Q69: 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 Russel. What is the deal?
A69: This one is still unresolved, so I’ll give you what we have so far...
- 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: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."
-> the baby was taken in utero from Dazzler, Alison only believes to have miscarried (some theorize that Spiral may have been the kidnapper in this scenario)
- 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 is more than coincidence, almost as if they were once separated and now are made whole, indicating that Spiral's body shop is involved (similar to Revanche/Psylocke). Spiral may have somehow split the baby's DNA into a more human, and more Longshot-like version, but the mystery remains unsolved (although, there was a scene in X-Factor (vol. 1) #217, where Shatterstar tells Rictor there’s no relationship between the two, and Longshot, watching from a distance, is shown grimacing. Which, is a pretty good tease, again, that we haven’t heard the last of the story).
Q70: Shatterstar has shown the ability to teleport, when and how did this start?
A70: 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.