X-Men Comics Tease The Next Evolution Of Humanity

X-Men Fallen Angels Psylocke

The X-Men comics have used their recent relaunch to tease the emergence of the next evolution of humanity. Jonathan Hickman's effective 'reset' has completely transformed the X-Men status quo. Inspired by knowledge of the future, Charles Xavier has established the mutant nation of Krakoa, a last-ditch attempt to end the genocidal conflict between man and mutant.

Powers of X #6 revealed that the mutant-human war is essentially just a distraction. Mutantdom is the natural evolutionary successor to humanity, as Xavier always claimed. But as science and technology develops, humanity ceases to live in a natural environment. Instead, inevitably, humans use science to evolve into a post-human state known as Homo novissima. And the latest previews have revealed this evolution if happening already.

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Newsarama has published a preview of Fallen Angels #1, which reveals that Homo novissima is beginning to emerge. The excerpt focuses on Kwannon, the psychic ninja who's taken over as the new Psylocke, and it sees her experience a mysterious vision. In this vision, she's warned of a new god: Apoth, "the new name of God."

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The name "Apoth" is clearly derived from the Greek word "Apotheosis." Most readers will be familiar with this term from Biology class, where it refers to the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly. It has an older heritage, though, in which it speaks of the transformation of the human into the divine. "Apotheosis" is used to describe the moment when a Pharaoh takes the throne and becomes a god, the granting of divine honor to a hero of Greece who is welcomed into the Parthenon, or a Roman ruler's recognition as divine. In Eastern Orthodox theology, the concept was replaced by the word "divinization," or another Greek word "theosis." It refers to a human being transformed by grace, united with the Divine nature. The idea was picked up by the New Age movement, and Grant Morrison incorporated it into his New X-Men run in relation to Jean Grey and the Phoenix Force.

It seems that Charles Xavier waited far too long before he formed the mutant nation of Krakoa; the post-humans are already evolving, emerging in Tokyo. While the other X-books concern themselves with life on Krakoa, the mutation of Rogue, or a trip to Shi'ar space, Fallen Angels may be the most important of the lot. Psylocke and her team of killers have been assigned to deal with a threat that's greater than everything else. And if they fail in their mission to end the threat of Apoth, it could ultimately mean the end of the entire mutant race.

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Source: Newsarama

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