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The Uncanny Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler MTBy Michael Fitzgerald Troy


The last time I checked, Nightcrawler bit the teleportation dust in Uncanny X-Men, so imagine my delight when I found him alive and well in Uncanny X-Force. I don’t know why or when he came back, as I am merely a visitor to the X-Verse these days and not a resident, but who am I to look a gift elf in the pie hole?

I halve always had a fondness for the acrobatic demon with a heart of gold, also known as Kurt Wagner.  I am a child of the all new, all different X-Men, and Nightcrawler was always an essential player.  Created by Len Wein and Dave Cockrum to add color to the multicultural band of mutant replacements.  Nightcrawler was a favorite of Cockrum’s, and his wife Paty’s assumption that he was covered in blue fur lead to his infamous nickname “Fuzzy Elf.”

Nightcrawler has often stood as a symbol for acceptance because of his physical mutation.  I haven’t always agreed with his portrayal as uber religious but appreciate where that must come from in the human spirit. Perhaps, that is what makes Kurt so likable; he’s obviously a mutant and more obviously a human.  I’m not sure how or why Nightcrawler is back, but I’m glad.

Michael Troy is a deeply superficial person. Born in the midwest in the ’70s, Michael came to Los Angeles to pursue his bi-polar career path as an actor and artist. 2005 saw the release of Michael’s first published book, Homo-Hero’s Big Book of Fun and Adventure ( Michael has contributed to the Lady Gaga comic book from Bluewater Productions and has his hand in various other upcoming projects. Michael has performed stand-up comedy at all of the major comedy clubs in Los Angeles and is making his triumphant return to the main stage of The Comedy Store in September. Michael offers an off-beat sense of humor as the star of such youtube cult classics As The Gays on Film (, A Minute With Margot, a loving tribute to Superman legend Margot Kidder (, and currently hosts a vlog style series Lethally Blonde over at Sitting alongside industry heavyweight Phil Jimenez at the “Divas and Lassoes” panel for the 2010 San Diego comic-con, Michael maintains and cherishes his “underground” status. A staunch believer in Blonde Ambition, Michael hopes his new comic about shallow blonde super heroes in Los Angeles, The Blonde Squad, will set the world on fire (or at least brighten it a bit). Check out Michael Troy and Lethally Blonde updates here!!!





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