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Left Unresolved – Whatever Happened to the Neo?

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Left Unresolved – Whatever Happened to the Neo?

In this feature, I spotlight storylines that have been, well, left unresolved. Click here for an archive of all storylines featured so far.

Today, we take a look at the villains from Chris Claremont’s second run on X-Men and how they just sort of disappeared…

The Neo debuted in an interesting place, the issue BEFORE Chris Claremont took over the X-Men again, as Claremont’s buddy and longtime collaborator Alan Davis very nicely set up Claremont’s run with the introduction of the Neo in X-Men #99 (by Davis, Terry Kavanagh, Brett Booth and Sal Regla), as the High Evolutionary has wiped out all mutants on Earth – this leads to some members of the Neo dying, leading them to decide to get revenge on the world.

We first see them in action in X-Men #100 (by Claeremont, Leinil Yu and Mark Morales) where Domina and Jaeger’s War Clan attacks Nightcrawler…

They explain their deal pretty well, I think.

But Cecilia Reyes ends up KILLING Jaeger!

So that makes Domina pretty hellbent on killing the X-Men, and her and her crew were recurring foes during Claremont’s run.

But here’s the thing – for whatever reason, Claremont decided that the Neo would not just be ONE of the new foes he had the X-Men face (clearly, Claremont was intent on giving the X-Men NEW foes to face) but that they were pretty much ALL of the new foes that the X-Men would face. The idea is that now that the Neo were awoken, there were all sorts of different sects or groups of the Neo and they were all out to get the X-Men in their own ways.

One of these Neo group was the Crimson Pirates. Another was The Goth. I think it would have been better not to tie all of these bad guys in together but hey, that’s what Claremont wanted to do, so fair enough.

Anyhow, Claremont’s run ends pretty quickly in X-Men #109. In X-Men #110 (by Scott Lobdell, Leinil Yu and Mark Morales), Magneto meets the Neo and they join his forces…

We never see Domina and her clan again. That’s just it, kaputsky.

A decade later, in X-Men: Giant-Size #1 (by Christopher Yost, Paco Medina and Juan Vlasco), some bad dudes known as the Evolutionaries show up and wipe the Neo (who had attacked the X-Men because M-Day had once again messed with the Neo just like when the High Evolutionary took away all mutant powers) off the face of the Earth…

Now while “What happened to Domina and her crew when they joined forces with Magneto?” was still an open question, you could argue that the GENERAL question of them had been resolved, as all the Neo are dead. So that’s the resolution.

However, Chris Claremont then brought the Crimson Pirates back in the pages of Nightcrawler, so clearly not ALL of the Neo are dead, so since we didn’t SEE Domina and her crew die, there is still a chance that they’re out there, doing something or other.

Okay, that’s it for this edition of Left Unresolved!

If you have suggestions for other unresolved comic book plots that you’d like to see featured, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com

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