The X-Men found a mutant similar to Kuan-Yin Xorn. While quarantined he was examined by Emma Frost. He explained that he was Kuan-Yin's twin and his brain formed a black hole rather than a star. He claimed his brother had been affected by an outside influence, later revealed to be Sublime, that caused his madness and posing as Magneto.[1]

While the X-Men faced the Brotherhood, Xorn removed his helmet to draw them into the black hole, including Juggernaut and Nocturne. Afterwards, he wanted some time to meditate on the subject instead of joining the team like his late brother. The black hole inside of Shen Xorn's head led to the Mojoworld where the Brotherhood members gave Juggernaut and Nocturne to Mojo for their freedom. Juggernaut and Nocturne later found a way to escape Mojo.[2]

Shen lost his powers during M-Day.[3]

Hunt for Healers

Sometime after this, Shen had seemingly regained his powers. He was visited by M of the X-Men, who attempted to warn him about the Dark Riders, who were hunting down mutant healers. Shen declined her offer for protection however, telling her that he preferred to stay where he was.[4]

Shortly after his encounter with M, Shen was confronted by the Dark Riders Barrage, Hard-Drive, and Deadbolt. They attempted to kill him, but Shen easily killed Barrage, prompting Hard-Drive and Deadbolt to escape, vowing to return with greater numbers. The Riders were later killed by Magneto and his X-Men.[5]

Magneto later visited Shen in order to be healed. Shen agreed to help him.[6] Magneto trusted Shen enough to watch over the Sleepers with the intention to have them protected while at the same time having them at his disposal in case the were needed.[7] When the united X-Men factions launched an attack on New Attilan as part of a plan to destroy the Terrigen Cloud that caused M-Pox, Magneto had Xorn and the Sleepers march and become the overseers of the Inhuman population held captive at their home.[8] After the conflict with the X-Men ended, Shen relocated to the Blue Area of the Moon and left the Sleepers under the command of Archangel.[9]

Secret Empire

Before putting in motion a plan to take over the United States, Hydra's leader, the Cosmic Cube-altered Captain America, made a deal with Emma Frost, which resulted in America's mutant population being displaced to a sovereign state in the West Coast that became known as New Tian. Furthermore, Rogers had Emma telepathically control Xorn, using him as a front for her reign while she schemed behind the scenes. This fact was unbeknownst to everybody else, even the advisors of New Tian's supposed ruler.[10]


Like his brother, Shen has a star for a brain. Shen's star manifested as a black hole. He lost them during M-Day, but after the Terrigen Mists hit Earth, Shen has seemingly regained his powers.[4]

Miniature Black Hole: The black hole in Xorn's head allowed him to emit the same energies a black hole does. Most notably he gave off gravity. Shen's black hole was capable of sucking up instantly another being. Xorn was capable of reversing his black holes natural state. That is, Shen could cause his star to flare up into a sun.

  • Gravitational Electromagnetism: could feel the movement of energy and emotion on many scales. He possessed gravitational senses that allowed him to manipulate energy for a variety of purposes, including warping of gravity fields, sensing when a death had occurred in his vicinity, shaking gravitational particles in the air around him which allowed him to speak other languages, and to heal others.
  • Self-Sustenance: Given the nature of his mutant abilities, Shen Xorn did not need to breathe, nor did he require food or water to survive.
  • Telepathy: Ability to read minds.


Containment helmet similar to his brother's.

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