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.
One was Sarafina, of the Children On the Vault. Who believed that she had powers over the mind of mutants. But seemed to fail.
Still, she made her departure briefly.
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.
And they were all up in Sabretooth's grill.
With Serafina demonstrating the ability to delete digital data.
And Fuego being rather… hot headed.
Serafina also seemed to have telepathic powers, though they seemed to fail her in the present day, back then, she gets to change minds.
And she does seem to use that for cloaking powers back then as well.
It is Sabretooth who speaks their name first. Children Of The Vault.
Who has picked up the name – and location – on one of his many murderous adventures.
And when he gets there?
He's not entirely welcome.
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.
As we learned that the Children were evolved humanity – but not mutants. But with biological and technological advancements from 6000 years in the future.
And after possessing Northstar and Aurora, demonstrating that this was just a tiny fraction of their power.
Such as Serafina using her telepathic powers to gove Sam Humphries a life he never had…
…and all because she was horny.
Attempts at peace didn't go well.
We learnt how Serafina self-identified.
And she does have a point about Sabretooth.
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 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…
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.
Which saw them emerge again in order to bring her back.
And they had a few bones to pick over too.
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.
It's still a handy power. And it means she gets back to the Vault, before Wolverine can stop her.
And inside the Vault, some recognisable names.
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
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.