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Every week, a secret cabal of Marvel staffers gathers to discuss the best of the best when it comes to the House of Ideas.

As announced at San Diego Comic-Con, X-Force, the New Mutants and members of the X-Men face their own fallen this fall in X-NECROSHA.

While the Children of the Atom have lost many of their number over the years-and gotten more than one back-the Secret Cabal narrowed down the current roll call of deceased mutants to the 10 who perished in the most memorable fashion as well as those they wouldn't mind seeing rise in X-NECROSHA.

For each entry you get the quick rundown as well as a special spotlight comic courtesy of Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited.

As always, these picks reflect the personal choices of the Secret Cabal, not the official opinion of Marvel or Marvel.com, and can be considered subjective at best. Enjoy!

 

 
10. SYNCH
First Appearance: X-MEN #36 (1994)
Death: GENERATION X #70 (2000)
Cause of Death: Killed in an explosion after saving several human students of the Massachusetts Academy
Learn More About Him...here
Why He Makes the List: "One of the kindest mutants to make up the X-Men's extended family, Everett Thomas almost seemed too good to be dragged into the war waged by the Children of the Atom, and perhaps his fate proves that point. After years of fighting the good fight alongside his Generation X classmates against unbelievable menaces, Synch met a mundane end on the wrong end of a bomb, but in the process saved innocent humans who hated him for no reason other than his DNA. Synch was a breath of fresh air we could stand to see again." - Secret Cabal member Annihilator882
Spotlight Comic: GENERATION X #67-In a school ablaze with hatred, Synch tries to keep the peace!

9. RUSTY
First Appearance: X-FACTOR #1 (1986)
Death: X-MEN #42 (1995)
Cause of Death: Had his life force drained by Holocaust
Learn More About Him...here
Why He Makes the List: "Since the emergence of his mutant powers, life never went easily for Rusty Collins. His first involuntary use of his pyrokinesis left a woman disfigured and made him a fugitive, which is how he'd spend most of his young adult years. He found solace in the arms of Skids, whom he endured brainwashing and kidnapping by the Mutant Liberation Front and war with their former New Mutants allies alongside. Tragically for Rusty, just as he seemed to have finally located peace on Magneto's Avalon sanctuary, the inter-dimensional murderer called Holocaust cut his long-awaited happiness short." - Annihilator882
Spotlight Comic: NEW MUTANTS #87 (1983)-Rusty and Skids get caught in the crossfire between the Mutant Liberation Front and Cable!

 
8. JOSEPH
First Appearance: UNCANNY X-MEN #327 (1995)
Death: X-MEN #87 (1999)
Cause of Death: Burnt out his body repairing damage done to Earth's magnetic fields by Magneto
Learn More About Him...here
Why He Makes the List: "Created from Magneto's own cells, the young amnesiac known only as Joseph was meant to depose and destroy his genetic template and become the new Master of Magnetism. However Joseph decided to fight alongside the X-Men against his evil progenitor and died a hero. Joseph was a startling reminder to the veteran team that not everything is as it seems and that everyone should be given a chance And of course it never hurts to have an omega-level mutant on your team, especially one with Magneto's DNA." - Secret Cabal member CredshawSotD
Spotlight Comic: X-MEN #86 (1991)-The origin of Joseph revealed!

 
7. CALIBAN
First Appearance: UNCANNY X-MEN #148 (1981)
Death: NEW X-MEN #45 (2007)
Cause of Death: Jumped in the path of a hail of bullets to save Warpath from the Reavers
Learn More About Him...here
Why He Makes the List: "Caliban spent years hiding in the shadows as one of the meekest members of the Morlocks, but despite the obstacles in his way, he was able to find his way into the light. Shaking off Apocalypse's influence not once, but twice, Cal became a valuable member of X-Force and loyal ally to the X-Men while never forgetting about his fellow sewer dwellers along the way. It's appropriate that after years of struggling for acceptance, Caliban met his demise saving the life of a friend and comrade, Warpath, who has done his best to make sure his savior's memory lives on." - Annihilator882
Spotlight Comic: UNCANNY X-MEN #488-Caliban seeks out the X-Men in order to save what's left of the Morlocks!

6. CYPHER
First Appearance: NEW MUTANTS #13 (1984)
Death: NEW MUTANTS #60 (1988)
Cause of Death: Took a bullet fired by the Ani-Mator intended for Wolfsbane
Learn More About Him...here
Why He Makes the List: "Doug Ramsey was a mutant I personally feel was ahead of his time. With the power to translate and speak any languages, his power seemed rather limited, but that never stopped him from running into battle with as much courage as his fellow New Mutants.  Just as his confidence began to grow and his love life started to bloom in his relationship with Rahne Sinclair, he was brutally struck down, and a generation of New Mutants grew up. Doug would be an interesting character to have today, as the proliferation of computers would have been fertile ground for him to flex his mutant muscles." - Secret Cabal member RunawayJ
Spotlight Comic: NEW MUTANTS #26 (1983)-Cypher joins the New Mutants as they try to unravel the mysteries of Legion!

 
5. BANSHEE
First Appearance: X-MEN #28 (1967)
Death: X-MEN: DEADLY GENESIS #2 (2006)
Cause of Death: Struck down by the X-Men's Blackbird jet piloted by Vulcan
Learn More About Him...here
Why He Makes the List: "The path of Sean Cassidy, perhaps the forgotten member of the 'All-New, All-Different' X-Men, is something of a tragic one. When Banshee first joined the team, he was a whimsical and go-lucky swashbuckler who often buoyed the rest of the team with his humor and optimism. As years went by, Sean fell in love with Moira MacTaggert and rediscovered his lost daughter, Siryn, seemingly earning the storybook ending he deserved. Unfortunately for Banshee, Moira died tragically at the hands of Mystique and his life unraveled. After an ill-fated attempt to form his own mutant group, the paramilitary X-Corps, Banshee's final act was to save a plane full of innocents, allowing us to remember him as the true hero he was." - Annihilator882
Spotlight Comic: X-FACTOR #7 (2005)-Siryn mourns her father's passing in her own unique way...

 
4. CHANGELING
First Appearance: X-MEN #35 (1967)
Death: X-MEN #42 (1968)
Cause of Death: Mortally wounded by Grotesk while disguised as Professor X
Learn More About Him...here
Why He Makes the List: "The very first casualty the X-Men ever suffered was...Professor X? Indeed, relatively early on in the original team's tenure, their beloved mentor was seemingly beaten to death while trying to aid them against the grotesque Grotesk. However, the young mutants were shocked once more months later to find the Professor alive, having gone into seclusion to prepare for an alien invasion while the X-Men's one-time foe, Changeling, sought redemption upon learning he had cancer and agreed to pose as Xavier. His time as an X-Man may have been brief, but Changeling earned his absolution." - Annihilator882
Spotlight Comic: X-MEN #38 (1963)-Changeling leads Factor Three against his future X-Men charges!

 
3. NATE GREY
First Appearance: X-MAN #1 (1995)
Death: X-MAN #75 (2001)
Cause of Death: Dissipated his essence into every cell on Earth to protect them from the Anti-Man
Learn More About Him...here
Why He Makes the List: "Nate Grey, aka X-Man, was an intriguing character with fascinating possibilities; a younger version of Cable from a nightmarish reality where Apocalypse ruled, Nate was the ultimate outsider among outcasts. Unable to ever truly find his place in the Marvel Universe proper, X-Man wandered from being Cable's little brother to serving as shaman for the mutant race. Ultimately, Nate's sacrifice to save a planet not even his was noble, but the door was left open for a return we'd be curious to see, as the world may be ready for X-Man at long last." - Annihilator882
Spotlight Comic: X-MAN #4-Nate Grey vs Sinister in the Age of Apocalypse!

2. THUNDERBIRD
First Appearance: GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1 (1975)
Death: X-MEN #95 (1975)
Cause of Death: Killed in plane explosion pursuing Count Nefaria
Learn More About Him...here
Why He Makes the List: "They were All-New!  They were All-Different!  The X-Men had been brought from cancellation with a new team and a new attitude where anything could happen and nothing was off limits. This was illustrated best by the team's first major loss only three issues into their run. Thunderbird went out like the true warrior he was, and proved that this new team of X-Men was willing to sacrifice anything-including their lives-for the sake of Xavier's dream.  Alas, John Proudstar, we hardly knew you, but your legacy lives on!" - RunawayJ
Spotlight Comic: X-MEN #94 (1975)-Thunderbird charges towards his destiny as the -Men face Count Nefaria!

 
1. PHOENIX
First Appearance: X-MEN #1 (1963)
Death: NEW X-MEN #150 (2004)
Cause of Death: Suffered an electro-magnetic stroke induced by Xorn
Learn More About Her...here
Why She Makes the List: "Could it be anybody else? The first time Jean Grey appeared to die, it altered the X-Men forever, closing the book on the original team's carefree formative years once and for all and making the mutants' world a dark place. The second time this Phoenix's flame was extinguished, it once again marked a seismic change for the Children of the Atom, with Professor X leaving his dream in the care of his students. Jean's memory drive just about every X-Man forward in their quest to find peace and honor her sacrifices, and the possibility of her return-it has happened before after all-looms constant." - Annihilator882
Spotlight Comic: X-MEN: PHOENIX - ENDSONG #1-The legacy of Jean Grey lives on!

 

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marvelman123456
marvelman123456

Thunderbird should be #1, not someone who's died 50 times, and I was also surprised that the Kitty cabal- I mean secret cabal, didn't put kitty at number one.

JoshVC
JoshVC

I agree, if Kitty were dead she'd be well in the top 5. Not ranked above Phoenix of course.

slightconfuse
slightconfuse

[quote@Miles_Warren I miss X-Man :([/quote] Good news for you then huh....

notapotatoe
notapotatoe

Every piece of art produced is always 'in response', in reaction onto something. The fact the Big Two are constantly challenging, parodying themselves is sure not to proove. I tend to demonstrate that it works more into one direction than another. When Vertigo was on the top, Marvel tried to sell us his own bunch of weird characters ( Nightmare for Sandman, Hellstrom for Hellblazer ) and it didn't work well. I'm not sure that fans really appreciated the move. This was opportunism. Parodying something who already exists is sometimes the easy way, this is not taking risks, this is not taking position. Marvel did not tried to develop their own specificities, they just made ripp-off and that's what I'm talking about now. About the self-proclaimed professionals who don't have the guts or the imagination to be what they say they are.DC is doing BN ? Let's do something else ...Could you ?

BlackSamurai
BlackSamurai

...but what I do know is that sometimes it appears these companies parody, challenge or tribute each other and it is not always clear which is occurring, especially when it is not 'hinted' which is which. We have entire teams or characters that were imitations of each others' creations, and this is without counting in other companies where they do nothing but Superman, Hulk, Batman and Captain America 'rip/spin-offs' - entire story themes and events were treated the same way.It is hard to ignore some, while others are blatant, but some can be missed even though clue after clue is there. You guys barely started with the Captain America/Batman time-lost situation. The use of time is different, but it is the device for both's seeming dead-but-not. The other similarities [w/ difference]: - both had a long dead 'never to return' teen sidekick returned [one shaken back into reality with a punch, the other revealed as not really dead all this time] - both had the 'teen' sidekick oppose them in battle essentially as villains, then have uneasy alliances [one by disillusionment, one by reconditioning] - both's sidekicks took up their mantle and title after their 'deaths' but incorporated guns after lengthy debate as to who would inherit the legacy [one only briefly as there were many other (better) sidekicks to choose from, the other still going but status in question depending on what the mentor will do upon return] [Bucky plays the role of all 3 Robins, so he had to be the inheritor, but as first sidekicks-taking-the-mantle go, Grayson was always going to edge out Todd.] - specially note that these are both the closest to non-powered in their respective trinities (JLA - Superman/Wonder Woman/Batman, Avengers - Thor/Iron Man/Captain America)I suspect Marvel and DC have a friendly silent challenge to each other going: to do essentially the same thing with these [particular] characters, without going as far to be writing the same story to get to the same conclusion. Could it be that it's to see who treats a particular theme better? That though is another point - Necrosha may indeed have influences from Blackest Night (because it was forecast well over a year ago, I don't think Necrosha was waiting in the wings since any 2 year prior retreat; even if it was it feels like its release at this particular time is in part due to Blackest Night), but it has a completely different feel and scope. It also didn't just pop up out of nowhere just because BN is out there, Selene has been plotting something and is now being serviced by Eli Bard. Caliban already got his undead preview, so it's not like dead heroes brought back by technarchy is all of a sudden (it did feel like the Eli Bard back story was a bit of a derail from original 'programming' for the course of X-Factor though).

notapotatoe
notapotatoe

' I agree that some of these stories are re-hashed between different companies (Batman lost in time due to Darkseid's Omega Effect = Cap lost in time due to the Red Skull.....Necrosha = Blackest Night) There is no new "originality" when it comes to some stories....or to your point, astral conjunction...maybe two writers from different brands DO have the same ideas at the same time in the same dreams...anything is possible.'sorry mate, I can't get into that...' Blackest Night ' was scheduled long-time in advance, everybody knew about it, so it kinda legitimate ' Necrosha', it legitimated a story about dead Marvel heroes coming back... That said, I surely be the first happy guy to see some characters coming back, to see some authors erasing some dumps of characters by particular authors who maybe, hadn't have so much to tell at the time. I loved Caliban, Banshee and Rusty...About Doug Ramsay, Louise Simonson had in contrary something to say, and the death of the character was one of the more realistic happened in a comic-book, with a particular meaning and that's why it should have remained unmodified.But Marvel would have my total respect if they had launched it earlier, when it could have been taken as a real initiative, and not by circling now with the concurrent... I loved the opposite views of the big two about how they see comic-books : ' 52' and ' Countdown' versus ' Civil War' and ' WWHulk'...cool, and then after that ' Final crisis' versus ' Secret Invasion', great...! But ripping-off ' Blackest night' is not a fair fight, it's a loss, ( except if we consider the whole complete ' Messiah Trilogy' as Marvel real counterpart... ) and I really wanted that the self-proclaimed professionals get my thumb about it. I have the same anger when they launch the new Punisher serie with Jerome Opena, made Frank Castle facing the Sentry and after that, take the same penciler to make him do the same thing about a character everybody love but they don't know how to use, Moonknight. That's how I feel about this ' Necrosha' thing, about Cap / Batman, we just have to deduce that Grant Morrison and Ed Brubaker were reading Kurt Vonnegut at the same time, isn't it ?...

theshock621
theshock621

[quote@colossalpikachu [quote@theshock621 [quote:7e9c27a9d9="KING OF MARVEL NAMOR"]nate grey is from another time line %#$ he shouldent even be on the list. were is kitty and forge. froge is one of the greatest x men. and u put frekin some lame &@*! characters on the list. like the magneto clone give me a break. u people dissapoint me .BRING BACK FORGE AND KITTY[/quote] Hey, is Forge dead? Did Bishop kill him when he stole that arm?[/quote] Forge was alive and well in the pages of Astonishing X-Men #30 (albeit a little bit crazy) although from the way the issue ended it certainly looked like he'd gone to the great big X Mansion in the sky. His death however was off panel so you never know, he may actually have survived...[/quote] Oh okay...the last time I saw Forge was coming out of Messiah Complex, Bishop attacked him and stole the mech arm and the time machine. I didn't know he was playing cards with Nate Grey and Christopher Summers in Heaven....dang, i liked Forge, although I would have loved to see him on an X-team.

colossalpikachu
colossalpikachu

[quote@theshock621 [quote:b86035aa32="KING OF MARVEL NAMOR"]nate grey is from another time line %#$ he shouldent even be on the list. were is kitty and forge. froge is one of the greatest x men. and u put frekin some lame &@*! characters on the list. like the magneto clone give me a break. u people dissapoint me .BRING BACK FORGE AND KITTY[/quote] Hey, is Forge dead? Did Bishop kill him when he stole that arm?[/quote] Forge was alive and well in the pages of Astonishing X-Men #30 (albeit a little bit crazy) although from the way the issue ended it certainly looked like he'd gone to the great big X Mansion in the sky. His death however was off panel so you never know, he may actually have survived...

theshock621
theshock621

[quote:9f3ad0ae17="KING OF MARVEL NAMOR"]nate grey is from another time line %#$ he shouldent even be on the list. were is kitty and forge. froge is one of the greatest x men. and u put frekin some lame &@*! characters on the list. like the magneto clone give me a break. u people dissapoint me .BRING BACK FORGE AND KITTY[/quote] Hey, is Forge dead? Did Bishop kill him when he stole that arm?

theshock621
theshock621

[quote@notapotatoe [quote@theshock621 ....and for anybody that wants to argue who got to the "zombie" story first, DC came with Blackest Night FIRST this year, sure....but Marvel has released Marvel Zombies for years now...and the stories from that universe have been told in almost every aspect of the Marvel U. I think that if Necrosha came out back in January, we would be saying the same about Blackest Night...go figure.Besides, whatever has been done, WILL assuredly be re-done.....Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, 28 Days Later, Shaun of the Dead, Planet Terror, etc......the list goes on of how the SAME story can be told and re-told!....bottom line, either read Necrosha or don't....but I'm not missing out![/quote] I don't want to argue for the fun of it.If you're reading some editor' blogs or interviews, it is constantly reminded ( I mean ' spitted' ) to us that we're not at the wheel, that we don't owe the sand-box, and many others arguments about what's needed to be called ' a professionnal'.Because there are actually non-published guys and sometimes long-time readers who had the feeling that they would know better how to use the toys in the sand-box. Some people who discovered a much with comics and who wouldn't be afraid to launch one or two mavericks titles, considering the fan' demands, not afraid to affirm Marvel' identity as a publisher - because they actually took it, learned it, get used to it from Marvel at specials times.So you have to allow us some laughs about 'being creative' when we see Cap stucked in time when Batman is, to see the dead coming back at the same time than ' Blackest Night'. It is not a question of what had already been done ( using zombies ), I say it's a curious astral conjunction no ?The both editors having the same idea at the same time.That's all I have to say to the 'professionnal ' community.I'm sorry : Doug , Warlock, Rusty, the others could have been bring back many times earlier, at times when actually making the dead coming back would have really need something creative or professionnal : simply the high consideration for what a comic should be. And not being motivated by market sales : don't confuse ' creativism' and 'opportunism'...or at last, don't try to make us confuse them.[/quote] I agree that some of these stories are re-hashed between different companies (Batman lost in time due to Darkseid's Omega Effect = Cap lost in time due to the Red Skull.....Necrosha = Blackest Night) There is no new "originality" when it comes to some stories....or to your point, astral conjunction...maybe two writers from different brands DO have the same ideas at the same time in the same dreams...anything is possible.And yes, we are reminded that we are not in control constantly....lets look at the example of what direction the Hulk books have taken...I mean, am I the only one that found Hulk #600 a little disappointing? Now, we are being spoonfed Hulks out of the wazzoo and we still don't know WHO the Red Hulk is?!?!...kinda lost interest...Finally, I think writers have an itch to bring back people from the dead when they can find a great story and ideal setting to place them in ( ex. Illyana Rasputin makes her return when the New Mutants reform.) I mean, we have been teased about Jean Grey's return for more than a year now!The same can apply when one writer brings about a new character, uses them to the fullest....and then when another writer takes the reigns or a book is cancelled, that character is never seen again, maybe as background fodder....Graymalkin, anyone? Cypher? Ink? Blue Marvel?I just think writers, also as fans, have favorite characters and want to feature them in their stories...be they dead or alive. So yeah, many of these listed characters could have or should have made a big return to the Marvel U....this upcoming Necrosha story just gives the excuse that anything goes and that anyone can come back, no matter what.

s.summers
s.summers

[quote@johnnysword [quote@scottmacl This Necrosha story seems way too much like DC's Blackest Night for my liking.[/quote] Agreed.[/quote] Aren't most stories in the marvel u. mapped out two years in advance, with their retreats and creative summits. So although they are similar, neither company can predict the future. Their just trying to tell the best stories they can.

KING_OF_MARVEL__NAMOR
KING_OF_MARVEL__NAMOR

nate grey is from another time line wtf he shouldent even be on the list. were is kitty and forge. froge is one of the greatest x men. and u put frekin some lame ass characters on the list. like the magneto clone give me a break. u people dissapoint me .BRING BACK FORGE AND KITTY

notapotatoe
notapotatoe

[quote@theshock621 ....and for anybody that wants to argue who got to the "zombie" story first, DC came with Blackest Night FIRST this year, sure....but Marvel has released Marvel Zombies for years now...and the stories from that universe have been told in almost every aspect of the Marvel U. I think that if Necrosha came out back in January, we would be saying the same about Blackest Night...go figure.Besides, whatever has been done, WILL assuredly be re-done.....Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, 28 Days Later, Shaun of the Dead, Planet Terror, etc......the list goes on of how the SAME story can be told and re-told!....bottom line, either read Necrosha or don't....but I'm not missing out![/quote] I don't want to argue for the fun of it.If you're reading some editor' blogs or interviews, it is constantly reminded ( I mean ' spitted' ) to us that we're not at the wheel, that we don't owe the sand-box, and many others arguments about what's needed to be called ' a professionnal'.Because there are actually non-published guys and sometimes long-time readers who had the feeling that they would know better how to use the toys in the sand-box. Some people who discovered a much with comics and who wouldn't be afraid to launch one or two mavericks titles, considering the fan' demands, not afraid to affirm Marvel' identity as a publisher - because they actually took it, learned it, get used to it from Marvel at specials times.So you have to allow us some laughs about 'being creative' when we see Cap stucked in time when Batman is, to see the dead coming back at the same time than ' Blackest Night'. It is not a question of what had already been done ( using zombies ), I say it's a curious astral conjunction no ?The both editors having the same idea at the same time.That's all I have to say to the 'professionnal ' community.I'm sorry : Doug , Warlock, Rusty, the others could have been bring back many times earlier, at times when actually making the dead coming back would have really need something creative or professionnal : simply the high consideration for what a comic should be. And not being motivated by market sales : don't confuse ' creativism' and 'opportunism'...or at last, don't try to make us confuse them.

theshock621
theshock621

....and for anybody that wants to argue who got to the "zombie" story first, DC came with Blackest Night FIRST this year, sure....but Marvel has released Marvel Zombies for years now...and the stories from that universe have been told in almost every aspect of the Marvel U. I think that if Necrosha came out back in January, we would be saying the same about Blackest Night...go figure.Besides, whatever has been done, WILL assuredly be re-done.....Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, 28 Days Later, Shaun of the Dead, Planet Terror, etc......the list goes on of how the SAME story can be told and re-told!....bottom line, either read Necrosha or don't....but I'm not missing out!

theshock621
theshock621

I think Necrosha will make for a great read. Despite comparisons to DC's Blackest Night, I know this will a completely different type of "zombie" tale. This will effect the mutant family and books of the Marvel U heavily, mainly because the mutant population has been a HUGE problem since the end of House of M. From Scarlet Witch's utterance of "No More Mutants"...to Bastion and the Purifiers' machinations and resurrection of past X-Men villains...to the desperate protection of Hope, the mutant Messiah....the mutant world has been dwindling and had ceased to grow with the exception of one baby.With Blackest Night, the problem spreads out into every area of the DC U., while Necrosha is an isolated, mutant issue.Yes, similarities, but VASTLY different.....and definitely worth the read!

johnnysword
johnnysword

[quote@scottmacl This Necrosha story seems way too much like DC's Blackest Night for my liking.[/quote] Agreed.

notapotatoe
notapotatoe

well hope for Kitty she'll get caught by the S.W.O.R.D or the Guardians of Galaxy...I know it can sound odd but i'm interested by ' Necrosha' if it's a good story...I'd rather have prefered that the editors think to please the fans by bringing back some favourites characters earlier...it wouldn't feel like a marketing compromise then...

BlackSamurai
BlackSamurai

Potentially one of the better similarities though... how better to dispel the argument of whether writers should [be allowed to] kill off characters than by making them useful even in death? I get it that sometimes deaths have to serve to show the severity of the life of a superhero, but I also get that taking away a character generations can enjoy is a little unfair... and poorly executed rebirths often sully the genre just as much. Instead we can see the likes of Doug and Synch (if brought back in Necrosha) having emotional impacts on those closest to them while being menaces. I'm really looking forward to Banshee getting a revival though, and I must admit, I'd be down with him sticking around well after the event as a truer banshee, i.e. undead. I'm not expecting the likes of Jean to make it back in Necrosha though (and I'm not getting hopes too high up for Banshee either, but as one of the least decomposed of the dead mutants, I'd say he SHOULD be risen by Selene).As for Kitty, nothing indicates/confirms she's dead. All that is fact is that she's fused in some weird state in the heart of an enormous, alien-metal, space voyaging bullet. Nothing and no one can say for sure that means death, but it'd be hard pressed to say otherwise that if the strain didn't kill her that starving, thirst and lack of air wouldn't; thus, I'd go for altered state of suspension, resting the character until someone is ready to give her a grand return.

scottmacl
scottmacl

This Necrosha story seems way too much like DC's Blackest Night for my liking.

Personamanx
Personamanx

I guess that means Kitty is not dead. Because she would be number 1 if she was.