Spoilers ahead. You’ve been warned. For more, read our X of Sword: Creation #1 review.
If you’re a comic book reader X of Swords is taking over your life these days and a major player in that event is Saturnyne. If you’re like me, you are probably wondering who the heck Saturnyne is, especially since she looks similar to Emma Frost. She has popped up recently in Tini Howard’s Excalibur and most of her ties are to the original series by Chris Claremont and Alan Davis (and created by (Dave Thorpe and Alan Davis).
We recently exclusively featured the variant cover to New Mutants #13 which featured the character. So who is this strange yet incredibly powerful character?
Per her standard character bio on Wikipedia, we know she is from an alternate universe from the planet Earth 9. She is the Omniversal Majestrix in Otherworld and serves on the Dimensional Development Court overseeing the Captain Britain Corps. Otherworld as the Omniversal Majestrix. In this role she is part of the Dimensional Development Court, overseeing the Captain Britain Corps. Her entire purpose is devoted to preserving the Omniverse.
What do we know about her from recent comics?
First of all, she’s the priestess of the Starlight Citadel. Her powers reside in Otherworld and she’s like a magician or wizard (she’s even called a witch in X of Swords: Creation #1).
She also has a lot of responsibility for her people and takes it very seriously. She’s not some power hungry character.
She’s also a teacher. When the Captain Britain Corps failed Saturnyne was forced to train her people in the ways of magic to help protect her borders. Since that failing Otherworld has been in great danger.
As the rightful ruler of Otherwold it has been established she will stop at nothing to protect her lands, but also do what she must to her full abilities to do so as well. So what are her powers? Based on X of Swords: Creation #1 she appears to have godlike powers. At least when in Otherworld.
One of the first abilities we see is how she can not only enter minds but the mind of a character who is injured who is being probed by telepaths. Inside a memory, the telepaths are even expelled by Saturnyne. Now that’s a many layered onion to be expelling folks from.
She can shatter them with ease. Then later still Saturnyne can freeze time and we’re talking hundreds of characters at war.
Again, her abilities appear to be tied to the Otherworld dimension and it’s unclear if this is magic of dimension manipulation.
She also has the ability to create a duel between the waring parties of Krakoa and Arakko–the sister of Krakoa–and have it mean something. She’s not simply putting together some posters and some winnings, but can literally design a duel that will challenge both sides and there can be only one victor.
So there you have it, everything we know about Saturnyne as seen in recent issues of Excalibur and in X of Swords: Creation #1.
So how can she change everything in X of Swords?
She’s neither hero nor villain, but a character who has a great responsibility to her people in Otherworld as well as vast power that seems to make her a god. How she’ll play in the main event remains to be seen–maybe she’s just hosting the duel–but without a doubt her part in the vent is huge and she’ll likely have long lasting appearances in X-Men comics for years to come.
Considering we have seen her work with Betsy Braddock in Excalibur she’s clearly not pure evil and has no intention of destroying Krakoa or the mutants who live there. She does however have a clear desire to help her people first and will likely take what she can get. Is it possible she’ll use this duel to gain access to the quiet council in Krakoa? If the mutants can make it out of the duel alive–and win for that matter–that is the most likely thing she’s after. Power is an important part of being a leader.