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All month-long we’ll be featuring top five lists about either the Avengers or the X-Men. Here is an archive of all the past top five lists!
In this installment, we’ll look at the top five non-mutant X-Men team members.
First up, since she was a clone of Jean Grey who ended up exhibiting Jean’s powers, I’m eliminating Madelyne Pryor from the list. Otherwise, she’d be a fine choice. In addition, I’m not counting those X-Men whose original mutant powers were duplicated through other means (like how Polaris and Magneto’s current powers are not their actual mutant powers but rather are essentially facsimiles of their original mutant powers – that was a silly concept to begin with and we should just follow the suit of the X-Titles and pretend as if that is not the case). Even if they are depowered mutants, I still consider them mutants.
I love how Dr. Kavita Rao went from being almost a villain to being a valued member of the X-Club…
Cloak and Dagger are weird, since they joined the X-Men when they thought that they WERE mutants, but they’re not…
Mimic was NOT a very good character, but at least he was the first new addition to the X-Men and the first non-mutant member (although later writers have tried to argue that maybe he was a latent mutant)…
I like Hepzibah as a character a lot but I don’t think she worked particularly well on the X-Men.
This is a tough one. I’ve gone back and forth on this one and ultimately I think that the last one cut is Omega Sentinel.
I think she’s a fascinating character (as more than just being a human X-Man, she’s a freaking SENTINEL!) but I don’t think she’s had quite as much development as…
In just one issue of Wolverine and the X-Men, Jason Aaron gave Warbird more character development than many X-Men themselves get in a year’s worth of stories. And that wasn’t the end of it, as Marjorie Liu also did strong work with her in Astonishing X-Men, where she was made an official member of the team.
Fantomex was a great introduction into the X-Mythos by Grant Morrison, but for a while there it looked like he would just fade into obscurity once Morrison was gone. Luckily, he was picked up by Rick Remender for Uncanny X-Force and Matt Fraction had him join the team in Uncanny X-Men.
Considering Lockheed as a member of the X-Men has always seemed a bit odd to me, but eh, I guess I’ll just have to give in to the various encyclopedias out there that insist that he is a member of the team. If he IS a member, then obviously he would rank high as he’s a total blast of a character. I love that Kitty Pryde has her own freakin’ ALIEN DRAGON! So awesome.
While a lot of Chuck Austen’s Uncanny X-Men run was…not so great, he did a good job with Juggernaut when he made ol’ Jughead a member of the X-Men. He really played up the outcast angle well, as Juggernaut really IS a big outcast and he had a terrible childhood. His X-Men tenure was a fine example of seeing a guy warm up when he actually gained real friends.
Longshot is just a fun character and he probably had the most substantial membership on the X-Men than anyone else on this list, so I figure he pretty much had to be #1.
That’s the list! Agree? Disagree? Let me know!
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