NUWA

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human (Chinese) mutant

Occupation: Petty criminal; former revolutionary, government tracking protocol designer

Group Membership: None; formerly 3-Peace (Collective Man/Chang, Hao, Ho, Lin & Sun Tao-Yu, Jade Dragon/Dei Guan)

Affiliations: 3-Peace (Collective Man, Jade Dragon);
(Facespace "friends"): Doctor Doom, Mysterio, Red Skull, Rhino

Enemies: China Force (Ox, Rabbit, Rat, Snake), the Chinese government, Mutant Liberation Front (Feral/Maria Callasantos, Forearm/Michael McCain, Danielle Moonstar, Reignfire, Wildside/Richard Gill), Tabitha Smith

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "Bad Guy" (insult from Tabitha Smith), "Girl" (name called by China Force's Snake), "Girlie" (name called by Feral), "Newah," "Noowa" (misspellings of her codename by Tabitha Smith), "Nu-whatever" (insult nickname from Tabitha Smith)

Base of Operations: San Francisco, California, USA: formerly mobile throughout China

First Appearance: X-Force I Annual#3 (1994)

Powers/Abilities: Nuwa was a mutant capable of generating a "tranquility wave," which could cause victims to fall instantly to asleep or turn against themselves, often producing similar drowsiness results.

Height: 5'6" (by approximation)
Weight: 130 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Unrevealed (glowing green when using powers) (see comments)
Hair: Black

History: (X-Men: Manifest Destiny#1/2 (fb) - BTS) - The woman later known as Nuwa was born on September 14 in Tottenville, China.

(Heroic Age: X-Men#1 (fb) - BTS) - The woman eventually called Nuwa took a job with the Chinese government designing tracking and containment protocols for mutants.

(X-Force I Annual#3 (fb) - BTS) - Nuwa designed a satellite relay system that was used to detect and locate Chinese mutants.

(Heroic Age: X-Men#1 (fb) - BTS) - Nuwa became disgusted with herself after she witnessed the true plight of mutants in China.

(X-Force I Annual#3 (fb) - BTS) - Nuwa founded the revolutionary 3-Peace alongside fellow mutants Collective Man and Jade Dragon, which sought freedom for mutants that had been taken into captivity by the Chinese government. As part of 3-Peace, Nuwa rigged up devices that prevented her previously-created satellite relay system from picking up the mutant signatures of those using her new devices. To solicit help in freeing Chinese mutants from government captivity, Nuwa and her 3-Peace teammates contacted the terrorist Reignfire (who kept his identity a secret).

(X-Force I Annual#3) - Nuwa met 3-Peace in T'ung-Ling, China, where they discussed the potential revolution that could occur the following day. When Collective Man proved slightly cynical about their chances, Nuwa asked what hope a new China would have if they continued to think like the dinosaurs they hoped to oust. Nuwa was interrupted when the Chinese government operative Snake appeared and attempted to take 3-Peace into custody. Nuwa proved unsure whether to reveal themselves publicly by fighting Snake but Snake attacked, forcing Nuwa to use her powers. Before she could attack Snake, Nuwa was surprised when Reignfire appeared, taking down Snake and announcing himself to 3-Peace. Deciding to work with Reignfire's Mutant Liberation Front to free the captive Chinese mutants, 3-Peace had Nuwa team with the MLF's Feral to infiltrate a military tracking station in an effort to gain information on the location of the captive mutants. When Feral killed two guards outside of the station, Nuwa exclaimed that there was no reason to kill the guards but Feral insisted that they were fighting a war, yelling that it was time for Nuwa to start fighting it. Once inside, Nuwa opted to prove that there were other options besides lethal force by downing all of the agents inside the tracking station at once using her powers to put them to sleep. Nuwa and Feral then hacked into the tracking station's computers, where Nuwa reminded Feral that violence should never be the only option, unaware that Snake and his China Force teammates had snuck into the station. Nuwa managed to dodge an attack by China Force's Ox and before Snake could wrap himself around Nuwa, the rest of 3-Peace and the Mutant Liberation Front arrived. After Nuwa obtained the location of the captive Chinese mutants from the computer and Reignfire killed China Force's Rabbit, Nuwa expressed her regrets to Reignfire that he felt the need to murder to continue the ruse to the Chinese government that 3-Peace and the MLF intended to overthrow the government. Reignfire reminded Nuwa that they should not be fooled into thinking that they could accomplish their goals without shedding blood, to which Jade Dragon replied that 3-Peace were not the naive idealists that Reignfire thought. Nuwa then regrouped with her 3-Peace teammates and the following morning, Nuwa accompanied 3-Peace as they were led into the Citizen's Rehabilitation Clinic, where Reignfire killed several guards. Nuwa again argued that Reignfire's actions were contradictory to the goals of 3-Peace as a group of freedom fighters and Reignfire replied that some situations required abhorable actions be taken to ensure the future of mutantkind. Reignfire then led 3-Peace into the main detention holding wing, where 3-Peace was led into a trap. When 3-Peace demanded to know why Reignfire had betrayed them, Nuwa deduced that the Chinese government was in a far better position to give Reignfire what he wanted than 3-Peace was. Reignfire commended Nuwa for guessing the truth and Nuwa exclaimed that 3-Peace would not abandon their dreams without a fight. Taking down all of China Force, government agents and the Mutant Liberation Front members presents, Nuwa led 3-Peace in escaping the center, only to be met by Feral and Moonstar outside. Nuwa immediately downed Feral with her powers before Moonstar warned 3-Peace not to fight. Nuwa soon managed to convince Moonstar to let them go and Moonstar later claimed Nuwa had used her powers to knock her out as a way of covering the fact that she had allowed their escape.

(Heroic Age: X-Men#1 (fb) - BTS) - Nuwa traveled to San Francisco, California, where she turned to crime.

(X-Men: Manifest Destiny#1/2 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, Nuwa created a page for herself on the popular social media website Facespace. She also befriended several supervillains on Facespace and became a fan of the song "Disturbia" by Rhianna. She also accepted Scientology as her religion.

(X-Men: Manifest Destiny#1/2) - During a shopping trip in San Francisco, mutant heroine Tabitha Smith came across Nuwa, who was in the process of committing a robbery. Knocked down by the breaking glass of Nuwa's escape, Smith hurled a time bomb at Nuwa, who easily dodged the bomb, which further damaged the robbed store. Annoyed at the destruction as she was looking forward to checking out the shop's sale, Tabitha Smith announced that Nuwa would "'splode" now but Nuwa remarked that Smith would do so first. Nuwa then used her powers on Smith, who fell asleep, hitting the ground just before her time bomb went off, causing yet another explosion that Smith was caught in. After suffering such a humiliating defeat, Tabitha Smith was introduced to the internet by the X-Men's Beast and Smith used the internet to research Nuwa, soon finding Nuwa's Facespace page and becoming angry that Nuwa had more friends than she did. Deciding to go shopping as a stakeout to find Nuwa, Tabitha Smith soon found Nuwa robbing another store, expressing her frustration that no one used cash anymore. When Tabitha confronted Nuwa, calling her lame, Nuwa responded by suggesting Tabitha work on her banter and attempted to hit Tabitha with her sleeping powers. At first faking being affected, Tabitha loudly proclaimed that Nuwa's powers were negated by caffeine, revealing a coffee she had been drinking. Now unaffected by Nuwa's sleep powers, Tabitha Smith hit Nuwa in the face with a small time bomb, claiming it was for tricking Smith with a "crappy super power," then hit Nuwa in the stomach with a second time bomb, claiming it was for putting damaging personal information on her Facespace page. Tabitha then defeated Nuwa by hitting her with a third and final time bomb, which destroyed Nuwa's jacket, claiming it was for having more Facespace friends than Smith herself. As Nuwa was launched by the bomb, Smith remarked on how much she enjoyed research.

(Heroic Age: X-Men#1 - BTS) - While researching Earth's mutants as part of his then-new role within the government, Steve Rogers read up on Nuwa's history, remarking that her tranquility wave powers had a full extent that had yet to be realized.

Comments: Created by Fabian Nicieza, Mike Wieringo and John Lowe.

Nuwa's Facespace page showed Doctor Doom, Mysterio, Red Skull and Rhino as her top friends. Given that it was a social media page (and that Nuwa was originally shown as a somewhat heroic revolutionary), it's very possible that the social media profile pictures on Nuwa's Facespace were not the real supervillains. If the reality of social media is any indication, they could easily be fake users pretending to be the actual supervillains or they could just as easily be some of Nuwa's actual friends who were only using images of the supervillains as their profile pics. Then again, Nuwa WAS robbing a store in the X-Men: Manifest Destiny issue so it's possible she had become a supervillain herself at that point and had actually befriended the real supervillains on her page. Personally, I'd like to think Nuwa still has her heart in the right place and her mind towards peace, and was merely using her powers for crime as a means of surviving while in San Francisco as an illegal immigrant from China.

Nuwa was only ever seen in her mask or with glasses, making her eye color impossible to determine.

Profile by Proto-Man.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Nuwa has no KNOWN connections to:


images: (without ads)
X-Men: Manifest Destiny#1, p10, pan1 (Nuwa, main image)
X-Force I Annual#3, p6, pan3 (Nuwa, unmasked headshot)
X-Force I Annual#3, p28, pan3 (Nuwa, in 3-Peace costume)


Appearances:
X-Force I Annual#3 (1994) - "In Deep" story - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Mike Wieringo (pencils), John Lowe (inks), Lisa Patrick (editor)
X-Men: Manifest Destiny#1 (November, 2008) - second story - James Asmus (writer), Chris Burnham (art), Nick Lowe (editor)
Heroic Age: X-Men#1 (February, 2011) - Michael Hoskin (head writer, coordinator), Chad Anderson, Mike O'Sullivan, Peter Sanderson, Markus Raymond, Anthony Flamini, Kevin Garcia, Stuart Vandal, Jacob Rougemont, Madison Carter (writers),


Last updated: 03/29/17

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