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 opinions! I’m sure some people are going to be pissed off with this one, so here goes:

sage#40. Sage: Tessa was totally detached from the events of Messiah Complex as she was traveling the Omniverse with her fellow Exiles in Chris Claremont’s underachieving New Exiles series. Since the title ended a few months ago she has been in comic book limbo, and if she had appeared in a mainstream X-Book her ranking would most likely be higher. After all, he did save the entire Omniverse by merging her entity with the New Exiles former base of operations, the Crystal Palace. That’s right, Sage is now fused with a crystal structure somewhere in the middle of wherever… oh Chris Claremont, the things you do that make no sense.

Powers: I suppose I shouldn’t be too hard on Claremont for writing Sage’s recent fusion considering her primary mutant powers. They are Cyberpathy, the ability to communicate with computers and computer mainframes, and Kinetic Memory, meaning she has a computer brain that works much faster than any manufactured CPU. Tessa is able to perform several mental functions at once without losing focus on any of them, allowing her to accurately recall specific information almost instantly. She has a photographic memory, can predict probability, and even has a pressure point on her body that permits her to reboot her mind like a computer. Genetic Sight allows Sage to sense nearby mutants and understand how their powers work – often better than they do themselves. Tessa is highly trained in martial arts, hand to hand combat, and is deadly with all types of firearms. The cybernetic glasses she wears function as a wireless broadband computer network complete with a visual input system for when her hands are otherwise occupied.  She is also immune to telepathic attacks. Yeah, Sage is bad ass.

First Appearance: X-Men #132, 1980.

ink#39. Ink/Leon Nunez: Unless you were like me and were one of the few people who rode out the short lived Young X-Men series from beginning to end, you probably have no idea who the hell Ink is. He began his X-Career working as an undercover agent for the mutant hating cyborg, Donald Pierce. For Pierce, he betrayed his new mutant teammates, but after Wolf Cub is killed as a result of his betrayal, Ink realizes that he does not want to continue going down an evil path so he reforms his ways. His first step towards doing this was when he utilized his Phoenix Force tattoo to revive a recently deceased Dust. Since the tat could only approximate the powers of the Phoenix, not actually grant him the true energies associated with the Phoenix Force, the strain of bringing Dust back to life put Ink into a comatose state where he currently remains.

Powers: This is where Ink’s character gets a little tricky… he isn’t actually a mutant, but a human with tattoo’s that grant him super powers. These tats were given to him by the mutant Leon Nunez whose ability is to grant others super powers by tattooing iconic symbols on their skin. Meaning if he drew flames, the tattooed person could shoot fire, etc, etc. However, with each tattoo he creates a little bit of Leon’s will is sapped, and the recent Phoenix tat he gave to Ink also resulted in his being placed into a coma. The power limit of both Eric Gitter (Ink) and Leon has yet to be revealed, but the fact that one could create something that mimics the Phoenix Force and the other currently wields that power is the reason why this pair rank in at number 39 on our list. In addition to the Phoenix power, Ink has the following tattoos: a Biohazard Symbol which causes his victims to become extremely ill, a Super Strength tattoo that resembles Colossus’ steel skin, two Lightning Bolt tats give him Telepathy, Wings on his back grant Flight, an Explosive Symbol allows him to blow things up and punch through solid matter, and the Caduceus Symbol gives him the ability to heal others. (Ink is the one pictured above)

First Appearance: Young X-Men #1, 2008.

strong guy#38. Strong Guy: Currently a key player in X-Force, Guido Carosella is the enforcer of the team. He’s big, strong, and always ready with a silly quip or sarcastic remark due to his time spent as an actor and a stand up comedian. To be honest, aside from punching a few people here and there he hasn’t really done much in terms of fighting lately, but because of his power potential he gets ranks in at number 38. It’s ironic because his mutant power also prevents him from ranking any higher on the list…

Powers: While Strong Guy may possess super human strength, stamina, and durability, he has a serious side effect to his power with the potential to kill him. Guido has a weak heart and as he absorbs kinetic energy to enhance his physical strength, he can only take so much or he will have a heart attack. For instance, during World War Hulk he faced off against the green menace but had to back down- not due to pain, but because his heart couldn’t keep up with the energy increase from the blows Hulk was landing. Strong Guy needs to emit the absorbed energy within 90 seconds or else it may permanently distort his body. He is in constant pain from the distortion process, and most of the energy is stored in his upper body, making his appearance top heavy and somewhat comical.

First Appearance: New Mutants (vol. 1) #29, 1985.

gambit#37. Gambit: In the events leading up to Messiah Complex Gambit had turned into a total dick, betraying the X-Men to fight alongside Mr. Sinister’s Marauders. Post MC he had a change of heart upon learning that some goons from the Assassins Guild of New Orleans were commissioned to hunt down and kill Charles Xavier. Gambit goes looking for Charlie, but comes across the supposed killers first and takes them out. He then meets up with Xavier and the two decided to look for Rogue. Their search leads them to Australia where they find themselves amidst an environment composed entirely of Rogue’s memories. She was in intense pain which was difficult for Gambit to handle because he (of course) loves her. Chuck and Remy quickly learn that Danger, the physical manifestation of the Danger Room, is responsible for the holograms, and Professor X saves the day (covered in Rogue’s bio of our rankings) taming Danger while helping Rogue to learn how to finally control her absorption power. In order to test this, she kisses Gambit- and nothing happens! We are led to believe that Gambit will soon rejoin the X-Men, and has probably already given it to Rogue multiple times by now.

Powers: Remy LeBeau has the ability of Molecular Acceleration which enables him to take the potential energy stored in an object and convert it to kinetic energy. Basically when he ‘charges’ an object, he turns it into an explosive. Gambit prefers to charge smaller items because they are easier to throw and larger objects take longer to charge. In order to charge something he has to make skin contact, and he has yet to learn how to use his power on living tissue. The kinetic energy he absobs also provides him with a form of Static Interference that prevents his mind from intrusion and detection from most telepaths. Gambit can also charm people by charging the kinetic energy within a person’s brain, having them believe whatever he says. Remy also has enhanced agility, is a superb street fighter, and often uses a bo staff for a weapon. Ranking Gambit this low will probably piss some people off, but despite his popularity, those who are ranked in front of him could drop LeBeau if they had to.

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #266, 1990.

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 opinions! Check it out:

shatterstar#44. Shatterstar: Since around the time of the Marvel Civil War, Gaveedra Seven (yes that is his real name) has been absent from comics until X-Factor #43. In that issue he kicks the crap out of Rictor and Strong Guy, unsheathing his famous swords from the sleeve- leading us to believe that they are now retractable. He looks like a total bad ass with his eyes glowing red and his hair cut short, losing the braids and weird padded helmet thing he sported in the 90’s. It would appear that Shatterstar is currently possessed by an entity named Cortex… but we have no clue yet as to who or what ‘Cortex’ may be. Gaveedra (man that’s such a weird name) would probably be ranked a little higher if this list were done a few years ago, but we don’t know enough about him currently to justify a better spot.

Powers: Shatterstar is gifted with a superhuman level of physical and mental power which bolsters his senses, strength, speed, reflexes, agility, dexterity, coordination, balance, and endurance (these aren’t mutant abilities however, but a result of the extra-genetic mutant engineering that created him). His bones are hollow making him light and nimble, he can quickly learn and master languages or technology, and when wounded his body accelerates the healing process (though not anywhere near as efficient as Wolverine or X-23’s healing factor). Shatterstar’s main mutant power, which he rarely uses, is the ability to generate and channel powerful vibratory shock waves and bio-electricity through his swords. He can also lift up to 5 tons.

First Appearance: New Mutants #99, 1991.

surge#43. Surge: Noriko Ashida is a young character who has the potential to make a major splash in the Marvel Universe at some point in the future. Surge was leader of the New X-Men and during Messiah Complex was furious at Cyclops for ordering her young team of mutants to stay on the side lines while the adult X-Men went looking for the Messiah Child. Acting on impulse, Surge led her team on a covert mission to strike at the mutant hating Purifiers in hopes of finding the baby and proving Cyclops wrong. Things didn’t work out too well though as the New X-Men got their butts kicked by The Reavers, and her teammate Hellion ended up getting Lady Deathstrike’s claws through his chest- all because Surge couldn’t follow orders. After MC ended, Emma Frost gave Noriko a verbal pat on the back, stating that she chose the young mutant to lead the team because Noriko would “protect them no matter what.” Despite the vote of confidence from Emma, Surge struggled with the pain of losing so many friends to horrible deaths while leading the New X-Men, and has yet to rejoin the team. Most recently she was held hostage by the Leper Queen, but X-Force came to her rescue- what has happened since then presently remains unknown.

Powers: Surge has the power of Electrical Absorption as she is absorbing electricity at all times. She wears power gauntlets that regulate the electric intake and eventual release, but if she doesn’t discharge the electricity build up in her body it causes her mind to race, usually resulting rash decisions and a short temper. Noriko can discharge the electricity in bursts of lightning from her hands or body and also use it to give her super human speed.

First Appearance: New Mutants (vol. 2) #8, 2004.

rickslide#42. Rockslide: One of the more outspoken members of the younger generation of X-Men, Santo Vaccarro has also been one of the most active young mutants since Messiah Complex. During MC he stood tall against the mutant eating beast, Predator X, literally holding it back as his teammates fled. Santo was a key player in the Young X-Men series, and in X-Infernus he proved his worth in Limbo as he is immune to magic there and becomes engulfed in flame, enhancing his strength. I really wanted to rank him higher, but in almost every battle he’s recently been in he always gets rocked. Santo needs to learn how to kick some ass while staying in one piece.

Powers: Rockslide is a Geokinetic Psychic Entity, meaning that he is a stone golem who can explode on command and reform himself from any surrounding rock. His body is composed of inorganic granite which is able to be pieced back together when destroyed. He can lift up to 25 tons, has enhanced stamina, and is extremely durable.

First Appearance: New Mutants (vol. 2) #7, 2004.

longshot#41. Longshot: In nearly every sense of the term, Longshot is ‘that guy.’ Currently appearing in the pages of X-Factor, he flawlessly seduces any woman he comes into contact with and when called out on it he only smiles as if to say “I can’t help it, it’s a gift.” The funny part about this is that he doesn’t even seem to try (or care to) make women feel all hot and moist about him, it just seems to happen. That being said, the mistake shouldn’t be made of considering Longshot a pushover. Sure he’s, uh, ‘colorful’ to say the least, but the guy is downright deadly. He has shown recently in X-Factor that he possesses a killer instinct when in a brawl, hurling multiple knives into the faces of some unfortunate guards, holding nothing back when in danger. In short, the dude is bad ass.

Powers: Longshot’s primary power is Probability Field Manipulation, the ability to affect probability fields through psionic means in order to give himself good luck. This of course allows incredibly unlikely events to turn out in his favor- like sleeping with women and walking away from fights unscathed. However, if he uses this power for a selfish or evil act, or gives up hope in a situation, his powers will fail to function or backfire, giving him bad luck. This is why I stated before how he doesn’t seem to manipulate women intentionally because if he did they wouldn’t like him. When his luck powers are working the star shaped scar on his left eye begins to glow brightly. Longshot also has Psychometric Insight which allows him to read the recent memories of any person he makes physical contact with, often taking the form of him re-living a persons memory as if he were present when it actually happened. He can also read the psychic imprints people leave on objects, and can even look into the future of someone he touches.

First Appearance: Longshot #1, 1985… what a narcissistic bastard, huh?

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 opinions! Check out today’s all lady lineup:

rogue#48. Rogue: I’ll admit, it’s weird seeing Rogue ranked this low considering if this list were done a year ago she’d at least be in the top 20. Thing is she recently touched the Messiah Child in X-Men Legacy which effectively cleared her mind of all memories of everyone she made physical contact with and erased any powers she had previously absorbed; meaning no more Ms. Marvel abilities. Without super strength, flight, and invulnerability, Anna is only as strong as an average woman her size, and while she can now control her absorption power (take off those pants Gambit!), that’s the only ability she has at the moment making her more vulnerable than ever.

Powers: Rogue has the ability of Power Absorption with which she can absorb the powers, memories, knowledge, energies, talents, and personalities of another person through physical skin to skin contact. There is no limit to how many powers or memories she can absorb at a time, and they remain within in her 60 times longer than the contact lasted. If she holds onto an opponent too long the absorption may be permanent or even lethal. Her victims will usually fall unconscious after contact. Previously Rogue had been unable to control her powers, forcing her to always wear gloves and preventing any physical contact with other human beings. However, that is no longer the case as Professor Xavier has broken down the barrier in Rogue’s mind that prevented her powers from fully maturing, and she can now control when to use her ability. Through a process called Template Recall Anna can access any previously absorbed power that remains within her.

First Appearance: Avengers Annual #10, 1981.

domino#47. Domino: A current member of X-Force, Neena Thurman is one helluva sexy fighter. During the ongoing Messiah War she has been caught in the middle of various fire fights where she has come off as tactical, fast, intelligent, and lacking no hang ups about busting a cap in someone for the betterment of mutant kind and her own life.Domino would rank slightly higher if not for her powers failing her recently; she missed a shot that her powers should have guaranteed her to make and they failed her again when she was hit with a bullet.

Powers: Besides enhanced agility and reflexes, Domino has what is called a Probability Field that subliminally and psionically initiates random telekinetic acts that affect probability in her favor. In short, she’s really lucky. In order for her powers to take effect, whatever the ‘luck’ is working with (or against) has to be in her line of sight and triggered by a stressful situation. Neena cannot consciously control this ability, rather, she needs to put herself in harms way in order for it to work. When her power is activated it instinctively guides her movements, ensuring that she stays out of harms way.

First Appearance: X-Force #8, 1992.

dazzler#46. Dazzler: Recently Alison Blaire divorced her husband Longshot after he lost his memory because, understandably, their relationship just wasn’t the same. Aside from being included in random background shots, Dazzler was most recently featured in X-Men Manifest Destiny. At that time she was doubting her role in life as her music career was spiraling downward and her time spent as a super hero was severely lacking. However, while on a flight to join the X-Men in San Francisco, she repelled an attack from a mutant hating man, protecting not only herself but everyone on the plane as well. While the battle was far from monumental, it was enough for Dazzler to realize that she isn’t washed up yet, and that the X-Men (and the top 20 music charts) still have a place for her.

Powers: Dazzler possesses the ability of Sound Conversion which allows her to transduce sonic vibrations that reach her body as various types of light. She can then release the absorbed sound in one burst. Dazzler can also Project Light by controlling the energy levels of the outer electron shells of her body that allows for the cascading release of photons.  The released energy is far greater than the incoming kinetic energy and if left undirected will be ejaculated (sorry, couldn’t resist) in all different directions, producing regular flashes of white light. Offensively, Alison has learned to manifest the light as a laser than can cut through virtually anything, and high powered photon blasts. On a more cosmetic scale she can use her powers to generate strobes, holograms, and bursts of color and light creating a ‘dazzle’ effect. She can also use her ability to generate a rocket-like effect, allowing Alison to gain vertical altitude by creating a column of light beneath her. In addition Dazzler can generate a light shield that destroys incoming particles, has light and sound immunity, and is currently afflicted with a resurrection factor that prevents her from being killed by conventional methods. The potential destructiveness of Alison’s powers and her resurrection factor earned her this high a ranking.

First Appearance: X-Men #130, 1980.

wolfsbane#45. Wolfsbane: To put it mildly, the strictly religious Protestant, Rahne Sinclair, has become a savage psycho beast since joining X-Force. She was recently captured by the fanatical mutant hating group, the Purifiers, and went through a brief period of being mentally controlled by them. The religious fanatics conditioned Rahne to go into a blind fury whenever she saw teammate Warren Worthington (Angel) and this led to her eventually ripping off his feather wings. Eventually they grew back and Warren changed into the Archangel, but since then Rahne has had no qualms about slitting throats and hacking bodies. If she was more skillful and had some sort of invulnerability (like a healing factor) to go along with her savagery, she’d easily rank much higher in the rankings.

Powers: Rahne has the ability of Lycanthrophy which in short means to change into a wolf or wolf-human at will. Rahne isn’t a werewolf as the limitations of that creature of the night (like a full moon or silver laced items) do not apply to her. In wolf form she retains full memory of herself, has heightened animal senses, and enhanced strength, size, speed, and reflexes. Plus she can perceive infra red, heat, pheromones, and emotions. However there are drawbacks to her wolf form which include a dulling of her intelligence and being prone to more wild behavior, which often overrides her moral consciousness. When in her animal wolf form, Wolfsbane can only communicate via barks and howls.

First Appearance: Marvel Graphic Novel #4, 1982.

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 opinions! So check out who is ranked today:

hellion#52. Hellion: Julian Keller has the potential to be a bad ass character, but since Messiah Complex he’s done nothing but get his butt handed to him. In MC Lady Deathstrike nearly killed him, skewering him with her talons, then during X-Men Divided We Stand he tried to join Magneto but was denied by the Master of Magnetism, and most recently in X-Force he allowed himself to get captured by the Leper Queen and was nearly executed. He really should be ranked higher on this list, but has done virtually nothing but set himself back since Messiah Complex began, preventing him from making the top 50.

Powers: Hellion possesses the power of Telekinesis, making him able to move solid matter with his thoughts. With this power he can fly, move objects from a distance, create kinetic shields, and create blasts of telekinetic force. Emma Frost recently removed subconscious blocks on his power, and while it has stabilized at a higher level before her intervention, Julian is now having problems focusing his ability due to the increase.

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

nehzno#51. Gentle: After the events of Messiah Complex, Nezhno Abidemi decided to return to his homeland of Wakanda happy to be free of the insane life of being an X-Man. However, he was surprisingly ostracized by his people because he is half Russian, and has since realized that his friends at the Institute weren’t so bad after all. Nezhno most recently appeared in the X-Men: Worlds Apart mini series where he helped Storm defeat the Shadow King in Wakanda.

Powers: Gentle possesses Extreme Strength that increases the muscle mass of his body when in use. As a result, his powers cause serious strain on his body so he wears vibranium tattoos that help prevent his power from getting out of control. However, every time he uses his mutant ability he inherently gets stronger and eventually the tattoos will fail, and when/if that happens Nezhno would die due to his inability to control the expansion of his muscle mass. He has the potential to rank higher on this list, but the fact that his powers could kill him prevent Gentle from gaining more ground in the rankings.

First Appearance: New X-Men #23, 2006.

ruby#50. Ruby Summers: Ruby is from Earth 1191 (the same future as Bishop) and, along with Layla Miller, helped start the Summers Rebellion against the mutant oppressors of her time. Even though we don’t know much about her yet, the fact that she has lived, thrived, and survived in a horrible future where mutants are exterminated like roaches, she has earned the 50th slot in our rankings. Something is up with this crazy red chick, but we’re going to have to wait to find out what that may be in future issues of X-Factor.

Powers: Like her father, Ruby can emit force beams from her eyes, but her energy blasts are black (not red) and take 93 seconds to recharge. She can also transform her body into organic ruby, similar to her mother’s diamond form. The ruby form prevents her from aging and allows her to survive without sustenance. This sounds awesome, but she has been in this form for so long that if she were to revert back to flesh and blood she would most likely age years in a matter of seconds- so she chooses life instead.

First Appearance: X-Factor Special: Layla Miller #1, 2008.

forge#49. Forge: One of my favorite characters, after the events of Messiah Complex Forge was attacked by Bishop who stole one of his cybernetic arms. Bishop got the drop on him, easily taking him out. Forge hasn’t been the most sane person to date, and it was recently revealed in Astonishing X-Men that he’s looking for a solution to M-Day: creating his own brand of mutants who resemble lizard guys who ate too much of the week old meat at Taco Bell. He’s currently living in a giant floating ship around Wundagore Mountain, and his status as a friend or foe is up in the air…

Powers: Forge is an Intuitive Genius, meaning he can visually perceive mechanical energy (the kinetic energy and potential energy present in the components of mechanical systems) in action, allowing him to invent virtually anything given the time and parts to do so. He can understand the functional operations of any machine or technological device within his visual range. As a result, many of the logical steps required in developing a piece of machinery are worked out in his subconscious mind, so that at times even he may not be entirely aware of how he built something. Due to his Native American heritage, Forge has tampered with sorcery and has developed several magical spells, including a ‘spirit-sight’ which allows him to open portals to other dimensions, and the ability to steal others’ souls to enhance his sorcery. He is also an accomplished pilot, and his cybernetic leg was created to replace the limb lost during his time serving in the Vietnam War.

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #184, 1984.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

First Appearance:  X-Men #107, 1977.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dani_Moonstar_color_by_hemisferio#70. Dani Moonstar: Moonstar was amongst the many mutants to lose her powers on M-Day, and since then she’s been a teacher at the Xavier Institute while sporadically popping up throughout various X-titles. During the Divided We Stand mini series she helped council Surge who was having difficulty dealing with the post Messiah Complex fallout. Dani also played a part in Young X-Men and is currently a leading cast member of the New Mutants. She’s ranked low on the list because despite her wisdom and evolved role as a mentor/teacher to the younger mutant generation she has no powers, which has resulted in her ass repeatedly getting kicked.

Powers: Currently she has none, but Dani used to have a number of different powers such as Empathic Illusion Casting, the ability to create three-dimensional images of visual concepts from the thoughts and emotional impressions within the minds of herself and others. The images that Dani caused to appear are similar to holograms (but created by psionic energy instead of lasers) that could be seen by anyone within their vicinity. However, only the people whose minds Dani pulled the images from would perceive them as ‘real,’ whereas everyone else could recognize them as illusions. In order to use this power, Moonstar had to be able to see her proposed target and actually be in the vicinity of that person (meaning she couldn’t target a person on the T.V., but could target someone she sees through binoculars miles away). She could also create Neural Arrows which would stun an opponent and then force them to relive a tragic memory. Animal Empathy was another ability Moonstar possessed and with it she could have a quasi-telepathic rapport with primates (but not humans), felines, members of the dog family, and birds. This power really came in handy when she had her winged horse, Brightwind. Other former powers included a Death Sense that allowed her to perceive the coming of Death, Resist Death which gave Dani the ability to challenge Death itself using a Cheyenne Ghost-Shaft made from her image powers, and Quantum Energy Manipulation where she could affect energy and matter on a subatomic level and fire powerful energy blasts. Yep, I’ll bet she hates the Scarlet Witch right about now.

First Appearance: Marvel Graphic Novel #4, 1982.

ripcord#69. Ripcord (formerly Stacy X): After falling victim to M-Day, a powerless Miranda Leevald left the X-Men and once again took to the streets to work as a prostitute. The loss of her abilities severely affected her, and she eventually hooked up with the New Warriors wanting to abandon her slutty ways and make a positive change in her life. She took on the name Ripcord but ended up losing her life during an accident with the crime fighting team.

Powers: As Ripcord, Miranda had special armor that contained super-strong metal tentacles, web shooters, and other gadgets. Before M-Day she had the ability of Pheromone Control which upon skin-to-skin contact allowed her to stimulate bodily functions in others. This included orgasms, vomiting, nausea, rectal ‘malfunctions’, etc. The power could also be used in a positive way for her teammates as she could speed up their healing process and give them enhanced stamina. Miranda also had scaly, snake-like skin that provided her some durability, but it went away along with her other powers on M-Day.

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #399, 2001.

238332-110608-blackwing_large#68. Blackwing (formerly Beak): Remember that ugly, awkward, and annoying mutant at the Xavier Institute named Beak? Well, this is that same guy only amped up with an advanced body suit now calling himself Blackwing. After losing his ‘powers’ on M-Day, Barnell Bohusk accepted an invitation to join the New Warriors. Once a member, he was the one responsible for convincing Sofia Mantega (a.k.a Wind Dancer) to join the group and is still lame as ever.

Powers: As Blackwing, Barnell wears an advanced body suit that gives him advanced protection, the ability to fly, super strength, and energy blasts. Before M-Day he had advanced sight, talons, and light, hollow bones which allowed him to fly short distances with great effort. He was also a doofus and is the least cool thing to come out of the Netherlands.

First Appearance:  New X-Men #117, 2001.

rictor#67. Rictor: This one was tough because Rictor has remained a very interesting character despite his lack of powers, but because he’s currently just a man with a gun I couldn’t bump him up any higher than this spot. During Messiah Complex he went undercover to infiltrate the terrorist-mutant-hating-religious-fanatic group, the Purifiers, and in the current volume of  X-Factor he was serving as a personal body guard to the then pregnant Siryn. While deadly with a firearm, anyone with offensive powers would be able to drop him without a problem. Sorry Rictor fans, your boy isn’t what he used to be.

Powers: Before M-Day Rictor possessed the ability of Seismic Energy Manipulation which allowed him to generate and release powerful waves of vibrations in any object he came into physical contact with. The vibrations started within his body and then emanated outwards, causing objects to shatter and crumble while creating earthquakes and shockwaves. He was also immune to the harmful effects his vibrations would create.

First Appearance: X-Factor #17, 1987.

anole#66. Anole: Like many members of the former New X-Men, Victor Borkowski was one pissed off mutant after the events of Messiah Complex. He was angry with the X-Men for giving he and his young mutant companions a ‘poor education’ by constantly putting them in danger that more often than not resulted in the death of a teammate. During Divided We Stand, Victor refused to return to the team, insisting that when Cyclops disbanded the X-Men, he had walked out on the younger generation of mutantkind. Eventually though, Dani Moonstar convinced him otherwise, informing Anole that the team had moved to San Francisco. She told him that in the Bay Area people are more accepting of mutants and tolerant about homosexuality- something that hasn’t been an easy subject for him to deal with amongst his fellow Young X-Men. Anole is a character who has the potential to evolve into a serious leader and formidable X-Man. For now though, he’s still just a kid and due to the lack of ‘oomfh’ with his powers (especially when compared to those of his teammates) he gets this spot in the rankings.

Powers: Victor has reptilian regenerative properties, enhanced agility, camouflage, a spiked carapace on his head, and armor-like scales. He can also climb walls and has a long sticky tongue (similar to Toad’s) that he uses in combat. As a side note, Victor digs frisbee and is a talented actor (like yours truly!).

First Appearance: New Mutants vol. 2 #2, 2003.

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

So what are power rankings? Mostly used to rank sports teams on how well they are playing now, my power rankings are a list of X-Men based on what their power set is in current continuity (or most recent appearance). Other factors that determined a character’s ranking are: what their power potential is, what they’ve already proven they can do (so long as it is still relevant in current continuity), and their over all level of badassness. If you disagree with me that’s totally cool- please leave a civilized comment explaining why. I don’t expect everyone to agree with me, and while I believe this list to be very solid in it’s numbering, I’m interested to hear what you have to say! So without further adieu, lets get this ball rolling:

Lockheed#75. Lockheed: The dragon side kick of the late Kitty Pryde, Lockheed ranks dead last in our power rankings. No offense to the little guy, but just about anyone on our list could give him a beat down if they really wanted to, be it with their powers or a baseball bat. Named after the company that built the X-Men’s jet, the Blackbird, Lockheed most recently appeared in Astonishing X-Men when he blew flame into the face of the villainous alien, Ord. Since Kitty’s untimely and saddening departure, we haven’t seen much of the alien dragon.

Powers: Lockheed can fly, breathe fire, and is immune to flame and heat. He also has some telepathic resistance as Professor Xavier has never been able to read his mind, and it is also believed that he possesses some empathic abilities due to his relationship with Kitty.

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #166, 1983.

250px-Renascence_sofia#74. Renascence (formerly Wind Dancer): Due to Sofia Mantega losing her powers on M-Day, she ranks low on our list. Since leaving the X-Men she decided to work as a waitress in a dumpy restaurant, but after much persuasion accepted an invitation to join the New Warriors where she took up the alias Renascence. She totally sucked in her first mission on the team, and has since decided to live off base and continue working her normal day job while living a normal life. You can read about her adventures in the recently canceled New Warriors series.

Powers: Currently she doesn’t have any, but Sofia used to possess Aerokinesis which allowed her to mentally direct air particles, permitting her to fly and create forceful blasts of wind.

First Appearance: New Mutants vol. 2 #1, 2003.

vanisher#73. Vanisher: Tel Porter is one of the most unexpected members of an X-team to date. At the moment he can be found on X-Force, serving as a teleporter for the team. He joined the mutant assassination squad against his will, forced to become a member since Elixir put a tumor in his brain, one that only he can remove. He’s covered in tattoos and while he looks bad ass, Porter proves that appearances can be deceiving as he’s a total sissy and is virtually useless in a brawl. Unless of course, you need to escape.

Powers: He has the power to teleport via the Darkforce Dimension while going from one place on Earth to another. Tel’s range and mass limits for teleportation are unknown, but he can go from So Cal to NYC in one teleport. He also has an extrasensory ability that prevents him from materializing his body within a solid object.

First Appearance: X-Men #2, 1963.

prodigy#72. Prodigy: Another victim of M-Day, we haven’t seen much of the powerless David Alleyne in recent X-books. Before Messiah Complex David had a rocky relationship with the mutant Surge, and has since become a brooding type of dude. He’s currently living in San Francisco with the rest of the X-Men, but stays mostly behind the scenes as he’s more of a liability than an asset in combat.

Powers: David used to be a Psychomimetic, meaning that when he was in a close proximity of another person he could scan and internalize the knowledge and skills of others, essentially giving him the ability to duplicate any non-superhuman talent. However, once the person left the range of his power he was unable to retain the the knowledge gained. After M-Day, The Stepford Cuckoos restored his memories and every skill he ever learned when he had powers. So while he may be powerless now, he’s still one helluva bright kid.

First Appearance: New Mutants vol. 2 #4, 2003.

xroundup64-7#71. Wolf Cub: After the events of Messiah Complex, a young Nicholas Gleason took it upon himself to lead the Young X-Men. Unfortunately for him, that role resulted in his tragic death at the hands of the evil mutant hating cyborg, Donald Pierce. He was a stumpy 4’3″ and a light 113 lbs., so it should come as no surprise as to why he was killed and ranks so low on this list. The only reason why he trumps Prodigy and the others before him is because he still possessed powers and had the potential to shred someone if need be. Also, before his death he had proven to be able to hold his own in a fight. However, Wolf Cub isn’t any higher on the list because he did, after all, get himself killed. Plus, Gleason was voted most likely to cry at a movie by his teammates… so, yeah.

Powers: Nicholas had a permanent werewolf like form that gave him razor sharp claws and enhanced strength, endurance, speed, senses, and agility.

First Appearance: Chamber #1, 2002.