Copycat (Maxwell Manx) is a character in Extinctioners. He first appeared in Extinctioners volume 1, issue 1 (story and pencils by Shawntae Howard, inks by Malcolm Earle, color by Eric Blumrich and Scotty Arsenault).
- Height: 6 ft. 0 in.
- Weight: 147 lb.
- Age: 19 years/17 cycles
- Sex: Male
- Race: Felin
- Species: Domestik
- Date of birth: 988.11.02
- Place of birth: Lost Angels City, Calevia, U.S.A.
- Class: Hybrid
- Powers: Self-duplication (8 total)
- Marital status: Single (but with a steady pre-mate)
It was the birthday of his pre-mate (girlfriend), Katherine Fela, and they had just come from a date at the movies. With plans of celebrating on his mind, among other things, all seemed to be going just as planned for Maxwell that evening, that is until 'they' came. Out of no where a giant robot appeared with the intent on capturing Katherine. In an effort of heroism, Max tried to divert the robot's attention away from Kat and onto himself long enough for her to escape.
Little did he know that he too possessed that special quality in his genes that the robot had originally come after Kat for. He was captured and was turned into a mindless slave against his will by his alien captors. Eventually he would be freed of the alien's control by Katherine and Scarlet Ann Starfox, and used his awakened powers of self-duplication to help free the prisoners of the alien slave camp.
Not much has been reviled about Max's personal life yet, but whatever may have happened, it must have been a difficult one. Max, while not always aware that he had powers, suspected there was something special about him when, as a kitten, he often played with what he though was his imaginary twin.
Max's powers allow him to create energy-based duplicates of himself that, for all purposes are exact copies of himself, from physical appearance to personality. The only difference is that his Dupes can't create duplicates themselves. They also lack the ability to sustain themselves for long periods of time, once their energy runs out they disappear. Max can create a total of 8 copies (i.e. nine lives) and they lack the ability to reproduce (naturally). The original Max experiences what the others experience in a somewhat dreamlike state. He can also mentally "take control" of his doubles, though usually they run on their own thinking instinctively. Using his powers causes Max to have to eat a lot, since the clones run on his body's energy. He must maintain enough calories to properly maintain his power, but this also means he doesn't gain a great deal of weight since he burns it off so quickly. Max doesn't know what would happen if one of his doubles were killed and doesn't want to find out...
Little-known fact: Max grew up as an orphan and ended up hanging out with a bad street gang as an early teen. He was raised by a feline nun. Max is also a very skilled netball player and had dreams of going pro.
Extinctioners Volume 1, Issue 1. New York: Vision Comics, 1998.