Artist Jim Lee’s version of the X-Men is a treasured part of my adolescence. I have to admit that I looked forward to every issue of X-Men he drew and loved his creator owned creation WildC.A.T.S comic as well. It’s interesting to note how long his costume redesigns lasted. And whether you like it or not, Psylocke’s ninja bikini is now her most classic costume. I’m not sure what that says about the character. Anyway, I thought it might be fun to revisit the time the X-Men were stationed in the Australian outback. I really loved the original outback lineup of Havok, Wolverine, Longshot, Colossus, Rogue, Storm, Dazzler and Psylocke. The balance of male and female teammates appealed to me. Of course, we also had Gateway, Jubilee and Madelyn Pryor. Then a reformed Polaris joined after a very strange power switch (that’s why she’s so American Gladiator-ish in the pic below) and Banshee and Forge returned as trainers. A lot of stuff was going on on Muir Isle around then. Things were getting crowded again with lots and lots of characters.
Storm with short hair and in the blue and gold uniform. This haircut didn’t last long, but I think it’s pretty cool. I’m not, however, a fan of Storm in this outfit. I like the X-Men when they’re in the their own individual costumes. Leave the uniforms for the younger kids who haven’t reached X-Men status yet.