Did you ever read X-Factor starring the original X-Men? Recently, Marvel published a mini-series entitled X-Factor Forever picking up from where writer Louise Simonson left the series. It was a great read and artist Dan Panosian redesigned the characters in a fun fresh way. The designs are presented above. From left to right, Cyclops, Archangel, Iceman, Jean Grey and Beast.
The costumes are infused with a modern sensibility, (the most noticeable change being that Iceman is wearing pants) and it seems a shame that these designs are confined forever to what basically amounts to an imaginary continuity. Cyclops’ jacket looks great with one of the lines of the “X” thinner than the other and it’s nice to actually see heels on his shoes. Jean looks like a fashion model on vacation and Beast has always looked great in as minimal a costume as possible. His interpretation of the classic Archangel costume is spot on as well. His clean linework and contemporary designs are bolstered by his take on these characters personalities. Cyclops comes across as stoic, Iceman a bit miffed, Archangel disagreeable, Jean placid and Beast determined.
I hope we see more from Dan Panosian on Marvel’s mutants in the future! Until then, check out these pages! In addition to his blog, and his Deviant Art page, Dan is also a regular contributor to Comic Twart and you can see his awesome take on some great characters there! Keep up with him on Twitter!