Poor, poor Quentin Quire. As of Wolverine and the X-men: Alpha and Omega, his character has officially been ruined, and he's doomed to be depicted as that one pretty smart 'rebellious' kind in High School who calls other people sheep. Not that I ever liked the guy or anything, but at least he was somewhat complex before.
X-man, however, seems to be doing really well- he's dropped some of the angst I found to be endemic within his self-titled series, and has new friends and a new home as part of the New Mutants. He's calmer, more mature, and despite being knocked back to basic telekinesis (for the moment) he seems remarkably well-adjusted. His character is being handled quite well, and I for one am looking forward to seeing what the writers have in store for him in the future.
Now, for those of you who don't remember (and it makes me kind of sad that I do...), here are Kid Omega and X-man's powers, respectively:
- Omega-level telepath
- Super-human intellect
- Hyper-intellect (he thinks really, really fast)
- Has a pink pseudo-hawk and dresses like a British hipster
FEATS: Quentin has:
+ created a replica of Magneto's psi-blocking helmet from instructions 'on the internet'
+ invented fully-functional anti-gravity floaters for No-girl, seemingly in his free time
+ subconsciously influenced classmates to form a gang with him and start a riot at Xavier's (yeah, Wolverine, great sort of person to bring to your new school...)
+ managed to telepathically neutralize Wolverine, apparently effortlessly, within seconds at said riot
+ been a host of the Phoenix Force
+ become a being of pure psychic energy
- Omega-level telepath and telekinetic
- Has travelled to different dimensions, has knowledge of the future
- Is a member of the Summers family tree
FEATS: Nate has:
+ turned himself into a being of pure psychic energy and successfully possessed Norman Osborn for an impressive amount of time
+ ripped a psychic being out of the astral plane, something which was thought to be impossible
+ learned how to fully utilize the astral plane
+ too much more to list in an expedient fashion.
The premise- Nate as he was around the end of his titular series; powerful and young and still very new to our mainstream reality, but with skill he's developed over the years and the unprecedented strength of the ultimate Summers scion. Quentin around the time of his brief appearance in Nation X, still incorporeal. Under unspecified circumstances Nate returns Quentin to his physical body and is charged with reining in the troublesome young telepath. Two young mutants with extraordinary abilities and uncharted potential, both powerful telepaths, both tend to not work well in X-teams (to say the least in Quentin's case). Out on their own, doing....stuff - be it aiding those in peril, conducting panty raids, fighting the good fight, or just playing Unreal Tournament together.
Nate has an inherent nobility and sense of justice that would allow him to function as a sort of moral compass and positive influence. Quentin is cruel and arrogant, but he's shown himself to be just as uncertain and emotionally unsure as anyone his age, and has displayed the ability to care for others. There's practically no limit to what Nate can teach Quentin, and given the right circumstances the two could work together to be an almost ridiculous powerhouse that could pretty much do anything they wanted.
Quentin is full of himself, but will he be able to keep up his air of superiority around someone who is so much more powerful than he is? Can Nate's telepathy even affect Quentin (he has a 'see-through (aka transparent)' mind, or so we're told)? Will the two form an unlikely teacher/pupil bond and become great friends and develop into better-adjusted people? Will Nate influence Quentin to become a better, kinder person, or will Quentin cause Nate to become less sympathetic towards humankind?
Nope. Because there's no way in hell Marvel will ever, ever write any of this!