There are a lot of outstanding questions about Marvel's X-Men relaunch - but Marvel has just cleared one of them up. Legendary comic book writer Jonathan Hickman is relaunching the X-Men comics; at the center of the relaunch is the new mutant nation of Krakoa, founded by Charles Xavier, Magneto, and the secret mutant Moira MacTaggert.
Xavier's goal is to repopulate the mutant race by resurrecting all the mutants who've ever died. To that end, he worked with Forge to enhance Cerebro's capabilities so it could record the mental patterns of mutants across the globe. He's now bringing back any mutant who's died by placing those psychic scans in a cloned husk, essentially raising them from the dead. But all that raises one curious question; how is Xavier resurrecting the mutants who died before he had Forge upgrade Cerebro with this secret technology?
The question was asked on social media, and X-Men editor Jordan D. White - who has a prolific presence on Twitter - decided to give an answer. According to White, Xavier snagged a lot of these psychic records during the events of "Necrosha."
A bunch of them, he snagged during Necrosha.— Jordan D. White (@cracksh0t) October 16, 2019
"Necrosha" was a major X-Force event in 2009 that saw the evil but now forgiven mutant Selene attempt to become a god by using the Technarch transmode virus to resurrect dead mutants across the globe. Selene is basically a mutant vampire, possessing the ability to drain the life essence from others; her goal was to feed upon all these resurrected mutants in order to enhance her own powers. She situated herself on the island of Genosha, where 16 million mutants had been slaughtered by Sentinels, and made that the center of her campaign. Anyone resurrected by Selene became her unwilling slave, but retained their own distinctive pre-death consciousness.
This is actually a really smart retcon. Charles Xavier was based on the mutant island of Utopia during the "Necrosha" event, and was present just before Selene's forces attacked in New Mutants #6. But he disappeared as soon as the deadly attack began. Xavier's absence wasn't worth noting at the time, given the event featured an enormous cast, but now Hickman and White have written a convenient explanation into it. The Professor figured out what was going on, and headed to his Cerebro unit to get a convenient scan of all the people Selene had brought back from the dead. As always, Charles Xavier was playing the long game; he trusted the X-Men to defeat the current threat, while he continued to prepare for the future.
- X-MEN #1
- Written by: Jonathan Hickman
- Art by: Leinil Francis Yu
- Cover Art by: Leinil Francis Yu
- DAWN OF X! The X-Men find themselves in a whole new world of possibility... and things have never been better! Jonathan Hickman (HOUSE OF X, POWERS OF X, SECRET WARS) and superstar artist Leinil Yu (NEW AVENGERS, CAPTAIN AMERICA) reveal the saga of Cyclops and his hand-picked squad of mutant powerhouses!
X-Men #1 is on sale now from Marvel Comics.