- This wasn't a teenage manifestation...this was a mutant birth.
- -- Emma Frost
Appearing in "Messiah Complex: Chapter One"
- Numerous unnamed
- Predator X
- Various mutant students
- Cooperstown citizens
- Marlene's mother
- Marlene (Corpse)
Synopsis for "Messiah Complex: Chapter One"
At the Xavier Institute, Professor Xavier futilely uses Cerebra with Beast at his side. Lately, he has found no signs of hope concerning the dwindling mutant population. Then suddenly, Cerebra's systems are blown out, causing pain amongst the telepaths and startling everyone in the mansion. The first new mutant birth since M-Day causes panic and excitement among the mutants. Professor X assembles a field team to investigate the situation, as Beast works on getting Cerebra back online. The group travel to Cooperstown, Alaska to find the entire town burning to the ground. The area is like a war-zone, and the X-Men immediately spread out to help any survivors. They conclude that a battled had ensued, following the massacre of the townspeople. The X-Men notice the dead bodies of Blockbuster and Prism on the ground, and a short while later they also find dead Purifiers. A distraught woman, holding her daughter’s smoldering corpse, steps out from the distance. Emma calms her down and then enters her mind to see past events unfold. She witnesses the girl’s death at the hands of the Purifiers, and the arrival of the Marauders. Emma sends Angel to the wreckage of a nearby hospital, where he discovers that the Purifiers had killed all the babies in case one was a mutant. Birth records provide evidence to suggest that the newborn mutant was not killed in the conflict. Either Sinister's Marauders have the baby, or the Purifiers do. Meanwhile, the creature known as Predator X has picked up the scent of the new arrival. It hungers for the mutant baby and is traveling at great distances in search for it.
- This issue is the first Chapter in the X-Men Messiah Complex Event
- The core group of Marauders have been cloned numerous times.
- This issue is reprinted in comics and books, see references for info.
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