Type: Extradimensional mystic realm
Environment: Energy-based but can be made to resemble Earth-like conditions, if needed
Usual means of access: Magic
Dominant Life Form: None
Significant Inhabitants: Major Domo, Minor Domo, the Mitey 'Vengers (Big Boy, Captain Amerikid, Hawkey, Iron Ace, Thunderson, Wisp), Mojo, Mojo's Meta-Mechanics, Mojo's Yes Men, Spiral (Rita Wayword)
First Appearance: (mentioned): New Mutants I Annual#2 (October, 1986);
(inside of Wildways dimensional editing room only): Marvel Comics Presents I#89 (1991);
(dimension fully seen): Excalibur I#109 (May, 1997)
History: (New Mutants I Annual#2 (fb) - BTS) - The ruler of the Mojoverse, Mojo, created the Wildways dimension.
(Uncanny X-Men I Annual#10 (fb) - BTS) - As creator, Mojo took to occasionally referring to himself as "Lord of the Wildway."
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z HC Vol. 6 - Longshot entry - BTS) - The term "Wildways" began to be used interchangeably to refer to not only the dimension created by Mojo but also, the entirety of Mojoworld/Mojoverse itself. The vertebrate slave Longshot was born within the Wildways, where he had no other identity other than "Longshot." When Longshot rebelled against Mojo, he was labeled a renegade in the Wildways dimension.
(Marvel Legacy: The 1980s Handbook - Longshot entry (fb) - BTS) - Longshot became publicly known as a rebel leader while based in the Wildways dimension.
(New Mutants I Annual#2 - BTS) - In an effort to gain
worshipers on Earth, Mojoverse natives Mojo and Spiral captured Betsy
Braddock and transformed her into a feminine version of Mojo,
manipulating her using power derived from the Wildways dimension. With
Betsy's forced assistance, Mojo and Spiral began airing an animated
television series on Earth entitled Wildways (presumably named after
the dimension itself). Broadcasting his mental influence to Earth via
the television show, Mojo brainwashed those who watched the show into
his loyal supporters. When the show encouraged its viewers to call a
special phone number, viewers such as the New Mutants' Sunspot phoned
and was asked if they wanted to walk the Wildways. When the mentally
dominated Sunspot happily agreed, Mojo and Spiral appeared in person
and transported Sunspot away, leaving an android facsimile behind in
his place. Using the television show to eventually recruit Wolfsbane,
Leong and Nga Coy Manh, and three of the young Bratpack children,
Darla, Alfie and Butch, Mojo and Spiral forced the similarly captured
Betsy Braddock to telepathically utilize Leong and Nga's powers to
shape their brainwashed captives into older, more capable forms to
serve Mojo. Upon seeing his new slaves' forms, Mojo gloated that once
his new slaves had become nothing more that what he had turned them
into, Mojo and Spiral would utilize the Wildways dimension to return to
the Mojoverse. Later, after the New Mutants discovered the android
Sunspot and tracked the true Sunspot to Mojo's location, the now-adult
Sunspot and Wolfsbane attacked them alongside the now-adult Butch,
calling himself Snitch. During her attack, Wolfsbane exclaimed that she
hunted along the Wildways and announced that if the other New Mutants
were "blessed" by Mojo, they would do the same. Cypher and Warlock
escaped while the other New Mutants, affected by Snitch's
emotion-manipulating powers, eagerly followed the arriving Leona and
Nga (collectively known as Template), where they were transformed into
adults as well, which Template mentioned as being fit and eager to join
Mojo's "Wildway." Upon spying on his teammates' transformation via
Warlock's spyeye, Cypher became determined to contact the X-Men but
soon learned of Captain Britain, who had been transformed into a child,
on a nearby rooftop. After joining up with the childlike Captain
Britain, Cypher and Warlock learned from Captain Britain that they had
no time to summon the X-Men, as Mojo intended to take his brainwashed
children into the Wildways dimension that night. When the transformed
Magma tried to run away from Mojo's slaves, Alfie, calling himself
Straight-Arrow, trapped her and warned her not to force his hand,
reminding her that she had a glorious destiny in the Wildways. Magma
refused but Straight-Arrow explained that Template demanded she join
them in the Wildways until Captain Britain flew down and rescued Magma.
While Captain Britain and Magma continued to evade Mojo's brainwashed
servants, Cypher and Warlock located Betsy Braddock and learned, via a
brief connection to her mind via Warlock's techno-organic body, that
Mojo and Spiral had used the Wildways dimension to manipulate Betsy
like a puppet. Deducing that the power from the Wildways dimension was
controlling Betsy, who was, in turn, controlling their brainwashed
teammates and friends, Cypher and Warlock began brainstorming on how to
disconnect Betsy from the Wildways dimension. Thinking of it like a
computer software issue, Cypher determined that they had to block the
negative input from the Wildways dimension in order to restore Betsy's
natural mental programming. The brainwashed Betsy welcomed Cypher and
Warlock's attempts to access her main, willingly drawing their merged
form inside her brain. Witnessing her mindscape infected by the
Wildways dimension's power, Cypher/Warlock passed under a Wildways sign
to see those psychically controlled by the brainwashed Betsy
manifesting on a carousel. Battling the brainwashed supposed Betsy
within Betsy's mind, Cypher/Warlock soon discovered that the
manifestation of Betsy was actually Spiral, who began a chaos dance
intended to destroy the shards of Betsy's mind. Announcing that Mojo
had created the Wildways and it was her right to utilize the
dimension's power in her dance, Spiral began spinning the carousel into
a vortex that threatened to destroy anything it touched. Spreading
their selves out, Cypher/Warlock gathered up the fragments of Betsy's
psyche and then began rescuing those trapped on the carousel. After
Cypher/Warlock rescued Captain Britain from Betsy's influence, Spiral
spun the carousel faster, hoping to obliterate as much as possible
before Cypher/Warlock could save anyone else. By the time Spiral's
dance had ended, Cypher/Warlock had rescued all of the New Mutants and
Bratpack and restored Betsy's mind. Still within her own mind, Betsy
then confronted Spiral, who suggested all present consider a life of
carefree slavery and reminded them all that the Wildways dimension
offered wonders beyond comprehension, adventures, eternal youth and
beauty, and the fulfillment of their deepest wishes. Considering
Spiral's offer, Betsy instead turned and blasted Spiral, exclaiming
that she preferred to make her own life. Spiral then teleported out of
Betsy's psyche and everyone's minds were restored to their bodies.
(Uncanny X-Men I Annual#10 - BTS) - Having replaced
Betsy Braddock's eyes with cameras, Mojo marketed everything she saw as
entertainment in the Mojoverse. Proclaiming the new series a sensation,
Mojo was quickly reminded by his aide, Major Domo, that revenues from
the series featuring Betsy (whom Mojo called Psylocke) had only just
begun to balance the cost of Mojo's previous plot involving the
Wildways series and its namesake dimension. Eventually, Mojo sent the
newly-amnesiac Longshot to the X-Men, who were regressed to childhood
and brainwashed into serving Mojo, forcing the New Mutants to graduate
themselves into the new X-Men. When the New Mutants were transported to
New York's Delacorte Theater by Spiral, they found themselves attacked
by the brainwashed and growing X-Men. Mojo shortly after revealed his
involvement, announcing himself as the Wizard of the Wildways,
(Excalibur I#1 - BTS) - Despite Mojo's earlier defeat
against the X-Men, New Mutants and Captain Britain, his television
show, called Wildways, continued to air. During one such airing, it was
viewed by Captain Britain's girlfriend, the shape-changing Meggan, as
she surfed through her television's various channels.
(Excalibur: Mojo Mayhem - BTS) - Following the escape
of the child X-Men replicants known as the X-Babies and Mojo's
subsequent hunt for them using the Agent, the X-Babies agreed to return
to the Mojoverse and star in Mojo's Wildways program in exchange for
Mojo destroying his contact with their human ally Ricochet Rita.
(Excalibur I#22 - BTS) - Thinking about her recent
encounter with Mojo, Phoenix (Rachel Summers) thought about how Mojo
was a master showman, ringmaster of the Wildways dimension, who had
intended to make Phoenix his star attraction.
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master
Edition I#19 - Shatterstar entry - (fb) - BTS) - The rebel Shatterstar
based himself out of the Wildways dimension.
(Marvel Comics Presents I#89/4 (fb) - BTS) - In
addition to his other self-given titles, Mojo also referred to himself
as "Media Prince of the Wildways." At some point, an editing room for
the footage that Mojo filmed was built in the Wildways dimension.
(Marvel Comics Presents I#89/4) - After Mojo decided
to make a documentary to boost his faltering ratings, he had Spiral
transport himself, herself and his aides, Major Domo and Minor Domo, to
Earth's Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters in order to film a
documentary entitled The X-Men in Their Natural Habitat.
Upon arrival, Mojo asked Spiral if she was excited about their safari
to Earth but a grumbling Spiral warned Mojo to be quiet, lest he break
her concentration during her time/space dance and risk being stuck
between Earth and the Wildways dimension. After Mojo and his crew
obtained footage of the X-Men engaging in everyday activities, missing
footage of them in a Danger Room training session due to running out of
film, Mojo's aides Major Domo, Minor Domo and Spiral went over the
obtained footage in the Wildways dimension's editing room, where Major
Domo learned Mojo had the camera facing the wrong direction the entire
time, taking 5 rolls of film with nothing but Mojo's face on it.
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z HC
Vol. 6 - Longshot entry - BTS) - While in the Wildways dimension,
Longshot and his wife Dazzler were treated like royalty by the denizens
(X-Men II Annual#1/2 - BTS) - While preparing for a Danger Room training session, the X-Man Jubilee had the Danger Room pull forth holograms of the X-Men's ten greatest villains, with number ten being Mojo. Finding Mojo gross, Jubilee asked who Mojo was and Wolverine replied that Mojo was lord and master of the Wildways dimension.
(Excalibur I#109 (fb)) - Having
escaped Mojo's servitude, the mystic Spiral ventured into the Wildways
dimension and opted to stay there, where she could be free and away
from Mojo. Unfortunately, her time there was cut short when the Dragons
of the Crimson Dawn, previously banished mystics from the Netherplace
dimension, escaped into the Wildways. Claiming they came from the
Crimson Dawn, the Dragons beseeched Spiral for help but she refused.
Shown a grotesque fate that awaited her unless she aided them, Spiral
was forced to comply with the Dragons and Spiral joined the Dragons,
hoping to one day outsmart them.
(Excalibur I#109 - BTS) - Shocked that Shadowcat had
phased her through the floor, Spiral, who had led the Dragons of the
Crimson Dawn to Excalibur's Captain Britain, invoked the Wildways and
she demanded to know who had attacked her.
(Excalibur I#110 - BTS) - Turning against the Dragons of the Crimson Dawn, Spiral announced that, as someone who had walked among the Wildways, she knew that nothing lasted forever, especially not the Dragons' bond to Netherplace's Crimson Dawn. She then cast a spell and suggested Excalibur rescue the captive Captain Britain during her distraction.
(X-Babies Reborn#1) - After Spiral announced that she
had divined that fortune smiled on Mojo, she got into a brief argument
with Major Domo and Mojo calmed them both, suggesting they all take a
walk in the Wildways dimension. Traversing the helical highway of the
transdimensional pocket of unending anti-matter that made up the
Wildways dimension via Mojo's tubular towers, Mojo, Spiral and Major
Domo visited one of Mojo's Wildways-based workshops, where Spiral
revealed that Mojo's Meta-Mechanics had done extensive research using
the neoplasm that formed the childlike X-Men known as the X-Babies and
used that research to create new, similar beings.
(Heroic Age: X-Men I#1 - BTS) - While researching Earth's mutants for his position as commander of Earth's superhuman forces, Steve Rogers reviewed a file on Longshot and remarked on Longshot's origins in the Mojoverse, which Rogers commented was also sometimes referred to as Wildways.
(Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine#5 - BTS) -
While filming a behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of a
Spider-Man and Wolverine show, Mojo announced himself the Lifebringer,
Wizard of the Wildways and producer of such shows as "Uncle Clunky's
Punching Hour" and "the All-New Exploding X-Babies," before claiming to
have mastered time travel in an effort to continue bringing
entertainment to his masses.
(Wolverine & the X-Men I#34 - BTS) - During an X-Men attack on the Hellfire Academy, Mojoverse native Madame Mondo threatened to show Doop the strangest cinema the Wildways dimension had to offer but Doop caused her (and himself) to scream in agony when he vomited up his 1994 home movies on VHS and began playing them.
(Spider-Man & the X-Men I#2 - BTS) - While
working with Mojo, the Spider-Man foe Chameleon spied on Spider-Man and
reported his findings back to Mojo, who used the video call sign of
"Wildways." When Chameleon mentioned the X-Men, who were with
Spider-Man, Mojo insisted that Chameleon acquire not only Spider-Man
but the X-Men as well.
(Spider-Man & the X-Men I#3 - BTS) - Mojo began
broadcasting live executions from the Wildways dimension's dissident
court on his Mojo Video Network in the 12:30a.m. timeslot.
Comments: Created by Chris Claremont and Alan Davis.
I think the Wildways are indeed "mystical cross-roads from which Spiral draws her powers." Mojo may well have created (or discovered) the Wildways, and used them as a subsequent power source. Then Mojo created his TV show, the Wildways...and the term sometimes is used interchangeably...Mojo runs the show, and the Wildways dimension/power may well be the means by which those put on the show are altered to fit their new roles. I don't think we can (or should) pin it down a whole lot further than that. -SnoodSince we actually saw a glimpse of the Wildways dimension in Excalibur I#109-110 (& Marvel Comics Presents I#89) and saw it much more in X-Babies Reborn#1, I've taken the stance that while the term "Wildways" has been used for the dimension itself, Mojoworld (the main landscape of the Mojoverse) and Mojo's television show, which has made things confusing at times, the Wildways MUST be some sort of dimension other than Mojoworld (as evident by what we have physically seen in Excalibur I#109-110 despite some comics referring to Mojoworld and the Wildways as the same thing) and that is how I chose to treat this profile, as a profile that catalogues the appearances/mentions of the dimension itself as well as Mojo's of the same name.
Profile by Proto-Man.
The Wildways have no known connection to
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X-Babies Reborn#1, p9, pan1 (The Wildways dimension with Mojo & company walking through it)
Excalibur I#109, p19, pan2-3 (Spiral in the Wildways)
Marvel Comics Presents I#89, p31, pan3 (The Wildways editing room)
New Mutants I Annual#2 (October, 1986) - Chris Claremont (writer), Alan Davis (art), Ann Nocenti (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I Annual#10 (January, 1987) - Chris Claremont (writer), Arthur Adams (pencils), Terry Austin (inks), Ann Nocenti (editor)
Excalibur I#1 (October, 1988) - Chris Claremont (writer), Alan Davis (pencils), Paul Neary (inks), Ann Nocenti, Terry Kavanagh (editors)
Excalibur: Mojo Mayhem (December, 1989) - Chris Claremont (writer), Arthur Adams (pencils), Terry Austin, Bob Wiacek & Co. (inks), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Excalibur I#22 (May, 1990) - Chris Claremont (writer), Chris Wozniak, Al Milgrom (art), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents I#89 (1991) - "What's Wrong with This Picture?!" story - Dan Slott (writer), Joe Madureira (pencils), Chris Ivy (inks), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition I#19 (1992) - Glenn Herdling, Peter Sanderson, Murray Ward (research, text), Keith Pollard (pencils), Josef Rubinstein (inks), Kelly Corvese (editor)
X-Men II Annual#1 (1992) - "X-Men Villains Gallery" story - Dan Slott (writer), Karl Altstaetter (pencils), Scott Williams, Brad Vancata (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Excalibur I#109 (May, 1997) - Ben Raab (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils), Scott Koblish (inks), Matt Idelson (editor)
Excalibur I#110 (June, 1997) - Ben Raab (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils), Scott Koblish (inks), Matt Idelson (editor)
X-Babies Reborn#1 (January, 2000) - Ruben Diaz (writer), Juvaun J. Kirby (color illustrations), Caleb Salstrom (inks), Jason Liebig (editor)
Marvel Legacy: The 1980s Handbook (2006) - Jeff Christiansen (head writer, coordinator), Sean McQuaid, Al Sjoerdsma, Michael Hoskin, Stuart Vandal, Mark O'English, Ronald Byrd, Anthony Flamini, Mike Fichera, Barry Reese, Madison Carter, Chris Biggs, Eric J. Moreels, Chad Anderson (writers), Art Adams (Longshot entry art), Jeff Youngquist, Jennifer Grunwald (editors)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z HC Vol. 6 (2009) - Jeff Christiansen (head writer, coordinator, writer), Sean McQuaid, Michael Hoskin, Stuart Vandal, Ronald Byrd, David Wiltfong, Madison Carter, Mike Fichera, Chad Anderson, Chris Biggs, Eric J. Moreels, Mark O'English, Al Sjoerdsma, Jacob Rougemont, Gabriel Shechter, Jeph York, Markus Ettlinger, Rich Green, Michel Gariepy, Andrew Goletz, Olav Rokne, Peter Sanderson (writers), Jonathan Couper-Smartt, Eric Englehard, Bill Lentz, Barry Reese (past writers), Art Adams, Paul Pelletier (Longshot entry art), Jeff Youngquist, Jennifer Grunwald (editors)
Heroic Age: X-Men I#1 (February, 2011) - Michael Hoskin (head writer, coordinator), Chad Anderson, Mike O'Sullivan, Peter Sanderson, Markus Raymond, Anthony Flamini, Kevin Garcia, Stuart Vandal, Jacob Rougemont, Madison Carter (writers), Jeff Youngquist (editor)
Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine#5 (May, 2011) - Jason Aaron, Justin Ponsor (writers), Adam Kubert (pencils), Mark Roslan (digital inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Wolverine & the X-Men I#34 (October, 2013) - Jason Aaron (writer), Nick Bradshaw (pencils), Walden Wong (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Spider-Man & the X-Men I#2 (March, 2015) - Elliott Kalan (writer), Marco Failla (art), Katie Kubert (editor)
Spider-Man & the X-Men I#3 (April, 2015) - Elliott Kalan (writer), Marco Failla (art), Katie Kubert (editor)
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
First Posted: 10/20/2017
Last Updated: 10/20/2017
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