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Origin

Nezhno Abidemi is the son of a Wakandan woman and a Russian man. All his life Nezhno was persecuted and rejected, even by his own mother, because his father was an outsider, and it was he, from whom Nezhno inherited X-Gene.[3] Nezhno was raised at the Royal Court of Wakanda[4], and when his mutant powers manifested, Ororo Munroe, the new queen of Wakanda, advised her husband King T'Challa to send Nezhno to the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning to learn how control his powers.[5]

His powers, when he used them, have caused him great pain and seizures.[6] To ease his condition, Nezhno's entire body was covered with Vibranium tattoos to prevent him from over-exerting himself with his power so it wouldn't kill him.[1][3]

Xavier Institute

Nezhno found the atmosphere at the Xavier Institute to be very distracting, and tried to distance himself from other students, rarely talking with them, considering them too unfocused and chaotic.[3][7][8] Trying to subdue his emotions and powers, he spent all his free time meditating.[5][8] Perhaps for that, and because he was a pacifist[9], he was given the codename Gentle,[10] and was immediately placed on Storm's squad so she could take a hands on roll in his development.[11]

M-Day

In the aftermath of M-Day, Nezhno was one of the 27 remaining students from the Institute to retain their powers. In response to the increasingly desperate situation that mutants now faced, Emma Frost disbanded all the former training squads. She decided to select an elite team of New X-Men trainees, so she organized an all out battle in the Danger Room between the remaining students but due to the nature of Nezhno's powers, he was exempt from the session.[12]

Limbo

One night at the school, Gentle tried to meditate, but was constantly distracted by loud chatter of other students, who listened to horror story of Blindfold. It soon became clear that this wasn't just a tale, but rather Blindfold's visions of past, present and future events about Illyana Rasputina, and the Demon Lord Belasco.[8] As soon as the tale ended, Gentle and other students were teleported to Limbo and immediately attacked by demons. Even so, Nezhno was able to stay calm, and was reluctant to use his powers.[10] Only when Darkchild arrived, Gentle listened to the advice of Blindfold, and for the first time in his school days, used his powers, trying to protect Pixie from demon N'Astirh, but the pain and spasms quickly brought him out of action.[6]

After the students returned to the school, Pixie thanked him for his help. She was delighted with his powers and surprised that Nezhno never used them before. In response to that, Nezhno told her that every time he use his powers he approaching own death.[1]

Messiah Complex

When the first mutant since M-Day was born, most of the X-Men went looking for her. Only students and several members of the team stayed in the Institute, then it was attacked by Sentinel Squad O*N*E who went out of control. Believing that in any case, the Sentinels are going to kill them all, Gentle decided to fight at full strength, regardless of the consequences for his health or life. Nezhno was able to fight with Sentinel on equal terms, but still in the end he was blasted away and lost consciousness.[2] Later he once again used his powers to protect fellow students from Predator X.[13]

Return to Wakanda

After the X-Men were disbanded, Nezhno, together with the Queen Ororo returned to the Wakanda. Doctors examined his body and found that his condition worsened during his time in the United States and, therefore, he need more tattoos.[3]

All he ever wanted is to be accepted by his own people[4] and had hoped that during his absence, wakandans changed their opinion of him. Unfortunately, Nezhno quickly realized that everything remained still and even his mother, whom he hasn't seen many years, accused him for return to Wakanda. Once again rejected by his country, Gentle finally realized that the only people who ever accepted him were the X-Men, and regretted that he pushed away those who tried to be his friends.[3]

These negative emotions have allowed the Shadow King to possess Gentle's body and use it to kill the soul reader B'Chaku. Nezhno was arested, but Storm freed him from prison, believing that he could not commit murder. Unfortunately, the Shadow King was able to take possession of T'Challa and declared that Storm and Gentle are traitors and ordered to detain them. At first Nezhno was ready to surrender, and to be executed for his crime, but Storm forced him to fight and flee. In the end, they managed to defeat the Shadow King and save not only the Wakanda, but also the X-Men. After that, Nezhno decided to return to America.[14]

San Francisco & Utopia

He joined the X-Men at Graymalkin Industries in San Francisco[15] and later relocated with them to Utopia.[16] When the island was attacked by Predators X, Nezhno with few other students lent his powers to Rogue so she could fight Predators.[17]

After return of the Mutant Messiah and subsequent attack of the Nimrod Sentinels, Gentle was amongst those who fought back at Golden Gate Bridge.[18]

Schism

After the schism between Cyclops and Wolverine, Gentle decided to join Logan's Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, thinking that in order to create a better world for mutants, they need to live as if it already existed, not preparing everyday to war for survival.[19]

X-Haven

When it was discovered that the Terrigen Mists spread throughout the atmosphere of the Earth were lethal to mutants, Storm moved the Jean Grey School to the extra-dimensional realm of Limbo, in order to protect its students from both the mists and the evergrowing anti-mutant hysteria. Gentle was one of those mutants living in X-Haven, the portion of Limbo used as the new grounds for the school.[20]

Powers

Nezhno Abidemi (Earth-616) and Megan Gwynn (Earth-616) from New X-Men Vol 2 39 0002

Nezhno uses his mutant powers

Extreme Strength:[10] Nezhno has the ability to increase the muscle mass of his body, allowing him to drastically increase in size and strength almost instantly.[6][2] The upper limit of Nezhno's strength has not been categorized, and he has shown himself strong enough to hold his own in battle against a Sentinel,[2][21] as well as Predator X.[13][3] Storm stated that his physical strength rivals that of Colossus,[5] which means he has at least Class 100 strength. Nezhno's resting strength gradually increases every time he uses his powers, and at some point his body will no longer be able to control its own power, causing him to die.[1][3]

Supehuman Durability/Density:[17] Nezhno's body is very tough, he is able to withstand high atmospheric pressure,[22] point-blank shot,[4] Cyclops' optic blast[22] and Sentinel's laser blast.[2] His durability apparently increased even more by his vibranium tattoos.

Strength level

Variable, up to Class 100; See Powers.

Weaknesses

  • Nezhno's powers, while great, are also temporary, and self-destructive; the use of his powers put massive strain on Nezhno's body, and most instances of using his powers result in Nezhno passing out.[6][2] Furthermore, Nezhno states that the use of his powers will ultimately kill him.[1][3]
  • Nezhno lacks any sense of touch.[3]


Equipment

Nezhno Abidemi (Earth-616) from X-Men Divided We Stand Vol 1 1 0001

Nezhno's vibranium tattoos

Vibranium Tattoos: Nezhno has tattoos all over his body, which were applied by molten raw vibranium, using an ancient wakandan technique that has been developed to alleviate seizures and tremors. Usually tattoos were temporary, however, Gentle's mutation caused vibranium to bond with his flesh down into muscles.[3] According to Nezhno these tattoos keep his powers in check and is the only thing that keeps him alive, but at some point it will no longer be able to help him.[3][1] When he uses his powers, tattoos are glowing with blue light.

Recently all wakandan vibranium was rendered inert and useless,[23] but it is yet unclear what effect it have on Nezhno.

  • Nezhno is the last-revealed of 27 remaining students, and it is unknown if he was cataloged among the 198 (not among the mutants presented in the 198 Files).
  • His name Nezhno (Russian: Нежно) is a Russian word meaning "tenderly," while his surname Abidemi is a Yoruba word meaning "born during father's absence."
  • He is the first X-Men member to come from a country that only exists within the Marvel Universe.
  • Nezhno was originally planned to be killed off by writers Chris Yost and Craig Kyle, but they were not allowed to.[24]

Discover and Discuss

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 New X-Men Vol 2 #42
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Uncanny X-Men #493
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 X-Men Divided We Stand #1
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 X-Men: Worlds Apart #2
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 X-Men: Worlds Apart #1
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 New X-Men Vol 2 #39
  7. X-Men: Worlds Apart #3
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 New X-Men Vol 2 #37
  9. Heroic Age: X-Men #1
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 New X-Men Vol 2 #38
  11. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #13
  12. New X-Men Vol 2 #23
  13. 13.0 13.1 New X-Men Vol 2 #46
  14. X-Men: Worlds Apart #1-4
  15. Uncanny X-Men #509
  16. Dark Avengers / Uncanny X-Men: Exodus #1
  17. 17.0 17.1 Uncanny X-Men #517
  18. New Mutants Vol 3 #14
  19. X-Men: Regenesis #1
  20. Extraordinary X-Men #1
  21. X-Men: Schism #5
  22. 22.0 22.1 X-Men: Worlds Apart #4
  23. Doomwar #6
  24. X-Position: Craig Kyle & Chris Yost



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