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Early years

Jones, son of a widowed mother, was a student studying chemistry. Before his father died, he promised to him that he would excel in his studies.[4]

He started to have headaches, as his powers were appearing, and create gold using them, attracting the Troll Associates,[4] who kidnapped by as part of their plan to use his mutant powers in order to collapse the economy of the global free market and allow creatures of myth and legend to roam free again. Jones was rescued by X-Factor, but not before he was forced to turn a couple of his captors to gold in self defense. He planned on studying molecular chemistry in order to return the trolls to life.[5]

A few years later, the Troll Associates kidnapped Alchemy's mother. Alchemy was forced to obey them, but he secretly called X-Factor for help (His call was forwarded to the X-Men). On their way to restore the leaden trolls back to normal, the Troll Associates and Alchemy ran into Excalibur. The two groups fought and Alchemy turned Captain Britain and Meggan into gold. The X-Men met up with Excalibur and together they tracked down the trolls, but both groups were captured. Excalibur-leader Nightcrawler managed to convince the majority of the trolls that the Troll Associates' methods were wrong. He challenged the new leader of the Troll Associates, Phough, to single combat, while Excalibur and the X-Men freed themselves. Phough then tried to kill Alchemy's mother, but Nightcrawler saved her and Alchemy turned Phough into a golden statue. Alchemy then revealed to Excalibur and the X-Men that, due to his biochemistry studies, he could now restore humans back to normal and restored Captain Britain and Meggan.[6]

After M-Day

Alchemy was one of a handful of mutants to retain their powers after the events of M-Day, but wasn't considered by the O*N*E as a real threat in case of a racial conflict.[7] He briefly joined the 198 at Westchester, seeking for protection.[3][4]

Thomas Jones (Earth-616) from X-Men Legacy Vol 2 14 0002

Alchemy processing to his part of the plan

He was among the British mutants[8] invited by David Haller (Legion) to form a team to follow Xavier's dream. While Legion was making Wisdom thought they refused to cooperate in a complex manipulation,[9] Lila Cheney came to Blindfold and Wisdom into the illusion to explain a false plan about them seemingly tearing apart Britain in order ''to wipe mutophobic Britain off the map", but it was revealed the whole plan was only constituted of good actions to prove the work of human-mutant coexistence. Alchemy's part of the plan was to create a large amount of Neodymium in place of brownfield lands, created a magnetic neodymium strip, quickly intended to serve as the trail for a silent and supersonic train to link both side of the British Island.[10]

Powers

Transmutation: He has the ability to alter the chemical composition of anything he touches into its elemental components. He can also change matter into other forms so long as he fully understands the physical composition of the desired result. In his first appearance he could only change objects into simple chemical elements, usually gold. Due to his study of biochemistry, he can now also change objects into more complex molecules, allowing him to change transmuted living beings back to normal.

  • Alchemy can transform any substance into a desired element with intense concentration
  • By studying physiology and bio-chemistry, he is able to transform any substance into complex molecules, including organic systems (like human bodies).

He was stated to be a Low Threat by the O*N*E.[7]

Abilities

Alchemy has knowledge of physiology and biochemistry.

Strength level

Weak Human



  • Created by Paul Bestow (a Marvel Comics fan) through a contest called "The Mutant Registration Act" during the story arc "The Fall of the Mutants." Fans could write a bio and power for their mutants, and if picked, their mutant would "star" in a future New Mutants comic. Delays would later push the character to first appear in X-Factor instead.

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Footnotes

  1. X-Men: Legacy Vol 2 #14
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 X-Men: Legacy Vol 2 #13
  3. 3.0 3.1 Heroic Age: X-Men #1
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update #3
  5. X-Factor #41-42
  6. Excalibur #57-58
  7. 7.0 7.1 X-Men: The 198 Files #1
  8. Pete Wisdom, Chamber, Pixie, Psylocke, Liam Connaughton, Lila Cheney and Alchemy
  9. In that illusion, Legion was manipulating the British Mutants to cooperate with him as they didn't wanted to, and then made them attack Wisdom. This one managed to took off the mutants from Legion's control by cutting the psychic connection, using Blindfold's "sight", only to be revealed to be an illusion.
  10. X-Men: Legacy Vol 2 #13-14
  11. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update #3
  12. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update #3



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