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Unlimited Highlights: Mister Sinister

The evolution of the malevolent Machiavellian currently menacing the X-Men

By Ben Chabala

Every week we'll pick a handful of awesome comics from the thousands available through Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited. From creator spotlights to editor's picks and more, this'll be your spot to find something new and cool.

This week Nathaniel Essex, the master manipulator better known as Mister Sinister, steals the spotlight in UNCANNY X-MEN #2 and brings more woe to Marvel’s merry mutants in UNCANNY X-MEN #3 out on December 28! But why does he against the Children of the Atom? What makes this devious deviant tick?

X-FACTOR (1986) #39

A maniacal monologue sadistically spilling from his lips, the Summers brothers’ own personal poltergeist, the deadly Mister Sinister prepares to destroy X-Factor and the X-Men once and for all. And really, what chance do they have? He knows their strengths, he knows their weaknesses, and he’s prepared for every eventuality. Unless Longshot scrounges up some much-needed luck or Cyclops opens his eyes, it looks like everyone’s favorite mutants will wind up as raw genetic material in Sinister’s experiments!


Once again Sinister finds himself at odds with a group of mutants, but this time he’s got his own team of mutated misfits behind him. No, not the Marauders, we’re talking about the Nasty Boys! Mister Sinister’s malevolent machinations reach all the way to the United States Senate, and unless Havok and X-Factor can stop his puppet senator, they all might be in for a deadly new future. Then again, the present looks pretty lethal with Gorgeous George, Ruckus, Ramrod, Hairbag, and Slab ready and raring to rip the crew’s hearts out!


To what lengths will Mister Sinister go in the name of science? We know he’s willing to take on the world’s most high-profile mutant super hero team to further his goals, but what about the Sovereign of the Seven Seas, Namor himself? During World War II, Essex went undercover in the Third Reich to obtain a sample of the Avenging Son’s DNA. With it, he created a monster more than a match for the original. Can a mere man defeat Sinister’s most diabolical work of twisted genius to date?


Decades, centuries—blinks of an eye to the man once known as Nathaniel Essex. One of his many plans hangs on the cusp of fruition; Sinister seeks to resurrect the mad monk, the legendary Grigori Rasputin, and only Colossus and his brother Mikhail stand in the way. Should one of the two mutants die, their ancient ancestor’s disembodied spirit would consume his last descendant, freeing him from the bonds of death. Will Sinister finally reach his endgame after all his precision planning, or will the brothers find a way to bring an end to the curse of Rasputin?


After lifetimes spent courting the outer limits of science, the nigh immortal Mister Sinister needs a new body, and he needs it fast. Multiple contingencies have been activated and he plans to take over the vessel containing the world’s most powerful mutant mind. That’s right: he wants Professor X. Now, unless the unlikely duo of Gambit and Sebastian Shaw can combine their killer kinetic abilities and find a way to exorcise Essex, the master manipulator may finally have found a way to conquer even death!

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