Neo (Marvel Comics species)
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|First appearance||X-Men vol. 2, #100 (May 2000)|
|Created by||Chris Claremont|
Leinil Francis Yu
The Neo are a fictional race of superhumans in the Marvel Comics Universe, created by Chris Claremont. Another of Earth's races, apparently a very ancient one. The Neo are super-powered individuals, like 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. Domina leads one warclan of the Neo, and it was she who declared war on the humans after the High Evolutionary's satellite system stripped the Neo (along with all mutants) of their powers. Many Neo died during the time they were powerless, and so their anger at the humans runs deep. There are other sub-groups of the Neo, like the Shockwave Riders, who have psionic powers and ride anti-grav skimmers, and the Lost Souls, who psychically trap souls near death and cause them to despair forever. Both these groups persisted as legends among mutants even to Cable's time, where it's said even Apocalypse respected them, a testament to their power. 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 of Domina's warclan were 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 most of them in a few seconds, buying Domina's 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. It is also unknown how they have been effected by the decimation. They were recently shown in issue 12 of Young X-Men at the end, although this is believed to be part of Prodigy's Danger Cave.
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.