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 want to hear your thoughts! The roaring 20’s continue:

magik#27. Magik: Illyana is a difficult character to rank because the current incarnation of her isn’t technically even human. Essentially, she is a living embodiment of the lingering essence and memories that the original Illyana left behind in Limbo reformed via a spell cast by Belasco. Got that? When she first returned as a result of this spell, it was in the form of Darkchylde (a power hungry demon), not the cute lovable Illyana Rasputin. However, she is still treated by everyone as if she were the original, and while her character was a power house in the X-Infernus story line (commanding armies of Demons in an attempt to find the Bloodstone Amulet which contains a piece of her soul), her current appearances in the new series New Mutants haven’t really catered to this idea. Her current M.O. is to regain her soul and at the request of Cyclops and her brother Colossus, she has decided to remain with the New Mutants for the time being. In the first two issues of the series she hasn’t done much except run around looking confused, helpless, and essentially useless. If I had done these ranking after Infernus, she’d be much higher, but given her current lack of doing anything significant, she gets this spot. (Special thanks to my buddies over at Comic Collector Live for the assist on this one!)

Powers: Illyana can mentally control Stepping Discs which allow her to teleport from one location to another. Since these Discs are a part of Limbo, she must stop there as a midpoint between her first location and the destined endpoint. She has used this ability to travel continents and even as far as interplanetary and intergalactic distances on occasion. She can also use this ability to travel through time. Magik is the Sorceress Supreme in Limbo, being all powerful there and having control of a unique blend of black and white magic. While outside of Limbo, however, her power is severely limited as Illyana is only able to cast simple spells. While on Earth Magik has mystical armor that forms upon her the more she uses her magical powers, and she can detect the presence of mystical beings and objects, summon a soulsword, and has psionic shields which protect her from psychic attacks. The drawbacks to Illyana’s magical powers are that the more she uses them apart from Limbo, the more she begins to look like a demon, sprouting horns, a tail, etc. Also, whenever she employs the use of dark magic she runs the risk of spontaneously changing into Darkchylde.

First Appearance: Giant Size X-Men #1, 1975.

yngxm011-01#26. Dust: I had originally ranked Sooraya Qadir in the top 20 because given her power she is virtually indestructible and can destroy essentially anything. However the final issues of Young X-Men proved otherwise as Magma blasted her, turning Sooraya into a statue of glass. Dust was able to reform herself from this state, but only partially- her body was still slowly reverting back to the glass form, and once it reached completion would ultimately kill her. Thanks to Ink, she was brought back to life, but is still groggy and recovering from returning from the dead. A future timeline story in Young X-Men shows that this revival has the potential to corrupt Dust’s soul, turning her against her own kind at some point in the years to come. She is currently in comic book limbo and has yet to appear since Young X-Men ended, so I had to bump her back a bit.

Powers: A devout Sunni of the Muslim faith, Dust has the ability to convert herself into a destructive sand blast and then reassemble the particles back into her human form. While in her sand form Sooraya can move at high velocities, shredding steel and bone alike, is resistant to telepaths, has enhanced durability, and is resistant to magic. Her weaknesses are wind and water while in dust form, and as recently revealed, flame.

First Appearance: New X-Men #133, 2002.

magma#25. Magma: Amara Aquilla is currently appearing in the series, New Mutants, and before that she played a role in Young X-MenNew Mutants is only on issue #2, so she hasn’t had much of a chance to show her power potential, but in Young X-Men Magma cooks the mutant Dust, bringing out her weakness by melting her sand form into glass. If Magma wanted to, she could cause some serious damage given her power set.

Powers: Magma’s Geokinesis allows her to psionically control the movement of tectonic plates within the Earth’s crust by creating earthquakes that span the radius of a few blocks. She is also a Pyrokinetic, giving her the ability to create flames and project blasts of heat or magma, reaching temperatures of 850 degrees fahrenheit. By causing magma to rise and burst through the Earth’s crust, Amara can create localized volcanoes. She can also turn into her ‘magma form’ which results in her body being encompassed with flame. Magma can only blast fire when in this form, and she is immune to all types of flame attacks. Her powers are also linked to her emotions, so if she were to get angry the possibility exists that she could unintentionally cause major earthquakes or volcanic activity. She is also a skilled swordsman and is simultaneously healed when touched by some sort of heat substance.

First Appearance: New Mutants #8, 1983.

deadpool#24. Deadpool: Talk about a fan favorite, Wade Wilson presently has his own solo title and mini series, plus he is appearing in the X-Force/Cable crossover event, Messiah War. In Messiah War he is fighting on the side of good, helping the X-Men take down Stryfe. Even though the story in X-Force takes place 800 years in the future, Wade survived all of those years as a prisoner in a tiny room (unlike the other X-Men who time jumped), waiting for the day to make his escape. To be blunt, Deadpool is bad ass.

Powers: Deadpool is one tough S.O.B. He has a Regenerative Healing Factor comparable to Wolverine’s, except that to a certain extent Wade’s is mentally driven as opposed to subconsciously. His body is highly resistant to drugs and toxins, and is immune to all types of diseases and infections. He’s immune to telepaths, has enhanced stamina, agility, and reflexes, and can lift up to 800 pounds. Wade has been known to run up to 30 miles per hour. Deadpool’s most kick ass quality is that while he may be able to be subdued, he has established a relationship with the personification of Death in the Marvel Universe, and to the chagrin of many, is unable to die. He’s also a superb fighter having mastered numerous fighting styles, is a highly capable assassin, and can tactfully wield any weapon- especially his snarky mouth.

First Appearance: New Mutants #98, 1991.