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. Lets get started!

Hope_Summers_in_Messiah_War_one-shotHope Summers: I didn’t include Hope because we know practically nothing about her. Sure, in current continuity she has been dubbed the last hope for mutantkind while contrarily in Bishop’s future she’s the reason for mutankind’s demise, but we know nothing for sure. That ambiguity made her difficult to rank accurately despite her showing some promise in the Cable series (where Nathan is charged with keeping her alive while Bishop aims to kill her) and in the recent Messiah War event, but it’s way too soon to tell. If I had to put her somewhere, I suppose she’d rank last because currently she’s just a helpless little kid. Oh, and before you start freaking out about her last name, it’s Summers because Cable is practically her adopted father.

Powers: Like I said, we don’t know much about them, but what we do know is that when she was born Cerebro blew up and when Rogue touched her as a baby she survived without any incident and actually purged Rogue of her absorbed memories and powers, setting her back to her original power setting. She’s also learned how to fight as well as various survival techniques from her time spent with Cable.

First Appearance: X-Men #205, 2008.

jeanJean Grey Summers: Considering I only ranked X-Men who are currently alive, Jean obviously couldn’t make the cut. However, if she were still kicking she’d easily clock in at #1. Sorry Emma, but the truth hurts.

Powers: Jean is an incredibly powerful telepath who also has the ability of telekinesis, possessing all of the abilities that go with those two powers. She’s the Phoenix Force avatar (Phoenix, Dark Phoenix, White Phoenix), making her a cosmic entity that never seems to die. Yeah, you don’t fuck with Jean. I’m not going to get into detail about her powers because if you don’t know them already, you have some serious reading to do!

First Appearance: X-Men #1, 1963.

148085-116060-ch-od_largeCh’od: I have no good reason, but I really dig Ch’od as a character. Still, I had to leave our alien buddy out of the Rankings because while he may currently be running around with Havok, Polaris, and Rachel Summers he isn’t technically a member of the X-Men- he’s a Starjammer. Due to this reason, I omitted him from the Rankings. If he did make the cut, considering how he was withstanding Shi’ar torture to the point of laughing at it in X-Men: Kingbreaker, I would have put him somewhere in-between Deadpool (#25) and Warpath (#32).

Powers: Ch’od can breathe under water, swim really fast, has super strength, stamina, speed, and durability. He’s also an excellent marksman, fighter, and swordsman.

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #104, 1977. Notice how it’s the same year Star Wars was released? Seems like Marvel was trying to capitalize on the craze by doing a sci-fi epic of their own.

200px-RazaLongknife001Raza Longknife: I omitted Raza from the Rankings for the same reason as Ch’od- he’s a Starjammer not an X-Man. Plus, we’re not really sure if he’s even alive right now given how X-Men: Kingbreaker ended, but if he were and I had Ranked him, he’d clock in somewhere between Domino (#47) and Sage (#40).

Powers: Raza is an alien cyborg and as such he has cybernetic strength, speed, endurance, reflexes, and a cybermorphic hand blade which comes in handy with his superior sword skills. He’s also an expert marksman and hand to hand combatant. Raza’s cyborg eye grants him enhanced cyberoptics and computer-guided movements. He’s basically a space pirate/ninja hybrid.

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #107, 1977.

wizarduniverse_2064_1481821826Lilandra Neramani: You should get the gist by now with these space characters- just like Ch’od and Raza, while Lilandra, the Shi’ar Princess, has a definite history with the X-Men she technically isn’t one of them. Plus, Darkhawk recently killed her in War of Kings so she didn’t meet the criteria to get ranked anyway. I’d put her somewhere within #57 (Siryn) and #52 (Hellion).

Powers: Lilandra’s powers are those of superior leadership qualities than anything else. Although she does have superhuman strength and limited telepathic abilities. She’s also an expert pilot and politician and can wield any Shi’ar energy weapon with ease.

First Appearance: X-Men #97, 1976.

Stay tuned for more appendices!

Here were are, the #1 pick of my X-Men Power Rankings. It took us long enough, but we’ve finally reached our destination. The chosen character is in my opinion, the most powerful and bad ass the current X-Men have to offer. Be sure to read to the end of this post as therein contains a special announcement concerning the Rankings. So, here goes…

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! Here she is, Number One:

emma12#1. Emma Frost: That’s right, Emma tops our list of most powerful X-Men in current Marvel continuity and for many reasons. Like Cyclops, she’s a natural born leader- from the Hellfire Club to the Hellions to Gen X to the New X-Men to the Uncanny X-Men to the Dark X-Men, Emma Frost has a tactical mind like no other, and with her telepathic powers she possesses the ability to lead a people. Many of you are probably thinking that her current leadership role with the Dark X-Men, her involvement with Norman Osborn’s Cabal, and the name change to the Black Queen is evidence that Emma has betrayed the X-Men. I don’t think that is necessarily the case, and as bits and pieces of the Utopia story line unfold, it seems more and more to me that she and Cyclops are in it together- Emma serving as a mole in Osborn’s operations while Cyke continues with business as usual on the outside. Here are some observations that support this theory; Cyclops has been anything but upset with Emma’s ‘defection.’ It would make sense to me that he would be more frustrated or shocked at her move to join Osborn as opposed to patient and calm about it. Second, Emma stopped Daken from beating on Hellion and even told her Dark X-Men to use non-lethal force when subduing mutant protesters. This supports the idea that she hasn’t gone nuts and is thinking very rationally, and a rationally thinking Emma just doesn’t switch sides on a whim. Finally, she was sticking it to Osborn in Dark Avengers #7 (Utopia part III) by asking him pressure filled questions that put him in the hot seat. This behavior shows that she doesn’t trust Norman… so why would she turn on her friends and family for him? It makes no damn sense. Concerning her power level, Emma has taken down Xavier in a battle of the minds before (most recently in X-Men Legacy), answering the question as to who’s the more powerful telepath on the X-Men and why she beats him out in our rankings. The woman is tough as nails, a strong leader with unmatchable cunning and wit. She deserves this #1 spot of the X-Men Power Rankings.

Powers: Emma Frost’s power potential as a telepath is a significant factor for her being ranked #1. Her diamond form helps too, but she is one of the most powerful telepaths of mutantkind, second only to Jean Grey (when not dead). As a telepath Emma can project blasts of psionic energy, broadcast and receive thoughts, mind-control, mind switch (where she can enter the emma13consciousness of another living being and control their body as if it were her own), alter perceptions and memories, perform psychometry (the ability to obtain information about an individual through physical contact with the person or one of their belongings), and she can induce mental pain through touch. A unique skill Emma has over other telepaths is that she has absolute control over individual brain functions which allows her to manipulate their physical form- meaning that she can control her nervous system, the speed in which her injuries are healed, and even repair the harshest of disabilities. Emma’s secondary mutation allows her to transform into organic diamond, granting her superhuman strength (she can lift up to 2 tons), enhanced stamina (considering it’s virtually impossible for her muscles to tire in this form given how they don’t produce any lactic acids being solid diamond), super durability- she needs no food, water, or air in diamond form, and she can resist temperatures as hot as 7, 362 degrees and as cold as -320 degrees Fahrenheit. She can only transform her entire body into diamond (not select parts like Iceman’s ability with ice), and if rendered unconscious her body would revert back to its normal state. However, like a real diamond, Frost can be shattered if struck in a certain flawed area, and while in this form she is unable to use her telepathic abilities. Emma is also an expert technician (having developed devices that amplify psionic energy), practically unbeatable on the astral plane, and a master seductress.

First Appearance: X-Men #129, 1980.

So there you have it- a complete power rankings of the currently active X-Men! I hope you enjoyed this special feature here at Comic Impact, and if you feel like you’re going to go through mutant withdrawal, worry not my friends. I have planned for you a special ‘appendix’ for the Power Rankings which will feature those characters who didn’t make our list because they’re either dead, in comic book limbo and not in a current X-book, or have recently reappeared but after I had already begun the rankings and completed the list.

So stay tuned to MintConditionPublishing.com as I present to you the X-Men Power Rankings Appendix!

Here we are, in the middle of the Top 3 Power Rankings and only one number away from numero uno! It took us long enough but we’re about to rank the best of the absolute best the X-Men have to offer. So brace yourself. Things are getting intense!

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! So anyway, here is number 2:

cyclops#2. Cyclops: Think back to the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s when Scott Summers was Professor Xavier’s ‘yes man’ boy scout. A time when he was the hall monitor of the X-Men, the goody-two-shoes of mutantkind. Well, picture that time and then forget about it because in 2009 Cyclops is hands down the most bad ass X-Man on the roster. He has stones of steel and only one thing on his mind; preserving mutantkind as a race and going to whatever lengths necessary to do so. He has readily become the lighthouse for mutants everywhere, and is unofficially the new leader of everyone with the X-gene. For more reasons why Cyclops is hardcore and deserving of the #2 spot, click here and read the detailed article I wrote about him.

Powers: Cyke’s power, as I’m sure we all know, is to emit a concussive ruby colored energy blast (or optic beam) from his eyes. As the result of a childhood injury, his control over the beams is very limited, which is why he has to wear a visor (or sunglasses) made of ruby quartz to prevent them from escaping while his eyes are opened. However, in Joss Whedon’s run of Astonishing X-Men, there was a brief time where Cyclops had control of his beams which allowed him to fully open his eyes without them escaping. Since the conclusion of that story arc though, this idea has not been touched upon. The blasts do not harm him, and the thin membrane of his eyelids is enough to stop the emission of energy (of course, with his eyes closed he cannot see) from busting loose. Scott’s eyes act as a valve control for the width of his beams, meaning if he squints they will be more finely tuned than if his eyes are wide open. The visor he wears makes this job easier for him. The narrowest beam he can generate is the width of a pencil that can travel 4 feet with the concussive force of 2 pounds per square inch. His broadest beam is about 90 feet which can travel 50 feet with the force of 10 pounds per square inch. Cyclops’ most powerful optic blast is 4 feet across which from 50 feet away has a concussive impact of 500 pounds per square inch! After the distance of 2,000 feet his beam becomes ineffective. Also, if he were to blast away for a solid 15 minutes, he would become fatigued, causing the beam to be temporarily non-functional and forcing him to ‘recharge’ his power. There is speculation that Scott has yet to use his optic beams at their full potential- partly because of how dangerous it could be, and partly because he doesn’t have full control over them. Tony Stark once recorded that his energy output is well over 2 giga-watts- more powerful than a nuclear reactor. When in combat, Scott is attuned to his environment in such a way that he can see angles clearly with which to blast an opponent or have his beams ricochet in his favor. He is also a natural leader, stand out pilot, master tactician, and a very capable hand to hand fighter- in the past he’s stood toe to toe with the likes of Wolverine and Ghost Rider. Cyclops is also Havok and Vulcan’s brother.

First Appearance: X-Men #1, 1963.

Here we are, the Top 3! It took us long enough but we’re about to rank the best of the absolute best the X-Men have to offer. So brace yourself. Things are getting intense!

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! Enough already- let’s start the Top 3:

xavier1#3. Charles Xavier: Notice how I omitted the ‘Professor’ from his name? Well, considering Charlie baby isn’t teaching anymore I deemed it appropriate. Originally I didn’t even have Chuck ranked in the Top 15 because not only did Cyclops kick him off of the X-Men (for good reasons), but he had his head blown open at the end of Messiah Complex and when Exodus brought him back to life in X-Men Legacy, he seemed to take a severe hit in his power level which accompanied a fractured memory. Xavier has also become a man who has lost his way and is trying to desperately discover who he is as a person. However, the events of X-Men Legacy #225 swayed my opinion of his power status when Xavier literally marched into the base of the Acolytes, easily dismantling the traps and security systems. Then, without a single attack from either side, he convinced Exodus, Omega Sentinel, Random, and all of the other Acolytes to disband for the betterment of mutantkind. Wow. Plus in previous issues of Legacy he tamed the living embodiment of the Danger Room-Danger, manipulated Juggernaut even with his psi-shielded helmet on, cleared the remnants of Mystique from Rogue’s psyche, and helped her to finally control her absorption powers. Sure, in the current Utopia storyline Charles is a drooling vegetable and prisoner of Norman Osborn, but for now, I won’t hold that against him as he otherwise seems to be back to his old self… and he can walk!

Powers: Chuck is one of the most powerful telepaths on the planet (but one person trumps him), and as such he can read minds and project his thoughts into the minds of others within a 250 mile radius, create telepathic illusions, telepathically mask his presence (and those around him) from others, as well as change his perceived physical appearance. Xavier also has the ability to place large amounts of information into someones mind or alter their memory, control the minds of others or mentally possess their bodies to use as his own, cause memory loss, and he can sense the presence of nearby mutants. As a form of defense Xavier can create a psychic shield around himself (and those nearby), and for offense he can project psionic blasts that have the power to incapacitate or even kill. What’s really bad ass about Charlie is that he has the ability to transfer his mind and powers into another host body in-case he was ever killed. He is also a natural genius, is skilled at creating equipment to enhance psionic powers (like Cerebro and Cerebra), and is trained by the U.S. Military (he fought in Korea) as an expert fighter. Not to mention that Charles’ dark side has come to light recently as he’s not someone to be f-ed with.

First Appearance: X-Men #1, 1963.

Holy cats- we’re at the Top 5! Wow. It seems like only yesterday we started counting down from number 75. I honestly feel that these 5 remaining mutants who close out the power rankings are the most powerful and bad ass that the X-Men have to offer. So brace yourself. Things are about to get intense!

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! So toss out your satellite dish because here comes:

cable5#4. Cable: I can imagine a lot of you out there are scratching your heads with this one. You’re probably thinking, “Didn’t Cable lose his powers? So how in the hell can he rank in at #4 of these power rankings?” That’s a great question, and here’s the answer: Cable was THE MAN assigned the job of protecting the Messiah Child, the last hope for mutant kind- the little girl fittingly named Hope. Not Wolverine, not Storm or even Cyclops- Cable. For that reason, he makes the Top 5 of our rankings. Sure, he may have a techno-organic virus that is slowly killing him, lost most of his TK powers, and can’t travel back in the time stream due to his equipment being busted, but apparently, right before the virus kills Cable, it makes him invincible. In current continuity he’s at that point right now, so perfect timing right?

Powers: In Cable #10, Nathan Summers (that’s Cable’s real name F.Y.I.) states that his powers have faded to nothing since brawling with the Silver Surfer when they were at an all time high. He used to have telepathy and telekinesis (including all of the abilities that accompanied those powers), although in the recent Messiah War, he was able to shield the minds of his teammates, and most importantly Hope, from the mental view of the villainous Stryfe. This was evidence that Nathan still possessed a flicker of his telepathic powers, and he has shown to have a fraction of his telekinetic abilities as well, but is forced to use them on keeping the techno-organic virus in his body at bay. However, given how this virus seems to be spreading, one can only assume that Cable is seriously losing his grip on his mutant abilities. This virus is made up of the bionics and cybernetics that mainly reside in his left side, as his skeletal structure is slowly being replaced by marrow-filled organic metalloid bone replacements, essentially turning him into a machine (and hence the reason why he is losing his powers and becoming more invulnerable). As a result of the techno-organics he has enhanced stamina, speed, agility, strength (with his cybernetic arm), and dexterity. His cybernetic eye allows him to see into the electromagnetic spectrum and visualize psionic energy. Cable can rapidly repair any damaged components within his body and even upgrade his cybernetic parts. He is also a genius, a master technician, and one helluva master combatant. Plus he has a shit ton of big ass guns. I wouldn’t F with him, and neither should you.

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #201, 1986 (as a baby) and New Mutants #87, 1990 (as an adult).

Holy cats- we’re at the Top 5! Wow. It seems like only yesterday we started counting down from number 75. I honestly feel that these 5 remaining mutants who close out the power rankings are the most powerful and bad ass that the X-Men have to offer. So brace yourself. Things are about to get intense!

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! Now onto my favorite comic book character of all time:

Iceman#5 Iceman: Bobby Drake gets next to no props in the Marvel Universe, but that isn’t the case with our list of power rankings. Sure Iceman has been pretty quiet since Messiah Complex- all he did was rescue a displaced group of New X-Men in the Blackbird. Pixie had teleported them all in random spots throughout the state in order to escape an assault from The Reavers. Drake was also featured in a short side story in Manifest Destiny where he got the closure he needed for his tattered relationship with Mystique. He also made a brief appearance in the current Utopia story (and hopefully his role will increase), but the reason why he ranks so high on our list is because of his power potential. Bobby is an Omega Level mutant and is virtually indestructible. Just check out his power set.

Powers: Magneto may be able to pull the iron out of your body, but Iceman can freeze your water molecules. Yeah. Imagine that- having your molecular structure frozen solid… talk about freezing to death! To be more technical, Iceman has the power of Thermokinesis which allows him to lower his internal and external body temperature, projecting intense coldness from his body. His body tissue is unaffected by the cold, and he can reach absolute zero and lower within a few tenths of a second. As his body temperature reduces, the surrounding moisture in the air that is in contact with his body is also lowered, resulting in the icy covering around him. When he moves, this covering cracks and breaks, but it instantaneously reformed around his skin. However, his secondary mutation has given him the awesome ability to completely turn into organic ice, and the effects of this are very extreme. In this form he becomes translucent and virtually indestructible; he can reform if shattered and can survive incineration or any other form of destruction. Provided there is at least a single molecule of moisture in his general vicinity, Iceman cannot be killed. He also uses this form to create spikes, shields, and extra appendages. Bobby can even ‘liquify’ himself, giving him the ability to instantly travel through bodies of water by fusing himself with the liquid- much like an electrical current passes through a metal wire. This ability also gives him the power to fuse that water with himself, making him gigantic in size and strength. He can even transform into water vapor and remain conscious with full access to his mutant powers.

There’s more. Bobby can be selective and choose to freeze certain parts of his body at a time while others remain unfrozen. He can freeze the blood flow in another living being, and can even transform people into a form of water vapor and then reverse the process as a form of teleportation. Due to the absence of heat around him, Iceman can see heat signatures and freeze any form of moisture (even if it’s in the air) into solid ice, molding it into the shape of his choosing, being limited only by his imagination. Bobby doesn’t need to be in direct physical contact with anything to freeze it, all he needs to do is direct his projected waves of coldness in specific ways, creating the shape he desires. This is how he is able to create his trademark ice slides. Bobby is also a highly trained accountant.

Yeah, Iceman is bad ass.

First Appearance: X-Men #1, 1963.

Here we are, set to kick off the Top 10! Wow. It seems like only yesterday we started counting down from number 75. I honestly feel that the following 10 mutants who close out these power rankings are the most powerful and bad ass that the X-Men have to offer. So brace yourself. Things are about to get intense!

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! Here’s #6:

storm#6. Storm: Ororo Munroe is one bad ass woman. While absent from Messiah Complex, she was later featured in her own mini series, X-Men: Worlds Apart, where she (once again) takes down the Shadow King. Storm is currently in Astonishing X-Men, and questions the morality of Cyclops’ new ‘strike first, ask questions later’ mentality. She ranks so high on our list here because yes, her powers are amazing, but forgetting about them for a moment, she is also the Queen of Wakanda and one formidable hand to hand combatant without using her powers. Aside from Wolverine and X-23, I can’t think of any X-Men more suitable for one on one fights than Ororo. Yeah sure, she dropped Callisto way back when but more recently in Astonishing X-Men #29 she is without her powers (due to a dampening field) and armed only with a knife, yet she still manages to kick the crap out of a disgusting mutant monster who is at least three times her size. The Weather Witch is not to be messed with, and she gets the respect she deserves here.

Powers: When it boils down to it, Storm’s powers are best described as psionic control over energy patterns that mainly deal with weather manipulation due to her being highly in tune with nature and the elements. She can create tornadoes, blizzards, deafening thunderstorms, fly via air currents, flash freeze things almost instantly, summon lightning bolts, manipulate air pressure, cause hurricanes, floods, and can even hone her powers so well that she’s able to control the air in a persons lungs, etc., etc. Think of a weather condition and Storm can create it! However, she can only manipulate weather patterns in places where they naturally exist, meaning she couldn’t end a drought by summoning a tidal wave. Despite her powers being limited to her environment, even in space she can harness solar winds taken from the energy of a nearby star, and her lightning is almost always on hand. Storm can choose to command the weather by vocal command, as if it were her personal army, through a psychic bond between herself and the primal force of Earth’s atmosphere. This is why she sometimes enters into a narrative during combat, as she communicates with the Earth on a spiritual level. Ororo is unaffected by the weather conditions she creates, but for others, she has to dissipate the effects at will and depending on the intensity of the ‘storm’, the caused conditions can sometimes be difficult for her to negate. The danger with her powers is that they are partially dependent on her emotional state, meaning that if she were to fly into a rage, her powers could go out of control and wreak havoc on the surrounding environment. As learned through her many confrontations with the Shadow King, Storm’s abilities do not work in the spirit world as they are contained within her body. Ororo also has irrefutable willpower, is an accomplished Gardner, a master thief, and is highly claustrophobic.

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

Here we are, chipping away at the Top 10! Wow. It seems like only yesterday we started counting down from number 75. I honestly feel that the following 10 mutants who close out these power rankings are the most powerful and bad ass that the X-Men have to offer. So brace yourself. Things are about to get intense!

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! After seeing these next two, I’m expecting some angry comments:

darwin#8. Darwin: This one is probably going to shock a lot of people, and understandably so because unless you’re reading X-Factor or have read X-Men: Deadly Genesis by Ed Brubaker (who created him) you have no clue who the hell Armando Munoz is. All I’ll say is this: Read his power set below and tell me how you could rank him any lower than #8. I’m all ears.

Powers: Darwin is an Omega-Level Mutant whose ability is defined as Instantaneous Adaptation. This means that he has the power to adapt to any harmful situation by continually evolving, letting his powers subconsciously (and involuntarily) protect him. His power is reactive, adjusting his capabilities to his environment. So if he were to be trapped underwater, he would grow gills; if he were to be in total darkness, he’d develop night vision; if he were gassed, his lungs would adapt to the poisoned air, etc. The only thing preventing Darwin from ranking even higher on this list is that when it comes to combat, he isn’t the best fighter. As time goes on, I’m sure that this will change.

First Appearance: X-Men: Deadly Genesis #2, 2006.

wolverine36b#7. Wolverine: Wolverine is spotlighted in a bunch of stuff right now in the Marvel Universe; he’s leading X-Force, hunting Romulus (the guy who has apparently been controlling him his entire life), is a member of the New Avengers, and can be found spending time with the Astonishing and Uncanny X-Men. How he does all of this at one time is beyond me, but despite statements that he’s getting old from his leader Cyclops (Astonishing X-Men), his clone X-23 (X-Force), and his son Daken (Wolverine), without a doubt Wolvie is one tough bad ass. I’m sure lots of people will be up in arms that he isn’t ranked higher, but to be blunt, all of the mutants that follow him on our list could take him. Just wait and see.

Powers: Let the laundry list begin: Wolverine has a regenerative healing factor which allows him to replace lost tissue, muscle, and limbs within a matter of minutes. This power also works in healing psychological wounds from violent acts, often resulting in amnesia. Logan’s healing factor also grants him superhuman stamina, a slow aging process (he’s well over 100 years old), and considerable immunity to elemental extremes. He’s immune to diseases and toxins (hence the reason why he can drink so much beer), and has incredibly acute senses allowing him to track virtually anyone (or anything) with just one whiff of their scent. He can see at great distances with clarity, has night vision, and can lift up to around 2 tons. Wolvie can run up to 30 mph and has enhanced agility and reflexes. His trademark is probably the three bone claws located underneath the skin and muscle of both forearms. These claws are laced with adamantium (as is his skeleton) making them (and his body) virtually indestructible. The claws can hack through anything, and whenever he pops them they cut open the skin in his hands which is quickly healed via his healing factor. Considering multiple telepaths have tried to access his mind and failed, it’s obvious that he is very resistant to telepathic attacks. Wolverine is also a master tactician, highly trained in hand-to-hand combat and a variety of weapons, a covert ops expert, a skilled mechanic, and one helluva ladies man. Like he says, “I’m the best at what I do.” No argument here Logan. No argument here.

First Appearance: Incredible Hulk #180, 1974.

Here we are, set to kick off the Top 10! Wow. It seems like only yesterday we started counting down from number 75. I honestly feel that the following 10 mutants who close out these power rankings are the most powerful and bad ass that the X-Men have to offer. So brace yourself. Things are about to get intense!

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! Let the best of the best commence:

bishop#10. Bishop: Except for maybe Cable, I can’t think of any other X-character since Messiah Complex who has taken more of a beating or dished out as much pain and death as Lucas Bishop. The guy has gone off the deep end, attempting to finish what he originally came to do in the 616 Universe- assassinate the biggest threat to mutant kind. Only now instead of hunting Gambit, he’s hunting a little girl who goes by the name of Hope and who, according to him, will be the downfall of an entire species. Since Messiah Complex ended, Bishop has been hunting Hope (who is under the protection of Cable) by jumping through the time stream, repeatedly heading to numerous points in the future to lay waste to the landscape and all that lived there via atomic weaponry. His reason for this mass destruction was to limit the life-supporting locations Cable could arrive at in the future, thus forcing him to eventually end up at one specific point where Bishop would be waiting. His plan eventually worked. With Stryfe as a most unusual ally, Bishop made his move to capture Cable and Hope, but failed at his mission when, unexpectedly, X-Force and Apocalypse show up to spoil his plans. After taking a beating and coming so close to killing Hope, Bishop teleported from the battle zone in order to regroup and re-think his attack on Hope for another day…

Powers: Originally from Earth 1191, Bishop’s primary mutant ability is energy absorption, meaning that when he takes a hit, he re-channels that energy and expels it back out with concussive force. This re-channeled energy can damage beings who are usually immune to their own powers, and he can store it so that it’s on hand to enhance his healing rate and grant him super strength. However, Bishop can be overloaded if he tries to absorb too much at any given time. Essentially, Bishop is immune to most forms of energy based attacks and he is learning to adapt his power to work with inertial energy so that when he is punched or slammed into something, he can also re-channel that energy to his advantage. Bishop had his right arm ripped off by the mutant devouring monster, Predator X during Messiah Complex. Afterwards, he broke into Forge’s laboratory and stole a cybernetic arm, attaching it to his body, replacing the severed limb. This arm is nuclear powered and is always battle ready, and to date we have seen that it has a time traveling device and electric tentacles. Lucas is also a highly trained fighter, a deadly marksman, and has an internal compass so he always knows where he is at all times.

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #282, 1991.

745464-134_x_factor_44_super#9. Monet St. Croix: Monet is one of the most underrated mutants on the X-Men’s radar right now, but with my power rankings she gets the respect she deserves. Most recently in X-Factor she took a bunch of bullets to the face and body, and survived an explosion at it’s source, only to walk away without any clothes but otherwise completely unscathed. She’s sexy, intelligent beyond the level of a genius, and is highly skilled in hand to hand combat. However, in X-Factor #44 it was revealed that Monet is being possessed by the being known as Cortex and that she may not entirely be who we all thought she was…

Powers: Monet’s laundry list of powers are a major reason why she is ranked so high here. She’s like Rogue used to be, only replace the absorption powers with telepathy. She’s invulnerable, has super strength, enhanced agility, and superior reflexes. Her regenerative healing factor allows her to recover from practically every wound, she is resistant to most toxins and diseases, and her enhanced senses grant night vision, telescopic vision, and acute hearing. Monet can fly up to at least 500 mph, and telepathy allows her to read people’s minds, project her thoughts into the minds of others, wipe memories, and even cast illusions. She’s also sexy as hell!

First Appearance: Generation X #1, 1994.

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! Yo. Yo. Yo: Check it out:

cannon#13. Cannonball: After Messiah Complex, Sam Guthrie has gotten into a couple bar fights, kicked the crap out of the Young X-Men (who were misinformed that he was a member of the Hellfire Club), takes down Magneto by disarming his magnetism suit, and tackles Empath. When he was informed by Magik that Moonstar and Karma had been abducted in New Mutants, he didn’t hesitate to re-establish the old team to look for his friends. Cannonball and Sunspot appear to be sharing leadership duties for the team.

Powers: Sam’s recent resume is less than exhilarating, but the reason why he gets such a high spot here is because of his power potential. Cannonball has the power to generate thermo-chemical energy and release it through his skin, propelling his body through the air at great speeds and with considerable maneuverability. As his powers have developed, he can now shoot this energy from practically any part of his body, not just his feet. You’re probably still wondering what’s so great about Sam, and here’s the hook- when Cannonball is ‘blasting’ he has meta-human durability and is virtually indestructible due to an energy field that forms over his body. He can even have this blast field encompass those within his immediate vicinity, and can even use it to absorb kinetic energy and then release it to propel him even further, increasing his power level. At his peak Sam has defeated the highly renowned Shi’Ar warrior, Gladiator, and that’s flat out bad ass!

First Appearance: Marvel Graphic Novel #4, 1982.

havok#12. Havok: I used to despise Havok. I downright hated him for how he treated my boy Iceman by being the catalyst for Bobby’s romantic relationships with Lorna Dane and nurse Annie Ghazikhanian coming to a dramatic halt. He’s a total dick head, but since he’s embarked on his crusade to kill his brother Vulcan, it’s difficult not to be a fan of Alex Summers. The guy is almost as loony tunes as his lover Polaris, and is so fueled with rage, hate, anger, and destruction towards his brother that he’s willing to kill whomever stands in his way in order to eliminate him. In X-Men: Kingbreaker Vulcan was holding Alex prisoner 20 miles below a faraway planet’s surface, underwater, and far from any star or solar energy which prevented him from using his powers. He broke out though, fueled with his burning desire for vengeance against Vulcan for killing their father (Corsair, the former captain of the Starjammer) and for imprisoning his fellow Starjammers and Polaris. The dude is crazy.

Powers: Havok has the power of Ambient Energy Conversion with which he absorbs ambient cosmic energy (and even local energies from his environment like starlight, x-rays, and gamma radiation) into the cells of his body and changes it into plasma. Sometimes this energy intake is too much for him to handle on his own, so his costume serves as a containment suit, helping Alex control how much energy he releases at any given time. However, if he reaches his capacity for cosmic energy, the excess is immediately released after absorption. When all of his available energy is used, it takes Havok 16.5 hours to recharge to his peak level. His plasma blasts are usually released in a concentric circular pattern and can disintegrate objects, have concussive force, and give him the ability to fly. Alex is immune to most forms of heat and radiation, and if he were to release his cosmic energy for an extended period of time, it becomes physically taxing on him.

First Appearance: X-Men #54, 1969.

captainb#11. Captain Britain: Brian Braddock played no role in Messiah Complex, but during Secret Invasion he was fighting the Skrulls on the British front alongside Pete Wisdom, the Black Knight, Spitfire, and others, calling themselves the MI-13. When the Skrulls launched a missile aiming to destroy Earth’s access to magic, Brian attempted to divert it but was killed in it’s explosion. He was resurrected (again) by Merlyn, and taking hold of the sword Excalibur, he kicked the crap out of a bunch of Skrulls in London. Ultimately, a deal with Pete Wisom and the forces of Dark Magic rid England of the Skrulls, and Captain Britain came to the realization that his post-resurrection power set is virtually limitless. Even though he could easily take out all of the enemies to Great Britain with sheer brute strength, Brian has made a vow (and committed his teammates to it as well) that the members of MI-13 will not kill.

Powers: Unlike his sister Betsy, Brian is not a mutant but is powered by inter-dimensional energies concentrated around the British Isles in our world and in other dimensions. If he moves too far away from the field, the result will be an eventual power loss so he wears a suit which counteracts this effect. So in theory, his costume works as both an antenna and a battery which retain his powers wherever he goes. His powers used to be granted to him via the Amulet of Right which he wore around his neck and a Star Scepter (which enabled him to fly), but the wizard Merlyn removed the power from these tools and placed it all into his suit. Shortly after doing this, Brian was killed… go figure. So Merlyn resurrected him (this was the first time) by remaking his body and having his powers be more innate by having the suit serve as more of an amplifier to his powers as opposed to their source. Currently, Brian’s power levels are based on his own confidence (similar to those of his lover, Meggan), so the more he believes in himself and his actions the more powerful he becomes. The reverse, of course, is also true. Therefore his power limits are unknown at the moment, but we do know that he possesses super strength, enhanced stamina, agility, reflexes, senses, and durability (his body is surrounded by a force field emitted from the suit that prevents practically anything except gasses from passing through). Captain Britain’s flight speed peaks at the speed of sound (77o mph).

First Appearance: Captain Britain #1, 1976.

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! And away we go:

archangel-197x300#16. Angel/Archangel: Warren Worthington III has turned into one bad ass mofo since joining X-Force. He brutally had his feather wings ripped from him (again) by a possessed Wolfsbane in order for the mutant hating group, The Purifiers, to extract his DNA and create their own army of winged warriors. At first it was believed that Angel had permanently lost his wings, but out of nowhere he transformed into the Angel of Death- a.k.a Archangel! Complete with the trademarked blue and purple skin and his techno-organic metal wings, Archangel was a crazed maniac hungry for blood. Eventually the team managed to calm him down, and Warren can now change between the Angel of Life and the Angel of Death. His character turned a corner in the Messiah War when he was called upon by Apocalypse. Apocalypse was in a weakened, starved state and commanded Archangel to finish him off. As a big ‘fuck you’ to his former master, Warren claimed that he no longer commanded him and that he’d make his own decisions, and he chooses to let Apocalypse live. Apocalypse then proposes that the two join forces to combat a common enemy- Stryfe, who currently has possession of the Messiah Child. Angel then carries the frail En Sabah Nur to a place where he can recharge his strength for the coming battle. Once Apocalypse is fully re-powered, Warren can’t help but wonder if he just made a big mistake…

Powers: Warren has the uncanny ability to change between the Angel of Life (Angel) and the Angel of Death (Archangel). As the Angel of Life he has feather wings for flight spanning the length of 16 feet from wingtip to wingtip and can reach speeds up to 180 mph while airborne. He can also heal others who come into contact with his blood, provided they have the same blood type. As Archangel, Warren has techno-organic wings which were given to him by Apocalypse. These wings give him the ability to fly at Mach 1, are razor sharp, and adequately shield his body from most attacks including bullets and energy blasts. He can fire razor sharp blades from these wings as deadly projectiles, and even remove them to hold in his hands as weapons. While Warren is getting better at it, he still cannot fully control his transformation into the Angel of Death as it is sometimes triggered during times of severe stress or intense conflict. Warren’s body is naturally adapted to flying; his bones are hollow like a bird’s, his body is virtually devoid of fat, his eyes are specially adapted to withstand high speed winds, and he can breathe naturally at high velocities and altitudes. Angel has enhanced stamina (he can fly at maximum speed for 12 hours), durability, and strength (he can lift up to 500 pounds). This isn’t the flake we all knew in the 60’s!

First Appearance: X-Men #1, 1963.

polaris-197x300#15. Polaris: Lorna Dane is a walking whack job with the potential to destroy entire cities with the wave of her hand. Unfortunately for herself and the X-Men, she missed out on Messiah Complex as she was captured by the Emperor of the Shi’ar, Vulcan Summers. Yes, that’s Cyclops and Havok’s brother. She was tortured, but was eventually rescued by Havok and the Starjammers. She is currently appearing in theWar of Kings event, and helped the Starjammers (whom she is now affiliated with) to pass through the Kree defensive shield due to her familial ties to Crystal, the Inhuman member. She has most recently taken part in besieging a Shi’ar ship, and along with the Starjammers, flew incognito amongst the Shi’ar fleet, rescuing the Guardians of the Galaxy! And yes, Magneto is her father and Havok’s tapping it (much to the chagrin of my boy, Iceman).

Powers: Lorna has the power of Magnetic Field Manipulation, which allows her to manipulate magnetism, including electrical and gravitational fields. While she may not be as strong as her father yet (due to his having years on her perfecting the ability), Polaris can liquefy, mend, reconstruct metallic objects, and has at least some control over the metals that reside in everything- including the iron in a person’s blood. She can create metallic force fields that have the ability to suspend people or objects in the air, can fly by riding Earth’s magnetic field, and has electromagnetic sight which allows her to perceive the world solely as fields of magnetic and electrical energy. By focusing her magnetic energy, Polaris can cut loose with powerful concussive blasts, and even short circuit electrical systems, giving her the power to bring down entire star ships. In order to temporarily boost her own strength, Lorna can absorb some forms of energy through her magnetic force fields; energy like Cyclops’ eye beams, Havok’s energy beams, or Storm’s lightning blasts, giving her the power to launch an entire island into space! As a secondary mutation, Polaris absorbs negative emotional energy which transforms her into a virtual power house, granting her increased size, strength, endurance, and some invulnerability. She can even release this negative energy into her surrounding environment, causing people to act more selfish, angry, and violent. Hmmm… no wonder she’s such a nut case.

First Appearance: X-Men #49, 1968.

stepfordcuckoos3-mayhew-234x300#14. The Stepford Cuckoos: The daughters of Emma Frost- Celeste, Mindee, and Phoebe Cuckoo played a very important role in Messiah Complex. While they may not have been on the front lines kicking ass, the twin sisters were the ones to discover the location of Cable who was in possession of the Messiah Child. Everyone knows the significance of this discovery. Then, at the request of Cyclops, they erased Elixir’s memories of his time spent aiding X-Force. Of course this didn’t really matter as he ended up joining the team anyway. The girls helped Emma Frost take down the Skrull mental blockade during Secret Invasion, keeping their mentor alive despite her psyche’s brief absence from her body. For the first time ever, the girls have truly begun to develop their own personalities, dressing as individuals (although not in this picture) and getting over the losses of their two sisters, Esme and Sophie.

Powers: Like their mother, the girls can turn into organic diamond, but the power they use most often is that of telepathy. They’re almost always in telepathic communication with each other and have the ability to combine their minds into one incredibly powerful super-mind. As telepaths they can read minds, project their thoughts onto others, create realistic illusions, have people think they are experiencing events that aren’t really happening, and form a mental link with practically any individual. The girls also have the power of mind control (but can only target one mind at a time- and they have to physically be in it’s presence), mind possession (where the girls can use a person’s mind and body as their own), mind alteration, and can induce mental or physical paralysis. If they wish to remain undetected they can mask their presence (and those around them) from detection or even alter their appearance by telepathically disguising themselves. Sentient beings have a difficult time hiding from the Cuckoos as they can detect or sense them, and even cause amnesia (like what they did to Elixir). As another offensive, the sisters can project psionic force bolts that affect a victim’s mind, causing pain or unconsciousness. When in their diamond form, the Cuckoos cannot give or receive telepathic attacks, nor do they need to eat or drink for some time. Unlike Emma, their diamond form is completely flawless meaning that they are totally impervious when using this power. Also unlike their mother, they can transform selective parts of their bodies into a perpetual diamond state. The Cuckoos have done this to their hearts, and as a result they can never feel emotions again. The girls are proven leaders and are trusted (and able) to use Cerebra. In Phoenix Warsong, a fragment of the Phoenix Force bonded with each of the sisters, but we have not seen this power utilized in some time.

First Appearance: New X-Men #118, 2001.

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! Let the Top 20 begin:

madrox#20. Jamie Madrox (Multiple Man): Currently Jamie is the leader of X-Factor and is one resourceful son of a bitch. At the moment he is in a future timeline along with Layla MillerRuby Summers, and a Cyborg Cyclops taking part in the Summers Rebellion against the threats to mutant kind. Jamie had a very traumatic moment recently where Siryn, impregnated with his child, gave birth. As Madrox was holding the baby, he reabsorbed it into himself, proving that the kid (named Sean after Siryn’s late father, Banshee) was just a dupe which had fooled Theresa’s body into caring for it as if it were an actual fetus. This traumatized both Siryn and Madrox, pushing him off the deep end and desiring suicide. He then sought out a full grown dupe in a small town who was living a life as a priest, complete with a family totally detached from any X-activity. This tore at Jamie’s heart and as he went to kill himself, an adult Layla (not the little girl we last saw in Messiah Complex) popped out of nowhere and dragged him into the future. The two are very much in love and have done the McNasty.

Powers: Jamie has the power of Kinetic Duplication with which he creates an identical physical living duplicate of himself upon physical impact, which is spontaneous and cannot be prevented. He can create multiple duplicates, and the dupes can create dupes, but each can only do so one dupe at a time… follow all that? To date, he has tapped out at around 40 duplicates before he couldn’t create anymore, but that isn’t counting the dupes of his dupes. If each multiple could produce 40 copies of themselves, that means the most Multiple Mans that could be running around at any one time would be around 1600. That’s enough for a small army and the reason why Madrox takes the final spot in the Top 20! Each dupe thinks, acts, and feels independently, but is always guided by the original. Every dupe manifests an aspect of Jamie’s personality, which increases in independence the longer they are separated from him. Madrox is telepathically and empathetically linked to his dupes, meaning when one dies he suffers severe trauma. It is unknown what would happen to Jamie’s dupes if he were to be killed, but it is believed that one of them would take over as the new original. The original Jamie can re-absorb his duplicates at will, which includes their memories, skills, and experiences, and he can take back in injured clones at no harm to himself. It’s practically impossible to tell the dupes apart.

First Appearance: Giant Size Fantastic Four #4, 1975.

danger#19. Danger: For the X-fans who haven’t been reading comics in awhile, Danger is probably an unknown character to you. In short, ’she’ is the physical manifestation of the Danger Room. Most recently in X-Men Legacy Danger tried to use Rogue as a decoy to enact her revenge on Professor Xavier for keeping her contained for so long. Danger created a virtual reality to mess with the heads of Rogue and Chuck, having them encounter various people from Rogue’s past. Danger gets Xavier in her grasp, but through logic and by erasing certain lines of her machine code, Xavier has regained control of the machine, taming it considerably.

Powers: Since Danger’s sole purpose was to train the X-Men in using their powers, she is a formidable hand to hand combatant, and has superior knowledge of the combat styles, strategies, and tactics of the X-Men and their foes. The catch is even though she can beat the X-Men to a pulp, Danger’s programming prevents her from actually killing any of them. It remains to be seen if this is also true for foes who aren’t members of the X-Men. She can lift up to 100 tons, create force fields, has enhanced agility and reflexes, and can upload her programing into other computers, thus overriding them. Danger is made of organic muscle tissue accompanied with a titanium steel alloy, meaning she is extremely durable and virtually tireless so long as her gears and electrical systems don’t wear out.

First Appearance: Astonishing X-Men #9, 2005.

x-23#18. X-23: During Messiah Complex Laura Kinney took down Lady Deathstrike in a fierce battle, and killed the Marauder, Scrambler, effectively saving Wolverine’s life. Since then she has become a key member of the mutant assassination team, X-Force, eliminating threats to mutant kind. Literally born to be a weapon, X-23 survived an injection of the Legacy Virus thanks to some quick action by her teammateElixir. In the most recent chapter of the Messiah War, Laura is reunited with her friend Kiden Nixon for the first time since making her comic debut in the NYX mini series. Unfortunately, Kiden is strapped to a time machine 800 years in the future, most likely being held there due to her mutant ability to stop time. It’s probably safe to say that Laura is pissed off…

Powers: X-23 is a clone of Wolverine and possesses his mutant powers. However, due to her young age, they aren’t as developed as old man Logan’s. She has a regenerative healing factor, allowing her to reattach severed limbs, heal from bullet wounds within minutes, and be immune to poisons, diseases, and drugs (except the Legacy Virus). It is assumed that she will also have an extended life, much like Wolverine, due to her healing factor slowing down the aging process. With her super-humanly acute senses she can see in darkness, track scents, and hear sounds at a great distance. Laura also possesses super-human agility, stamina, durability, and reflexes. She has two adamantium claws in each arm, and one in each foot, which are virtually unbreakable and capable of cutting through any substance. Like a younger Wolverine, her berserker rage can be triggered at any moment where she’ll kill whatever living things are close to her. Laura is an expert tracker, hunter, and martial artist.

First Appearance: NYX #3, 2004.

psylocke-197x300#17. Psylocke: Betsy Braddock sat out the entire Messiah Complex event due to her traveling the Omniverse with the New Exiles. There she evolved into the team leader and developed a romantic relationship with the Age of Apocalypse version of Sabretooth. Before she made her return to the 616 Universe, Betsy had to confront an assassin named Slaymaster who was killing every version of Psylocke in the known Multiverse. With much effort she took him down, and was then captured by Madelyne Pryor’s Sisterhood (we still don’t know how) whose plan was to place Betsy’s mind back into her original re-animated body because it held great psychic potential. Thanks to a forceful energy blast IN THE FACE by Dazzler, Psylocke managed to break free of Pryor’s mind control, stabbing herself in the head with her own psychic knife. This resulted in Betsy fighting a psychic battle against her dark side in the realm of her mind. She kicked the shit out of her dark side, and is now back to normal, apparently more powerful than ever!

Powers: Betsy is a telepath who can affect and manipulate the minds of other sentient beings. She can read minds, communicate mentally over long distances, can track people via her telepathy, and can mask her presence (and those around her) from others. She can project realistic illusions, induce temporary mental or physical paralysis, cause amnesia, and project herself onto the astral plane. Psylocke can generate her ever popular Psychic Knife which is the focused totality of her psychic powers. The knives are razor sharp blades jam packed with psychic energy, and when plunged into the skull of an opponent disrupts their neurons and can even kill. She has been known to wield a psychic katana as well (it holds the same power potential as the knives). Psylocke is immune to telepathic attacks, probes, and mutants who can warp or restructure reality (like Scarlet Witch or Lady Mastermind). Yeah, Betsy is bad ass.

First Appearance: Captain Britain (vol. 1) #8, 1976 (in the U.S., New Mutants Annual #2, 1986).

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! Magma kicked off the top 25 and here are the next three:

colossus#23. Colossus: You’re most likely wondering how Piotr Rasputin could be ranked so high given that he’s playing more of a supporting role as of late, but come on; the dude survived from injecting the Legacy Virus into himself! And that my friends, is bad ass. Since returning from the ‘dead’ inAstonishing X-Men #4, Colossus has developed a much more brooding personality than before. Post Messiah Complex he was a forgettable member of The Last Defenders, appearing in the mini series for a couple issues. Recently though, Piotr was seen in the mini, X-Infernus as part of the team that Pixie teleported to Limbo in search of his sister, Illyana. There he is seen savagely beating the shit out of any demon that gets in his way. Colossus was so brutal in the battle that even his own teammates were shocked at how relentlessly he pummeled the demons. It should come as no surprise as to why he was so ruthless; Piotr had recently lost his love, Kitty Pryde, who is in a gigantic bullet floating somewhere in space, so he sure as shit wasn’t about to lose his little sister (again)! Due to that fight, Colossus makes the top 25.

Powers: Piotr has the ability to change his body into Organic Steel. The transformation into the armored state is practically instantaneous, and he can stay that way until he consciously decides to change or gets knocked out. He cannot use this ability to partially or selectively transform his bod to steel – it’s an all or nothing type of thing. Obviously while in his steel form Colossus has enhanced strength which lets him lift at least 100 tons, and has enhanced stamina and durability. While steel, he still conducts electricity (but does not feel the effects of it), can go without food, water, or air for many days (although eventually his body would require these things), and can survive between -390 degrees and 9000 degrees fahrenheit. Plus he’s one hell of an artist!

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

elixir#22. Elixir: Without a doubt Josh Foley has been forced to mature faster than the majority of his teammates, and he has risen to the challenge. Considering his power and that he’s a current member of X-Force (the team whose sole mission is to assassinate threats to mutant kind) he earns this spot in the rankings. In Messiah Complex, Elixir chose to stay behind from Surge’s poorly planned ambush against The Purifiers because he was afraid he would kill every Purifier there, and he didn’t want that on his conscience. During the first X-Force story arc he heals Wolfsbane from a heroin overdose, and later removes the Legacy Virus from teammate X-23, while most recently giving a brain tumor to Vanisher which only he can remove… yeah, the dude is not to be fucked with.

Powers: Elixir has the power of Biokinesis, which gives him control over the biological sructure of his and other people’s bodies. He produces biomolecular energy, allowing him to heal physical damage, reactivate suppressed mutant abilities, repair cerebral functions, and to a limited extent change the composition of his own molecules. Josh even saved his teammate Prodigy once by growing him a brand new heart out of thin air. Not too long ago the Stepford Cuckoos took information from Beast’s head and inserted it into Elixir’s. This significantly increased his power level because the information instantly made him a genius on human anatomy, physiology, and biology. He can even transform his abilities from their gold/healing state to a black/disease state, hence how he was able to give Vanisher a tumor.

First Appearance: New Mutants (vol. 2) #5, 2003.

rachel#21. Marvel Girl: If these rankings were done before the mini series X-Men: King Breaker ended, Rachel Summers from Earth 811 would easily be in the top 10. However, at the end of that story the Phoenix Force left her for some unexplained reason (like it did Korvus’ sword). Now Rachel only has her TK powers and is the most vulnerable she has been in recent history. Sure these powers are still formidable, but having relied on a legendary force for so long has knocked her back a bit here. Tough luck for the child of Jean Grey and Scott Summers.

Powers: Currently traveling with the remnants of the Star Jammers’ crew plus Havok, Polaris, and Korvus, Rachel possesses only her natural mutant powers of Telepathy and Telekinesis. With telepathy Rachel can read minds, project her thoughts onto others, cloak her presence (and those around her) from detection, control the minds of others and alter their personalities, create a psychic shield, and create realistic illusions. Her telepathy also allows her to paralyze, release psionic force blasts that result in an opponent going brain-dead, cause amnesia, project an astral version of herself, transfer her mind from one body to another (even in the event of death), and feel the presence of other mutants. Wowza! With telekinesis Rachel can manipulate matter with her thoughts, create force fields, and fire psionic blasts. She can also fly. Marvel Girl has the power to levitate entire cities and even create black holes, and as if this weren’t enough, she can time travel and go back and forth between the astral plane. Despite all of these powers though, Rachel is shockingly weak against magic.

First Appearance: X-Men #141, 1981.

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.

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! Holy crapola- we break into the 20s today:

sunspot#32. Sunspot: After Messiah Complex Roberto da Costa left his position of Lord Imperial of the Hellfire Club to help train the Young X-Men. When that team disbanded, Sunspot rejoined his old pals in the series New Mutants, which is only two issues into it’s run. I really wanted to rank him a little higher given how powerful he is, but his lack of activity in New Mutants (all he’s done is beat up a bunch of humans with Cannonball- big whoop) and the fact that Wolf Cub kicked his ass (making him bleed) forced my hand in bumping him out of the top 30.

Powers: As his name suggests, Sunspot has the ability of Solar Radiation Absorption which allows him to absorb solar energy and convert it into strength, giving him the power to lift up to 50 tons. He can channel this energy in different ways, such as flight via generating thermal updrafts at speeds up to 150 mph, emitting intense waves of light, and releasing damaging heat waves through thermokinesis. As his main offensive attack, Roberto projects dark plasma energy blasts with powerful concussive force. When he was younger he had to be in direct sunlight for his powers to work effectively, however nowadays he can use his powers when the moon is present- considering moon beams are alternate forms of sunlight. When his powers are in use, Roberto loses the ambient light in his skin, so he converts to darkness.

First Appearance: Marvel Graphic Novel #4, 1982.

warpath#31. Warpath: James Proudstar is one of the most bad ass mother f’ers currently on an X-team. He is a member of X-Force, assassinating threats to mutant kind and presently taking on the powerhouse villain, Stryfe.  During Messiah Complex he dropped a O*N*E Sentinel by himself armed only with his pair of vibranium knives, and has recently combated (and defeated) the Demon Bear alongside Ghost Rider. In the most recent issue of X-Force Warpath is captured by Stryfe but, through sheer force of will, manages to break free of his restraints and punches the Cable clone in the face. It was awesome, but we have yet to learn how it will all pan out. Apparently James is into bestiality as he is in a relationship with the alien-feline-humanoid, Hepzibah. If Warpath wasn’t so limited in his range of attack he’d be much higher on our list.

Powers: James possesses a multitude of super human attributes including, enhanced senses, stamina, durability, agility, and reflexes. He also has night vision, super strength (he can lift up to 25 tons), super speed up to 100 mph, and can fly by propelling himself into the air. Warpath is an expert hunter and tracker, and fights with two vibranium daggers that were given to him by Storm.

First Appearance: New Mutants #16, 1984.

pixie#30. Pixie: Megan Gwynn is a tricky mutant to rank because her powers are very unexplored yet she has shown great potential with them. In Messiah Complex the young Pixie defeated the X-Men turncoat, Omega Sentinel, by stabbing her with her soul dagger. Then in the events of Manifest Destiny she defeated Empath by stabbing him in the head, also with her soul dagger. During the first issue of the mini series X-Infernus, Pixie stabs Nightcrawler in the head with, you guessed it, a spatula… Nope! Just kidding, she did it with her soul dagger! So yeah, she’s going nuts with that thing. In X-Infernus, she and a team of X-Men go into Limbo to find Illyana and reclaim a piece of Megan’s soul. While the team is successful in finding Magik, Pixie never gets the piece of her soul back and actually ends up losing a second piece, which had a severe effect on her mentally. Upon returning to the X-Men HQ, Pixie heads to the Danger Room to let off steam and appears angrier and more skillful than ever.

Powers: Megan can release Pixie Dust which is a glitter-like substance that upon coming into contact with humans causes hallucinations. She has the ability to detect super natural creatures that are evil in nature, and can summon her Soul Dagger as a weapon. The dagger is a mystical item that disrupts magical constructs and essentially knocks people out, causing Megan’s personality to become darker when in use. Thanks to the mutant Magik, Pixie has learned some spells and is attuned to the forces of magic. One such spell allows her to teleport groups of people long distances and back and forth between Limbo, making her very useful to the team as a teleporter. Megan also has fairy wings that allow her to fly.

First Appearance: New X-Men (vol. 2) #12, 2005.

nightcrawler#29. Nightcrawler: Like the Gambit and Rogue fans ranked before him, I’m expecting Nightcrawler fans to not be happy with my placement of the furry blue demon. Well, the reason why he’s so low is because Kurt Wagner has been nothing but a whiny little bitch lately. He spent most of Messiah Complex in an infirmary, and during Manifest Destiny he was featured in a one-shot where he left the X-Men. Pixie’s ability to teleport more people at a time and farther distances than he made Kurt doubt himself, his powers, and his usefulness with the team so he headed back to Germany for some soul searching. Eventually Kurt returns to the team, but since then we haven’t seen him do much of anything (aside from helping to convince Magik to also rejoin the X-Men) so here he sits at number 29.

Powers: Nightcrawler has the ability of Teleportation. He teleports by displacing himself into the Brimstone Dimension, traveling through it, and then returning to our dimension at a different point from where he originally departed. He travels so quickly through the Brimstone Dimension that his mind is never able to register that he was ever there, and when he uses his ability, smoke that smells strongly of burnt brimstone is left behind. The longer the distance traveled by Kurt in this way the more tiring it is for him. He has been known to go as far as 3 miles in one jump, as his momentum is maintained throughout the teleportation process (meaning he reappears with as much as he left with), aiding him greatly in combat. When Nightcrawler teleports someone with him, the effect is usually exhausting for the passenger, which in a backwards way is beneficial during combat since multiple jumps usually knock the person out. Besides the limitations to distance, the other major weakness with Kurt’s ability is that he can only teleport to a place he can physically see. Well, he can jump blind, but he runs the risk of reappearing within a solid object which would most likely kill him. He has micro suction discs on his body that enable him to easily scale surfaces, as well as night vision, enhanced stamina and agility, and can blend in with shadows making him difficult to detect in low lighted areas. Kurt is also a highly trained swordsman, a pilot, and a devout Catholic.

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

northstar#28. Northstar: Jean-Paul Beaubier has recently re-emerged on the comic book scene, joining the Uncanny X-Men after being persuaded by Wolverine… get your mind out of the gutter, the persuasion was purely verbal. He’s proud, good looking, Canadian, very gay, and also very tough. He was spending his time away from the X-Men as a professional snow boarder (he even created his own line of equipment for the sport) and despite not doing much yet as part of the team (aside from getting Pixie shit-canned), he has beaming confidence and superior power potential which has earned him this spot in our rankings.

Powers: Northstar has a number of powers, such as Photokinesis which allows him to generate bright white light and emit powerful concussive blasts from his hands and body. His more prominent power is super human speed which gives him the ability to move at the speed of light. John-Paul has never hit that bench mark because if he did his body would be seriously damaged, if not downright destroyed, due to the intense strain at moving that quickly. He can also fly, has heightened reflexes, an accelerated metabolism that heals wounds quickly, enhanced durability (which is why he can withstand running at super human speeds that are less than the speed of light), and G-Force compensation where his body renders the effect null and void. Also, when in contact with his twin sister Auroa, the two posses Gestalt Photokinesis allowing them to project a light with the intensity of 1 million candles. Talk about blinding.

First Appearance: X-Men #120, 1979.