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Shen Xorn was created by Chuck Austen and Salvador Larroca and first appeared in X-Men #157.

Character Evolution

In Grant Morrison's critically acclaimed and revolutionary New X-Men run, a new character was introduced called Xorn. Xorn was eventually revealed to be the X-Men's greatest foe Magneto who had infiltrated the X-Men and made a complete mockery of Xavier's dream and naivety before launching an enormous attack on New York City. Marvel were unhappy with the portrayal of Magneto, presenting him as blatantly having fell from grace and entirely remorselessly evil, and disliked getting rid of the Xorn character who had proved popular. Immediately after Grant Morrison departed, writers Chris Claremont and Chuck Austen set about retconning what had happened. To this end, Claremont revealed Magneto was alive and Xorn was not Magneto but a delusional imposter, whereas Austen introduced Shen Xorn, Xorn's twin brother, to explain Xorn's status and also fill Marvel's desires of keeping Xorn around. Ironically, Shen Xorn almost immediately fell into limbo after Austen left the book a few issues later and the character never made an appearance again. The only reference to Shen Xorn since was the acknowledgement that he was one of the many de-powered mutants in Decimation, as his name was shown on a S.H.I.E.L.D. database.

Major Story Arcs

Shen Xorn turned up after the original Xorn was killed by Wolverine. Claiming to be Xorn's twin brother and that his brother was being controlled by Sublime, Shen was taken into the X-Men's care until they could determine the truth. This was confirmed by Emma Frost when she telepathically read his mind. Xorn later saved the X-Men from the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants being led by Exodus by opening his helmet and lets out a black hole from his head. He was later affected by M-Day, thus became depowered.

Alternate Earths

Earth-1610 (Ultimate Marvel)

The Xorn brothers are leaders of the Celestials and Eternals in the Ultimate Universe.

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