- Neo (Marvel Comics species)
Neo Publication information Publisher Marvel Comics First appearance X-Men vol. 2, #100 (May 2000) Created by Chris Claremont
Leinil Francis Yu
Characteristics Notable members
Ransome Sole (Renegade Neo)
The Neo are a fictional race of superhumans in the Marvel Comics Universe, created by Chris Claremont. The Neo are another of Earth's races, apparently a very ancient one that prefer to live in seclusion. They are apparently a subspecies of mutants, but they appear to be much more powerful. This is seen in the way that they call mutants "spikes", as if they didn't even register on the Neo's power scales.
Their existence was kept hidden for millennia as they chosen a solitary life in their own community which prospered until the day the High Evolutionary activated his machines on an orbital space station, that switched off all mutant genes. Worldwide all mutants lost their powers and become baseline humans. The Neo suffered many casualties. Among the dead was the daughter of Domina and Hunter, the leaders of one of Neo's Warclan. They swear revenge on whoever is responsible.
The Neo engaged in fighting the X-Men, who have no intention of letting them destroy the world. It was the Neo who sabotaged the High Evolutionary's space station, who destroyed 17 of Mister Sinister's bases, and who hunted down the mutants hidden by Charles Xavier in NYC. They are all top-notch fighters, and can withstand significant punishment before going down. They are also quite technologically advanced.
The Neo themselves had split up in several different factions. Apart from the Warclan, the different X-Men teams also fought other groups of Neo called "The Shockwave Riders", who have psionic powers and ride anti-grav skimmers, "The Lost Souls", who psychically trap souls near death and cause them to despair forever, "The Crimson Pirates", who are a group of inter-dimensional slavers and "The Goth", a trio of super-powered individuals who were led by a man who was also called the Goth. The Neo groups persisted as legends among mutants even to Cable's time, where it's said even Apocalypse respected them, a testament to their power.
Domina's warclan was later attacked by Magneto, who demanded that they join him in war against the humans, and stop the internecine warfare between themselves and other mutants. They refused and Magneto slaughtered two of them in a few seconds, buying Domina's (who was amazed by his might) obedience as a result. Domina and her Warclan have not been seen since the attack on Genosha and it is presently unknown if any of them survived. None of the other groups of Neo have surfaced since.
Another group of Neo, known as the Guardian Clan, has been revealed to still exist, based in the Arctic. A small group of them tried to infiltrate Utopia in search for answers as to why many of the members of their species had lost their powers and no new births had occurred. Before Cyclops could explain these events, a group of supreme beings called the Evolutionaries intervened and caused the global extinction of the entire subspecies based on the premise that the Neo had ceased to evolve and thereby posed a threat to the Homo superior survival.
Powers and abilities
The Neo are a more powerful variety of mutant. Like the mutants, they have an array of individual powers. They also appear to have slightly greater strength, speed, endurance, and reflexes than the average mutant.
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