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Santo Vaccarro
Rockslide
of the Hellions squad and then an X-Men in training
at the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning


Santo Vaccarro is a mutant better known as "Rockslide." He was originally introduced in
New Mutants (volume 2) #7 as a member of the Hellions squad at the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning. He studied directly under headmistress Emma Frost. After the "House of M" event that depowered most of Earth's mutants (including most students at the school), Rockslide was one of the few students chosen to continue training to become X-Men someday. He continues as major character in the New X-Men series.

Rockslide was created by the husband/wife writing team of Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir, along with artist Carlo Barberi.

Rockslide is, like co-creator Nunzio DeFilippis himself, an Italian American from a lapsed Catholic background. DeFilippis has described himself as the son of an Italian Catholic immigrant to America. Rockslide, like DeFilippis, does not consider himself very religious.

Rockslide is a teenager with a strong interest in professional wrestling and a desire to someday become a professional wrestler himself.

From: "Rockslide" page on Wikipedia website (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockslide_(comics); viewed 24 June 2006):

Rockslide is the codename of Santo Vaccarro, a fictional character, a mutant in the Marvel Universe, one of the student body in the Xavier Institute and a member of the former Hellions squad therein. Post-M-Day, he was one of only 27 students to retain his powers; he is currently training to become an X-Man.

When Santo's powers manifested, he was delighted by his new form. He was sent to the Xavier Institute where he befriended Julian Keller and the would-be Hellions. He was originally advised by Iceman, but was selected by Emma Frost to be part of her prized Hellions squad...

With the mutant population drastically decreased... All of the remaining students were placed by Emma Frost into an all-out brawl, and the ones deemed to be the best were to be assigned to become a group of in-training X-Men. Santo made the team and is currently training to become an X-Man.

Santo's body is composed completely of granite, which grants him superhuman strength, endurance, durability, and the ability to fire his hands and fingers as projectiles, though he cannot control them afterwards---he must pick them up and reattach them physically.

Trivia
- Santo is Italian-American.
- Santo is considered the school bully.
- The idea of Santo desiring to be a world-class superhuman wrestler has reoccured twice now - once in the Hellions mini-series and again in the House of M series.

From: Nunzio DeFillipis, "Re: New X-Men Q & A" message, posted 15 September 2004 on ComixFan.com website (http://www.comixfan.com/xfan/forums/showthread.php?t=29801&page=19&pp=20; viewed 2006):
I know that there are people who do not believe in evolution... My father has his doubts on evolution, actually. And I consider him tolerant, open-minded and very intelligent.

His argument (while also citing the evidence issue you do) is that the world is too complex and beautiful to have been the result of random mutation. He's a lapsed Catholic (lapsed because the church let him down by not accepting my gay brother) and I think he retains a strong spirituality. He likes to believe that God had a plan in creating the world.

My argument to him is that if you think of evolution as slow and gradual change, then it can be viewed as the instrument of God's plan.

I'm not all that religious myself, but it's not too hard for me to look at it that way...


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