|Real Name:||Clarice Ferguson|
|Eyes:||White with pale blue pupils|
|First appearance:||Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #317|
|Known Relatives:||Apocalypse (distant ancestor),
Margaret Slade (great-great-great-grand-mother),
Fredrick Slade (great-great grandfather),
Hamilton Slade (great-great-granduncle),
Jonothan Starsmore/Chamber and other
members of Clan Akkaba (distant relatives)
|Group Affiliation:||Jean Grey School, Selene's Inner Circle, Clan Akkaba|
|Powers:||manifests spatial-shearing ability as teleportation fields that displace objects upon contact, either teleporting them away or disrupting them on a molecular level|
The origins of the young mutant called Blink stretch back to the Victorian era and the vast machinations of the immortal mutant Apocalypse. After leaving Egypt, Apocalypse traveled the world, spawning innumerable offspring. The descendants of Apocalypse called themselves Clan Akkaba and, through the ages, challenged each other in contests to attain the title of “fittest” according to Apocalypse’s beliefs. The fates of this often contentious group were guided by Apocalypse’s servant Ozymandias. After a conflict with Dracula left the Clan Akkaba nearly destroyed, Ozymandias decided to revitalize the Clan himself. He hired a prostitute called Miss Ferguson to have intimate relations with the catatonic Fredrick Slade, one of the only surviving members of Clan Akkaba. Fredrick possessed a form of teleportation which he passed on to his great-great granddaughter, Clarice Ferguson. [X-Men: Apocalypse/Dracula #4]
Little has been revealed about Clarice’s early life. Her powers manifested when she was a teenager and did so quite tragically. When she first used her powers, she was knocked unconscious. When she awoke, she found herself in a pool of blood. At the time, she vowed to never use her powers against another living being again. However, she did not count on becoming the target of the deadly Phalanx in their plot to dominate the planet. Clarice was one of a handful of young mutants identified by Charles Xavier as the next generation of potential X-Men. Before he had a chance to contact Clarice and the others on this list, his files were stolen by the Phalanx. The Phalanx abducted Clarice along with three other mutants: Monet St Croix, Paige Guthrie and Angelo Espinoza. They were taken to an abandoned naval ship in San Diego Bay and held for observation and assimilation into their collective. [Uncanny X-Men #317]
The young mutants forged a quick bond during their captivity and worked together to overcome their captors. When their Phalanx captor Harvest revealed himself, Blink did not hesitate to use her deadly powers to try and free herself and her new friends. It was not long before the young mutant calling herself Monet St. Croix devised a means of escaping
Despite their best efforts, Harvest rose again driven by his all-consuming hatred for mutantkind. He subdued Banshee and Sabretooth, leaving the young mutants who would one day form Generation X to defend themselves or surrender to the Phalanx. Realizing that Harvest wouldn't stop until he killed her friends and eradicated all mutants, Clarice summoned the courage to use her powers against the Phalanx. She caught Harvest and the Phalanx’s floating headquarters in an immense field of teleportational energy that sliced it into countless pieces. Blink herself was trapped within the field. Banshee grasped her and desperately tried to pull her free but it was no use. She was gone, seemingly consumed by her own powers. [X-Men (2nd series) #37]
However, Blink did not perish. Instead, she spent years trapped within an interspatial rift. During this period, Clarice was in constant agony and confusion. Her cries of pain were sensed by Selene, who traveled to the spot where Blink had sacrificed herself. Using her sorcery, Selene freed the girl from her interdimensional prison. Disoriented and in shock, Clarice was assured by Selene that all would be well now. Selene also claimed that Emma Frost and the X-Men had been aware of Blink’s torment but abandoned her because they feared her power. The Black Queen offered to help Blink end the endless cycle of pain and betrayal that has been her existence since the manifestation of her mutant powers. Over the course of several weeks, Selene helped Clarice recover and embrace the deadlier side of her powers of teleportation. The once noble and brave young mutant soon became a hardened killer under Selene’s dark tutelage. [X Necrosha: The Gathering]
Blink proved to be a worthy addition to Selene’s inner circle. She supported Selene unquestioningly, using her teleportation powers to ferry Selene’s forces around the globe. Her loyalty was tested when her teammate, Eli Bard, asked her to help him recover Selene’s spirit blade. Bard had claimed to be in possession of the spirit blade and didn’t want Selene to notice that he had lost it, so he asked Clarice to keep their efforts a secret. Blink feigned cooperation and then teleported Bard to her mistress to report his duplicity.
Following Selene’s orders, Blink teleported the inner circle to Utopia where they battled the X-Men. Emma Frost was distraught to see Clarice, as she had truly believed her dead. However, Clarice didn’t seem to notice. Instead, she proved herself a ruthless opponent as she used her spatial-shearing power to shatter Archangel metallic wings. Once the group retrieved the spirit blade, they returned to Genosha, where Selene completed the spell that would transform her into a true goddess.
When X-Force made their way to Genosha in order to oppose Selene’s coven, Blink faced off against the Vanisher, whose teleportation proved a match for her own. As the battle continued, she watched as Selene’s plot unraveled before her. Seeing her mistress defeated and nearly all her allies killed, Blink teleported away from the battle, having been gravely wounded herself by Archangel. [X-Force (3rd series) #21-25] Her current whereabouts and plans are unknown.
Consumed by Selene’s influence, Clarice tried to summon back her mistress using dark magic she had learned from the Black Queen. She was stopped by Emma Frost and the X-Men who had sought Dr. Strange’s help in freeing Blink from Selene’s mystic thrall. Blink fought back and it was only through Blindfold’s precognition and Pixie’s own teleportation powers that the team was able to overcome her. Dr. Strange was able to purge the black magic from mind and soul. Finally free, Clarice was overwhelmed by the horrors she had committed while serving Selene. Emma tried to convince her that she was not at fault but Blink was not yet able to accept this. Despite Emma’s offer of help and a place among the X-Men, Blink teleported away to face her future on her own. [X-Men: To Serve and Protect #3]
Blink surfaced months later, using her powers to try and help people. Clearly this was her way of working to atone for her crimes as Selene’s follower. She was tracking a punk band called Diskhord whose concerts were somehow connected to unnatural disasters. The X-Men had assigned Dani Moonstar and her former New Mutants’ teammates to track down some “loose ends” from their past. Among their assignments was locating Blink. They found her just as she was finally getting in close to the members of Diskhord as part of her investigation. Clarice reluctantly teamed with Dani’s group of X-Men and together they discovered a way to put an end to the chaos energy being generated by Diskhord. Following this adventure, Dani offered Blink the chance to rejoin the recently divided mutant community. She opted to join Wolverine’s new school in Westchester rather than Cyclops’ Utopia. [New Mutants (3rd series) #34-36]
Despite choosing to join the school, Blink continued to hang out with Dani’s X-Men squad occasionally. She inspired them to celebrate Warlock’s birthday at a festival in Madripoor and later helped them to set the timeline right after a group of future incarnations of the team wrought changes to the timeline. Her friendship with the former New Mutants grew to the point where she was an unofficial member of their squad. It also helped her to return to her true, upbeat , fun-loving personality following years of trauma. Her positive attitude and handy teleportation powers also helped to build a bridge between Dani’s squad and the mutants at who chose to join Wolverine in New York. Though Dani’s team has gone their separate ways once again, Blink remains at the Jean Grey School. [New Mutants (3rd series) #41, 45-50]
It is rare that an Alternate Version of a character from the Marvel Universe becomes more noteworthy than the original. However, the Blink from the Age of Apocalypse reality is one notable exception. AoA's Blink was one of a handful of characters who escaped that reality before what appeared to be its imminent destruction and has since become a prominent character in her own right. Read the complete Spotlight of this Blink and other Alternate Versions HERE.