This article is from the X-Men Comic Books FAQ, by Kate the Short (firstname.lastname@example.org) with numerous contributions by others.
Maybe, maybe not. This idea generally comes from X-Men #11, where
Dazzler says to Longshot: "'Shatterstar'? You've got to be kidding!"
(They had just found out she was pregnant.) This and the fact that both
are from Mojoworld are what most people base the relationship on.
Fabian Nicieza, who was writing X-Force at the time, was rather upset
about this. He intended no such thing, and soon made a point of giving
Shatterstar a different origin. According to X-Force #39, his real name
is Gaveedra 7 and he was born in a test tube. Also, in Dazzler's last
appearance (X-Men #47), it was strongly hinted she had miscarried. So,
as things stand now, there is probably no relation.
However, one writer's original intentions don't always conicide with the
conclusions of later writers. The following bits of in-continuity trivia
complicate this question considerably:
* According to Beast, Shatterstar has the exact same DNA as Longshot.
This is an interesting dangler, especially in light of the fact
that Longshot and Shatterstar don't even have the same number of
* According to Spiral, Shatterstar is the son of an "Arize-spawn" and
a human. Longshot and Dazzler are the obvious suspects here, but
the story was deliberately vague on this point.
(FAQ-keeper's note: I don't have any issue numbers handy for these
events. If anyone out there does, please forward 'em to me at
I'd love to say that X-Force #60-61 (The Origin of Shatterstar!)
resolved this. Heck, I'd love to say these issues resolved anything at
all. They don't. All it did was move Shatterstar into the body of
Benjamin Russell and make Spiral somehow involved. That doesn't really
get at any of the answers this FAQ-keeper was looking for, and doesn't
say anything about Longshot particularly.
However, there is a light at the end of this tunnel. The whole Benjamin
Russell/Shatterstar question was brought up in X-Force #56, when the
Gamesmaster told him that "Shatterstar" was nothing more than a sick
fantasy of Gamesmaster's creation. X-Force #76, however, has Mojo
telling Arcade that Shatterstar is still his own property, "no matter
what the omnipathic Gamesmaster wishes to believe." While this doesn't
yet answer the question of Shatterstar's parentage, it does place
Shatterstar's origin squarely back in Mojoworld.