Thanks to her starring role in X-MEN as a member of Storm's proactive mutant team, the impossibly perfect super hero called Monet – or M for short – has finally graduated to the big leagues after spending two decades turning heads and punching heads. Sure she's a super strong and super smart telepath with more self-confidence than a Quinjet full of Tony Starks, but she didn't start out that way.
Monet St. Croix first appeared twenty years ago this month in UNCANNY X-MEN #316 by Scott Lobdell and Joe Madureira. Or at least, well, someone named Monet appeared in that issue.
We now know what M's bodyguard, Colonel Gayle Cord-Becker, meant when she referred to a horrible thing happening to the other St. Croix children. Monet's brother had turned into the vampiric mutant named Emplate and then used his powers to transform Monet into the diamond-skinned creature nicknamed Penance. Monet's twin sisters used their powers to merge into a replacement Monet, actually the M we meet in this issue. All this info gets dropped years later in issues of GENERATION X. We did our continuity due diligence by referencing it, and now we're gonna get back to the Happy Birthday fun!
Well, fun for us at least; Col. Gayle sacrificed herself in an attempt to save the catatonic Monet, but a big ol' Phalanx creature snatched up the teenager anyway.
Monet woke up in a Phalanx prison cell alongside a few other prisoners, who we met for the first time in UNCANNY X-MEN #317.
Longtime X-Men readers will recognize Paige Guthrie (Husk), Angelo Espinosa (Skin), and Clarice Ferguson (Blink), but the square-jawed Gregor might not ring any bells.
Yep, Monet broke her silence by telling her fellow prisoners to shut up. That's the M we know and love! While everyone else around her freaked out, Monet reconstructed the techno-organic material used in their prison suits into a weapon, one that she would turn on the traitor within their midst.
After outing Gregor as a Phalanx mole, M demonstrated her vastly superior intellect to her future teammates…and then followed her dense monologue up with an entirely different display of superiority.
What can't this young woman do? A ragtag band of X-Men arrived soon after to rescue the imprisoned mutants, and Clarice Ferguson had to pay the ultimate price to ensure her newfound friends' escape. Don't worry, though, because the next generation of X-Men quickly bounced back from the tragic events of "The Phalanx Covenant," thanks in part to Monet's credit card.
From there, Monet spent time at the Massachusetts Academy as a member of Generation X before undergoing the aforementioned identity crisis. She then joined up with a mutant detective agency in X-FACTOR and currently punches bad guys in the face as a member of the X-Men.
Check out Monet's current adventures in X-MEN on Marvel Unlimited!