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Like our Character this month, our Player of the Month Spotlight for August focuses on another old hat on XMR. I’m of course referring to everyone’s favorite malcontent, Tim.
A writer by trade (no seriously, he has a diploma saying so), Tim’s been around for a good long while, and with as many people as we have on this site, and as many people as we have who come, post a few times, and leave, it’s nice to take a step back and give a good nod to somebody who has been a part of the magic (excuse the cheese) for so long a time. Tim has been here a lot longer than I have, and he has gone through an array of varied characters before arriving at his current set, an eclectic mix of OC and Canon, Sane and Psychotic, and always enjoyable personalities.
Nightcrawler, a fan favorite to be sure, is likely Tim’s headlining character, whether he likes it or not, and he is one of the best written Kurt Wagner’s I’ve seen. Between helping rookie X-Men stomp no name villains like The Orb and Walrus to being an integral part of the X-Men’s outbound team in New York during the Skrull invasion, Kurt remains as always a fun to read character, whether it’s his gentlemanly airs and politeness juxtaposed against tense situations and combat or his borderline bro-mance with Wolverine, we love what he’s done with him and can’t wait to see what comes next.
Lodestone, XMR’s quiet cubicle jockey (dubbed lovingly as Normal-Man) by many, has had a tumultuous time in recent days, peppered by moments of happiness with his now wife-to-be, Riva Lafitte, who has constantly proven herself an anchor for the oft-times stressful life he lives that rests somewhere between Office Bound Rat-Racer and Superhero Paramedic. With X-Corps’ future up in the air and the reigns of the company passing to new hands, it’ll be interesting to see where life takes XMR’s perennial “Just Another Guy” guy.
Kevin Zaan is a victim, and in more ways than one. Stolen from any hope of a normal life and pushed into slavery, Kevin Zaan was also victim to folding plots that seemed to fall apart more often than not. Still, Tim managed to wing them and turn them into something special and see them through to completion. Since joining the students of Xavier, he’s firmly earned himself a place amidst the surlier members of the Xavier Camp, and we’ve seen him go from a human-loathing rage machine and slowly set out on a path to a more level head. Still plagued by his savage nature, even moreso after his recent possession by the Brood Queen’s machinations, we wonder just how much of the beast inside of him Freakshow has managed to quell. Funny and serious all at once, we look forward to his future, whether its eating trees or Rusty Collins. (hint: I bet Scott suggests the first.)
This brings us to Tim’s other headliner. A minor Brotherhood you’ve probably never heard of named Sack. Vulgar, gross, disgusting, psychotic, irredeemable, all of these words have been used to describe Sack, and all of them are probably 100% correct. A divisive character, it is very true that most either love to read Sack’s sadistic adventures or loathe his existence entirely, which many might count as a success. Love him or hate him though, Sack lends the Brotherhood a sense of brutality and evil in its lower rank that puts that groups own purported status as a “Freedom Movement” in jeopardy. A wild card through and through, there is no fair shortage of characters who have scores to settle with this dyed-in-the-wool sadist, and when his evils catch up with him, well, there’s likely gonna be fireworks. And blood. Oh, there will be blood.
Pyro is badass too and he burns people.
An important part of X-Corps survival to this point and one of a few Brotherhooders willing to push for more, Tim has well and truly earned a little recognition from all of us. Whether its his crazy cbox antics, his awesome abilities in writing both technical and narratively, he’s an important part of the XMR experience.
Congrats, Tim. You Earned it.
Banner and Writeup by Dean
P.S. You can't talk to me like that. This post has been edited by Marrow on Aug 3 2012, 12:54 AM