Real Name: Bennett du Paris
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-295) human
Occupation: Freedom fighter
Group Membership: X-Men (Banshee/Sean Cassidy,
Blink/Clarice Ferguson, Dazzler/Alison Blaire, Iceman/Bobby Drake,
Magneto/Erik Magnus Lehnsherr, Morph/Kevin Sydney, Nightcrawler/Kurt
Wagner, Rogue/Anna Marie, Sabretooth/Victor Creed, Storm/Ororo Munroe,
Sunfire/Shiro Yoshida, Wildchild/Kyle Gibney, Quicksilver/Pietro
Adler, Bishop (Lucas Bishop), Colossus (Peter Rasputin), Charles
Illyana Rasputin, Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde), X-ternals
(Gambit/Remy LeBeau, Jubilee/Jubilation Lee, Lila Cheney)
Enemies: Apocalypse (En Sabah Nur), Brotherhood of
Chaos (Arclight, Copycat/Vanessa Carlysle, Madison Jeffries, Spyne,
Yeti), Madri, Vanisher (Telford Porter).
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
formerly the Xavier Estate, Dead Zone (once known as Westchester, New York)
First Appearance: Amazing X-Men I#1 (March, 1995)
Powers/Abilities: A mutant with virtually untapped
psionic potential, Exodus can read minds, sense nearby lifeforms,
perform feats of telekinesis and fire pyroplasmic beams from his eyes.
Exodus is able to teleport multiple people across hundreds of miles.
Exodus can fly.
Weight: 195 lbs.
(X-Men Chronicles I#2 (fb) - BTS) - Through unrevealed circumstances, Bennett du Paris was captured by the Madri. Sensing his enormous psionic potential, the Madri started a series of invasive experiments on his brain. Upon learning of Bennett's plight, Magneto (Erik Lensherr) launched a one man rescue mission, singlehandedly dispatching Apocalypse's order of priestly scholars.
(Amazing X-Men I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Magneto personally oversaw Bennett's recovery and training and allowed him to join the X-Men as Exodus. Aware of his new recruit's potentially limitless power, Magneto felt it necessary to limit Bennett's access to the full array of his abilities, fearing it might otherwise corrupt him. Fiercely loyal to Magneto, Exodus accepted the X-Men's leader's judgement without question.
(Amazing X-Men I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Exodus fell in love with his fellow X-Man Dazzler.
(Amazing X-Men I#1) - Aware the Human High Council was sending its Sentinel fleet to Maine to help the remaining humans escape Apocalypse's culling, Magneto set aside a squad of X-Men to aid the effort. He had them train against a Sentinel created by Dazzler (Alison Blaire) using her hard light powers. The objective was for Exodus to expose the robot's mainframe so Quicksilver could quickly insert a disc with an override virus that would force the robots to recognize the X-Men as allies. However, after repeated attempts, the X-Men were still a few tenths of a second too slow. Taking a break, Dazzler lit a cigarette much to Exodus's chagrin, since it made her breath smell like garbage. After their training session, Magneto saw the team off to Maine. Because the team's sole aircraft was already in use, Iceman prepared to take the others to Maine using his moisture/inversion method. Magneto decided against it, because that would exhaust everyone beyond the point of usefulness. Instead, he informed Exodus he had the power to teleport them all, simply by thinking he was able to do so. Ever trusting of Magneto's judgement, Exodus focused his mind and instantly transported himself and his teammates to Maine.
(Amazing X-Men I#1 - BTS) - The X-Men's arrival was noticed by the Madri and the Brotherhood of Chaos.
(Amazing X-Men I#1) - The X-Men approached a group of human refugees who had set up camp, waiting for the Sentinel evacuation fleet. When the Sentinels arrived, Exodus and the others proceeded with their planned attempt to insert the reprogramming disc. However, the Brotherhood's technopath Madison Jeffries had discreetly scrambled the disc's data so only his team was marked safe from Sentinel persecution.
(Amazing X-Men I#2) - The X-Men fought the Brotherhood to a standstill but they were no match for the Sentinels. Exodus was getting ready to actively damage the robots, but held back because the robots were vitally needed for the rescue effort. He was spared the choice by Storm who whipped up a massive electromagnetic storm that collectively froze up the Sentinel mainframes. Exodus and Dazzler were then tasked to undo Jeffries' damage and reprogram the Sentinels.
(Amazing X-Men I#2 - BTS) - Quicksilver and Storm chased down the Madri that had accompanied the Brotherhood. Once inside the Madri aircraft, they met Apocalypse's new Horseman Abyss who used his psionic scream to hurt the human refugees. Quicksilver managed to use his superspeed to turn Abyss' powers against him, which temporarily defeated him. By the time the X-Men reassembled, Exodus and Dazzler had restored the Sentinels and the evacuation was well underway.
(Amazing X-Men I#3) - The X-Men returned home using the captured Madri aircraft, only to discover Apocalypse's forces had recently attacked their headquarters. With Magneto, his son Charles, the robotic Nanny and their houseguest Bishop missing, the X-Men got some answers when Iceman came across the Infinite Vanisher who had been injured chasing Nanny and Charles in the tunnels under their base. Quicksilver ordered Exodus and Dazzler into the tunnels to go look for Charles and Nanny.
(Amazing X-Men I#3 - BTS) - When Quicksilver learned Bishop had been taken to the Madri's central temple in Quebec, he knew there was no time to waste. Not able to wait for Exodus and Dazzler to return, he ordered the team to leave without them in order to save Bishop.
(Gambit & the X-Ternals I#4) - Exodus and Dazzler found Nanny's wrecked form in the sewers. Pressing on, they didn't locate Charles (who had been taken to Apocalypse by the traitor Guido), but they did rescue Gambit, Jubilee and Lila Cheney from a cave-in. Together, they returned to the Xavier estate.
(Amazing X-Men I#4) - Exodus and the others emerged from the sewers to meet up with Rogue's band of X-Men. Exodus and Dazzler had to restrain the furious Rogue when she learned Gambit had allowed Guido to take her son. Moments later, they were joined by the returning Colossus and Shadowcat who had brought Illyana Rasputin. Then Nightcrawler teleported in with the recruited seer Destiny. A little after that Quicksilver's team arrived with the newly rescued Bishop. With all their forces in place, the X-Men prepared to take the fight to Apocalypse himself.
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Age of
Apocalypse I#1) - Despite the fact Earth-295 continues to endure, Exodus
is listed as missing and presumed deceased (see comments).
Comments: Created by Fabian Nicieza (writer), Andy Kubert (pencils), Matt Ryan (inks).
Considering Earth-295's divergence point from Earth-616 is
the death of Charles Xavier sometime in the late 20th century (or even
the early 21st), this technically means that the origin of Exodus as
seen in Black Knight: Exodus I#1 also holds true for the
AoA-version of the character. However, since this has not (yet) been
confirmed on panel, it's not included in the profile.
The functionality of Exodus' headgear is unclear. Given the fact the Madri were experimenting on his brain when Magneto rescued him, the metal plates are most likely more than just decorative. Maybe they're there to cover up the damage and scars. They might also help Magneto regulate Exodus' nigh limitless power.
AoA-Exodus is a bit of a head scratcher. Magneto trained all his X-Men to be more aggressive and creative with the use of their powers, as seen with Earth-295's Iceman who is basically an unkillable one man army. But with Exodus, Magneto tried the exact opposite and actively attempted to limit his abilities because it might 'corrupt' him. You'd think that an all powerful ally in the fight against Apocalypse would have been too great an asset to ignore. Then again, from a story perspective that would have made Bennett too much of deus ex(odus) machina... And would we really need Nate Grey if Exodus is around?
Another head scratcher: Exodus all but vanishes after Amazing X-Men I#4, he does not join the other X-Men in their assault on Apocalypse's citadel seen in X-Men: Omega. His final fate remains a mystery, though he is listed as 'missing, presumed deceased' in 2005's AoA Handbook.
This profile was completed 03/20/2019, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.
Profile by Norvo
Exodus should not be confused with
images: (without ads)
Amazing X-Men I#1 p18 pan4 (main image)
X-Men Chronicles I#2 p45-46 (saved from Madri)
Amazing X-Men I#1 p18 pan3 (will teleport you there)
Amazing X-Men I#2 p6 pan1 (ready to fight Sentinels)
Astonishing X-Men I#4, p19, pan2 (restraining Rogue)
Amazing X-Men I#1 (March, 1995) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Andy Kubert (pencils), Matt Ryan (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Amazing X-Men I#2 (April, 1995) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Andy Kubert (pencils), Matt Ryan (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Amazing X-Men I#3 (May, 1995) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Andy Kubert (pencils), Matt Ryan (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Amazing X-Men I#4 (June, 1995) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Andy Kubert (pencils), Matt Ryan (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Gambit & The X-Ternals I#4 (June, 1995) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Men Chronicles I#2 (June, 1995) - Howard Mackie (writer), Michael Golden (pencils & inks), Kelly Corvese (editor)
First Posted: 09/04/2021
Last Updated: 09/01/2021
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