Omega-level mutants; a descriptive list, part 2


Robert Drake, Iceman, has been in the X-men series since it's inception, as a member of the original team of five. He joined the team when he was only 14, and would be the youngest member of the X-men until the addition of Kitty Pryde, years later. Despite his difference in age from the rest of the original team, he was on par with the formidable Jean Grey, the second Omega-level mutant in the group. He is a Cryokinetic, as well as possessing the ability to turn his entire body into ice. These abilities have been used in a variety of ways, including creating a sheath of solid ice around an object/person, literally freezing someone solid, transforming his own body into water and swimming across a lake (freezing himself solid again at the other side), healing a gunshot wound, and many other things. It's obvious that his power set has vast potential, yet Iceman has yet to achieve much of it. He has, throughout the years, displayed a fundamental lack of maturity and discipline, things which were so readily apparent in characters like Cyclops or even Beast. In fact, if we continue on the Beast comparison, the two characters both started out as being fun-loving and rather immature; Beast lost his propensity towards alliteration and his fairly care-free nature, whereas Iceman has yet to shed his childish mannerisms. Despite occasional instances of increased interest in developing his powers (after Emma Frost took over his body back in the 90s, just after she came out of the coma she had been in for years, Iceman was driven to improve his skills, largely because Emma had demonstrated an exponentially superior understanding of his abilities than he himself did), it's likely that the biggest change he's made to his repertoire in years was when he was taught to turn his body into pure ice (versus his original packed snow form). In fact, the biggest breakthroughs he's made in terms of utilizing his abilities have been developed with the assistance of others. Arguably, he continues to function as a member of the X-men almost solely due to his history with the team and his awesome potential. However, unless he matures enough to develop his skills alone, or gets a superb mentor, it's incredibly unlikely Iceman will realize his true potential as being among the most formidable omega-level mutants on this list.

Mr. M is a mutant with energy-and-matter-manipulating powers, and is one of the least known Omega-level mutants in the Marvel universe. We're told not much is known about him, save the fact that he originally came from Belgium and settled in Mutant Town after coming to the USA. He first appears in the District X series, and later comes into the main title as part of the 198 story arc. He has the psionic ability to manipulate energy and matter at a subatomic level, meaning that he can shape the world as he sees fit using materials at hand. His feats include curing Toad Boy of his ability to secrete hallucinogenic fumes and narcotic secretions (which were causing him to be exploited by his mother, who was addicted to the drugs he produced, and ended up in his being kidnapped by a gang), fixing broken electronics, mending a little girl's gunshot wound, taking down a sentinel unaided, creation and evolution of lower life forms, electrical generation, summoning lightning, intangibility, surviving being shot in the head three times point-blank, removing microchips from inside peoples' heads, and re-growing Lorelei Travis' hair. Though he seems to have been killed (after both Leech and Magma were forced to de-power and incinerate him, respectively), it's unknown and somewhat unlikely that he is actually dead; his corpse turned into butterflies overnight, and he left a rather cryptic message: 'some beings do not die, they evolve'. This suggests that he has merely shed human form, and may exist in some other state. However, he has not been seen since.

My least favourite Omega-level mutant is Quentin Quire, the unfortunate victim of bad writing. A telepath, telekinetic and 'hyper-intellect', Quentin's powers are poorly defined as well as poorly written. Supposedly a 'hyper-intellect' (which apparently means he's super-humanly intelligent), smart enough to design anti-gravity floaters, he failed to grasp the meaning of the phrase 'Just because some birds are black, it does not follow that all birds are blackbirds', even when on a mutation-enhancing drug. The Stepford Cuckoos describe him as having a 'see-through' (transparent) mind, though the meaning of that is unclear. It seems he was able to persuade others to agree with him through telepathic means while not intentionally influencing them- it's plausible that this is how he managed to convince five of his fellow students to start a riot at the Xavier institute on Parent's day, though it's interesting to note that the students he recruited were all rather low-level mutants (the riot came about as a result of discovering he was adopted). In an 'ironic' twist of events, the riot he started ended with the death of both the girl he loved ( Sophie Cuckoo) and himself. Though killed, he has since evolved into a sentient collective of psionic energy, and was (very) temporarily a host to the Phoenix Force, in order to resurrect the girl of his dreams; when Sophie rejected him, the force left him in disgust, and he returned to stasis in Beast's lab. He clashed with No-girl in a small story from Nation X, but was defeated. Preview art of the upcoming Schism has verified that Quentin has fully returned, still sporting his trademark pink mohawk; further details are currently unavailable . It's unverified exactly how powerful his telepathic and telekinetic powers are, but he was able to brainwash Wolverine in mere seconds, despite Wolverine having psychic defenses that made even Professor Xavier find reading his mind difficult. One could go as far to say that while this character is powerful, he has been poorly depicted as such, and instead comes across as a pretentious teenager.

Omega-level mutants; a descriptive list, part 1.5


Our last Summers/Grey mutant as well as the most recently appeared, and one that I overlooked at first, Hope Summers falls neatly into the category of Omega-level mutant. As the adopted daughter of Cable, son of Madelyne Pryor and Cyclops, Hope has no actual blood relation to any of the characters in the Summers/Grey family; her mother was a firefighter named Louise Spalding, who lived in Cooperstown, Alaska, the destruction of which would trigger the arc known as the Messiah Complex to occur. To summarize: Cerebro blew up and shorted out the mansion's power the second Hope was born, and when the X-men arrived to investigate the event they found Cooperstown engulfed in flames. Purifiers had already begun killing every child they could find, in hopes of killing the newly-born mutant, and the marauders were shown to have snatched the baby in the confusion. There was a fight, and Cable managed to steal the baby away. However, he soon discovered that the time-traveling X-man Bishop was hellbent on killing the child, believing her responsible for the events which would lead to mutant concentration camps in the future from whence he came. Cable, also a time-traveler, took the little girl into the future, hoping to hide her, but no matter how far he traveled, distance or time, he could never evade pursuit. His young charge, who was nameless until the age of five, grew up in a frantic struggle for survival, eating rats and staying strapped to Cable's chest for virtually her entire infancy. For a number of years, Cable managed to find them sanctuary in the hidden town of New Liberty, where he met and married a local woman named Hope. The three lived in peace for a few years, until the town was beset by humanoid cockroaches, prompting Cable to flee from the place and find somewhere more secure. They were intercepted, and Hope was shot, dying in Cable's arms. After burying the remains of his dead wife, Cable gave the child he had been protecting a name at last; Hope. The struggle for survival continued, and Hope grew up learning how to be the perfect soldier; cleaning wounds, removing bullets, scavenging for rations, being taught strategy and tactics. As she grew, they drew closer and closer to the end of the world itself- their time travel device was broken, meaning that they could only travel forward in time, saving that one backwards jump for returning Hope to the X-men and her era. As Hope grew, she displayed only one true sign of her burgeoning abilities- the phoenix brand, which manifested in her eyes at least twice. Of note is the fact that this added fuel to the already extant theories that Hope was actually just Jean Grey, either cloned or re-born entirely. Eventually the time came for the final jump back in time, and in a pitched battle with Bishop, Hope finally utilized her enigmatic powers for the first time, defeated the desperate attacker, and Cable managed to send Bishop to the very end of the world itself, where he is presumed dead. At the age of 16, Hope and Cable returned to the X-men, and the Messiah War began. Therein, hope displayed a variety of powers, which were later explained as being 'power mimicry', as well as fully manifesting the Phoenix- flaming corona and all. Again, theories as to the true nature of Hope and her powers are many, most of them revolving around the constant theme of Jean Grey. One supposes, perhaps, that when a red-headed female mutant with green eyes appears, that must mean that they're undoubtedly connected to Jean Grey, somehow. What's more interesting is the unanswered question of what conditions need to be met for Hope to mimic an ability. Is it proximity-related, as is the case with Mimic, or does physical contact have to have occurred at some point, similarly to Rogue's abilities (note that some sort of bond exists between Hope and Rogue that has yet to be properly explored, see Messiah War for reference)? Does Hope retain the abilities she's mimicked, or does she have to be within a certain distance of the individual in order to retain usage? And the issue that intrigues me the most; is Hope the actual current host for the Phoenix Force, or is she merely mimicking the abilities of someone else that was (or is)? The answer to this would depend on the nature of her powers, and therefore is not likely to be resolved any time soon.

Omega-level mutants; a descriptive list, part one

In the X-men universe, there's a system of measuring the power levels of individual mutants, from Epsilon to Alpha, with the added Omega class being at the top as the creme de la creme of powerful individuals. There are eleven mutants that have been classified as being omega-level (according to Wikipedia, the number varies depending on where one looks); Jean Grey, Rachel Summers, Nate Grey, Vulcan, Hope Summers, Iceman , Mister M, Quentin Quire, Elixir, Legion and Franklin Richards. Some, such as Storm, have been listed as possible omega-level, but it's not clear as to what that actually means. In this post, I aim to give a brief summary of the powers and background of each of the eleven listed characters, taking note of possible similarities therein.

Let's start off with Jean Grey, who can be said to be the most popular of the characters listed. One of the original five X-men, Jean has been a fixture of the series for years, and is likely the second best-known mutant in the Marvel universe (The second being Wolverine, of course). Her typical set of powers include telepathy and telekinesis, both of which are well-developed and very strong, but she has wielded a variety of other abilities as well, such as being able to summon flame, flying, and surviving in the vaccuum of space (though nobody ever bothered to explain how or why), all of which were a result of her manifestation of the Phoenix Force. Despite her parents' and sister's lack of powers, it's been stated that the Grey bloodline possesses noteworthy potential; though Jean of Earth-616 has not, to date, borne children, she has two children from alternate dimensions that are Omega-level mutants, and her clone ( Madelyne Pryor) gave birth to Cable, an alpha-level mutant and soldier supreme. Sinister claims to have been observing Jean throughout her life, in hopes of manifesting her genetic potential in a form he could control; the result was Madelyne Pryor, the illustrious Goblin Queen (although these days she prefers Red Queen, for some reason...) and first wife of Cyclops who Jean considers to be the love of her life. She has died a total of seven times over the years (this would be according to fesak, seen here (thank you, fesak!)); at the Phoenix's first manifestation, on the blue area of the moon as Dark Phoenix, by a Xorn-induced aneurysm in the ruins of New York, three other occasions in comics I've never been able to locate, and from something I really can't remember in Phoenix: Endsong. Though she is currently dead, it's stated that she's in the ' white-hot room', a sort of pocket dimension thing which serves as the base of operations of the Phoenix force and the afterlife of all the Phoenix's avatars that also kind of resides within the M'kraan crystal (my understanding is tenuous, a better description can be found at the page), and will inevitably come back to life at some point in the future; while dead, she also continues to affect the X-men series in a variety of ways. Many readers seem to believe that Hope Summers, another Omega-level mutant, is actually Jean Grey somehow; this has yet to be proved, and is based on evidence that can be interpreted in a wide variety of ways. Of note is the fact that Jean is a murderer, having killed billions as Dark Phoenix (when she ate an entire solar system, but was merely stripped of her powers as punishment for her crimes. Jim Shooter has gone on record as being extremely dissatisfied with the fact that Jean was held largely unaccountable for her actions and allowed to live after committing mass murder, as seen in a lovely quote that can be read on the Wikipedia page for Jean Grey.
Rachel Summers is the daughter of Jean Grey from an alternate dimension (Earth 811, Days of Future Past) and another long-time host to the Phoenix Force. Therein, mutants ended up being considered a deadly threat to humanity, and at a young age her entire family and all her friends were killed virtually before her eyes in an attack on Xavier's, and Rachel was trained by the government as a 'hound', tracking down mutants to be killed. Though she was eventually able to overcome the immense trauma endured from her horrific past, it took Rachel a long time to come to terms with her suffering, even after managing to prevent the course of events that led to her abuse from occurring. During the course of her first appearance on Earth 616, Rachel ended up becoming a host to the intergalactic entity that is the Phoenix Force, largely through her grief at the death of her mother (and with the help of a Holoempathic crystal that was imprinted with Jean). I have, in the past, stated my belief that she is entirely too fixated on her mother, Jean Grey (I wrote at least one post on the subject), and her mother issues are undoubtedly an integral part of her character. Rachel is both a telepath and a telekinetic (just like her mother, another reason for her obsession, perhaps), and has been stated to possess strength therein roughly equal to her mother's, clearly marking her as an Omega level mutant. Ironically, Rachel also bears the weight of her mother's crimes as Dark Phoenix; an alien civilization known as the Shi'ar happened inhabit the solar system that was eaten by the cosmic entity's rage-fueled space-rampage, and (understandably) decided that the Phoenix Force needed to be eliminated (not all Shi'ar lived in the destroyed solar system, it's stated that their civilization spans many systems). As a result, the Shi'ar killed almost every member of the Grey family in a bid to ensure that the Phoenix not find another host. Rachel and her maternal grandmother (who denounced Rachel after the event) were the only survivors, and the Phoenix ended up returning despite the slaughter enacted by the Shi'ar death commandos. Up until recently, Rachel was in space, fighting alongside Havok to help stabilize the Shi'ar empire, but after the events of Age of X, she seems to be half-stuck on Utopia.
 Cool guys don't look at explosions
Next on the list is Nate Grey, son of Jean Grey and Cyclops from the Age of Apocalypse. Bred by Mr. Sinister in a bid to overthrow Apocalypse and clear the way for his own conquest, Nate is the ideal offspring of the Summers and Grey bloodlines, and he has been stated to possess powers that not only surpassed Jean Grey, but rivaled that of Dark Phoenix. In his final assault on Apocalypse, Nate was sent to Earth 616 by the M'kraan crystal, where he encountered the X-men, including Jean. He died after defeating Anti-man, but came back to life during Dark Reign and ended up falling victim to Norman Osborn and Dark Beast; Cyclops has sent the New Mutants to collect him, and they are currently attempting to free him from the grasp of Sugar man (As of New Mutants #24). As a telepath and telekinetic, Nate is unsurpassed by any character in the Marvel universe. It was once stated that he could easily shatter the moon or destroy all of Asia, and had the ability to deflect the most powerful of attacks, even ones with enough energy to destroy planets. He can also transform his entire being into psychic energy and possess other people. He can use psychometry, utilize the astral plane in a variety of ways, emit electromagnetic pulses at will, fly, create holograms with his telekinesis, use said telekinesis to give himself abilities like super-strength and super-speed, has precognition and clairvoyance, pass through solid matter, and manipulate objects as small as an electron or atom with ease. He was supposed to die at the age of 21, when his powers would consume his body, but in a battle with an alternate-dimension version of himself he managed to thwart this defect. Throughout his appearances in the world of comics, Nate has proven that telekinesis seems to be the single most useful ability if used properly.
The final character for this entry is Vulcan, who is the first individual on the list so far that doesn't go by his birth name and the penultimate of the Summmers-Grey family members listed. Born Gabriel Summers, he is the youngest child of Katherine and Christopher Summers. His brothers, Havok and Cyclops, are both powerful and prominent Alpha-level mutants with noteworthy abilities ( Adam-X is, apparently, the half-brother of Vulcan, Cyclops and Havok, but this- as well as Adam-X himself- are, in general, ignored by the comic book community these days). However, he didn't grow up with his family; Vulcan was torn from the womb of his dead mother by the Shi'ar that had captured his parents. Raised as a slave and aged to adulthood, he managed to escape enslavement and ended up joining a team put together by Professor X to rescue the X-men from Krakoa, the living island. The team was captured by the island, and only he and Darwin survived, although they remained in a state of suspended animation until M-day. Upon awakening, he sought to destroy the entire Shi'ar empire; however, due to a long sequence of events, he ended up becoming their emperor. A team of X-men was sent to thwart his attacks, and he eventually fell during War of Kings. Like his brothers, Vulcan absorbs and re-channels energy; however, he is on record as being able to absorb any form of energy, and can also manipulate virtually any type of energy. He is also the only Summers brother who is able to hurt his siblings with his abilities (Havok and Cyclops' powers do not hurt one another). Most of the time, Vulcan utilizes his abilities to create energy blasts and absorb attacks; however, he has also shown that he can somehow fly in the vacuum of space, repair neurological pathways with electrical impulses, and manipulate and even suppress psionic abilities. Though his manipulation powers are psionic in nature, he does not actually possess any innate telepathic or telekinetic skill or potential, he is merely able to utilize the energy already exerted by others. His absorption powers have their limits, however, and high-level energy projection drains him rapidly; he can still manipulate energy while drained, but is noticeably weaker. Of note is the fact that he is susceptible to physical blows, but is able to regenerate parts of his body at will to an uncertain extent (he couldn't regenerate his eye). Unfortunately, Vulcan is a megalomaniac, and his past has turned him into a relentless and selfish individual with a thirst for power.

A few of the many reasons I will NOT be watching X-men First Clas

ELISHA CUTHBERT SHOULD HAVE BEEN PICKED AS EMMA FROST. There, now that that's out of the way, I'd like to state a few key reasons as to why I have decided not to watch X-men: First Class. 
- Jennifer Lawrence is way too cute to be a convincing Mystique. Sorry, no, not buying it. I mean, I know she can look like anyone she wants, but I really, really doubt she would choose to look that adorable.
- Emma Frost's diamond form looks kinda like a broken windshield. 
- It's almost entirely a nostalgia movie. You're expected to walk in already knowing something about at least some of the characters, and then there's the characters that got included to try and take people who actually follow the comic off-guard. You know, because they're so obscure, and aren't really needed in the movie.
- I hate every trailer I've ever seen for the movie. 
- On the topic of trailers, why do I keep getting the impression that the movie focuses largely on Magneto? Surely that can't be the case....right?
- Holy continuity issues, Batman! I don't know where to start! For one, Angel Salvadore wasn't even born yet in the 60s, let alone some sleek-looking twenty-something.
- Call me fixated, but January Jones does not do it for me in her role as Emma Frost. And her voice is just all wrong.
- Those character profile posters are really, really weird.
- I can't think of an actually plausible reason to include Angel Salvadore or Azazel in the movie. Angel was a pain in the ass, and I don't recall Azazel doing anything outside of The Draco, which was a long time ago and isn't really worth mentioning these days.
- Who the hell is Edie Lensherr? Or 'Mrs. Xavier'? 
- Beast's mutation has nothing to do with his intellect! He's just REALLY SMART!
- People I know who do see the movie are going to be asking me if I saw it for a long, long, time, so I had to make this list to save time explaining the myriad reasons I don't want to watch the goddamn thing.

Uncanny X-Force #2: Let's take a look at Cavern-X

I hate pretty much any place whose name utilizes a hyphen. That is, unless it's in the English countryside; then it just looks charmingly silly. FACT: Cavern-X is NOT located anywhere in the English Countryside.

Heck, it's not even in Europe. So why the hyphen? God only knows.

So we, the lucky reader, are treated to some interior shots of this new hideout. It is, predictably, all shiny brushed metal and random high-tech thingamajigs. Oh, and a lot of pictures of 'back in the day'. I'm not really sure why they have those up, actually...

You'll notice that, while there are pictures of the X-men throughout the years and through various incarnations, not all the members of the X-force were around for all that long. Psylocke is almost as recent as Longshot, Wolverine joined the series at Second Genesis, Fantomex showed up during the New X-men title, and Deadpool was never really in the x-men in the first place. It's as though the pictures are only there for Angel's benefit, and that seems kinda...well, rude.

To his credit, though, we are shown what appears to be a room decorated with Psylocke in mind, though that doesn't mean THAT much, considering she's his girlfriend...
 A meditation room?

But the main event in the shots of Cavern X is the...entrance hall? Seriously, I have no idea what that room is supposed to be for. At any rate, check it out:

See? The purpose is kinda ambiguous, other than the fact that it connects to something vaguely garage-like that holds Fantomex's E.V.A.
You'll notice I've affixed numbers to different elements of the above picture. The nerd in my decided to name each of the 'relics' within the picture; relic is the correct word, as they're all items from the x-men's past.
  1. This appears to be a corpse or life-sized model of one of the Brood. They're an alien race that likes to eat and then impersonate other people. Kind of like the Skrull, but with the purpose of finding new sources of sustenance...or something. These guys were popular with the writers around the mid-80s (that's an estimate), and one even took the place of Professor X at one point. 
  2. This one's poorly numbered, but it's a replica of Magneto's helmet. This could be from practically anywhere in the series, and I quite honestly don't know why it's there. Note that the helmet is somehow designed to block telepathy.
  3. Fantomex's E.V.A, as previously mentioned. For those of you not in the know, that's an external nervous system, and it's hollow and flies. Like a little flying saucer. No, I don't know WHY a external nervous system could plausibly be an aircraft, we're just supposed to go with it.  
  4. We're looking at what appears to be one of Sunfire's face masks, and I have noooo idea why. To anyone reading this, feel free to correct me, I'd greatly appreciate it. Here we break from the 'batcave' theme of the cavern- instead of memorabilia from villains they've defeated and their past costumes, here's a face mask from someone who was part of the X-men practically only in theory. Maybe the writer is trying to make some sort of in-joke with the veteran x-title readers, who are, in turn, supposed to feel both impressed and nostalgic. I don't know.
  5. Polaris' original costume. I had to look this one up, and I am very, very ashamed of that. You'd think I'd recognize it, since there's a picture of it sitting in my hard drive in a file I keep of classic x-men costumes (yes, I have a file of classic x-men costumes), but no, I had to look it up. From what I remember, it comes from this weird story in which Lorna is kidnapped and told of her powers or something. I read it a long time ago, and older issues of the X-men are somewhat hard to follow.
  6. Cyclops' original costume, complete with visor. Let's take a moment to remember that Cyclops isn't a member of the X-force, and is probably wondering where that costume went. However, I have a theory, and it revolves around Angel being kinda creepy and occasionally stealing other peoples' things and storing them away in some sort of private vault, possibly to try on when nobody else is around. Ladies and gentlemen, that is a somewhat disturbing concept. Does he run around pretending to have the previous owner's powers, too? Like when he's wearing Cyclops' costume, does he click the visor open and shut and go 'pew pew'?
  7. The original costume of Havok. The strange head-dress with the three bands was incorporated later on.
  8. Dark Phoenix's costume. Herein we realize the existance of a strange pattern in the costumes; two Summers brothers, and their classic romantic interest/long-term partner, with the women's costumes flanking the men's. The thing is, Dark Phoenix's costume is the only one that represents an actual story arc; Polaris' costume was only existant for one or two issues, if I recall correctly. There's so many reasons for these costumes to be present that I don't really see the point in trying to find the best one. I prefer to think that the writer/artist responsible just picked his favourite parts of X-men history and included relics that represented each of them...
  9. ...which makes the giant sentinel head somewhat odd. We can say, with a fair amount of certainty, that it is not the head of the sentinel that destroyed Genosha, therefore it is merely the head of a sentinel. This represents a theme in the series more than a specific epoch, as does Magneto's helmet. The sentinels were a long-standing threat to the X-men's existance throughout their history, as was Magneto, and unlike the Brood (who were only really a big thing for one or two storylines and are brought up every now and again). 
With that, we wrap up this mini-tour of what is merely one of many X-title hideouts over the years. If I've made any mistakes throughout my post, feel free to correct me!

Marvel heroes with X-ray vision

So I'm betting that most of you who read this are aware of the fact that Superman has X-ray vision. Now, how many other characters can you think of that have that power, too? How many of those characters are from Marvel?
I'm asking everyone to find as many Marvel heroes as you can with X-ray vision. Bonus points if they're from the X-men!


Magneto is a...

Over the years, many characters have said many things about Magneto, the illustrious master of magnetism. A lot of these things have been...well, negative. For posterity's sake, and in order to further prove my point in possible future posts, here's some of the aforementioned quotes:

 From Uncanny X-men 200
From Avenger's Academy
 From Children's Crusade, issue 4

Episodes 1&2 of Avengers, Earth's Heroes solved in minutes

By chance, I happened upon the (new?) series Avengers, Earth's Heroes on Youtube, and ended up watching the first and second episodes. I have to admit, the animation is pretty decent, but I'm unsure about the voice actors. Janet comes off as rather shrill, somewhat 70s-house-wife-ish. My fingers are crossed that they'll introduce the Scarlet Witch somewhere in the series.
Back to the point: in the first two episodes, the major villain is someone I'd never heard of, Graviton (from the Thunderbolts, apparently). He came off looking somewhat like Mikhail Rasputin (except without the facial scar) and this confused me immensely...for about two minutes, they explained his origins like right after bringing him into the story. He states that he controls gravity (and with no apparent limits), in like all it's forms; due to my horrible grasp of physics, I don't really comprehend the full implications of this (but I have to admit that my first thoughts were SEND IN MAGNETO. Because Magneto solves everything, he just does). While Thor, Wasp, Ant Man and Iron Man respectively take turns attempting to beat him into submission, Graviton displays the ability to erect a seemingly invincible force shield (of gravity? He's the physicist, not me) to block their attacks; however, he's either kinda slow or doesn't have the ability to create a full-body shield at will, because Wasp keeps zapping away at him...and connecting, while nobody else could.
This raises the possibility of a surprise attack. If someone could creep up (or, rather, fly, since he's a few feet in the air) and take him out, that'd be the end of that. And given the characters currently available in the scene, we have a few options:
1) Nick Fury, who is currently standing on a dock nearby, could take out a gun and shoot the dude. Easiest solution, he wouldn't see it coming- as long as Fury aims somewhere that's not covered by a shield at that exact moment, he'd connect.
2) Wasp could zap him in the ear, possibly puncturing an ear drum, and Iron Man could hit him over the head.
3) While Graviton is distracted with someone else, Iron Man or Thor could fly up behind him and vulcan nerve pinch him. Or break his neck, whatever worked.
THERE. I just saved everyone like 20 minutes.

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Cyclops vs Magneto: a Comparative Character Study

 In a recent piece of promo art for the upcoming event Fear Itself, Cyclops was depicted in Magneto's armor, holding the helmet at his hip. The message therein is so blatantly obvious that to state it would almost be insulting, but can one honestly say that it is accurate? Sure, the two men are arguably both born leaders; however, one is the very model of a general, whereas the other is a zealous radical. While both are said (on multiple occasions) to be at least decently nice people, well, actions speak louder than words.

Cyclops went from being the leader of the X-men to being the leader of (most of) mutantkind, shortly after the Decimation. Actually, I'd like to point out that 'decimation' is NOT an accurate term to describe of the events of M-day. To decimate something is to destroy exactly ten percent of it, and I'm pretty sure a good 70-80% of all mutants were depowered at M-day. Back to the point: Cyclops is a leader, a tactician, and a man of strategy. That being said, he is also an Alpha-level mutant, one that Sinister believes/believed held the key to ultimate power (in his genetics, when combined with that of Jean Grey). I forget how that ended...if it ended. Scott is depicted as attractive, having caught the eye of many powerful women, such as Jean Grey, the Scarlet Witch, and Emma Frost. Disciplined, strong-willed and loyal, you could almost call him the ideal soldier, if not the ideal general. He would fight with everything he had to protect those he loves, and though he tends to be somewhat emotionally remote, he deeply values his friends. Also, the man is pretty good at giving speeches. One of his biggest regrets is not being able to raise his son, Nathan, and instead sending him into the future (where he needed to be for a reason that totally escapes me right now). This caused strife between the two for a number of years (Cable is a time traveler, don't ask), and was eventually reconciled (before the latter's death). Over the years, we've witnessed Cyclops' transformation from the token emo kid into a powerful, capable leader.

Magneto, however, is a terrorist. Brutal, proud, and zealous, he has shown himself capable of cold-blooded murder, among many other violent acts. In his mind, there is nothing more important than mutant supremacy. He is willing to lie, cheat, steal, kill, even die in order to further his ideals. However, it is also true that Magneto can be gentle, forgiving, an intellectual, someone you'd think of as a fantastic teacher of some difficult sort of mathematics, or even ancient history. He's shown to be loving, passionate, and loyal, as well. This is, by no means, odd; nearly everyone has at least a few personality traits that more or less contradict one another- violent and loving, forgiving and vindictive. One can be brutal and gentle, it depends mostly on the situation. If you look at the series closely enough, it's pretty clear that Magneto merely has little opportunity to display his softer side. That being said, Magneto is a terrible father and role model. His children hate him, and with good reason; he has never proven himself as someone they could trust, or rely on. This is displayed very clearly in his past with Quicksilver, who genuinely wished for his father's love and acceptance. He was beaten horribly by his father after the House of M, mere seconds before the Scarlet Witch cast her 'No More Mutants' spell. And while Cyclops may not be father of the year, it's not like we see him trying to kill his own progeny.

In conclusion, to prove a point about Magneto I'll leave you with the testimony of Professor Xavier, from New X-men:


Why Danielle Moonstar needs to lighten the hell up

Anyone else sick of seeing Moonstar run around like a total badass? Seriously, anyone?....No?
Too bad. I, for one, am reeeeally, really tired of Danielle Moonstar. Sure, you could argue that it's not fair that I complain about being sick of her, having gone out of my way to read series she's involved in, but that's coincidental; I just happened to begin my foray into reading comics with the original run of New Mutants, and it seems like whenever a series involves Illyana Rasputin for any length of time, Moonstar ends up in it as well. At any rate, I do have reasons for announcing my distaste, and not all of them can be blamed on bad writing. Well, at least not on one case of bad writing.

Danielle Moonstar started off as a complete ethnic stereotype. On the first three pages of her comic debut, she ends up not only cursing the 'white man', but is seen cuddling with a goddamn cougar for absolutely no real reason. A COUGAR. As of my knowledge, that still hasn't been explained. You don't show a character snuggling up to a ferocious wild beast without proper goddamn explanations! Also, this may be legitimately due to her apparently all-consuming need to constantly express her sense of cultural identity, but throughout the run of New Mutants, Moonstar wore a dress like...twice. Not really a good point, until you consider that the New Mutants went to freaking galas on a regular basis, and the only time I can recall seeing Dani in a dress is when she got kidnapped by Viper (It was a really nice dress, actually). What did she wear to the fancy dress parties? What appeared to be deerskin pantsuits. Ethnically appropriate pantsuits, at any rate. It's not that she didn't like dresses; the young woman made her love for dresses known on at least two occasions.

During the second run of the New Mutants title (later re-named New X-men), Danielle became a teacher at Xavier's. My immediate response to that concept was wondering exactly what she taught, but that's both beside the point and never revealed. It's in this series that Dani displays a fairly worrying lack of self-control and actually ends up causing Necrosha. When trying to recruit Elixir, Dani and her 'team' (then consisting of Wither, Wallflower and Sofia Mantega, if memory serves) end up facing off against a group of Reavers in New York. Wither gets 'carried away' and ends up (almost?) killing one of the attacking Reavers, and Dani, after having made the minimum required effort, decides that the only way she can stop Kevin from killing his assailant is to show him his greatest fear. It turns out that Kevin's greatest fear was accidentally killing everyone he loved (via touch), and Dani's illusion turns him into a sobbing wreck. Throughout the rest of his storyline, Wither is haunted by this vision. At any rate, he apologizes to Dani (in the middle of breaking down into tears) for losing control of himself, and all she can think to do is tell him to 'put his damn gloves on', actually throwing them at his feet in the process. Wither is now effectively cut off from the one person who is supposed to look after him, to mentor him, because she decided to scare the crap out of him instead of, say, distracting him with an image of his greatest desire (that's how her powers work). Later, after Elixir gets in trouble for snapping Magma out of a coma (which led to her fleeing in confusion), Dani yells at him before even attempting to hear anything he has to say ('Amara was like family to me, and now she's gone! GET OUT OF MY SIGHT!').

And then she loses her powers. I have to admit, I was hoping she'd disappear from the series after that, but noooo. She just got guns and did that whole Valkyrie thing again. Good lord, I hated the Valkyrie thing. So now we get to watch her run around like some half-assed rambo-esque action chick? All I can say is wake me when it's over.