What Do You Think... Should Blink Be A Hero Or Villain?
It's been a long time since Necrosha ended, and it still irks me they way that Blink was brought back & converted so easily into a murdering minion of Selene. Part of me understands why she was turned into a villain; so she would stand out in contrast to her more established & heroic Age of Apocalypse/Exiles counterpart. While I did enjoy the Age of Apocalypse, for over a decade I have wanted to see the return of the girl who should have been in Generation X. However, when she did return it was as a murderer. It seemed at complete odds with the girl who sacrificed herself to save a group of strangers from the Phalanx.
Over 10 years ago, she made made her first appearance as a kidnapped young mutant along with M, Skin & Husk. Unlike the others who kept a brave face, Blink was petrified of the Phalanx. It transpired that hers was the only mutant power that had any effect on the Phalanx. However, because she was unpractised with her powers they raged out of control and so she 'died' from using her own teleportation powers. Even back then I didn't believe that she was truly dead (even despite the awful issue of What If...? that suggested the world would come to an end if she's lived). After all her power to teleport would have taken her somewhere else, so it would be a case of locating that somewhere & retrieving her.
Then during Necrosha it was revealed that Selene knew the location where Blink had vanished. Selene literally managed to pull Blink out of think air. She then fed Blink a few weak lies about how Emma Frost had always known that Blink was trapped in eternal pain & encouraged her to use her teleportation to kill people. With Selene's encouragement, Blink started small by killing random strangers in their own home. By the time Selene made her move, Blink confidently used her powers offensively to destroy Archangel's wings and even severed Vanisher's arm by teleporting it off his body. Even within Selene's Inner Circle, she didn't trust anyone and so readily tattled on Eli Bard to Selene like a prison snitch. Her only friend was Mortis who she later saved in the dying events of the story.
The brief explanation why she changed was so short that I'm left unsatisfied with her transformation from 'potential X-Man' to 'slave of the Black Queen'. Perhaps it's because of 10 years dreaming up ideas of how to bring her back. Whatever it is, I would have preferred to see her restored as a hero in training. While the X-Men have a history of taking in former villains, I doubt that they would take her back after what she did to Archangel & the Vanisher.
So what does everyone else think? Would you rather see Earth-616 Blink as a hero... or as a villain?
If i could have it 100% my way, Blink 616 becomes more confused and evil, and AoA Blink finally
joins 616 and the two have an epic outing, which ends with AoA Blink getting through to 616 Blink,
and 616 Blink sacrificing herself as a hero, again, and AoA remains in 616 in her place.
I think she should be neutral. Because she went through Necrosha, we know she doesn't mind ruthless killing, but also she was a sweet seeming kindhearted mutant who met an untimely "death." she could be an ally of the x-men, like cloak and dagger or deadpool, but also not a textbook definition of "hero."
that's what i'd like to see happen to her.
" If i could have it 100% my way, Blink 616 becomes more confused and evil, and AoA Blink finally joins 616 and the two have an epic outing, which ends with AoA Blink getting through to 616 Blink, and 616 Blink sacrificing herself as a hero, again, and AoA remains in 616 in her place. "
Wow, pretty dramatic! I wouldn't want to see her sacrificed again or replaced by the AoA Blink... But that would still beat her new evil demeanour.
"I think she should be neutral. Because she went through Necrosha, we know she doesn't mind ruthless killing, but also she was a sweet seeming kindhearted mutant who met an untimely "death." she could be an ally of the x-men, like cloak and dagger or deadpool, but also not a textbook definition of "hero." that's what i'd like to see happen to her. "
Neutral or ally would be good. However, I can't see the X-Men trusting her any time soon (even though so MANY of their roster were former villains ;)
" @Edamame said:" I would prefer her to be an anti-hero. "Similar to Deadpool... but less chatty? "
As much as people get annoyed by his overexposure, I would really like to see a 616 Blink and Deadpool team up now. Maybe she could remind him of how badass crazy he used to be, instead of just badass funny.
Ooh, and I wonder depending on the mechanics she could end up leading her own Exiles team, under the notion, whoever selected her has seen how well an alt reality version of her as done, and then we could have another, another Deadpool on her team. In any case stoic quite badass's interact quite well with chatty badasses.
"Honestly, I see couldn't really see her as a villain. She was manipulated cold. I can therefore see her redeemed rather easily, maybe just bearing a reluctant grudge. I am surprised that no X-Men character had really commented on it either. Wondered why and all that.
Im NOT liking this villain crap for her at all!!! I wouldve just rather they brought the AOA Blink over to the mainstream universe. If this is what theyre gonna do with the 616 Blink, then they shouldve just left her DEAD..."
Hmmm I'm not sure. For the sake of the Necrosha storyline, I loved her as a villian. But in all truth, I don't think she'll stay one for long. Selene is gone, there's no real proof that Emma had abandoned her. True, I wouldn't put it past her. Emma can be cold and cruel to anyone, if she feels its justified. Look at how she first treated X-23, she practically tried to mentally scar her into leaving the manison. But in her mind, the actions justified the means.
So perhaps Emma did hear her calls, but ignored them. Or perhaps well, given how X-men have had one big disaster after the next. Doesn't exactly leave time to go search for Clairce. I'm hoping Clair will start questioning what she had been manipulated into believing by Selene. And confront Emma. And with those questions answers, perhaps she'll understand that she's not meant to be evil like Selene wanted her to be.
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