Resurrection Protocols Challenged By Prodigy In Today's X-Men Comics

The resurrection protocols of the Krakoan X-Men books were introduced as a deft trick with House Of X. It had always been the case that X-Men died and were somehow brought back to life, becoming a trope. House Of X lampshaded that trope and acknowledged it as canon. Dead mutants have their bodies regrown and implanted with their saved memories and "souls", which brought another list of problems with it, as the X-Men comics were resurrected themselves.

Two years ago, when discussing the House Of X with AIPT, Jonathan Hickman talking about the Krakoan resurrection protocols, saying "what about duplicate copies, which one gets the soul? I dunno, that sounds like a story to me, but that's also why they're not allowing copies of characters on Krakoa. But what if there's a mistake and you think someone's dead, but make a copy anyway? Well, again, that sounds like a story… and we even have a series built around resurrection problems coming out next year. "

That would be X-Factor, the team that is tasked with certifying deaths so that the mutant may experience resurrection by The Five. And in today's X-Factor, as Prodigy has been revived, so he gets a letter.

Prodigies? Resurrection Protocols Challenged In Today's X-Men Comics
Resurrection protocols in X-Factor

"Hey, Prodigy. Here's the info you asked for. We knew to resurrect you without a body because the official-incident report of your death was mailed to us along with Loa, Rahne's and everyone else who bit it around that same time. This was before X-Factor was established, so there was no formalized proof of death protocol back then, but since Wolverine and Cyclops were able to confirm so many of these deaths, we didn't question yours either. I hope this helps, and let me know if there's anything else can do! What's this for, anyway? Hugs 'n' kisses, Elixir."

It was part of the Age Of X-Man event, which preceded House Of X, and X-Factor goes out of its way to mention that too.

Prodigies? Resurrection Protocols Challenged In Today's X-Men Comics

Yeah, Prodigy didn't die, did he? He's still out there. So there are two Prodigies – one with a soul, one without one. At the same time, The Beast proves that even with a soul… he has no need of one.

Prodigies? Resurrection Protocols Challenged In Today's X-Men Comics

As the Marauders team heads to the King In Black-infected New York – not to save the world, but just rescue Knull-infected mutants. And if they can't do that… it's resurrection time.

 Today's X-Men Comics
King In Black: Marauders #1 – resurrection plans

I'm sure the resurrection protocols will hold, right? Avengers #42 shows that Wolverine is a bit possessive these days.

Prodigies? Resurrection Protocols Challenged In Today's X-Men Comics

Runaways #33 sees the X-Men take a trip off Krakoa as well, courtesy of Molly.

Prodigies? Resurrection Protocols Challenged In Today's X-Men Comics

Maybe they should have used a limo, like Hellions?

Prodigies? Resurrection Protocols Challenged In Today's X-Men Comics

While Mr Sinister has a wardrobe malfunction.

 Today's X-Men Comics
Hellions #9 artwork

If they can even find him. Nobody, no resurrection.

Protocols Challenged In Today's X-Men Comics
Hellions #9 artwork

Of course, if they actually cared, maybe they'd ask X-Factor? No Resurrection without a body…

HELLIONS #9
MARVEL COMICS
HELLIONS #9
DEC200575
(W) Zeb Wells (A/CA) Stephen Segovia
HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MUTANT? MR. SINISTER is missing! Will the Hellions be able to put aside the tensions poised to split the team apart long enough to unravel the mystery? On the upside, at least Sinister found his cape. Parental Advisory In Shops: Feb 03, 2021 SRP: $3.99

X-FACTOR #7
MARVEL COMICS
DEC200571
(W) Leah Williams (A) David Baldeon (CA) Ivan Shavrin
WHO'S THAT KNOCKING?
A dark force is manipulating the lives of X-FACTOR just as a striking revelation about one of their deaths comes to light. Rated T+In Shops: Feb 03, 2021SRP: $3.99

KING IN BLACK MARAUDERS #1
MARVEL COMICS
DEC200501
(W) Gerry Duggan (A) Luke Ross (CA) Russell Dauterman
THE QUEEN IN RED SAILS! Red Queen Kate Pryde and her crew of Marauders set sail against the forces of Knull! Captain Kate has pledged to fight for the needy, and a global disaster like this one gives plenty of folks in need. Rated T+In Shops: Feb 03, 2021 SRP: $4.99

RUNAWAYS #33
MARVEL COMICS
MAR201042
(W) Rainbow Rowell (A) Genolet, Andres (CA) Kris Anka
• The Runaways descend into one of the most terrifying Marvel Universe locations ever: HIGH SCHOOL!
•  It goes better for some than others.
•  For those who don't think high school is an authentic Marvel Universe location, you WILL agree that who shows up at the end is a VERY authentic Marvel guest star! Rated T+In Shops: Feb 03, 2021 SRP: $3.99

AVENGERS #42
MARVEL COMICS
DEC200595
(W) Jason Aaron (A) Luca Maresca (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
THE BATTLE TO DECIDE THE ALL-NEW PHOENIX RAGES ON!
Who will wield the destructive cosmic power of the Phoenix Force? Namor will stop at nothing to be the fiery victor. The Black Panther worries as much about victory as he does defeat. Jane Foster knows what it means to carry on a powerful legacy. The She-Hulk cannot be stopped. And the Orb has a giant, creepy eyeball for a head! Rated T+In Shops: Feb 03, 2021 SRP: $3.99

Resurrection all round…

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.