What If... Blink of GENERATION X had not died?
A whole issue on Blink? We're in heaven! What If...'s always
make a minor change in one event in Marvel history, and change it slightly
with far reaching results. The change here: What if Banshee had caught Blink's
hand in X-Men 37, when the Real Time Blink supposedly died? (follow this
you've forgotten that issue...)
What happens next gets odd. The "Blink Wave" kills the rest of
Generation X instead of Blink. Furthermore, Blink is sent to a strange
place in a sort of higher plane of existance, from where she can manipulate
the whole planet! To gain control of this place, she must battle the cosmic entity which is the "manifestation
of the principle of balance", The In-Betweener!
Stranger yet, Blink causes this god-like being (who
played a part in the Infinity story lines, where he established himself as
one of the most powerful beings in the universe) to cease to exist! Now,
Blink is free to fix everything she ever thought was wrong with the
world! Somehow, Banshee catching her caused them to be linked, so her
first task is to save Banshee from drowning. [In the real book, Synch
and Gen X saved him.] While everything else in the world is slowly
becoming perfect, Banshee is troubled because he remembers the way it was.
However, things would not stop here.
The In-Betweener warned Blink that changing the event that brought her
there, the death of her friends, would cause an irreparable paradox.
She tries anyway, but paradox forces begin to tear
her apart and destroy her Utopia. Banshee has figured out what she has
done, however, and he goes to try and set things right. He urges her to
let go, and allow time to return to 'normal'. Blink finally does, and the
In-Betweener accepts her as an apprentice rather than killing her. She
is apparently allowed to save Banshee anyway, but she must from then on
practice non-interference as a goddess...
(BTW, we learned in this issue that Blink's skin has always been
lavender-colored, and that she has always had those pink marks on her face.
They did not manifest at puberty like normal mutant powers.)
Blink back to the