And Knull has all these amazing TP resistance feats when? He's not like Odin where he has cosmic awareness and Odinforce giving him stuff to scale from, guy has nothing.
Eh. It’s kinda convenient then that none of the psychics, including Sentry, Xavier w/ Cerebro, or anyone tried to get inside the entity’s brain. Taking Jean down at least explains why no other telepaths were capable of getting into his head. So, Jean kind of becomes his feat as she is garnering feats from him.
There is still no way anyone would contest that Jean is powerful enough to take down a cosmic entity, so it really doesn’t hurt her. She is still a human with incredible willpower, but a human nonetheless without the Phoenix Force. Cates definitely used Jean to scale up the tension of the story, but it doesn't exactly hurt Jean to lose to him.
Xavier and other psychics were clearly overlooked in order to give Jean this moment to shine before she succumbed to Knull's mind. It's all part of Marvel's ploy to try and present her as their top telepath now. Still, my point stands about the other psis being scaled back in power to raise Jean to this stature. I mean, it was a strain for her and Cable to communicate with each other across dimensions. 90s Sersi was able to do stuff like this while doing other feats simultaneously, and she's just an upper mid-tier telepath who's not in the category with people like Exodus, Emma, Xavier, Cassandra Nova, X-Man, Legion, and Shadow King (though technically he's a psionic demon-like entity of the Astral Plane, so it's probably not good to include him as a traditional telepath).
Classic Xavier fought the Dark Phoenix on all the infinite planes of existence simultaneously and was powerful enough to contact the X-Men from half a star-system away. He overcame Galactus's immense psychic defenses (and yes, Galactus's mental defenses were cited in the issue so we know that aspect of the character wasn't ignored) to not only communicate with him telepathically, but to channel the emotions of 8,000,000,000 Skrull minds into the World Devourer's psyche all while Galactus was standing on a planet and he (Xavier) was far away on a moon. He did all of this without Cerebro or some cosmic tweety bird boosting his powers. Now, you want to say Xavier with Cerebro can't do what Jean can do when she's much weaker than the power levels he wielded in his classic days? It just goes to show how badly Marvel has devalued their other telepaths for Jean's sake.
Rachel had virtually unlimited TP and TK power back when Emma beat her, and she was doing things like briefly holding up a city and creating small black holes. Her powers have been scaled back dramatically over the years to highlight Jean, and this new Hickman omega list was the final nail on the coffin for Rachel ever regaining her former power levels.
Classic Shadow King was powerful enough to mind control the planet after which he was going to absorb all the energy from negative emotions to boost his power so that he could expand his influence to the cosmos. He could do things like attack other characters a thousand different ways at once psychically in the classic days among other things. His skill and experience surpassed Classic Xavier's, and his base power levels were equal to Classic Xavier which he could augment to dwarf Xavier's by feeding off negative emotions on a wide scale.
Emma Frost is no longer a global-level telepath, and I suspect her trademark skill level is going to be diminished too for Jean to surpass her.
Classic Exodus beat Sersi telepathically in every encounter they had, he held his own against non-PIS'd Emma Frost for a while, he gave weakened Xavier a run for his money, and he defeated Rachel plus six other X-Men at the same time. Rachel probably still had those near-unlimited psi power levels when Exodus beat her and her teammates. Rachel alone would give Jean a hard fight, and this was after Rachel's power levels took a downgrade. Jean herself admitted that shecould hurt her in a fight in X-Men Red. So, there's no way Jean can beat Rachel plus six other X-Men at the same time especially if Rachel had the virtually unlimited TP and TK powers she wielded when she fought Emma and Exodus.
So, yeah, everytime I see Marvel trying to have Jean doing something now, I roll my eyes because I know what they've done to the other psychics to make her look good. And this isn't evening mentioning how Jean recently lost to Cassandra Nova (who is weaker than Xavier) and got dwarfed by X-Man and is still being presented as the strongest telepath.
Anyway, my two cents. Not going to drag this out in a long debate.
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