The X-Men just revived Marvel’s greatest avengers

The following contains major spoilers for AX: Judgment Day #5, available now from Marvel Comics.

While the war between the Eternals and the Mutants has brought about doomsday, it has also brought about the most desperate attempts to save the world that it has ever seen. Not only has the Avengers breathed new life into a twisted celestial god, but every preconceived notion and deep-seated truth has been almost completely thrown away if it means a chance at survival. For some, it means turning their backs on everything they’ve ever known, while for the mutants of Krakoa, it means rewriting their most sacred rule of all.


AX: Doomsday #5 (by Kieron Gillen, Valerio Schiti, Marte Gracia and VC’s Clayton Cowles) finds the world becoming unworthy of continued survival of the Progenitor. Despite this, Captain America is unwilling to accept this Celestial’s judgment as anything but tyranny. With Jean Grey’s help, Cap sends a message to the whole world in the form of a cry that brings down the Ancestor’s wrath upon him. Although losing the one man who could possibly unite the world could otherwise be a blow of no return, Nightcrawler knows well that is not the case. At least not as long as he is able to break Krakoa’s most important law to bring back Captain America.

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The 2019s House X #5 (by Jonathan Hickman and Pepe Larraz) introduced two of the biggest developments the Marvel Universe had ever seen in the form of The Five along with Krakoa’s Resurrection Protocols. The former is a team consisting of the mutants Egg, Elixir, Tempus, Proteus and Hope Summers. Together, these mutants are able to combine their powers in such a way that they can create new bodies for their fallen brothers, although that is only half the process.

Following their creations, these shells would then be imbued with the memories and experiences of the deceased mutant courtesy of Cerebro. Given that Cerebro was specifically programmed to track and copy mutant brainwaves, the resurrection gift on Krakoa was one relegated to mutants alone. The very nature of the Resurrection Protocols has become so sacred to Krakoan society that bringing others back is actually sacrilegious. Then again, the impending rapture of the Marvel Universe changes things, but not necessarily enough that avoiding established principles won’t have serious consequences in the future.

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When the existence of the Resurrection Protocols first became public knowledge, it shook the entire world to its core and brought back mass waves of anti-mutant sentiment. Fortunately, the technicalities and established traditions inherent in the Protocols were both legitimate means of deflecting the subsequent outcry. Or rather, they were then, but now that Captain America has gone through the process for himself, the rest of the world probably won’t be so kind if it survives Judgment Day.

If the progenitor is defeated and doomsday is stopped, the mutants of Krakoa will have to deal with the fact that they brought back an outsider. It’s hard to imagine that this would mean opening up the resurrection to humanity, but that would only give mutants an even greater level of mistrust from the global community. The only thing that is certain is that nothing will ever be the same after this moment. And while the revival of Captain America saves the rest of the world, it may be the very thing that brings the end of it, the mutants have fought so hard to figure out for themselves.

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