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! Enough jibber jabber. Onto the rankings:

decibel#61. Decibel (formerly Chamber): The last de-powered mutant on our list to become a member of the New Warriors, Jonothon (Jono) Starsmore accepted Jubilee’s request to join the team as a means to create instead of destroy. Which doesn’t make sense to me considering he kicked some serious ass while with the New Warriors. After the team disbanded he was seen leaving with Jubilee, the person he was closest to due to their time together with Generation X.

Powers: Jono is de-powered but as Decibel he has Sonic Powers which allow him to fly, create individual force fields around multiple targets, and emit energy blasts from his mouth and hands. Before M-Day Jono was an Omega Level Mutant who possessed Psionic Biokinesis. He was composed of pure psionic energy and didn’t need to eat, drink, or breathe. He could emit a Biokinetic Flame that could strike with concussive force, act as a generic flame, or cause inanimate objects to explode. Since he was made of psionic flame, if it (or he) were somehow snuffed out, Jono would have most likely died. He also had Projection Telepathy which permitted him to ‘speak’ inside the minds of those around him, but not allow him to read minds or probe someone’s thoughts. Jono could also project psionic illusions with this power, and fire Psionic Blasts that would affect a victim’s mind, knocking them unconscious or even killing them.

First Appearance: Generation X #1, 1994.

layla#60. Layla Miller: After being sucked into the future with one of Multiple Man’s dupes during Messiah Complex, we were given the treat of the X-Factor Special: Layla Miller #1 one-shot. In that story we see Layla as a prisoner in the mutant camp that Bishop grew up in, from which she eventually escapes, meeting up with a cyborg Scott Summers and his daughter, Ruby Summers. With them she helped incite what became known as the Summers Rebellion against humanity. Layla didn’t appear again until recently in X-Factor, returning to Earth 616 a fully grown woman with ‘things.’ She pulls a reluctant, yet overjoyed, Jamie Madrox into the future with her where she introduces Ruby and the cyborg Cyclops to her mentor and newly established lover. It is now clear that Jamie and Layla are very much in love.

Powers: Layla has the gift of Quantum Precognition, with which she can see paths of causality to their ultimate conclusion, allowing her to alter events or prevent a foreseen outcome. She is also able to see the ‘true reality’ and view a person’s complete history. Layla’s immunity to reality warping permitted her to retain her true memories when Scarlet Witch used her powers to create a new world during House of M. The negative effect of her powers are that if Miller ‘spills the beans’ on what she sees, she would be stuck in a dead spot and her powers would rebound back to her. Despite ‘knowing things’ Layla, like Blindfold and Destiny who have a similar power, isn’t useful in a fight. Due to that fact she gets this spot in the rankings.

First Appearance: House of M #4, 2005.

Blink#59. Blink: Until this past April, Clarice Ferguson hasn’t been seen in a comic since Exiles ended at issue #100 back in February of 2008. Presently she leads a new team of Exiles made up of alternate reality versions of the Scarlet Witch, Beast, Forge, Polaris, and Black Panther. The relaunch is only 2 issues young and we haven’t seen much of anything in the way of fighting from Blink, so as a result of that and her prolonged absence, our favorite pink mutant gets kicked back a bit in the rankings.

Powers: Clarice has the ability of Bio-Molecular Spacial Dispacement, meaning that she can displace matter through a type of teleportation rift appearing as blinking holes, enabling her to move an object- or people- various distances and displace matter out of sync with reality. In short, she can teleport herself and a group of people practically anywhere. She can also ‘blink’ people or objects without reassembling them properly, catching them in a portal and temporarily splitting them into pieces. Energy can be manifested from her portals into the form of javelins which she can throw at an object and cause it to teleport. She can also send targets to multiple places at once.

First Appearance: X-Men: Alpha #1, 1995.

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