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Firestar leads 2022 X-Men vote but Penance coming on strong as polls close

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Update: The polls to Marvel Comics' 2022 X-Men fan vote close at 11:59 pm ET on Thursday, January 13, and it looks like one candidate has some 'amazing friends' among X-Men readers.

According to a tweet by Marvel, Anjelica Jones (AKA Firestar) has a lead heading into the homestretch. The publisher's tweet didn't reveal how big of a lead she has, but by the looks of it Penance has some serious momentum - overtaking Armor since the last update - and might still have a shot at catching Firestar.

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Whoever wins will be revealed in June's (yes, June's) second annual 'Hellfire Gala' X-Men event and will be added to the roster of the core X-Men superhero team.

Firestar would be an interesting choice given she's a character that was created for the '80s Saturday morning animated TV series Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends and made her comic book debut in 1981's companion comic book, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends #1.

Check below for more details on the 2022 vote, including how to vote, and info on all the candidates.

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It's an election year... again.

Marvel Comics will host another public X-Men vote.

In January 2021 the publisher asked for readers to help choose the last member of the core X-Men superhero team that debuted in Gerry Duggan and Pepe Larraz's ensuing X-Men series (fans chose Polaris, by the way) and they'll be doing it again for 2022.

The publisher says fans will select the final member of "one of the most iconic teams" in X-Men history, (the "newest protectors of Krakoa") beginning Monday, January 10 starting at 9 am ET and running until 11:59 pm ET on Thursday, January 13 at Each participant can only vote one time. 

The winner, along with the full X-Men team, will be unveiled during Marvel's now second annual Hellfire Gala in June. 

The publisher clarified for Newsarama the new member selected by fans will join the same core superhero X-Men team in the Duggan-Larraz series.

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Here are the 2022 nominees:

Armor (Hisako Ichi)

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Armor's mutant ability allows her to create a protective forcefield around her body which also gives her super strength. Armor has been a member of the X-Men before, as well as the New Mutants.

Avalanche (Dominikos Petrakis) 

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Avalanche is best known for using his seismic manipulation-based earthquake powers as a long-running member of the villainous Brotherhood of Mutants. Recently, he's joined up with SWORD after being resurrected on Krakoa.

Bling! (Roxanne Washington)

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True to her codename, Bling! has a gemlike, super-strong, diamond-hard body along with the power to generate crystal projectile weapons. Though she's been skeptical of Krakoa, she's also worked alongside Psylocke to defend the mutant nation.

Firestar (Angelica Jones)

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Though the pyrokinetic Angelica Jones started out as part of Emma Frost's villainous squad of Hellions, she quickly became a superhero, joining the New Warriors, and then the Avengers. Though she has been part of the X-Men before, she's not a citizen of Krakoa - yet.

The mainstream public knows her best as of Spider-Man's 'Amazing' friends as part of the '80s Saturday morning animated series. 

Gentle (Nezhno Abidemi)

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Gentle has the distinction of being the first member of the X-Men to come from Wakanda, having joined in the original X-Men Red title. He has the power to grow his muscles to empower himself with strength and invulnerability.

Gorgon (Tomi Shishido)

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Once one of the most feared mutant assassins with almost unparalleled skill with a sword and the ability to turn people to stone with a look, Gorgon's personality was altered in the story 'X of Swords' after he died in Otherworld and was resurrected on Krakoa.

Micromax (Scott Wright)

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Micromax is a British mutant who has done most of his adventuring as an agent of the British government, using his size-changing abilities as a former member of Excalibur and MI-13. He's also briefly been an antagonist for the X-Men as part of the US government's mutant group ONE.

Penance (Monet St. Croix)

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Monet St. Croix's mysterious attitude and history belie her wide range of mutant powers - including her ability to shift into her 'Penance' form which makes her even more physically deadly. Penance was one of the original members of Generation X, and now serves as co-CXO of the Krakoa company X-Corp.

Siryn (Theresa Cassidy)

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Siryn is the daughter of long-time X-Men member Banshee and shares her father's sonic scream power. She's been a member of both X-Factor and X-Force over the years.

Surge (Noriko Ashida)

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Surge has the power to absorb and redirect electricity, which she has often used special gauntlets to help channel and control. Her electricity manipulation allows her to shoot lightning and move at super speed, among other abilities.

Needless to say, Marvel would like this new team to someday be regarded as one of the best X-Men teams of all time. Check out Newsarama’s rankings to see what they’ll be up against.

I've been Newsarama's resident Marvel Comics expert and general comic book historian since 2011. I've also been the on-site reporter at most major comic conventions such as Comic-Con International: San Diego, New York Comic Con, and C2E2. Outside of comic journalism, I am the artist of many weird pictures, and the guitarist of many heavy riffs. (They/Them)