made their Image exodus.

Among the convolusions to come? The revelation that Sinister is not a mutant at all, instead just a crazy scientist who was manipulated by Apocalypse in the 1800’s to become the monster he eventually became. This technically makes him a mutate, not a mutant.

Anyway, the art here is pretty good, giving Sinister that good goth-horror look, though if I were Lee I would’ve obscured those ankle boots completely.

His Power Ratings are a little wonky, but not unexpected given how mysterious his powers actually were (I mean, his m.o. is splicing various mutant genes into his own to give himself further abilities).  Ironically enough, his Intelligence rating is only a 3, which is pathetic for being a nefarious expert in genetics.

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2 Responses to “42 – MR. SINISTER”

  1. art June 18, 2011 at 1:36 am #

    Wow lots of memories with these trading cards. I like these drawings compared to the series 2

    • admin June 18, 2011 at 8:13 am #

      I vastly prefer the art in these versus series 2 as well, which were done by Andy Kubert. While I’ve warmed up to Andy’s art as the years went by it’ll never match my nostalgia for Jim Lee!

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