Gentle (comics)

Gentle (comics)
Gentle by Skottie Young
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance New X-Men vol. 2 #23
Created by Craig Kyle
Chris Yost
Mark Brooks
In-story information
Alter ego Nezhno "Nez" Abidemi
Species Human Mutant
Team affiliations New X-Men
Storm's training squad
Xavier Institute
Jean Grey School Students
Abilities extreme strength, by temporarily increasing his muscle mass

Gentle (Nezhno Abidemi[1]) is a fictional character, a mutant in the Marvel Comics Universe, and a member of the student body of the Xavier Institute. He is one of only 27 students to have retained his powers after M-Day.


Fictional character biography

Xavier Institute/M-Day

Prior to M-Day, he was part of Storm's unseen squad.[2] He kept his powers in the wake of M-Day,[volume & issue needed] and thus still resides at the Xavier Institute.

Emma Frost told him to step out from a sparring match to determine who would become the team of X-Men trainees.[volume & issue needed]

It is later noted that Nezhno is from Wakanda, and he was the only student allowed to attend the wedding of Storm and the Black Panther.[3]

Quest for Magik

Nezhno is among the students who are listening to Blindfold's story about Magik, Belasco and Limbo. He, with the other students are transported to Limbo. It is revealed that Nezhno's code-name is Gentle and he has the ability to temporarily increase the mass of his muscles.[volume & issue needed]

Messiah Complex

During his return to the school after Limbo, Nezhno went into a deep meditative state to calm himself and to pray about his "violence" in defense of his friends. It was at this point that he revealed that his power was a dangerous one, and that it would eventually take his life.[volume & issue needed] He also retained his calm while fellow student Pixie, whom he had saved in Limbo, showed obvious interest in him.[4]

This was nothing more, however, than a calm before the storm because soon he was thrust head first into a life changing battle when the O*N*E Sentinel went rogue and attempted to not only destroy the Xavier Institute but to kill him and his fellow students. Springing into action Nezhno used his power like never before and increased his muscle mass, height, and weight to dangerous degrees. Despite the health risks and being told to stay put by headmaster Scott Summers, he jumped into the fray and may have saved many lives by his intervention. Despite knowing that his life may be forfeit he did his best to halt the Sentinels and was apparently neutralized by one and lay depowered and unconscious on the battlefield.[5]

Nezhno proved himself quite durable however and was not seen in the infirmary with the sick and injured but turned up in defense of his sick friends when Predator X attacked the school looking for an easy meal. Nezhno and Armor use a combination of their powers to hold off the beast while Pixie teleports them to what remains of Muir Island. Once there they continue their fight with the monster.[6]

Divided We Stand

Just three days after the events of Messiah Complex, Nezhno decided to head back to his homeland, Wakanda. He was relieved to be free of the pestering of his former classmates, saying that they "nearly destroyed [him] with their insanity". During his return however, he found himself ostracized not only by his fellow Wakandans, but also by his own mother - due to the facts that his biological father was Russian, and therefore he is only seen as an outsider to his people. He then reflects that the only people who accepted him were the New X-Men, and he regrets having pushed them away.[7]

Worlds Apart

Nezhno kills a Wakandan priest and is then placed in jail; however, Storm doesn't believe he is responsible until she is shown security footage of the act taking place. Ororo notices Nezhno acting out of character when he winks at the camera. She asks him to wink for her but he doesn't know what it is so Ororo has him freed declaring him innocent. Later the Black Panther orders his execution and winks at Ororo. It is revealed Shadow King is the one framing Nezhno.[volume & issue needed]

Manifest Destiny

Neznho moves to San Francisco along with the rest of the X-Men.[volume & issue needed]

Powers and abilities

Nezhno's has the ability to temporarily increase the muscle mass of his body to extreme levels. He can will himself to immediately grow and strengthen to the extent that he can lift at least 100 tons.[8]

Gentle uses his powers

However, he cannot sustain this form for long since it causes massive strain on his body and leads to seizures. After Belasco had kidnapped the New X-Men to Limbo, Nezhno was able to protect Pixie and defeat N'astirh before passing out. The vibranium tattoos adorning his body help to keep his powers in check, but Nezhno indicated that eventually his powers may kill him.[9] Also important to note is the fact that when his powers are in use his vibranium tattoos glow. It was revealed that the tattoos are actually Vibranium-based paints that were intended to be fused with his skin, due to his powers.

Nezhno has also said that he lacks any sense of touch, but it is possible that he might have felt Mercury touch him at some point.

Nezhno was excused from Emma's New X-Men brawl for his own safety and only participated in minimal violence while in Limbo. He saves this power for emergencies as it can only be used for a short period of time.

Personality and beliefs

Nezhno is a calm and passive individual. Though not cold, he does not speak much. He seems to hold strong pacifistic beliefs and refrains from any sort of violence, though those may originate from the self-lethal nature of his mutation. His codename spawns from these beliefs. Likewise, he only uses his powers "in emergencies." He also looks similar to the character Requiem who appeared in Uncanny X-Men #382 as part of the Neo Lost Souls.[citation needed]

Other versions

Age of X

In the Age of X reality, Gentle is seen as an inhabitant of Fortress X.[volume & issue needed]


  1. ^ His forename is a Russian word meaning "tenderly", "gently". His surname is a Yoruban word meaning "born during father's absence".
  2. ^ Nezhno's position as a member of Storm's former squad was revealed by his creators on the forum.
  3. ^ New X-Men, vol. 2 #29
  4. ^ New X-Men vol. 2 #42
  5. ^ Uncanny X-Men #493
  6. ^ New X-Men vol. 2 #46
  7. ^ X-men: Divided We Stand #1
  8. ^ X-Men Worlds Apart vol. 1.
  9. ^ New X-Men vol. 2 #42

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