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Comic BooksIn the world of comics, the subservient culture within the imagination of the creator springs forth onto the illustrated pages of the creative short story. X-Men 2099 provides multiple examples of how deviance plays a pivotal role in the development of character traits as well as the driving forces behind certain characters' actions. The story is developed through the eyes of the three central figures in the story; Timothy Sean Fitzgerald, a nomad and outcast carrying a secret deep within, Xi'An Chi Xan, mutant leader of the growing population of outsiders in the Nuevo Sol Arcology, and Noah Synge, new head of the syndicate as well as oppressor of mutant-kind.From the outset of the story, Fitzgerald is seen as deviant based on his appearance; his rags and haggard exterior depict him as a man without a home or any real direction. He is wandering the desert searching for acceptance with some group. Later in the story, the reader discovers why Fitzgerald has become an outcast. He had discovered that his body absorbs electrical power and he blew up his house in an explosion of energy from within. After this traumatic event, he came to the realization that if he were to remain in his home he would become a living experiment much like a lab rat. Left with no other option, he fled his hometown in search of acceptance. George Herbert Mead's theory of the Looking Glass self is evident in this decision. The societal reflection of his action would be fear and loathing, neither of which would promote positive social interactions with his peers. His entire concept of his self was greatly altered; he was no longer a member of the society around him. He was, instead, an outsider in what was once his home.Xi'An Chi Xan, referred to as Xi'An by friends and foes, is the next crucial character within the story. He acts as the inspirational leader of the outsider colony in the Nuevo Sol Arcology. He has been stigmatized, as Goffman theorized, because of his mutant powers, a distinguishing feature that labeled him as an outsider in society. He also suffered from stigmatization suffered because of the physical disfiguration of one of his hands, an external result of his genetic mutation. Xi'An's power is immense; he has the ability to alter the molecular structure of anything he touches. Instead of wielding this ungodly power to suppress his oppressors in a violent and brutal onslaught, he uses his ability to articulate to rally support amongst those with similar afflictions. He does, however, use his power to warn his oppressors, Synge and members of the Syndicate, that he and his followers would soon be forced to revolt if the tyranny did not end. According to Lemert's labeling theory, Xi'An falls under the category of a secondary deviant. He has been labeled as deviant and all he is known for is his deviant actions and not his ability to create a peaceful society with those who suffer from the same genetic disposition as Xi'An.By preaching to his...

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