Now that the X-Men Power Rankings are completed, I’m sure you’ve noticed a few characters who were omitted from the list. Characters who in current Marvel 616 continuity are either dead, in comic book limbo since the Messiah Complex event began, or have only recently reappeared in comics after the Power Rankings had already begun.

So, here we are with the appendices- a place to briefly discuss these characters who didn’t make the list and where they would have been placed if they had. Let us continue…

astonishingx43Shadowcat: Honestly, I’m surprised no one gave me any flak for leaving Kitty Pryde out of the Rankings. Even so, here’s my reasoning: the Rankings were focused on characters who have appeared during or after the Messiah Complex event. The last time we saw Shadowcat in current continuity was during the Giant Size Astonishing X-Men One-Shot (published right before MC) where she was trapped inside a giant bullet hurtling towards the Earth as a form of doomsday device. Right before impact Kitty activated her powers, turning the weapon intangible and phasing it and herself through the planet. She saved the world, but as a consequence she’s floating through space inside this freakin’ thing and we haven’t seen her since. So there ya go.

bulletPowers: Shadowcat can pass through any solid object by phasing her atoms through the spaces between the atoms of the object she is passing through. Got that? This ability makes Shadowcat intangible and therefore untouchable. She can also walk on air, extend her power to anything and anyone she is touching (which includes her clothes and her friends), disrupt any electrical object by phasing through it, and she’s immune to telepathy while intangible. Kitty is also an expert martial artist and computer technician. Due to her power set had Shadowcat been Power Ranked I would have placed her somewhere between number 12 and number 6.

First Appearance: X-Men #129, 1980.

844241-talyafav_superNocturne: Talia Wagner, the daughter of Nightcrawler and Scarlet Witch of Earth 2182, is one of those characters who is stuck in comic book limbo. She was most recently featured in Chris Claremont’s New Excalibur run which ended in 2007. At that time she had suffered a stroke which essentially rendered her useless to the team. This really had no relevance at all except that it was an obvious attempt to provoke empathy from the reader about a character no one really cared about. Nocturne’s most recent appearance was a brief one in the final issue of New Exiles (also written by Claremont) where she had apparently recovered from her stroke and led the team for awhile in Blink’s absence. That was back in 2008. She would have been Ranked somewhere in the late 60’s because of her health condition and lack of power display.

Powers: Nocturne’s most prominent mutant ability are her Brimstone Hex Bolts. With these bolts she affects probability fields by taking energy from the Brimstone Dimension (which is where Nightcrawler briefly goes when teleporting), creating a finite pocket of reality of disrupting psionic force which upon hitting a target causes a disturbance within them on a molecular level. Talia also has the power of body possession with which she can possess one person for 12 hours within a 24 hour period. Additional powers include heightened agility and reflexes, night vision, and a very low level of telepathy. Oh, and her tail is also retractable.

First Appearance: X-Men: Millennial Visions, 2000 (as a background character) and Blink #4, 2001 (in an actual role).

712878-caliban_00_largeCaliban: This dude bit the bullet hard during Messiah Complex… literally. During a battle with the Reavers, Caliban leapt in front of an array of bullets targeted for teammate Warpath which killed him. So why didn’t he make the Power Rankings you may ask? Because he’s dead you fool! Well, sort of. In the current run of X-Force we saw a zombie version of Caliban who was reanimated via villain Eli Bard’s Transmode Virus. It would appear that this will be the fate for many formerly deceased mutants as the villainess Selene is using them for her own army of mutant zombies. Look for this plot to unfold during the Necrosha story arc in October.

Powers: Caliban can absorb the psionic energy of fear in others around him and convert it into physical strength. At his peak he is able to lift 10 tons. Additionally, Caliban can amplify the fear in others’ minds to a greater degree of intensity, psionically sense any other mutants around him within a 25 mile radius, and he has superhuman speed, enhanced stamina, durability, reflexes, and agility. All things considered though, I would have ranked him somewhere in the 60’s.

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #148, 1981.

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