Marvel's X-Men Relaunch Confirms All Omega Level Mutants
Marvel Comics kicked off a new era of the X-Men with the release of House of X #1 by writer Jonathan Hickman and artist R.B. Silva, and it’s clear that this issue was all about setting the table for what’s to come. One way the comic establishes this new landscape for mutantkind is a series of informational pages, and while that may sound dry, they’re actually packed with noteworthy details. One page in particular from Xavier’s files is all about Omega level mutants, listing all known mutants of that esteemed power level, the nature of their abilities, and where their loyalties lie.First, the page starts with the definition of an Omega level mutant: “A mutant whose dominant power is deemed to register -- or reach -- an undefinable upper limit of that power’s specific classification.”An example of this is given with two notable mutants: “Both Magneto and Forge are the most powerful mutants of their power types on the planet Earth (Magnetism and Technopathy, respectively), but what makes Magneto, and not Forge, an Omega level mutant is that the upper limit of Forge’s measurable powers could hypothetically be surpassed (and, in fact, has by multiple humans on the planet), while the upper limit of Magneto’s power cannot be surpassed by any measurable fashion.”As we know, some mutants have multiple powers, and that circumstance is also addressed: “Omega level is a classification of a single mutant power. While it is quite common that mutants manifest multiple powers, only one is normally of Omega level.”Jean Grey is used as an example: “While Jean Grey is both a telepath and a telekinetic, she is only an Omega level telepath.”The reason we’re getting a whole page on Omega level mutants is explained at the bottom, showing their significance to Xavier’s plan to bring mutants to a place of power and prominence in the world: “While it is believed that a greater dynamo is possible through collective means, it is a current priority for the mutant nation of Krakoa to protect and nurture its greatest natural resource: Omega level mutants.“All efforts are to be expended in order to secure the future of the state.“‘One people. One tribe. One family.’”Here’s the full list of Omega-level mutants:Given that Hickman is putting such emphasis on these mutants, it’s telling that they will have a key role in the story going forward. In this context, Omega level mutants are essentially nuclear weapons for mutantkind. These mutants can wield an incredible, limitless amount of power that other Marvel superhero teams would find hard to match. While not all Omega level mutants are allied with the X-Men, they have more than enough to act as a deterrent to the rest of the world.It’s interesting to note how Franklin Richards, son to Mister Fantastic and the Invisible Woman of the Fantastic Four, is the single Omega level mutant on the side of the humans. We’ll have to wait and see if the X-Men attempt to sway him to their cause.Check out the full Omega level mutant page below:
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