Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human mutant,
citizen of the United States
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
Enemies: Cutter, Dervish, Porous
Known Relatives: 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,
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)
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
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)
X-Treme X-Men I#35 (January, 2004) - Chris Claremont (writer), Igor Kordey (pencils), Greg Adams (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
First Posted: 07/23/2015
Last updated: 07/13/2015
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