Real Name: Shanna Cho
Identity/Class: Human, citizen of Madripoor
Occupation: TV reporter for MBC, Madripoor Network News, MBS-TV
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Battlegroup Talon, Gino, Tommy, X-Men (Rogue)
Enemies: Khan, Vargas
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Madripoor
First Appearance: X-Treme X-Men I#11 (May, 2002)
Powers/Abilities: Shanna Cho possesses no known superhuman abilities. An experienced, skilled journalist, she has received sufficient training in the use of TV cameras to file on site news reports. Adventurous and not quick to shy away from danger, she often goes where the action is.
Height: 5'5" (by approximation)
Weight: 120 lbs. (by approximation)
(X-Treme X-Men I#11 - BTS) - Journalist Shanna Cho worked for MBS-TV and was stationed in Madripoor where she covered a variety of topical news stories.
(X-Treme X-Men I#11) - Shanna was on the scene when a giant, barely tangible space needle suddenly materialized on Madripoor, a prelude to the interdimensional conquerer Khan's imminent invasion. As soon as the needle appeared, an impenetrable force field went up around the island. This left Shanna as the one remaining reporter capable of showing what was going on the island. Hitching a ride on board battle group Talon's helicopter, she covered the events as Madripoor's air force prepared to attack the space needle. However, before they could do so, the fighters were destroyed by Khan's forces. Talon's helicopter was caught in the aerial battle, which almost knocked Shanna out of the craft. Dangling out of the whirlybird, she held on for dear life but was pulled back in by her cameraman Tommy. Moments later, it seemed like the helicopter was about to fly into a building.
(X-Treme X-Men I#14 - BTS) - Somehow surviving that crash, Shanna continued her reporting as Khan's invasion reduced Madripoor to ruins. She also filmed the X-Men fighting Khan's forces.
(X-Treme X-Men I#14) - During one of her reports, Shanna noted that with each passing hour, the space needle grew more solid, adding that she feared what would happen once the process was finished. She then showed the footage of the X-Men she'd shot earlier.
(X-Treme X-Men I#17) - In the aftermath of Khan's failed invasion, Shanna was in the ruined capital city of Madripoor when she witnessed a fight between Vargas and the X-Man Rogue. Taking the camera herself she filmed the ordeal while commenting at the same time, Shanna, however, didn't notice how dangerously close she was to the fight. When Vargas accidentally hit an unstable building with his sword, she was almost crushed when it toppled. Rogue rescued the reporter and then continued the fight. Shanna kept filming until the camera's battery ran low as a red light began to flicker. Just when Rogue was about to kill Vargas with his own sword the camera's battery ran out, thus preventing Shanna from filming the end of the confrontation, which saw Rogue deciding to stand down and leave.
(X-Treme X-Men I#18) - The next day Shanna did a news report for MBS talking about the heroes' victory over Khan's failed invasion. She covered the relief work of the Avengers and the X-Men, who had recently joined forces to help the Madripoor people.
(Uncanny X-Men I#444 (fb) - BTS) - After the world governments announced the establishment of the X-Treme Sanctions Executive (a team of X-Men with global law-enforcement responsibility for the apprehension of mutant criminals), Shanna travelled to Westchester, New York to cover this development for MBS-TV.
(Uncanny X-Men I#444) - Shanna flew over the Xavier Institute while reporting on the announcement when her cameraman Gino noticed the young mutant students Aero and Icarus (Melody and Jay Guthrie) flying by to show off their abilities. Shanna wanted to ask the teens a few questions in mid-air, but was interrupted by the arrival of their older brother and XSE member Cannonball (Sam Guthrie). He flashed his federal badge and ordered Shanna's crew to leave the restricted area.
Comments: Created by Chris Claremont (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils, inks).
It's not the first time Chris Claremont has used reporters as exposition devices and a way to recap the story. Though not as famous or often used as Trish Tilby, Manoli Wetherell or Neal Conan, Ms. Cho served her purpose.
I suspect Shanna Cho may be named after artist Frank Cho, who is notoriously fond of "jungle girl"-type characters - especially Shanna the She-Devil.
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Gino was a cameraman working with Shanna for for MBS-TV. Together, they covered the founding of the X-Treme Sanctions Executive global law-enforcement.
--Uncanny X-Men I#444
The Talon battle group was part of Madripoor's air force, called into action when a giant, semi-tangible space needle appeared on the island. Joining Talon aboard their helicopter were MBS-TV reporter Shanna Cho and her cameraman Tommy. The helicopter remained at a safe distance as the air force tried to attack the space needle but got caught in the alien's counter attack. The Talon helicopter was struck and seemingly crashed into a building. While Shanna was seen later, the fate of the Talon group remains unrevealed.
--X-Treme X-Men I#11
Tommy was a cameraman working for MBC covering Shanna's report when a mysterious space shuttle suddenly began materializing on the island of Madripoor. Riding with Shanna on board the Talon Battlegroup helicopter, he was on hand to save Shanna when she almost fell out of the craft during the attack of Khan's forces. If he survived the apparent crash of the helicopter is not known.
--X-Treme X-Men I#11
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X-Treme X-Men I#18, p1, pan1 (main image)
X-Treme X-Men I#11, p7, pan1,2 (witnessing Khan's invasion)
Uncanny X-Men I#444, p10, pan1 (covering the establishment of the XSE)
X-Treme X-Men I#11, p6, pan6,7 (battle group Talon)
X-Treme X-Men I#11, p8, pan5 (Tommy)
X-Treme X-Men I#11 (May, 2002) - Chris Claremont (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils, inks), Andrew Lis, Lynne Yoshii (editors)
X-Treme X-Men I#14 (August, 2002) - Chris Claremont (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils, inks), Andrew Lis, Lynne Yoshii (editors)
X-Treme X-Men I#17 (October, 2002) - Chris Claremont (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils, inks), Andrew Lis, Lynne Yoshii (editors)
X-Treme X-Men I#18 (November, 2002) - Chris Claremont (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils, inks), Andrew Lis, Lynne Yoshii (editors)
Uncanny X-Men I#444 (July, 2004) - Chris Claremont (writer), Alan Davis (pencils), Mark Farmer (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Last updated: 03/19/17
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