WARNING: The following contains spoilers for House of X #6, by Jonathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz, Marte Gracia, David Curiel, VC's Clayton Cowles and Tom Muller, on sale now.
Marvel's House of X has brought a host of changes to the world of the X-Men, including with whom they work. Former villains, such as Sabretooth and Magneto, are now invited to the mutant island nation of Krakoa to work alongside Charles Xavier. However, House of X #6 shows that another former enemy is a pivotal member of the ranks.
The issue reveals a list of the island's great captains, tasked as a first line of defense against an attack on Krakoa. Along with Bishop, Cyclops and Magik, another peculiar name is Gorgon. In more recent years, this name is widely recognized as a member of the Inhuman Royal Family. However, the Gorgon of Krakoa is another character entirely.
Dawn of the White Light
This Gorgon, aka Tomi Shishido, debuted in 2004, in Wolverine #20. A Japanese mutant of extreme intellect, he named himself Gorgon after his ability to transform others into stone with his gaze. Similar to Cyclops, he wears special glasses to shield others from his power. Using his intelligence and mutant ability, a teenage Shishido formed Dawn of the White Light, a mutant death cult that is vaguely similar to real-life Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo.
He eventually joined both The Hand and Hydra, and with the help of the latter turned Wolverine as a brainwashed one-man killing machine, intent on using him to assassinate Nick Fury. Fortunately, Wolverine was freed from the mind control, and faced Gorgon in combat. The reflection from Wolverine's adamantium claws forced Gorgon to see himself, transforming him stone. The freed Wolverine promptly destroyed the statue.
Resurrection and Recruitment
During the 2008-2009 storyline "Dark Reign," Hydra and The Hand resurrected Gorgon, who was given the Godkiller sword, which he used to kill the demigod Phobos. He went on to appear sporadically in the Marvel Universe, typically vexing Wolverine. He once joined the Dark Avengers as the new Dark Wolverine, and used false claws to imitate Logan's. He also fought Old Man Logan beside the second Silver Samurai, having become the head of The Hand's Regenix operations.
Despite that history, Gorgon was one of the former X-Men villains asked to join the new mutant sanctuary. The catch was that he had to keep his old rivalries with other mutants at bay. This seems to be going well so far, with the two former enemies even drinking together in House of X #5.
In terms of defending Krakoa, the relatively obscure mutant is more than equipped to do so. Along with his petrifying gaze and mental prowess, he also possesses telepathy and empathy. He uses those abilities to read minds to bolster his impressive combat skills, with his swordsmanship allowing him to compete against Wolverine and Elektra. His resurrection made him an even greater threat, increasing his physical faculties to superhuman levels, namely his accelerated healing factor. This arsenal of abilities makes one of the X-Men's former enemies into one of their most resourceful new recruits, defending Krakao against humans, Sentinels, and even Inhumans such as his namesake.
House of X #6 is available now.