Real Name: Ainet

Identity/Class: Human, magic user

Occupation: Village priestess and magician

Group Membership: Her village

Affiliations: Her villagers, and the X-Men; formerly the Shadow King

Enemies: Shadow King

Known Relatives: Ororo Munroe (aka Storm, adopted daughter)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Kenya, Africa

First Appearance: X-Men II#76 (June, 1998)

Powers/Abilities: Ainet is a village priestess and magician. It seems that Ainet has limited sorceress abilities and can animate inanimate objects. She may have other magical abilities not seen.

History: (X-Men II#77 (fb))- When Storm was a child and wandered into Ainet's village. Ainet gave her shelter and had her remember things like trust, respect, and dignity. When Ororo manifested her mutant powers Ainet helped her get through them.

(X-Men II#78 (fb))- The Shadow King discovered Ainet and created for himself the guise of Ananasi to strike fear into the heart of her people. The Shadow King then prepared Ainet's people's minds for the pulse and took control of the physical body of Ainet, trapping her mind in the psychic plane.

(X-Men II#76)- Storm received a package from Ainet saying she was in trouble and that Storm must come home.

(X-Men II#77)- Storm returned to Africa and wandered into her old village. There she met Ainet, apparently possessed by the god Ananasi. Ananasi took all the X-Men to the psychic plane and began battling Psylocke and Storm. Ainet tried to help them, but she was too late and Psylocke unleashed a radical psychic event. Ananasi then stood revealed as the Shadow King.

(X-Men II#78)- Within the psychic plane Psylocke received help from Ainet and searched for Ororo. They found her and Ororo began to despair but Ainet showed Ororo that it wasn't her fault. Psylocke distracted the Shadow King while Storm and Ainet rescued Marrow, Maggot, and Cecilia Reyes from the Shadow King's grasp. Psylocke began to fight the Shadow King and every person in the psychic plane was pushed back into his or her own physical bodies. When the Shadow King was defeated Ainet helped comfort Psylocke because of the loss of her power.

Comments: Created by Joe Kelly and German Garcia.

by Sammy 7D

Ainet should not be confused with:

The Ananasi impersonated by the Shadow King in this story is apparently an alternate spelling for Anansi , the trickster African God.

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X-Men II#77, p9, pan2 (main image)
  #78, p22, pan6 (second image)

Other appearances:
X-Men II#77-78 (July-August, 1998) - Joe Kelly (writer), German Garcia (pencils), Art Thibert (inks), Mark Powers (editor)

Last updated: 12/22/03

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