I met Mark Brooks for the first time at Wonder Con in 2008. He was super friendly and we had a great conversation about the X-Men and Storm and he showed me some of his X-Men art, including this piece which depicted everyone in the X-Books from 2006. He also had a great Rogue piece that he had enlarged as a banner for his booth. At the time, Storm wasn’t really in any X-Books and we talked about how we wished that wasn’t the case. Mark drew me a cool Spider-Man sketch and I promised to stalk him on MySpace. Above: Mark Brooks sketch of X-Treme X-Men Storm from 2005.
I kept in touch with Mark and his lovely wife Lisa on MySpace and they both remembered me when I saw them in San Diego for Wonder Con 2008. Mark graciously drew mohawk Storm in my sketchbook (his personal favorite version of Storm). Above, a gorgeous mohawk Storm sketch by Mark from 2007.
Mark drew the cover for the first issue of Ororo: Before the Storm, a four issue mini-series depicting Storm’s early childhood years as a thief in Cairo.
Here’s some awesome preliminary sketches for the cover for Ororo: Before the Storm #1.
Here’s two more! Click on any image to see them larger.
Among his many and varied assignments (including statue design), Mark has worked on Ultimate X-Men, Cable & Deadpool, Araña and New X-Men. Recently, Mark drew the covers for Deadpool: Origins, a Cloak and Dagger one-shot (in which Storm plays a supporting role) and Uncanny X-Men #522 (the return of Kitty Pryde). His cover for X-Men Annual #1 is stunning. I’m particularly fond of the cover to Dark Reign: Young Avengers #4 (featuring Wiccan).
Keep up with Mark Brooks on his Deviant Art account, Facebook, and on Twitter. He also has a beautiful art book available for sale while supplies last. Order instructions are on his Deviant Art site on the left hand scroll bar.
Bonus: I simply had to share this lovely Polaris sketch by Mark even though this is a Storm Sunday post. This is how I think Lorna Dane should look (a little demure and fragile, but also possessing inner strength) and the costume in which I like her best (there’s something about the headplate and skull that just works for me). White Queen fans might consider checking out this lovely image.