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X-Men by Bill Sienkiewicz

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Now I am not usually one to celebrate the celluloid versions of Marvel’s mutants, yet I had to share this portrait by Bill Sienkiewicz with you, dear reader.  The painterly style of Sienkiewicz really brings out the dynamic appeal of Jean Grey, Wolverine, Storm and Cyclops.  I am loving the lightning overhead and the chiaroscuro effect it adds.  Simply breathtaking.

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  1. A rant followed by a gush from me this time.

    First off…aside from the wonderful acting jobs delivered by Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, I hate these movies.

    I was on board up until the third one because I assumed they’d get better…that the characters would come into their own and be the X-Men as we, the fans, loved them. X2 gave me hope, but X3 stamped it into the ground.

    And then Fantastic Four came along and showed what special effects in superhero movies were really capable of, and I felt even more ripped off.

    OK, I’m done complaining.

    This picture shows the true potential of the cinematic X-Men…their pose and attitudes are perfect, and Storm’s lightning and the effects it sends out are really terrific. I love the contrast of the stiff-backed, in-control Cyclops with the classically hunched-over, feral Wolverine…Jackman’s a good actor, but his Logan never really delivered the conflict between man and animal in the way that simple stance and snarling expression does. Jean may be a little too close to brunette for my tastes (I like her when her hair is Amy Adams red), but the strength and assertiveness in her pose reminds me of Claremont’s depiction of her. Action Girls FTW!

    And what kind of STORM fan would I be if I didn’t comment on the fierceness and glory of the Wind-Rider who dominates the page? She’s doing exactly what I always hoped she’d do in the movies but never got to see. This is my favorite character doing what SHE does best, and making the whole team look better by doing it.

    Sienkiewicz even makes the movie outfits look good, by throwing just enough of the comics’ influences in there to keep them interesting without taking them completely out of the cinematic realm. I see influences, either conscious or not, from Art Adams’ “Revolution” costumes and the Frank Quitely period, and Sienkiewicz blends them all with his own unique style.

    I would totally read this book.

    • Aaron

      I agree with you about the movies. They really lost me at the 3rd one. Terrible all around. However, as much as I loathe prequels, First Class looks promising, at least from the special effects side. Banshee (!) and his sonic scream look awesome, as well as Havok ( I think that’s him). They obviously put some money into the special effects this time. How the story plays out, we’ll have to wait and see. I just hope they don’t kill off Banshee!

      • stormantic

        Hey Aaron, I agree with you about the promise of First Class. I adore Banshee and Havok and am very excited about seeing them on the big screen!

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