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SKITZ

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human mutant, citizen of the United States

Occupation: Unrevealed;
formerly bodyguard 

Group Membership: X-Corporation (L.A. branch) (Empath/Manuel de la Rocha, Magma/Amara Aquilla, Stringfellow, Sunspot/Roberto DaCosta, Professor Charles Xavier, unrevealed others)

Affiliations: X-Men (Cannonball/Sam Guthrie, Rogue/"Anna Raven") 

Enemies: Cutter, Dervish, Porous

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
                                  formerly Roberto DaCosta's estate, Valle Soleada, California, USA;
                                  formerly X-Corporation headquarters, Los Angeles, California, USA

First Appearance: X-Treme X-Men I#35 (January, 2004)

Powers/Abilities: Skitz possessed the mutant ability to cast delusions. She could confront her victims with lifelike images of alternate, mostly horrifying versions of themselves. Because the imagery felt so undeniable real and a part of them, Skitz' victims would suffer tremendous emotional distress. Usually, Skitz' power would incapacitate but particularly strong willed individuals could force themselves to flee. The effects of Skitz' delusions would last for an undisclosed amount of time and would continue even if she was no longer in the direct vicinity or even conscious. When she used her powers, a bright, almost electrical aura surrounded her.

Height: 5'8" (by approximation)
Weight: 90 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Blonde

History: (X-Treme X-Men I#35 (fb) - BTS) - Skitz was one of several teenage mutants that Charles Xavier recruited when he took control of the militant X-Corps and turned it into the X-Corporation. Skitz was assigned to join the Corporation's LA offices, where she and her fellow mutant Stringfellow served as a security detail to Roberto DaCosta, who functioned as the local branch's director.

(X-Treme X-Men I#35) - Skitz was acting as Roberto's bodyguard when he hosted a party at his Valle Soleada estate for the local politicians and civic leaders. The celebration was interrupted by the depowered X-Man Rogue, her teammate Cannonball in tow, who gatecrashed the gathering. She incorrectly blamed DaCosta and the X-Corporation for the growing unrest between humans and mutants in the usually peaceful community, unaware that, in reality, it was the evil telepathic Elias Bogan manipulating events. Roberto denied Rogue's allegations but she was still ready to hit him. Stringfellow then stepped in and used his powers to turn Rogue into a pile of limp, strung out flesh. Cannonball intervened and demanded that Roberto and Stringfellow stop. When he came too close, Skitz hit Sam with her mental delusion power, showing him horrific imagery that caused him to flee in a mad panic. Skitz's powers made him believe he was still a coal miner, a cybernetic lifeform, a woman, Spider-Man and a zombie among other things. Faced with all of these lifelike delusions, Sam struggled to keep his sanity. Sensing that his old New Mutants teammate was beyond reasoning and about to activate his powers, Sunspot struck him with his solar powered fist. The hit launched Sam and the still strung out Rogue, who'd been clinging to him, safely away from the guests. Sunspot then ordered Skitz and Stringfellow to go and retrieve them, telling them not to expect any of the standard protocols to work with them. When they were out looking for their targets, they ran into local mutant thugs Cutter, Dervish and Porous, who were hopped up on the power enhancing Kick drug. The trio easily defeated Skitz and Stringfellow, leaving their unconscious bodies lying around while they proceeded to move in on the still incapacitated Rogue and Cannonball.

Comments: Created by Chris Claremont (writer), Igor Kordey (pencils) and Greg Adams (inks).

No doubt in an attempt to add some variety to the mutant power pool, Chris Claremont insisted Skitz had the ability to create "delusions" (things about him that weren't there but felt real), which sounds like illusion casting to me, but then again, Claremont already had two (count 'em!) Lady Masterminds running around in the pages of X-Treme X-Men in those years. Variety really is the spice of life and hey, at least it wasn't mind control!

It's not been revealed if Skitz retained her powers following the events of M-Day.

Profile by Norvo

CLARIFICATIONS:
Skitz should not be confused with


images: (without ads)
X-Treme X-Men I#35, p6, pan2 (main image)
X-Treme X-Men I#35, p4, pans 4,5,6,7,8,9,10 (uses powers)


Appearances:
X-Treme X-Men I#35 (January, 2004) - Chris Claremont (writer), Igor Kordey (pencils), Greg Adams (inks), Mike Marts (editor)


Last updated: 07/13/15

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