The Return of The Children Of The Vault to Today's X-Men #5 (Spoilers)

In X-Men #1, with the Krakoan hit squad hitting Orchis hard, they released a lot of imprisoned mutants. Although they were not all mutants.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

One was Sarafina, of the Children On the Vault. Who believed that she had powers over the mind of mutants. But seemed to fail.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

Still, she made her departure briefly.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

But who was Serafina? Introduced by Mike Carey, who was tapped for the Dawn Of X books but was unable to make the time, maybe this is why? Anyway, we first met Serafina and the rest of the Children Of The Vault in Carey's run on X-Men over a decade ago, with Chris Bachalo.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

And they were all up in Sabretooth's grill.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

With Serafina demonstrating the ability to delete digital data.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

And Fuego being rather… hot headed.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

Serafina also seemed to have telepathic powers, though they seemed to fail her in the present day, back then, she gets to change minds.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

 

And she does seem to use that for cloaking powers back then as well.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

It is Sabretooth who speaks their name first. Children Of The Vault.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

Who has picked up the name – and location – on one of his many murderous adventures.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

And when he gets there?

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

He's not entirely welcome.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

Escaping, he brings the Children Of The Vault to the rest of the mutants where it goes down even worse. With Cable giving a wider history.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

As we learned that the Children were evolved humanity – but not mutants. But with biological and technological advancements from 6000 years in the future.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

And after possessing Northstar and Aurora, demonstrating that this was just a tiny fraction of their power.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

Such as Serafina using her telepathic powers to gove Sam Humphries a life he never had…

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

…and all because she was horny.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

Attempts at peace didn't go well.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

We learnt how Serafina self-identified.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

And she does have a point about Sabretooth.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

And given that Jonathan Hickman is writing the Sam Guthrie stories in New Mutants right now, odds are that this plotline might get revisisted.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

The battle continued, Sangre died, and then the X-Men believed that the Children Of The Vault had all killed themselves. But the Children were too clever for that one…

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

Carey brought the Children back in X-Men Legacy, with the character Lus, believed to be a mutant but then revealed to be one of the Children.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

Which saw them emerge again in order to bring her back.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

And they had a few bones to pick over too.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

But in today's X-Men, Serafina is on the run – and clearly the Quiet Council have decided to do something. And, with Sabretooth buried under Krakoa, only Wolverine will do.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

It's still a handy power. And it means she gets back to the Vault, before Wolverine can stop her.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

And inside the Vault, some recognisable names.

The Children Of The Vault Return In Today's X-Men #5

Looks like Sangre has made it back… somehow.

X-MEN #5 DX
(W) Jonathan Hickman (A) R. B. Silva (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
The X-Men, the most powerful heroes on the planet, deal with an old nemesis' surprising return…
Rated TIn Shops: Jan 29, 2020
SRP: $3.99

X-Men #5 is out today from Marvel Comics… I bought mine from Piranha Comics in Kingston-Upon-Thames. Piranha Comics is a small south London comic store chain with a small south-east store in Kingston-Upon Thames's market centre, which runs Magic The Gathering nights on Fridays, and a larger south-west store in Bromley, which also runs Magic nights and has an extensive back issue collection and online store. If you are in the neighbourhood, check them out.

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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