X-Men teams up with the Omega-level Mutant Legion along with two other powerhouses
The latest issue of Way of X pairs an Omega-level mutant with a deep X-Men connection with two other Marvel powers.
WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Way of X # 3 from Si Spurrier, Bob Quinn, Java Tartaglia, Clayton Cowles from VC and Tom Muller, available now.
In his attempt to stop Onslaught’s return, Nightcrawler has already allied himself with the Omega-level Mutant Legion, dividing his time between the Onslaught Crisis and the establishment of a Mutant Religion. Legion, on the other hand, focuses solely on hunting down the dark side of his father, Professor Xavier.
As powerful as Legion is, though it doesn’t measure up to Onslaught on its own. Fortunately, he called in some serious reinforcements in the form of two immensely powerful mutants with complicated histories: the Xorn Twins.
Xorn first appeared in New X-Men Annual 2001, by Grant Morrison and Leniil Francis Yu, and was later revealed to be Magneto in disguise. Shen Xorn was then reintroduced as a separate character in X Men # 157 by Chuck Austen and Salvador Larroca. The Magneto which appeared in New X-Men was recognized to be Shen’s brother, Kuan-Yin Xorn. He impersonated Magneto under the influence of the sensitive bacteria Sublime.
The Xorn twins are first seen accompanying Legion while hovering over a group on newly terraformed Mars. Their observation of the scene is interrupted by Pixie, a young mutant Nightcrawler whom he has taken under his wing. She asks Legion to help her friends, Mercury and Loa, with their relationship issues.
Loa’s ability to shred things makes it difficult for her attempt to be intimate with Mercury. Pixie explains that Loa finds it difficult to control her powers when she is “turned on”, causing Mercury to lose one of her liquid metal hands. Pixie asks Legion to help Loa and Mercury with a technique he used to be intimate with the Blindfold precog.
Legion merged the minds of Loa and Mercury, allowing them to have the equivalent of a million dates in an instant. This allowed the young couple to share everything between them. Unfortunately for Mercury, this included a series of dark secrets that escalated into violent fantasies.
As it turned out, Onslaught was encouraging Mercury from within mind fusion. Onslaught left after Legion and Pixie discovered his presence by visiting Loa and Mercury’s mind. Pixie then berated Legion for using his friends’ ‘goofy psychic hookup’ as bait for Onslaught. The Legion felt it was best if they got rid of them before they were in a committed relationship.
The pair, along with the Xorn twins, followed Onslaught to Krakoa, where the entity manipulated the generally peaceful mutant Lost to attack former sidekick Fabian Cortez, who was making a scene in Stacy X’s mutant brothel.
The battle threatened to collapse the roof of a mutant nursery in the brothel until the cavalry arrived. The sight of Legion, Pixie, and the Xorn Twins was enough to scare off Onslaught again.
There is good reason why Onslaught is afraid to take on the Xorns and the Legion head-on. Their powers come from the literal stars contained in their heads, a sun for Kuan-Yin and a black hole for Shen. While Shen is primarily known as a healer, he and Kuan-Yin also have offensive powers which include teleportation, gravity, and magnetic manipulation, and the ability to mimic each other’s stars.
Shen has shown just how dangerous he can be when he defeats a group of Apocalypse Dark Riders on his own. Kuan-Yin showed the kind of damage he can do in horrific ways. Passing himself off as Magneto, he razed New York City, killing thousands of people. It surpassed that of Jonathan Hickman and RB Silva Powers by X # 3 as the Horseman of the Apocalypse. He used the power of the Singularity in his brain to end his entire timeline. That kind of power, combined with that of Legion, is enough to give even a villain as deadly as Onslaught a reason to take a break.
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