Extraordinary X-Men hasn’t enjoyed the strong start readers might have expected from marvel’s new flagship X-book. Blame a redundant status quo and a slow start that emphasized team-building over plot. But the series seems to be moving in the right direction. Having finally brought their cast together (more or less) by now, Jeff Lemire and Humberto Ramos are able to dig a little deeper into this new conflict and the character dynamics that are essential to any good X-Men tale.
The series still suffers from the fact that the new mutant status quo feels like a dull reversion to the Decimation days (which really weren’t that long ago). That will likely be a flaw all the X-books will have to grapple with for some time. But at least Extraordinary receives a boost from having Mister Sinister emerge as the central villain. Lemire writes a fairly traditional take on Sinister, but one with just enough dark humor to give him some flavor. Almost immediately it becomes clear that Sinister is the logical choice of villain in a book where mutants and Inhumans are essentially locked in a genetic war.