THE TOP 100 COMIC BOOK HEROES OF ALL TIME

94. XORN

Forgive the double-negative here, but how can an X-Man created by Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly not be on this list? Simple answer: He can’t.

WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS FOLLOW IF YOU HAVEN’T READ GRANT MORRISON’S NEW X-MEN RUN YET.

When the big reveal comes and we learn that there is no such thing as Xorn, several X-Men can’t believe it.  He was so sweet, and so nice.  But go back and re-read the series again and you’ll see that you should have known all along that Xorn was Magneto.

The New X-Men is Morrison’s Marvel masterpiece and his best team book ever (yes, it’s better than his JLA stuff).  And the character of Xorn exemplifies why: He’s a mystery from the start: His power set is never clear, he has a star for a brain, he is rescued from a bizarre torture chamber, he preaches a Zen-like philosophy and befriends the most misfitted of the misfits, and yet he’s got an edge—there’s a sense of menace and danger with him from the very start.  Maybe it’s because Xavier can’t read his mind.

Morrison’s run on new X-Men ended with Magneto dead again (beheaded by Wolverine!) and with Xorn revealed as a hoax.

Sadly, the other X-writers couldn’t let the sleeping dog lie.  They loved the ideas behind Xorn so much that they revived him as an actual, real character.  And erased most of Morrison’s run.  Shame on them.  In the retcon, it turns out that Xorn was real all along, but Magneto has replaced him somehow (or he was a clone or some crap like that)…It really didn’t (and doesn’t) make sense.  Stop reading about Xorn when Magneto stops writing about him, and you’ll see why he’s one of the most fascinating mutants in the history of the extremely vast and colorful X-Universe.

Recommended reading:

  • Grant Morrison’s New X-Men run.  Get used to this recommendation.  It’s all over this list

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