Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human mutant;
Group Membership: London Tunnel Dwellers (Burning Puddle, Compound, Croc, Cyclops, Double Helix, Harmony, Hope, Miss Saccharine, Scree, Simian, Vampyr, Warthog)
Affiliations: X-Men (Angel/Warren Worthington III, Iceman/Robert Drake, Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner, Wolverine/James "Logan" Howlett)
Enemies: Church of Humanity, Mister Clean (Paul Botham)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Morlocks Tunnel, London, United Kingdom
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men I#395 (July, 2001)
Powers/Abilities: Carla is a mutant with the physical appearance of a mole or rodent, including brown fur and sharp rodent-like teeth and claws. She has heightened senses.
Height: 5'3" (by approximation)
Weight: 120 lbs. (by approximation)
Hair: Brown fur
(Uncanny X-Men I#395 - BTS) - Ostracized by mankind for being a mutant, Carla joined the Tunnel Dwellers, a group of outcast British mutants living in the tunnels underneath London.
(Uncanny X-Men I#395) - Carla and the other mutants were present when three of the X-Men (Angel, Iceman and Nightcrawler) discovered their "home." Hearing a scream, Nightcrawler hurried to see what was happening and found the green-scaled mutant Harmony giving birth while Carla was trying to help her friend. Nightcrawler successfully helped deliver the child after which it didn't take long for their leader, the one-eyed man named Cyclops, to attack and scare them off. Subsequently Carla witnessed the arrival of Church of Humanity assassin Mister Clean (Paul Botham). Clean, calling himself the genetic cleanser, was hellbent on wiping out all mutants, starting with the Dwellers. He first killed their leader Cyclops and four of his aides, which caused Carla and the others to panic and run for their lives. Clean then proceeded to pick them off one by one.
(Uncanny X-Men I#397) - Having survived the initial assault, Carla joined a number of Dwellers, including Harmony and Double Helix, as they made their way through the service tunnels in an attempt to get out of London. En route, the group discussed if the mutant who had helped Harmony deliver her baby could have been an X-Man. However, none of them knew how to recognize one. The group ventured on when a little while later Nightcrawler teleported himself, Angel and Iceman to their exact location and offered to help the Dwellers against Mister Clean.
(Uncanny X-Men I#398) - Now under the protection of the X-Men, Carla and the other Tunnel Dweller survivors were nevertheless eventually tracked down by Mister Clean. However, Iceman protected the band of mutants with a wall of ice that kept Carla and company safe while Clean was stuck in a corner of the tunnel with the feral X-Man Wolverine who killed the killer by burning him with his own flamethrower. In the aftermath, the X-Men offered the Tunnel Dwellers sanctuary at Charles Xavier's Institute. Figuring they were not cut out to join a crusade, the Dwellers declined the offer. They revealed their plans to head for the suburbs where they were hoping to live out their lives in peace.
Comments: Created by Joe Casey, Ian Churchill, Art Thibert and Norm Rapmund.
Mr. Clean wiping out the London Tunnel Dwellers was, of course, an homage to 1986's famed Mutant Massacre during which the Marauders butchered most of the Morlocks who lived in New York's sewers.
The London Tunnel Dwellers also appeared in the X-Men Novel X-Men: Watchers on the Walls (May, 2006) during the Chlorite invasion of Earth. Tunnel Dwellers who appeared in the novel were Nessie, Madcow and Spiny Norman.
Carla, as part of the Morlocks, received a handbook profile in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z#7 (March, 2009).
Profile by MarvellousLuke
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Uncanny X-Men I#395, p7, pan5 (main image)
Uncanny X-Men I#395, p19, pan4 (fleeing the tunnels)
Uncanny X-Men I#397, p10, pan4 (talking about Captain Britain)
Uncanny X-Men I#395 (July, 2001) - Joe Casey (writer), Ian Churchill (pencils), Art Thibert, Norm Rapmund (inkers), Mark Powers, Pete Franco (editors)
Uncanny X-Men I#397 (October, 2001) - Joe Casey (writer), Sean Phillips, Sean Rubi (pencillers), Danny Miki (inks), Mark Powers, Pete Franco (editors)
Uncanny X-Men I#398 (November, 2001) - Joe Casey (writer), Sean Phillips, Ashley Wood (pencillers), Danny Miki (inks), Mark Powers, Pete Franco (editors)
First Posted: 04/14/2021
Last Updated: 04/14/2021
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