Excalibur Just Brought an Omega-Level Wild Card Into the X-Men

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Excalibur #1 by Tini Howard, Marcus To, Erick Arciniega, VC's Cory Petit and Tom Muller, on sale now.

By the end of  House of X, the mutant nation Krakoa opened its doors to every mutant in the world, even supervillains. Apocalypse, Mister Sinister and Exodus might've tried to kill the X-Men dozens of times, but they were all invited to join the mutant brethren and given positions of power on Krakoa's ruling Quiet Council.

And now, Excalibur #1 has brought another ex-X-villain to the shores of Krakoa: Jamie Braddock, and he might just be the most dangerous mutant on the island yet.

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Jamie Braddock Excalibur

Jamie Braddock doesn't quite have the name recognition as an X-baddie that Apocalypse and Sinister do, but that doesn't make him any less dangerous. As a schizophrenic reality-warper who is rarely fully-convinced that anything around him is really "real," Jamie proved a frequent threat in Captain Britain after he was created bu Chris Claremont, Herb Trimpe and Fred Kida. As the eldest brother of Brian Braddock (who's usually Captain Britain) and Betsy Braddock (who's usually known as Psylocke), Jamie's encounters with the X-teams frequently hinge on the tension of those personal relationships and almost always involved at least one of his siblings.

Jamie was recently classified as one of Marvel's Omega Level mutants in House of X #1. With his reality-manipulating abilities, Jamie has potentially limitless power. By pulling on the strings of quantum possibility around him, Jamie is capable of changing the structure of reality itself in his immediate vicinity. As such a considerable threat, the only solution to the problems he posed ultimately ended up being his death at the hands of his sister Psylocke in Uncanny X-Force.

After Jamie briefly returned to life under mysterious circumstances in Infinity Countdown, his body is cloned and his mind is uploaded to it as part of the standard Krakoa resurrection process in Excalibur #1. Betsy was alerted to his revival because of the problems he immediately caused upon waking up. Content to lay about in incubation chamber that spawned him, the new Jamie Braddock sat in his own protoplasmic goo while sipping martinis he conjured out of nowhere when Betsy found him.

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Psylocke Jamie Braddock

Luckily, his powers were useful at cleaning up his own mess once Betsy got him on track, but there's still no telling just how well Jamie will behave moving forward. Although he was a useful resource to his brother Brian before he discovered his powers, for decades Jamie has been an unhinged villain that is certainly more of a hindrance than a help to those around him.

Although House of X seemed to indicate that he wasn't necessarily going to have a place on Krakoa, he seems fairly happy to be among his fellow mutants on the island here. Still, his history of instability and his immense raw power raise some questions about whether he'll settle into a sustainable role on the island.

However, his sister and her new mutant team will need all the help they can get, since they immediately came under the the threat of Morgan Le Fey's Otherworldly forces.

As the X-Men team most concerned with magical threats and mystical problems, this Excalibur team will have to deal with different kinds of threats than the other X-Men usually face.A reality-warper of Jamie's caliber could prove to be an immensely valuable asset in combating those types of threats. While Jamie seemingly wants to help Betsy out in this issue, only time will tell if Jamie has what it takes to become a real team player.

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