Religion, Gods And The Cross In X-Men Comics Today (Spoilers)

Of late, the mutants of Earth have become immortal. Able to be resurrected. The religious aspects of this were going to be picked up on.  In Immortal X-Men #1 by Kieron Gillen and Lucas Werneck published by Marvel Comics, we learned that Exodus, the thousand-year-old Crusader mutant believed that Jesus Christ as also a mutant. n interesting take, especially in the realms of a mutant race that can resurrect themselves from death. Because if Jesus was a mutant and, courtesy of The Scarlet Witch, Krakoa can resurrect any mutant from all of time. Which means, yes, if they so wish, Marvel Comics can resurrect Jesus Christ as a mutant on Krakoa.

Marvel Comics Reveals That Jesus Christ Was A Mutant
Immortal X-Men #1 by Kieron Gillen and Lucas Werneck

We also learned from Exodus in Immortal X-Men #2 that Hope Summers was a better shot than Jesus.

X-Men Krakoa Spoilers
Immortal X-Men #2 by Kieron Gillen and Lucas Werneck

And in today's Immortal X-Men #5, Exodus takes this one further, reframing his own history

Religion, Gods And The Cross In X-Men Comics Today (Spoilers)

… and redefining the X-Men under the sign of the cross.

Immortal X-Men #5 by Kieron Gillen and Michele Bandini
Immortal X-Men #5 by Kieron Gillen and Michele Bandini

As previously seen in Wolverine And The X-Men #5, the gene that makes a mutant is indeed in the shape of an X.

Wolverine & The X-Men #5 by Jason Aaron and Nick Bradshaw
Wolverine & The X-Men #5 by Jason Aaron and Nick Bradshaw

Although the religious symbolism of this has rarely been made text…

Uncanny X-Men #159 by Chris Claremont & Bill Sienkiewicz
Uncanny X-Men #159 by Chris Claremont & Bill Sienkiewicz

While Exodus makes a new role for himself, fighting the Eternals who see the mutants as deviants, and defending Krakoa with the religious fervour of his earlier Crusading back in Medieval times.

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Immortal X-Men #5 by Kieron Gillen and Michele Bandini

Exodus is the new Mutant Pope of Krakoa. Pope Exodus The First.  I wonder what Nightcrawler will say about that? Over in Legion Of X, he is having his own religious crisis (again).

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Legion Of X #4 by Si Spurrier and Jan Bazaldua

With the Arakkii having their own take on religion and faith that goes against the standard approaches on Earth, that Exodus may have to consider.

Marvel Comics
Legion Of X #4 by Si Spurrier and Jan Bazaldua

To be fair, on Arakko, their gods walk among them, such as Ora Serrata.

Marvel Comics
Legion Of X #4 by Si Spurrier and Jan Bazaldua

Even if, in X-Men Red #5, they may come a cropper at the hands of an Eternal.

Marvel Comics
X-Men Red #5 by Al Ewing & Stefano Caselli

I believe that is known as an injury to eye motif…

IMMORTAL X-MEN #5
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(W) Kieron Gillen (A) Michele Bandini (CA) Mark Brooks
THE BOOK OF EXODUS!
Bennet du Paris was born in the 12th century. Exodus marched forth with a sword in his hand and a shield in his heart to protect what he believes. It's now the 21st century. What's changed? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. And the Eternals who dared attack Krakoa are going to discover what that means. RATED T+In Shops: Aug 03, 2022 SRP: $3.99

LEGION OF X #4
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(W) Si Spurrier (A) Jan Bazaldua (CA) Dike Ruan
A PACT WITH A GOD IS A BARGAIN WITH ONE'S SOUL!
The Skinjacker is once again out on the loose, body-jumping at an astounding pace and bringing the inhabitants of Krakoa to their breaking point. As the pressure to hunt down Switch and the Arakkii fugitive god reaches an all-time high, Nightcrawler and Zsen make discoveries about the case and themselves that could change the course of the investigation in unforeseeable ways. RATED T+In Shops: Aug 03, 2022 SRP: $3.99

X-MEN RED #5
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(W) Al Ewing (A) Stefano Caselli (CA) Russell Dauterman
EXCESS DEVIATION!
No one who is not an Omega-level mutant has ever taken one of the nine seats of the Great Ring. Together, they are the greatest power Arakko has ever known – and it's nine against one. So, if the nine are losing…what does that say about the one? Judgment Day has come to the Red Planet – and it's Arakko's greatest test since X OF SWORDS!
RATED T+In Shops: Aug 03, 2022 SRP: $3.99

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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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