Krakoa; "The Island That Walks Like a Man"[1] is a sentient living island located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It was once believed that it was spawned from nuclear testing in the area. Somehow, the repeated bombardments of radiation caused the island to mutate into a living ecosystem.[1] It's true origin was revealed to have been part of older sentient landmass known as Okkara a being split the land apart using the twilight sword. Splitting it in two forming Krakoa and Arakko.[3] Although hostile at first, the land eventually became a safe haven and later home nation for the Mutant people of Earth.[4]


Origin

Krakoa was believed to have been a very small island in the Pacific Ocean that was located close to where some nuclear bombing tests were done. It was thought that the radiation somehow turned the island's ecosystem into a single hive-mind entity.[1]

Okkara (Earth-616) Arakko (Earth-616) and Krakoa (Earth-616) from Powers of X Vol 1 4.jpg

In reality, Krakoa was part of a greater land called Okkara, but it was attacked by an enemy wielding a twilight sword. Okkara was split into two creatures, Krakoa and Arakko. Apocalypse arrived with his First Horsemen and sealed away the enemy. However, both Arakko and the Horsemen had to be sealed away with them, leaving Krakoa feeling mournful and lonely.[3]

World War II

In 1945, during World War II; Nick Fury along with Howling Commandos accidentally witnessed an explosion on Krakoa. Soon after that they crashed on the island where they came across the island's collective intelligence. In order to leave the place Fury managed to arrange a peaceful parting in exchange for keeping its existence a secret.[5]

X-Men Tragedies

Original X-Men

The X-Men (then consisting of Cyclops, Angel, Havok, Iceman, Marvel Girl (Jean Grey), and Polaris) came to the island after Cerebro detected an unknown mutant there, and were captured by Krakoa, who used them as food sources.[1]

Moira's X-Men

Another team of young mutants, composed of Petra, Darwin, Sway, and the third Summers brother Kid Vulcan, from a parallel X-Mansion led by Moira MacTaggart, were sent to help the original X-Men. They managed to save Cyclops and returned him to Professor X. However, Krakoa killed Petra and Sway and left Darwin and Kid Vulcan almost dead. Xavier erased all records of the real events and his brother from Cyclops' mind, and altered the other mutants' minds to cast the illusion of a speaking, sentient Krakoa.[6]

Krakoa (Earth-616) from Giant-Size X-Men Vol 1 1 0001.jpg

Third Team

With the failure of the first team Professor X then decided to recruit international mutants to save his X-Men, namely Colossus, Nightcrawler, Storm, Sunfire, Thunderbird, Banshee, and Wolverine, and sent them to Krakoa. Cyclops' group of mutants paired off and after each pair encounter and defeated various aspects of the island, the new X-Men team found the original X-Men, who were weakened from being fed upon by Krakoa for so long. At this point, it was revealed that the island was itself the mutant they had originally detected and Krakoa battled the new and old X-Men by forming a giant humanoid body out of its terrain. With a combination of psi interference by Professor X and energy blasts from Cyclops and Havok, Storm was able to supercharge Polaris' magnetic powers with bolts of lightning. Polaris interacted with the Earth's core and created a magnetic pulse so strong that she was able to launch Krakoa into outer space. The X-Men—then counting thirteen members—were saved.[1] As Krakoa left Earth’s atmosphere, the portion of the island containing Darwin and Vulcan broke free and remained in Earth’s orbit.[2]

Krakoa was captured by the enigmatic alien, the Stranger, and was imprisoned in the Stranger's Labworld for the alien to study him. He remained there until freed by Overmind.[7]

Legacy

As it left Earth’s orbit, Krakoa also released spores, some of which grew to sentience becoming Krakoa’s “children.”[2]

A portion of Krakoa's biomass was used for construction of the Bio-Sphere at the Massachusetts Academy, nicknamed the "Danger Grotto" by Generation X.[8][9]

A "son of Krakoa", the result of a spore that was released from Krakoa as it was shot into space, later appeared. Nightcrawler eventually defeated this "Vega-Superior" by tricking him into drowning himself.[10]

The Young X-Men encountered another "Krakoa" when 56 construction workers disappeared from a construction site on a tropical island.[11]

Rebirth

Krakoa (Earth-616) from Powers of X Vol 1 4.jpg

Through unknown means, Krakoa eventually returned to the Pacific Ocean after being freed from the Stranger.[2]

After apparently abandoning his dream for peaceful coexistence, Professor X ultimately repurposed Krakoa into a sovereign nation state for mutants. Now donning a portable Cerebro, Xavier seemingly recruited and experimented on Krakoa with the help of Cypher. Both expanding Krakoa's consciousness and cultivating its biome to include exotic flowers that can be used for various purposes, as such becoming the primary economic resource of the mutant nation.

These Flowers of Krakoa could grow Habitat, self-sufficient offshoots of Krakoa that served as embassies around the solar system, while remaining connected to its hive mind via Gateways, which provided ways to instantly travel from one part of Krakoa to another.

Additionally, Xavier bought world leading pharmaceutical companies with his vast wealth to produce three new super drugs from Krakoan flowers, offering them to every country that formally recognized Krakoa as a nation. These drugs—dubbed I, L, and M—operate as a adaptive antibiotic, extend the human lifespan by five years, and prevent human "diseases of the mind" respectively, allegedly hereby solving the devastating health problems in humans.[4]

An island known as Arak Coral later appeared off the southern coast of Krakoa. With Cypher offworld, Cable and Prestige accompanied their father in exploring the new landmass and learned about it from the High Summoner of Arrakoa before the two islands merged into one.[12]

Points of Interest

Residents/Citizens of Krakoa

Power Grid [79]
Intelligence
 1
Strength
Speed*
 3
 1
Durability
Energy Projection
Fighting Skills
 1
* Mobility of creations

Powers

Krakoa possesses an instinct-based hivemind composed of the lifeforms that formed it.[citation needed] It can create moving, semi-humanoid and animal forms of various sizes out of its component earth.[citation needed] Its largest humanoid form possessed superhuman strength (lifting approximately 100 tons).[citation needed] It feeds on mutant energy, and drains that energy quickly, often rendering mutants powerless, and though it often traps beings using tentacle-like vegetation growth, it can feed off this energy as long as the being remains on the island.[citation needed] Krakoa can block the powers of telepaths trying to communicate with those on the island,[citation needed] and it can survive unaided in space.[citation needed] There is also a great amount of magic around Krakoa, according to Doctor Strange.[73]


Weaknesses

Magnetic pulses supercharged with bolts of lightning;[citation needed] winter[citation needed]

  • The 2006 X-Men: Deadly Genesis storyline features a major retcon in which it is revealed that many of the elements in Giant-Size X-Men #1 were in fact deceptions and delusions created by Professor X to hide the major part of the story. Relevant to Krakoa:
    • The creature was apparently non-verbal and instances where it appeared to speak were telepathically faked by Xavier.
    • Krakoa also did not deliberately free Cyclops to seek out further mutants for it -- Cyclops escaped due to the intervention of Xavier's second team, which was edited out of Scott's memory.[74]
    • Although not Xavier's doing, Deadly Genesis showed that a part of Krakoa was left orbiting around Earth for years until the energy wave from M-Day and the Collective awakened Vulcan. However, the rest of Krakoa was previously captured for study by the cosmic entity known as The Stranger, as seen when Quasar visited one of his 'laboratory worlds' in Quasar #15.
  • Certain humans, such as Shogo Lee[15] and Kyle Jinadu[62] are allowed to reside on Krakoa due to being the children or spouses of Krakoan citizens, but that's not the case for Juggernaut.[75] Moreover, certain non-mutant allies, such as Broo,[76] Scarlet Witch,[77] and Deadpool[60] are allowed to visit Krakoa whenever they please. However, Broo was later confirmed to be an actual citizen since he is a mutant but of the Brood race.[2]
  • The island’s length is variable, approximately 326 square miles (Atlantic island: 53 square miles; Pacific island: 263 square miles prior to the Arak Maw rejoining)[2]

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Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Giant-Size X-Men #1
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.29 2.30 2.31 2.32 2.33 2.34 2.35 2.36 2.37 2.38 2.39 X of Swords Handbook #1
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Powers of X #4
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 4.20 4.21 4.22 4.23 4.24 4.25 4.26 4.27 4.28 4.29 4.30 House of X #1
  5. Journey into Mystery: The Birth of Krakoa #1
  6. X-Men: Deadly Genesis #1-6
  7. Quasar #15
  8. Generation X #1
  9. Generation X #47
  10. Excalibur #31
  11. Young X-Men #7
  12. 12.0 12.1 X-Men Vol 5 #2
  13. X-Force Vol 6 #10
  14. 14.00 14.01 14.02 14.03 14.04 14.05 14.06 14.07 14.08 14.09 14.10 14.11 14.12 14.13 Hellions #1
  15. 15.00 15.01 15.02 15.03 15.04 15.05 15.06 15.07 15.08 15.09 15.10 15.11 15.12 Excalibur Vol 4 #1
  16. Hellions #5
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Powers of X #5
  18. 18.0 18.1 House of X #4
  19. Marauders #10
  20. 20.0 20.1 Wolverine Vol 7 #1
  21. Giant-Size X-Men: Jean Grey and Emma Frost #1
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 22.5 Cable Vol 4 #1
  23. X-Men / Fantastic Four Vol 2 #1
  24. X-Force Vol 6 #5
  25. 25.0 25.1 X-Factor Vol 4 #4
  26. 26.0 26.1 X-Men Vol 5 #11
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 Marauders #8
  28. 28.0 28.1 Giant-Size X-Men: Magneto #1
  29. 29.0 29.1 X-Force Vol 6 #4
  30. Marauders #7
  31. 31.00 31.01 31.02 31.03 31.04 31.05 31.06 31.07 31.08 31.09 31.10 31.11 31.12 31.13 31.14 31.15 31.16 31.17 31.18 31.19 31.20 31.21 31.22 31.23 31.24 31.25 31.26 31.27 31.28 31.29 House of X #5
  32. Excalibur Vol 4 #12
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 X-Men Vol 5 #7
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 34.3 X-Force Vol 6 #11
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 35.3 X-Force Vol 6 #12
  36. Marauders #11
  37. 37.0 37.1 Empyre: X-Men #2
  38. Excalibur Vol 4 #8
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 39.3 39.4 New Mutants Vol 4 #6
  40. 40.00 40.01 40.02 40.03 40.04 40.05 40.06 40.07 40.08 40.09 40.10 40.11 40.12 40.13 40.14 40.15 40.16 40.17 40.18 House of X #6
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 41.3 41.4 41.5 41.6 41.7 41.8 41.9 X-Force Vol 6 #9
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 42.3 42.4 42.5 42.6 42.7 42.8 X-Force Vol 6 #1
  43. Excalibur Vol 4 #15
  44. 44.00 44.01 44.02 44.03 44.04 44.05 44.06 44.07 44.08 44.09 44.10 44.11 New Mutants Vol 4 #1
  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 Marauders #3
  46. Fallen Angels Vol 2 #5
  47. 47.0 47.1 47.2 47.3 47.4 47.5 47.6 47.7 47.8 X-Force Vol 6 #2
  48. 48.0 48.1 48.2 48.3 X-Men Vol 5 #1
  49. New Mutants Vol 4 #11
  50. 50.0 50.1 50.2 50.3 Marauders #1
  51. X-Men Vol 5 #5
  52. X of Swords: Destruction #1
  53. 53.0 53.1 53.2 New Mutants Vol 4 #9
  54. Empyre: X-Men #4
  55. 55.0 55.1 New Mutants Vol 4 #7
  56. 56.0 56.1 Marauders #4
  57. Marauders #2
  58. Gwenpool Strikes Back #5
  59. 59.0 59.1 House of X #3
  60. 60.0 60.1 Deadpool Vol 8 #6
  61. X-Force Vol 6 #3
  62. 62.0 62.1 X-Factor Vol 4 #1
  63. X of Swords Handbook Vol 1
  64. 64.0 64.1 New Mutants Vol 4 #3
  65. Cable Vol 4 #2
  66. 66.0 66.1 66.2 X-Men Vol 5 #8
  67. X-Men / Fantastic Four Vol 2 #4
  68. Marvel's Voices #1
  69. Excalibur Vol 4 #3
  70. 70.0 70.1 Fallen Angels Vol 2 #1
  71. Lords of Empyre: Emperor Hulkling #1
  72. X-Men Vol 5 #12
  73. Savage Avengers #0
  74. X-Men: Deadly Genesis #6
  75. Juggernaut Vol 3 #2
  76. White, Jordan D. (2 November 2019). Jordan D. White on Twitter: "He was visiting. He is their friend.". Twitter. Retrieved on 6 November 2019.
  77. Strange Academy #5
  78. X-Men: Phoenix Force Handbook #1
  79. X-Men: Phoenix Force Handbook #1



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