[LNH] [META] 58.5 Questions

Lalo Martins lalo.martins at gmail.com
Wed Feb 25 01:22:00 PST 2009

quoth Andrew Perron as of Tue, 24 Feb 2009 21:38:39 +0000:
> I'm reading through the 58.5 archives (and adding a bunch of stuff from
> it to the wiki), and despite the helpful recaps, I'm still confused on a
> few things.

Wow... maybe I should actually go and finish the thing...  (embarrassed 
looks around the room)

> Why are there two Weirdness Magnets, and which one became Paraddox?

Hey lookit me ma, I'm Grant Morrison!

All right, let me try to make sense of this :-) the explanation is 
sprinkled through the series, and AFAIK hasn't been collected and 
summarised yet.

The "original" WM, introduced in BOAV, is Paraddox.  At some point, while 
fighting the meta-gods from the 13th dimension, he was evolved into a 
"higher-level intelligence" by Melissa, which turns him into a Brainiac-5-
style bastard (or maybe more like Brainiac-2).  Then he discovers he's 
actually from a different timeline, and manoeuvres the "correct" WM into 
doing some stuff for him (including the rescue of Minority Miss which was 
never actually shown on panel but did happen, and is what I created the 
character for all those years ago).  This acting with the LNH creates a 
weak bond between the "new" WM and the LNH, which leads to Bart targeting 
him.  Why Bart didn't know there were two of them is open to discussion.  
Maybe he did and didn't consider Paraddox a threat.

The WM in the Acra.Flight mini is Paraddox.  Whether that's the same 
Paraddox we know, or an alternate-alternate-ouch-my-head-hurts, I don't 
think anybody actually cares.

> Which characters joined the New Misfits, and which didn't?

The Ultimate Ninja definitely didn't, and neither did Rebel Yell.  But 
they also haven't appeared in the series, so it's probably not what you 
meant with your question.

Let me see.  The original roster is equal to the old Acra.Flight, minus 
Demon Girl who stayed behind (although most of them changed their 
codenames to blend in the present).  Then there is a rotating roster... 
I'm afraid I don't actually have time to go through the issues and 
collect everyone, but off the top of my head:

- Blackbird
- Analytic (formerly Analysis)
- Blur
- Whatever (formerly SoWhat; currently believed dead)
- Tree-Hugging Kid (formerly Green)

Still in the team (and breathing, last I checked):
- Bandwagon Chick
- Howie K. (a kiwi devolved into a humanoid by Mother Time)
  (also a master of Kiwi Fu)
- Contraption Boy (ex-future-sidekick of Contraption Man)
- Old Ugly (artificial giant telepathic terrestrial trilobite)
- Fan Boy (NOT Fan.Boy)
- Laran (naked god of war, maybe; currently imprisoned by
  the L.S. government)

Killed in various gruesome ways:
- Hyperbolic Boy
- Smiley
- Locked Room
- Ultra-Mobile Dawg
- Smoke Ring Girl

Left, but still alive (last I checked):
- Dramatic Pause Lass
- Triangle Lad

Never actually joined but hang around on occasion:
- Pantra
- Whino Lad
- The Amazing Amazon

> And who the heck is Blur?

Blur is "explained" in Acra.Flight, but over the years I lost interest in 
him.  He's an "abstract personification" much like the Endless, or 
Marvel's Nightmare, or, well, you get the point; but being the 
personification of vagueness, he doesn't actually have a body, a shape, a 
gender, etc etc.

He does have a name, and he seems to have developed a personality in his 
years with the kids.  How that figures we'll see, if, well, if I ever 
bring myself to write this thing again :-)

> Also, is the Xinerama Brotherhood reserved or anything? I'm thinking of
> using the rec.arts.comics.creative representative in a story, but I can
> use a different set of Looniearth-Watching Cosmic Beings if necessary.

They're very reserved, sorry, unless your story happens during Infinite 
April, in which case they're free.

> Also also, how do you pronounce the X? Is it like Zinerama, or more like
> Ksinerama?

Most unix geeks I've seen pronounce it Zinerama, I'm not sure how 
"official" that is.  As for the characters, I think of them as Zinerama, 
although it could have been a recurring joke I never used if different 
people pronounced it differently (FWIW Brazilian unix geeks say something 
akin to "Shinerama").

                                               Lalo Martins
      So many of our dreams at first seem impossible,
       then they seem improbable, and then, when we
       summon the will, they soon become inevitable.
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