I’m power ranking all of the X-Men (and former X-Men) who are currently appearing in a comic book or have appeared in a comic since Messiah Complex ended. There are 75 total characters to rank (nearly all are mutants) beginning with the weakest and ending with the strongest.

So what are power rankings? Mostly used to rank sports teams on how well they are playing now, my power rankings are a list of X-Men based on what their power set is in current continuity (or most recent appearance). Other factors that determined a character’s ranking are: what their power potential is, what they’ve already proven they can do (so long as it is still relevant in current continuity), and their over all level of badassness. If you disagree with me that’s totally cool- please leave a civilized comment explaining why. I don’t expect everyone to agree with me, and while I believe this list to be very solid in it’s numbering, I’m interested to hear what you have to say! So let’s check out who is ranked today:

armor#65. Armor: Young Hisako Ichiki is relatively new to the Marvel Universe, but during Messiah Complex she was able to hold her own in battles with the monstrous Predator X and a team of Marauders. She also fought side by side with the X-Men during Secret Invasion, and is currently a main cast member of Astonishing X-Men. Like Shadowcat and Jubilee before her, Armor appears to be Wolverine’s new protege, but her inexperience and lack of offensive power position her at low ranking on this list.

Powers: Hisako can generate Psionic Exo-Armor that grants her increased strength and endurance. The armor significantly increases the power behind her blows and protects her from physical harm. While her armor is able to deflect solid physical matter, we have recently learned that it is not immune to lasers and other forms of light based attacks.

First Appearance: Astonishing X-Men #4, 2004.

hepzibah#64. Hepzibah: A former Starjammer who has only recently joined the X-Men, the cat-like Hepzibah hasn’t been seen recently in any X-titles, earning her this spot in the rankings. After being teleported to Earth against her will by Lilandra, the Mephitisoid has become an asset to the team, helping repel the O*N*E’s renegade Sentinel attack on the mansion during Messiah Complex, and by participating in the ensuing battles fought during that event. While she’s still learning the English language and the way of life of an Earthling, Hepzibah has proven that she can be one savage cat when the switch flips. The feline-humanoid has sparked a romance with fellow X-Man Warpath, however since he has joined X-Force the two haven’t communicated much.

Powers: In addition to being trained in various forms of combat known throughout the Shi’Ar galaxy, Hepzibah has enhanced agility, speed, reflexes, coordination, alertness, balance, sense of smell, and night vision. She also has retractable claws and the ability to release mind/mood altering pheromones. She’s deadly with a pistol and is highly knowledgeable with ship weaponry.

First Appearance:  X-Men #107, 1977.

wondra_costume2#63. Wondra (Jubilee): Jubilee is yet another de-powered mutant who joined the New Warriors, and with them she served as second in command. She was responsible for training the young team and was very vocal about her lack of trust in their team leader, Night Thrasher. It’s evident that Wondra isn’t the punky, happy-go-lucky mall baby we all knew in the 90’s, rather she has become a mature, hard-nosed woman who took her leadership role very seriously. Upon returning home from a futuristic mission with the New Warriors, Jubes disbanded the team of artificially powered super humans. You can start laughing now, but Jubilee was always a favorite of mine and I’d love to see her character develop further into a leadership role.

Powers: As Wondra, she wears a variation of The Wizard’s ‘Wonder Gauntlets’ that provide her with super-human strength, allowing her to lift up to around 1,000 lbs. The Gauntlets also permit her to generate a force field, and anti-gravity generators in her suit give her the ability to fly. The suit can go into ‘Ghost Mode,’ granting Wondra intangibility (like Shadowcat). Before losing her powers on M-Day, Jubilee could generate Energy Plasmoids (which she dubbed ‘fireworks’) in the form of globules that varied in degrees of power and intensity. She also had a form of natural Psionic Shielding that served as a defense against telepathic detection or attack.

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #244, 1989.

cipher#62. Cipher: Alisa Tager is very new to the X-Universe so not much is known about her potential power level. She was first recruited by Jean Grey and Cyclops and apparently has been present with the X-Men for some time, but little has been revealed about her past. As per her request to Cyclops, he has kept her presence on the team a secret. Alisa has helped in keeping this secret by remaining intangible until recently when she revealed herself to the Young X-Men.

Powers: Cipher can Phase through solid matter by making herself intangible and from what I could gather, her power is exactly like Shadowcat’s. Alisa also possesses the power of invisibility, and can make herself be heard only to select individuals if she so desires. She is also psychically invisible – even Emma Frost couldn’t detect her – which has earned her this spot in the rankings.

First Appearance: Young X-Men #8, 2009.

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