Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (probably Shi'ar - see notes)
Occupation: Member of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard
Group Membership: Shi'ar Imperial Guard
Affiliations: Arc, Astra,
Blackthorn, Commando, Deathbird,
Electron, Fang, Flashfire,
G-Type, Gladiator, Hobgoblin/Shapeshifter, Hussar,
Manta, Moondancer, Nightside,
Smasher (Vril Rokk), Squorm, Starjammers (Ch'od, Raza),
Titan, Voyager, Vulcan, Warstar;
formerly Black Light, Magic (Magique), Mentor, Neutron, Plutonia, Smasher (Salac Tuur), Starbolt,
Enemies: Excalibur (Captain Britain, Lockheed, Meggan,
Nightcrawler, Shadowcat, Widget), Inhumans (Black Bolt, Crystal, Gorgon, Karnak, Lockjaw, Medusa, Triton), Kree, Ronan the Accuser, Starjammers (Binary, Corsair, Cr+eee, Havok, Hepzibah, Korvus, Marvel Girl (Rachel Grey), Lilandra Neramani, Polaris), X-Men (xenoform);
formerly Starjammers (Ch'od, Raza)
Known Relatives: Cal'syee Neramani (Deathbird, mother), unknown father, Black Light (twin brother), Lilandra Neramani (aunt), D'ken Neramani (uncle), Adam-X (cousin)
Base of Operations: Shi'ar Galaxy;
First Appearance: X-Men: Spotlight on … Starjammers#2 (1990)
Powers/Abilities: White Noise was an adult humanoid who claimed Deathbird to be her mother, thus giving her (at least partially) Shi'ar avian characteristics including enhanced strength and endurance. She could generate powerful concussive sonic screams, as well as noise-cancelling blasts, from her throat. She could fly; this seems to have been an innate ability as she fell when blasted in mid-air although she had no wings. There appeared to be some of sort of synchronous mental link between her and her brother, as he was affected by a stun blast taken by her. As a member of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard, she had training in hand-to-hand fighting and was required to follow the orders of whoever was ruler of the Shi'ar Empire.
(X-Men: Spotlight on Starjammers#2) - In an effort to stop Deathbird from acquiring the formidable powers of Phalkon (actually the Phoenix Force), the Starjammers pursued her to Earth but found her apparently knocked unconscious on a Shi'ar spaceship floating in the North Atlantic Ocean after a battle with Excalibur. Due to a misunderstanding, the Starjammers and Excalibur fought each other briefly before uniting against a large contingent of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard, who had arrived to protect Deathbird and which included White Noise as a new member.
Hovering alongside her brother, Black Light, she attacked Captain Britain using her sonic scream, knocking Captain Britain out of the fight. However, Raza fired his gun using a stun blast at White Noise, knocking her unconscious along with her brother, with both falling to the deck. The two new recruits quickly recovered only to see Lilandra punch out Deathbird who was seeking to siphon the Phoenix Force. White Noise screamed powerfully at Lilandra, knocking her aside. Along with the other members of the Imperial Guard, she retreated through an open teleportal, left open by Widget, that led back to Shi'ar space.
(War of Kings#1) - Vulcan surveyed, with Gladiator, the assembled Imperial Guard. Mentor reported they were all battle ready and Vulcan announced his intentions to attack the Kree. They soon engaged in a massive battle with the Inhumans and Starjammers, successfully capturing Lilandra before retreating. During the battle, Black Bolt leapt at Gladiator, but he was momentarily held back by a sonic dampening blast from White Noise, allowing Gladiator to defeat Black Bolt. Members of the Guard in this mission: Astra, Black Light, Earthquake, Electron, Fang, Flashfire, Gladiator, Hussar, Impulse, Magique, Manta, Mentor, Neutron, Nightside, Plutonia, Schism, Scintilla, Shapeshifter, Smasher, Squorm, Starbolt, Titan, Voyager, Warstar, and White Noise.
(Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard#5 (fb)) - Gladiator had more of the Guard (Arc, Black Light, Commando, Electron, G-Type, Moondancer, Titan, Voyager, White Noise) assembled at his order, to rescue the stranded team (Fang, Flashfire, Hussar, Manta, Mentor, Neutron, Oracle, Plutonia, Warstar), with Ch'od, Raza, Talon (previously thought to be Smasher), and Quasar, from within the Fault. Voyager, with great strain, opened a gateway to within the Fault, (Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard#5 (fb)) - Gladiator had more of the Guard (Arc, Black Light, Commando, Electron, G-Type, Moondancer, Titan, Voyager, White Noise) assembled at his order, to rescue the stranded team (Fang, Flashfire, Hussar, Manta, Mentor, Neutron, Oracle, Plutonia, Warstar), with Ch'od, Raza, Talon (previously thought to be Smasher), and Quasar, from within the Fault. Voyager, with great strain, opened a gateway to within the Fault, then stayed behind while Moondancer used her powers to guide them through the debris and to the ship, which was surrounded by bizarre and deadly xenoform beings patterned after the X-Men.
(Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard#5) - The two sides of the Guard savagely attacked the aliens, killing them swiftly and decisively. Mentor soon reported to Gladiator that "an abominable universe of reciprocal otherness" was upon them from the other side of the Fault, full of cancerous aggression and new physical laws. Talon then ensured them that using his amulets would allow them to create two more Raptor beings, and Mentor and Plutonia volunteered, becoming Strel and Kyte respectively. During the battle, Black Light and Neutron were killed. The combined Guard narrowly escaped a savage telepathic attack when Ch'od and Raza launched the Symbiote (formerly of the Praetorians) at the Xavier being the attack had originated from. After they successfully escaped, Gladiator reported their success to the Inhumans, and announced the pending war with the Fault universe. While honoring their newly dead (joining the ranks of thousands of others) on the mausoleum world of Elysialla VII, the Guard stood with newly appointed members in the roles of Mentor, Neutron, Plutonia, Smasher, and Starbolt. Fang recited the Guard's oath. "I will not falter, and I will not swerve. From the rising of the suns to the setting of the stars. With Sharra and K'ythri to guide me, I will serve out the term of my duty with courage and conviction for it is the greatest honor any being of any species can know to be allowed to guard the Imperium of the Shi'ar and stand, each of us, as a light in the darkness. So I make my oath of allegiance."
Comments: Created by Terry Kavanagh (writer), Dave Cockrum (penciler) and Jeff Albrecht (inker).
White Noise does not appear to be full-blood Shi'ar and may have a non-Shi'ar father. Deathbird has made no mention of her; it may be that she and Black Light were adopted by Deathbird.
UncanyXmen.net comment that her sonic scream could shatter solid objects and provided thrust as airborne propulsion; this is not acually stated in the story, but sounds feasible.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
White Noise has no known connections to:
X-Men: Spotlight on … Starjammers#2, p39, panel 5
X-Men: Spotlight on …
Starjammers#2 (1990) - Terry Kavanagh (writer), Dave Cockrum (pencils),
Jeff Albrecht (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
War of Kings#1 (May, 2009) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Paul Pelletier (pencils), Rick Magyar (inks), Bill Rosemann (editor)
Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard#5 (May, 2010) - Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning (writers), Kevin Walker (penciler/inker), Bill Rosemann (editor)
Last updated: 04/11/10
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