Polaris and Jean Gray just combined their abilities to uncover a hidden truth in X-Men # 2 and inadvertently create an awesome new power.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Marvel Comics’ X-Men # 2, on sale now
The modern era of X-Men comics introduced the concept of “Mutant Technology,” the technical term for when two or more mutants combine their powers to create a new effect. It can be as simple and straightforward as Colossus throwing Wolverine into the “Fastball Special,” and as complex and overwhelming as the terraforming of Mars by many Omega-level mutants.
A new combo of this type has just been used in X Men # 2 by Gerry Duggan, Pepe Larraz, Marte Gracia and Clayton Cowles of VC, with Jean Gray and Polaris finding a way to combine their powers to discover a powerful new application of their abilities: to move through the memories of recently deceased people.
In X MenCordyceps Jones arranged for alien forces to attack Earth and attack the life forms that have long dominated the planet. His latest attempt sees a group of aliens unleash a minor part of the wave of annihilation on the planet that, if able to consume enough to grow quickly enough, could wipe out life on Earth. Luckily for humanity, the X-Men are able to detect the assault almost as soon as it begins in Kansas and move quickly to confront them. Working alongside the inhabitants of a town near the launching point of the wave of annihilation, Cyclops, Rogue, Wolverine, Sunfire, and Synch are able to skillfully hold the line and defend humans from alien onslaught.
However, Jean and Polaris end up sinking deeper into the wave. Polaris creates a barrier for them using her control of magnetism, and Jean’s telepathy ends up being affected as she passes through it – amplifying it as she moves through Polaris’ intense magnetic field and allowing him to recover the lost memories of the alien who sacrificed himself to free the horde in the first place. As Jean explains to Lorna, the alien’s brain has been swallowed entirely by the swarm, which means its neurons are still functioning. By locating the brain in the creature that ate it, John is able to come into contact with the creature’s spirit. The Omega-Level telepath admits to Polaris that she has never been able to touch a dead spirit with her powers before. But Jean pushing his telepathy through Lorna’s magnetism did indeed create an “MRI machine for memories”.
This allows Jean to witness memories of Cordyceps Jones and the black hole he used to teleport alien threats to Earth, and give the X-Men an idea of the type of threat they face. Satisfied, Jean is then able to give Sunfire the order to destroy the Wave with his fires. Without Jean and Polaris working together, Sunfire would have simply wiped out the alien horde before anyone could find out the truth about Cordyceps Jones. Instead, the X-Men now have a sense of who they’re up against and what to do against them.
Notably, Jean and Polaris have accidentally discovered a new application of their powers. It seems that by working together, the couple can probe the memories of one brain even after the death of another – and possibly that of a still living spirit. While there may only be a short window before the neurons stop firing at death and even this tactic becomes impossible, it is an incredible advantage in learning the truth about the mysteries. Jean and Polaris could even execute it on living people, giving the couple a pure form of interrogation and information gathering.
In fact, this app of powers would be perfect for Lorna’s former team, X-Factor – who are assembled to solve the mysteries plaguing the dead mutants. This could make their investigations – as well as X-Force’s espionage efforts – more fruitful. If it can work on living things, it might even be a key aspect of the next Magneto test, revealing his memories of the event. This is a potential Major development, and could open the door to solving many mysteries for the X-Men.
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