|Real Name:||Thomas Jones
||X-Factor (1st series) #41
||Ophelia Jones (mother),
Ellie Jones (sister)
psionically transduce the molecular structure of anything he touches, converting it into simple elemental states or any form of matter whose physical composition he fully understands
NOTE: Alchemy was created by a British comic book reader named Paul Betsow as part of Marvel Comics’ Mutant Registration contest for the best fan-created mutant. Although it was initially said that the winning entry would appear in an issue of New Mutants, Alchemy debuted in X-Factor instead.
Around the time Thomas Jones manifested his mutant powers, he was studying for the university entrance examination. The British teenager had promised his late father to make it out of poverty, and he was determined to stick to his word. However, he found that studying chemistry was always giving him raging headaches. This was the first sign of his mutation and, while trying to recall the properties of the elements of the periodic system, he was involuntarily changing the molecular structure of his pen, transmutating it into those exact elements.
With gold being one of the elements that Thomas mastered, he caught the attention of Troll Associates Inc., a group of trolls who had been driven underground by humanity centuries ago. The Trolls were determined to reclaim the British Isles for their kind and other magical creatures. In order to get there, they wanted Thomas to create so much gold for them that they could collapse the British economy. On top of that, they wanted to make a public statement by having Thomas transform the queen of England into gold too.
Fortunately, Thomas’ mother had witnessed her son’s kidnapping and called X-Factor for help. While they managed to track the Trolls to their hidden base by following a trail of gold objects that Thomas had left behind, the American-based heroes ended up captured by the Trolls themselves. By the time the heroes freed themselves, the Trolls had already taken Thomas’ mother hostage to force the boy into their service. Realizing that the Trolls wouldn’t stop no matter what, Thomas used the distraction provided by X-Factor and transformed the two leaders of the Trolls into gold, ending the conflict. Although X-Factor offered to train him in the use of his powers, Thomas decided to enroll at university to study bio-chemistry so that he could get a deeper understanding of his powers. With those fully mastered, he hoped he could restore the two trolls to flesh and blood and become a full-fledged super-hero named Alchemy. [X-Factor (1st series) #41-42]
A couple of years later, the remaining Trolls went after the Joneses again, this time kidnapping Thomas’ mother first. Alchemy tried calling X-Factor for help, but the call was forwarded to the X-Men instead. They in turn alerted Excalibur, as that team could reach Thomas much quicker. However, they arrived in London too late, as Thomas had already been forced to obey the Trolls’s every command. On their orders, Alchemy transformed some policemen and even two members of the super-hero group into gold.
The tide turned, though, when the freakishly looking Nightcrawler pretended to join the Trolls, enabling him to free Thomas’ mother. Alchemy then used his powers to turn the other Trolls into metal statues as well, and then proceeded to restore the trapped humans and heroes to their regular selves, thus proving that he had fully mastered his gift. [Excalibur (1st series) #57-58]
Alchemy was confirmed as one of the few mutants on the planet who have retained their abilities and mutations post M-Day, during which 90-95% of Earth’s mutants lost their powers. [X-Men: The 198 Files] While a young man somewhat resembling Thomas was spotted living in the “198” camp on the lawn of Xavier’s school, it was never outright stated to be Alchemy. Regardless, with the X-Men having relocated twice since then, Thomas’ current whereabouts are unknown either way.