Monday, September 27, 2021

Deviant Deviations - The Gortokians!

In X-Men #41 we meet the Gortokians. This is yet another subterranean race which eventually will be yet another variation of Deviant genetic technology. They were specifically bred as slaves who were used to erect the sprawling underground cities occupied by the Deviant race. The race was almost completely destroyed by underground nuclear testing. 

The one exception was a particularly nasty chap named "Grotesk" who sought vengeance for his slaughtered people and tried to achieve by killing Professor Xavier, the leader of the X-Men. At that time the X-Men thought Professor X was indeed slain and the team eventually broke up for a brief time. But soon they learned that another mutant named "Changeling" had substituted himself for Xavier while the latter prepared for a massive alien invasion. 

It is suggested in some sources that the "Golden People" first and only seen in Marvel Super-Heroes #19 in a Ka-Zar story are a remnant of the Gortokians. 

Next time it's the ultimate Deviant deviation when we head into deepest space with the Skrulls. 

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  1. Personally I don't see any advantage to re-thinking the Skrulls as Celestial creations. It's one thing to do that with a tossoff "lost race" like the Gortokians, and I could see someone doing the same with that equally disposable lizard-race from MS. MARVEL. But the Skrulls have their own Marvel history, so I'd rather the new guys would have left the big-eared galoots alone.

    1. It's always tricky when they ret-con something that has such a rich background because it often creates as many problems as it seemingly solves.