Uncanny X-Men #276, page 22
Jim Lee may be Co-Publisher of DC Comics now, but his work on Marvel’s mutants in the 90s propelled him to prominence in the industry. In the first panel above, Deathbird, Storm and Banshee listen to Forge (second panel) as he questions the death and destruction on a world the X-Men had hoped to save. One might say that Forge has always possessed a pessimistic outlook. His attitudes resulted in his recent madness and subsequent demise in Astonishing X-Men #30. Many of Jim Lee’s X-Men redesigns are among my favorites, especially the short hairstyle he gave Storm. I like how the cut frames Ororo’s eyes and gives her a new wave/punk look. It’s a shame it didn’t last very long.
Uncanny X-Men #267, page 4
Above, Storm (de-aged to a child thanks to the villainous Nanny and the Orphanmaker) and Gambit fight off servant hounds of the Shadow King. Gambit first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #266.
Uncanny X-Men #256, page 16
Psylocked struts her stuff while pondering life’s hard questions with Storm.
X-Men #9, page 2
In the adjectiveless X-Men title, it was only a matter of time before the X-Men had a crossover, this time with Ghost Rider. Writer Chris Claremont had been forced off the title by this point (he left with issue #3) and it shows in the dialogue, characterization and plot.
X-Men#2, page 29
Jean Grey and Storm watch a Danger Room simulation from the control room, attempting to find a way to beat their brainwashed teammates. I miss the days of Storm and Jean having these kinds of conversations. Or just having on panel time together. Or Jean being alive.
Jim Lee X-Men 271, page 24
Havok, brainwashed into thinking he’s a Genoshan magistrate, (this brainwashing stuff is a total X-Men trope) tussles with fellow X-Man Wolverine. I’ve always found Havok to be a visually interesting character with his all black costume and concentric circles. Jim Lee’s decision to slash the page in half is a fun design choice and I especially like the panels done entirely in silhouette.