Artist Felipe Massafera created this wonderful painting which features many classic X-Men heroes and villains. Sharing center stage are Storm and Dark (!) Phoenix and just look at all of that hair! I’m a bit baffled as to why Storm is wearing her classic costume while folks like Psylocke and Bishop are in their 90s era costumes. And then there’s Phoenix in her red costume (which means she’s evil) instead of her green one (which means she’s good) just floating in the midst of the good guys. It’s a bit jarring but every time I start to continuity nitpick, the sheer beauty of this artwork shuts me up my inner critic.
Remember when this used to be all of the X-Men? Okay, to be fair, we’re missing Longshot, Dazzler, Kitty Pryde, Polaris, Banshee, Havok, Sunfire, Jubilee, Forge, and Professor X just to name a few, but this is a great lineup anyway. It’s a nice change of pace to see Nightcrawler in the spotlight as opposed to Wolverine. It’s also interesting to see the currently reformed White Queen on the side of the bad guys like she used to be. This artwork looks like it would be right at home on the cover of an X-Men novelization. It’s got epic scope.
Here’s how the powers that be decided the art should be used for the cover of Mundo dos Super Herois! So many folks got cropped out or covered by text! Seems a shame. Massafera’s art is really something to behold. Marvel’s website has a great image of his take on some of the X-Men’s female baddies as well! It looks like Massafera is most active on his deviantART account even though he has a blog. Check him out there!