I have always thought that Domino exuded a Brody Armstrong/Dolle vibe from the former Distillers and current Spinnerette project. That special kind of devil-may-care type of punk rock attitude. So either Domino could have sung this song, or Brody could have been a sweet member of X-Force.
Normally I reserve my "And Now You Know" blogs for those lesser known things about comics and characters, but this topic just had to be covered. Also, I really just wanted to write a blog because most of the recent blogs have been posted by bots.
Stated simply, adding a character, or team of characters, simply because they appear in a picture in the issue is considered a lower form of point whoring. Take, for example: Last night I was adding the synopsis for X-Men #1 and I noticed that the New Mutants were said to have appeared in the issue. They don't. Xavier does look at a picture of them but the New Mutant team does not interact or otherwise influence the events of the book. Summarily, I removed the team credit, as well as the individual credits for each team member. This garnered someone an erroneous 8-10 points. I call this a low level of point whoring because sometimes people just don't know the rules about crediting certain things. For additional guidelines in crediting characters in issues, check out this proposed list that makes a lot of sense.
Don't worry, this isn't all I'm making a big to-do about. No, there was a very egregious form of point whoring present on this X-Men issue page last night. You see, the President of the United States appears in the issue but he is not named. I pondered how to credit a nameless Marvel president. A mantle page was all I could think of, but we are trying to phase those out (at least so I've heard). All this was moot, as I saw someone had found a way to credit the president. It seems that, even though the president was a nondescript white guy, someone had the gonads to go ahead and credit George Bush as the president in the comic. Yeah, he was president at the time, but he in no way, shape, or accent resembled George H. W. Bush. To cover their bases, this person also credited George Jr., Mr. George W. Bush himself. Why? Maybe they weren't sure which Bush to put in there and so they put both. Regardless, placing one, let alone the two, was totally wrong to begin with. Sure, it's only two points, but I remember that any points were as good as gold back when I was a new guy.
It's kind of humorous, but it's also wrong and messes with the integrity of our wiki.
Community is a special show. This season, the show tackles stupid things that people think matter, like model UNs. Two are proposed but only one can exist. The school holds a Model UN-off to decide which team makes up the real school's model UN.
Abed: Does two UNs mean there are two Earths?
Professor: Uhm... Yeah, sure. Two Earths.
Abed: Parallel Earths in different galaxies or identical Earths in parallel dimensions?
Professor: The latter one.
Abed: But what does that say about free will?
UN number 1 crosses the gym to confront UN number 2.
Annie: We represent the United Nations from Earth 1. Using our Switzerland's Hadron Collider and resources from every nation, the people of our planet have constructed a trans-dimensional gateway here.
Other Annie: They can't do this.
Professor: The science works out.
So you see, with DC reintroducing readers to Earth 2, the possibilities are endless.
This is not a blog about the actual mental capacities of our venerable mod; this is just a blog about her name. What the what? Yup. Like many of you, my mind is constantly on the Vine. Just this morning I was thinking about Garrison Kane and how I've done very little for his page. Then I thought about that one story he and Copycat have in that one issue of Wolverine. (That was an odd one.) Then I was thinking about Copycat in general. That's when the whole xerox_kitty thought came to my mind.
For a quick reference point, Copycat has the mutant ability to take on the image and powers of anybody that she has prolonged exposure to. Her most famous ruse was when she fooled Cable by taking on the persona of Domino.
Now take xerox_kitty. For those who have never thought of it: a xerox machine makes copies and a kitty is merely another name for a cat. (Don't flame me by saying a kitty is a baby cat. Some people still call grown cats kitties.) xerox_kitty is simply a play on the name Copycat. (Sorry, love, that your dash was turned into an underscore.) So, why did she take on this name and accompanying avatar? I'm sure it was for the same reason the "real" Copycat was able to take on the names and likenesses of other people: prolonged exposure. I can't vouch for this claim, but I'm sure that with all xerox_kitty's knowledge of the New Mutants/X-Force, as well as her general knowledge of that era of books, that our mod found some type of reason to name herself after the blue-skinned beauty.
And now this is what I was really thinking about this morning: Why didn't she just call herself Copycat? Was the name taken? Or was there something deeper? As I see it, and based on my knowledge of the comic character, Copycat could certainly copy someone's likeness and persona, but she was still Vanessa Carlysle underneath it all. She was the same as the people she imitated but she was also different. The same can be inferred from xerox_kitty; it's not only a clever name, but it shows how the mod isn't Copycat exactly, she's Copycat but still xerox_kitty underneath it all. The same but different.
I don't know if all this went into the selection of the name, but it's a great name, nonetheless. (And here is where xerox_kitty herself steps in calls this whole blog bullocks, sets the record straight, and I return to wiki editing.)
Comics now have no problem pushing the envelope. Browse through our forums to see threads aplenty of reactions to DC'ssexiness; check out the amount of mainstream comic lines that have mature ratings; look at how much blood gets spilled on a regular basis each week. It's debatable how appropriate this content is sometimes, but isn't it nice living in an age in which these things are freely told in stories that have the potential to be richer for their presence?
I find that I am perpetually stuck reading comics from the nineties. It's not that I don't like comics now, I love the two latest incarnations of X-Force and I own almost each single issue. I simply love the early tales of Cable and the original X-Force (you know, after Liefeld lost plot privileges). As a matter of fact, that has been the brunt of my work here on Comic Vine. Having said that, with one foot in the past and one foot in the present I am able to see how far we've come as a comic community. Take issue 15 of Uncanny X-Force. Deathlok goes to town on some dude for information. We see the result: they guy's effing eye his hanging from its effing socket. How very "24" of this issue. Do what you can to do your best for the world. This sort of depiction was unheard of in the late-80s and early-90s.
Here's a "for instance": In New Mutants #100, Masque, Brute, and Hump attempt to take Feral from the New Mutants. A normal story of that era would find a battle in which both sides took hits and one of the groups would retreat with weeping and wailing a gnashing of teeth with a promise of vengeance on the horizon. (Wolverine is exempt from this mindset since he was partially feral and attacked based on instinct; Cable, and others after him, was a rational man.) This wasn't necessarily the norm for alien fights, or with robots, or with people brought up for a single issue - they could die. But in our situation, Masque knew that he and his boys had appeared in issues prior to this and had a sort of longevity. Confronting Cable's New Mutants shouldn't have been more than a scuffle. Yet, this happens.
Instead of a prolonged fight, Cable smokes Brute right off the bat. Yeah, Cable broke the rules and put a hole in a guy that was appearing in his fifth issue with connections to a much bigger player who simply wanted to muscle the New Mutants around. This attitude was unheard of back then. Shoot first and still threaten later? Wow. This issue not only changed how readers could look at Cable, but it also showed that others could possess these traits. Check out Shatterstar in a very cool double-page spread.
Homeboy stabs himself to get to the guy holding him from behind. (The physics of this move are mind-boggling, but we'll let Liefeld be.)
Yet, for all the violence this shows, you still don't really see anything. Compare these scenes to today's comics: Sure, Shatterstar stabbed that guy, but the wound and effuse is darkened. It's not explicit. It's not too in-your-face. In addition, Cable pumped Brute in the face but you don't get to see the wound. You simply see the result of the shot fired: Brute dead. Fights in comics became a little more brutal around this time. The game changed back in the day thanks to Cable.... Okay Liefeld, you can take some credit, too.
It's pretty easy to see that Cable's character wasn't totally understood at his inception. Upon introductions, Cable was a man with mechanical parts that he supposedly constructed. When Strobe touched the metal of Cable's arm it warped. He was able to fix the arm while in his Freedom Force cell. Nothing spoke of his futuristic need to reconstruct the techno-organic matter that made up half his body.
Presently, we know better. Knowing better doesn't help when we look back. With all the information we've received about Cable, the earlier appearances just don't add up. There is, however, an early anomaly that can be answered. When I first read the X-Tinction Agenda, I had the knowledge of Cable's history already in my mind. When Wipeout negated everyone's powers Cable should have theoretically died. In the context of the story he's just a man with a machine arm. We know better. We know that Cable has to strive to use his TK abilities to keep his T-O virus in check. Without this ability, he does what he did in the last incarnation of X-Force: dies. However, Wipeout doesn't completely take away mutant powers, he simply blocks them. So Cable still has his TK abilities, they are just made latent. It's reasonable to assume that since his body had been accustomed to fighting the T-O virus his whole life that it would still be able to fight just out of habit with his powers blocked. Like instinctual survival. Now, this shouldn't be a claim that the writers knew this was the case during this arc, but at least those of us in the know can look back and not be totally disgusted at supposed problems with continuity.
As a side note: There are a few more cool things that this arc brought about with Cable. Oddly enough, none of these little pieces of trivia come from his own book, the New Mutants, but from the X-Men books from the arc. This issue has Cable's eye glow, as well as Cable calling Jean Grey "Red." This obviously goes to him having called Jean "Redd" in his past. Lastly, Cable straight up says he's the savior of the mutant race right after the arc in Uncanny X-Men #273. We all know he tries to step into this role much later. A lot of Cable's continuity is iffy, but at least these things have pretty deep roots.