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TIMESLOT

Real Name: Unrevealed;
    possibly Timeslot

Identity/Class: Unrevealed (possibly a native and/or genetically-engineered being from the Mojoverse);
    resident and presumably a native of Mojoworld and the Mojoverse;

Occupation: Warrior serving in mergers and acquisitions (usually via combat)

Group Membership: Death Sponsors (Cancellator, Deadair, Lead-In, Sweepzweak)

Affiliations: Grandmaster (En Dwi Gast), Mojo II, ;
    formerly Gringrave;

Enemies: Arize, Gringrave, Mojo and his arena warriors, Shatterstar (Gaveedra Seven), Dwayne Taylor of Earth-90214 ("Noir"), X-Men (Archangel/Warren Worthington, Lucas Bishop, Colossus/Peter Rasputin, Iceman/Bobby Drake, Jean Grey, Storm/Ororo Munroe), Charles Xavier;
    indirectly (he brought the team to capture them)
Pug-Smasher (Karl Snortenthau) of Earth-8311 ("Larval Earth"), Goldon and Crimzor of the Scorpius Citadel, The End Woman of Earth-18140, and Tina Cooke (of a "normal" Earth without super-beings, etc.; see comments)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    last seen in Shatterstar's boarding house in College Point, Queens, New York;
    presumably spent some time on Horus IV, Horus star system, Milky Way galaxy;
    previously Mojo II's citadel spire, Mojoworld

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men Annual#16 (1992)

Powers/Abilities: Timeslot's primary ability is to open portals across dimensions and space, bringing others with him, off via cyberlinking their brains.

    Opening a portal seemed to be initiated, at least in some cases, with certain dance-like motions.timeslot-deathsponsors-uxan16-startwarp

    With a specific location programmed into his mind, Timeslot could at least track it across space and open a portal to bring himself and others there.

    The energy released upon his arrival via a portal is excruciating for telepaths.

    He can "time-dance" the brain of a victim, disorienting the victim in unspecified fashion (perhaps causing severe temporal confusion or directly casting the victim's thoughts into the past or future...or something?).

    Like the other members of the Death Sponsors, Timeslot was ratings and his teammates


Height: Unrevealed (approximately 6')
Weight: Unrevealed (composition unrevealed)
Eyes: None (glowing yellow energy)
Hair: None (glowing yellow, black, and green energy that mimicked the appearance of hair)




History:


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(Uncanny X-Men Annual#16 (fb) - BTS) - Aided by Timeslot and the Death Sponsors, Mojo II took the battle of the network stars to Mojo on a counter-programming basis with a series of bootleg transmissions, developing a solid demographic audience base.


(Uncanny X-Men Annual#16) - Mojo's arena-warriors assaulted the citadel spire from which Mojo II pirated Mojo's airwaves, but the Death Sponsors made short work of them; Timeslot time-danced with a cat-man's brains.






(Uncanny X-Men Annual#16) - Mojo II then arrived and noted that this attack proved that Mojo was panicking, but they would not take the battle to him but rather to his mistakes.

     Telling Timeslot to
"weave your magical dance through the dimensions," Mojo II sent the Death Sponsors to Earth to obtain one of three potential ratings bonanzas: Longshot, Spiral, or Arize; he further considered that regardless of whether they succeeded or failed, the effort would benefit their rival network.

    Arriving in the Ginza district of Tokyo, Japan via Timeslot's interdimensional transport, the Death Sponsors prepared to initiate their search; Lead-In congratulated Timeslot on getting them there.

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(Uncanny X-Men Annual#16) -
Deadair reminded the team that their primary schedule point was to embarrass Mojo and bolster their pirate network in the eyes of the masses.

    Tuning in on Arize, who also had the clearest signal, Deadair summoned Timeslot, preparing to "wire him for cable"; he had Timeslot scan the program location he was feeding him and then tune them out of there and to wherever Arize was.Timeslot thus transported them to just outside Xavier's mansion in Westchester, New York, where Arize had been brought after fleeing to Earth to escape Mojo.

(Uncanny X-Men Annual#16 (fb) - BTS) - Their arrival set off the perimeter security, alerting the X-Men, although Xavier's telepathic scans revealed nothing but garbled static (similar to his early probes of Arize). Archangel, Bishop, and Iceman headed to confront the arrivals, while Storm had Colossus, Jean, Xavier, and herself traveled to the medical facilities to watch over Arize.






(Uncanny X-Men Annual#16) -
As the heroes arrived, Cancellator had Timeslot accompany her to seek out Arize while the others had all the fun (fighting the arriving heroes).

     Professor X noted as two of the attackers breached the mansion and approached them, but Timeslot teleported them behind the X-Men, catching them somewhat off-guard as Timeslot's energy release "screwed the max out of <their> telepaths."

    After Arize recognized the Death Sponsors as the mergers and acquisitions department of a pirate network, Timeslot rushed forward and painfully connected with Arize. Jean used a telekinetic thrust to break contact, which instead transported herself, Timeslot, and Arize outside.


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(Uncanny X-Men Annual#16) -
Taking advantage of the distraction, Sweepzweak disrupted the mutants' access to their powers. Noting that since Timeslot had Arize, it was time to depart.

    As they prepared to depart, Bishop leveled his gun at and threatened to kill Timeslot, but Sweepzweak held him at bay with the threat to kill all of the X-Men if he took down one of them.

    Deadair then instructed Timeslot to cyberlink and take them home, noting that they would leave Bishop's comrades with him.

     Appreciating that Timeslot was teleporting them through an electronic mind-link, Bishop fired his rifle, shooting Timeslot in the head as they hit midport. The other Death Sponsor screamed and seemingly discorporated, while Arize, who was not linked to the cybernet, was spared and remained on Earth.


<They got better>






death_sponsors-mojoverse-shat1-timeslot-portal (Shatterstar I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Gringrave employed the Death Sponsors in her plot against Shatterstar.

(Shatterstar I#1) - While Shatterstar was out watching a play, the Death Sponsors assaulted those present at his boarding house (or house with rooms for rent), including Pug-Smasher (Karl Snortenthau) of Earth-8311, Goldon and Crimzor of the Scorpius Citadel, The End Woman of Earth-18140, Dwayne Taylor of Earth-90214 ("Noir"), and Tina Cooke, allegedly of Earth-1218 (see comments).

    Deadair snagged Pug-Smasher, Sweepzweak subdued Goldon and Crimzor, Cancellator punched out The End Woman, Lead-In dragged Tina Cooke away.

(Shatterstar I#1 (fb)) - Outside Dwayne Taylor-90214's door, Timeslot paused and opened a portal to summon Gringrave.

    Timeslot assaulted Dwayne Taylor.

(Shatterstar I#4 (fb) - BTS) - Gringrave slew Timeslot to eliminate the Death Sponsors' teleporter...

(Shatterstar I#1 - BTS) - Shatterstar returned to his house to find the dying Dwayne Taylor, who told Shatterstar of the assault but noted how he had taken one of their with him, indicating Timeslot's corpse.

    Shatterstar viewed footage of the assaults via his laptop computer.





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Comments: Created by Fabian Nicieza, Jae Lee, Jan Harps, and Joe Rubinstein.

    When Mojo II calls out their names, Cancellator and Timeslot's are reversed (Cancellator, the blonde female, is pictured last but named fourth; Timeslot is pictured fourth but named last).

    Earth-1218 is supposed to be the real world that the readers live in. Writers love to use characters from Earth-1218, but since we don't have any super-powers or interdimensional portals, etc., as soon as some interaction with an alternate reality or super-powered characters occurs, it becomes just another previously "normal" reality that has since diverged.
    So, despite the fact that it is repeatedly called Earth-1218, I contend that it is a reality diverged from -1218; I may address this in the future, but since it is called -1218 repeatedly in the story, I'm not going to provide another reality designation at this point.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Timeslot
should be distinguished from:



images: (without ads)       
Uncanny X-Men Annual#16, story pg. 2 (face profile; more dark lines);
       pg. 3 (time-dancing cat-thing);
       pg 5, panel 5 (face-closeup);
          panel 8 (Timeslot, begins opening portal);
       pg. 22 (arrival on Xavier grounds; face profile; more light, more detail);
       pg. 27, panel 1 (Timeslot and Cancellator arrive, stunning telepaths);
       pg. 28, panel 3 (Timeslot, profile);
       pg. 31, panel 3 (Timeslot; mostly full, with Arize);
       pg. 32, panel 4 (Timeslot shot);
          panel 5 (team discorporated);

Shatterstar I#1, pg. 13, panel 6 (Timeslot, deceased);
       pg. 14, panel 4 (opening portal for Gringrave);


Appearances:
Uncanny X-Men Annual#16 (1992) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Jae Lee (penciler), Jan Harps & Joe Rubinstein (inkers), Suzanne Gaffney (managing editor), Bob Harras (editor)
Shatterstar I#1 (December, 2018) - Tim Seeley (writer), Carlos Villa (penciler), Juan Vlasco (inker), Chris Robinson (assistant editor), Jordan D. White (editor)


First posted: 04/07/2021
Last updated: 04/07/2021

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