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90 – ROMA

22 Aug

Subject: Roma
Real Name: Roma
Height: variable Weight: variable
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #225, January 1988

Power Ratings:

  • Energy Projection: 7/7
  • Mental Powers: 7/7
  • Strength: 7/7
  • Fighting Ability: 7/7
  • Intelligence: 7/7

Sorry again for having this card published before I actually finished writing it; 90 cards into the series, you’d think I’d know better.

And finally, we get to the one single character in the series with all 7’s in their Power Ratings, whom many had assumed would be Dark Phoenix (from whose Intelligence and Fighting Ability ratings they docked points).

Having been created by Chris Claremont in the UK version of Captain Britain (Roma’s first appearance, listed here as Uncanny X-Men #225, refers to her first appearance in the United States), she was designated the guardian of the Omniverse*, and commander of the Captain Britain corps. As mentioned before, while the concept of multiple universes was not unique at the time (any expanded fictional universe with incidentally-crossing continuity is basically wrestling with this concept), Claremont somehow managed to organize the Marvel version, creating the now famous concept of (arbitrarily) numbering the various universes. I have no clue whether Claremont had any idea the impact of his own seemingly arbitrary decision.

Anyway, within the X-Continuity Roma was also responsible for nudging the X-Men through the Siege Perilous, a portal of sorts through which the X-Men saved their lives but also separated them through various parts of the globe (as part of the palate cleanser that eventually led to the relaunching of the X-Men books). She was also responsible for the formation of Excalibur.

Not bad for a character I don’t recall much at all. Also another character I don’t think Lee ever actually drew himself, and while the plain green background seems uninspired, the posing is pretty good, and she’s got that wavy ponytail thing that Lee loves to draw (see Gideon, Omega Red, and Shatterstar).

*There seems to be conflict over the use of Omniverse versus the more ubiquitous Multiverse, with a flame war nearly erupting in the Comic Vine forums over the issue. The contention is definitely arguable, especially when considering the hierarchies of the various omnipotent Marvel characters (Living Tribunal, Eternity, Galactus, etc). In general I’d think that the two terms were used interchangeably, with multiverse being the more accepted term now, but with Roma’s position as Omniversal Majestrix one would think she was the leader above all within Marvel.

64 – SATURNYNE

22 Jun

Subject: Saturnyne
Real Name: Opal Luna Saturnyne
Height: 5’11” Weight: 130 lbs
First Appearance: Excalibur Special Edition #1, September 1987

Power Ratings:

  • Energy Projection: 1/7
  • Mental Powers: 1/7
  • Strength: 1/7
  • Fighting Ability: 2/7
  • Intelligence: 5/7

Because of my busy schedule this article once again published without me having actually written it (I created the posts ahead of time but I’m only writing this now), but seriously I can’t tell you anything about this character other than she was an Excalibur villain (okay I don’t even remember the villain part), she had something to-do with their dimension-hopping escapades (wikipedia says that she was created in Alan Davis’ old Captain Britain stories), and according to her card she “has not demonstrated any superhuman powers” (she shows a 5/7 for Intelligence, though), and despite this she was chosen to be the “strong right arm” of the omniversial guardian Roma, despite the fact that Roma seems more than powerful enough to handle her own business (hint hint).

Also, Lee actually draws her pretty hot, even if she looks exactly like a less-slutty Emma Frost with a black pearl covering her hoo-ha.