Q71: I've heard Shatterstar is somehow Longshot and Dazzler's son from the Mojoverse, yet I also hear he's connected to a character named Benjamin Russell. What is the deal?
A71: This one has a few retcons, up until the last answer we got in X-Factor (vol. 1) #259...
- In X-Men (2nd series) #11 (written by Jim Lee and Scott Lobdell), Xavier mentally discovers an unborn child within Dazzler. When Dazzler next appeared in X-Men (2nd series) #47 (written by Scott Lobdell) Iceman wants to ask her about the baby, but Jean prevents him. After Alison left, Jean explained…
Something happened to Dazzler's baby in the Mojoverse, leaving three possibilities: a miscarriage, an abortion, or that the baby was taken in utero from Dazzler, Alison only believes to have miscarried.Bobby : "I was just going to ask how her baby is doing."
Jean : "That's just it, Bobby. I ... I didn't sense another life within her."
Bishop : "It seems obvious to me that she was distressed."
- When they first learned of the pregnancy, Longshot suggested “Shatterstar“ as a name. Also Shatterstar’s mutant power of transforming sound into a vibrational shockwave (channeled through his sword) seems to point at him being related to Dazzler who has the similar ability of transmuting sound into light. On the other hand, Dazzler was supposed to have lost the baby, and Shatterstar has been clearly named to be from 100 years in the future on more than one occasion, including New Mutants (vol. 1) #100 (written by Fabian Nicienza) and X-Force (vol. 1) #60 (written by Jeph Loeb). Still, Spiral states that the savior of the Mojoverse is to be the male child of a human and an Arize-spawn named “Shatterstar” in X-Factor (vol. 1) Annual #7 (written by Fabian Nicienza). Which again, sounds like Dazzler and Longshot having that same baby…
- Benjamin Russel was revealed as a mutant from earth, looking exactly like Shatterstar (or Shatterstar like him). He was comatose and held at the Weissman institute, and first shown on panel in X-Force (vol. 1) #46 (written by Jeph Loeb). Spiral, which not everybody might know, also originates from earth. She was a stuntwoman called Ricochet Rita and was one of the first Earth people that Longshot ever met. Once she was captured by Mojo, tortured and modified into Spiral. In X-Force (vol. 1) #61, (written by Jeph Loeb) Shatterstar’s body was dying and so his essence was placed into the comatose body of Benjamin Russel. Spiral knew where to find the boy, and was asked about it on panel:
Cable : "Spiral, how did you know to come to this place (Weissman Institute) ? How did you know about this particular boy?"
Spiral : "Is it not enough that Shatterstar will live again to fulfill his destiny? Is it not enough that both young men mean more than all the world to me?" (tears in her eyes)
Shatterstar : “I ... live And for the first time in a long while ... I feel whole. Thank you."
- The resemblance between the two obviously seemed more than coincidence, but in X-Factor (vol. 1) #217, Shatterstar told Rictor there’s no relationship between the two, and Longshot, watching from a distance, is shown grimacing. Which, was a pretty good tease, but not the last of the story.
- In X-Factor (vol. 1) #259, all was finally explained. It appeared in X-Factor (vol. 1) #256, when Mephisto struck Rictor and Shatterstar with a magical blast that they were killed, but in fact, they were sent far back in time, and into the Mojoverse. They arrived prior to the creation of Longshot, and Arize had found Shatterstar, and after taking a sample of his DNA, genetically altered it to create an imperfect clone, Longshot. Thus, in a manner of speaking, by being a genetic donor, Shatterstar is actually Longshot‘s “father“.
Attempting to escape from Mojo‘s forces, Shatterstar realized not only were he and Rictor in the wrong place, but the wrong time, and attempted to use his teleportation power to return to the present. He came up short, instead arriving at the point when Dazzler and Longshot were battling Mojo for control of the Mojoverse, and she was pregnant and going into labor… with Shatterstar, who is Longshot‘s biological son.
Shatterstar had to make events match up to the actual timeline. Thus, he used technological means to re-write her memories and forget she met him and Rictor as adults, that she was ever pregnant, and find Longshot and also re-create his memories to omit getting Dazzler pregnant. Effectively kidnapping himself as a newborn, he then stated his plan to use his teleportation blades to continue moving through time, until he and Rictor could arrive 100 years in the future, where he would leave his newborn self with the adoptive parents who raise him in the Mojoverse in that era.
I know. It’s complicated, but that‘s it.
Q72: Shatterstar has shown the ability to teleport, when and how did this start?
A72: The first time Shatterstar showed an ability to teleport was X-Factor (vol. 3) #49.
The exact nature of this ability has yet to be revealed, although, the way he utilizes swords to do so seems oddly familiar to Spiral… don’t know if that’s significant or not at this time. All that is known, is Shatterstar has to have someone else focus on a location to teleport them there, as clarified in X-Factor (vol. 1) #201. All instances of Shatterstar teleporting, to this point, have been written by Peter A. David.