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Month: October 2009 (Page 2 of 2)

Stormwatch: Coming Attractions

There’s a lot of Storm on the horizon!  Let’s see what’s coming up!  As always, click on any image to see it larger!

Uncanny X-Men First Class #6

Uncanny X-Men: First Class has been quite the enjoyable mini-series.  One issue focused on Nightcrawler interacting with the Inhumans and another showcased Banshee (who is dead in current continuity *snif*).  These stories were so character driven and so full of excitement that they made me wish that the series was an ongoing!  Besides, this is the group of X-Men that most interests me.  However, I have much love for the original roster ( Angel, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Beast and Cyclops) and was really enjoying Jeff Parker’s take on them in the First Class comics preceding this series.  In a perfect world, we’d have both.  Speaking of First Class comics, if you are not reading Wolverine: First Class, you are missing out on some great stories told by the amazing Peter David.  The stories are meant to take place in between the back issues of  Uncanny X-Men when Kitty first joined the X-Men.  So some time has passed after the new stories of Uncanny X-Men: First Class.  I’ll leave that math to someone else who enjoys fitting stories into continuous timelines.  It’s not my thing these days, but best of luck to those who like it.  I hope you’ll share the results of your research with me here on stormantic.  The above image was drawn by Paul Pelletier and I love seeing Storm and Phoenix cutting loose!

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The cover of Nation X #1 showcases most of Marvel’s Merry Mutants ready to defend their new island home!  It seems that between Magneto, the Black Queen and the Agents of Atlas, they they will be busy indeed!  I think Dustin Weaver did a great job communicating the intensity of this new status quo for the X-Men.  You can practically smell the desperation and defiance as Cyclops strikes the Utopia flag in the ground.  I’m really looking forward to see where Simon Spurrier (writer of Nation X) and Matt Fraction (writer of Uncanny X-Men) take this storyline!

superhero squad storm

I’ve been hearing a lot about the new Marvel Super Hero Squad Show lately.  Seems that people really find it to be amusing or revolting.  The people who found it amusing liked the cutesy squashed physiognomy (the show is based on a toy line of the same name.  You can play the game online).  The folks who don’t like it seem to mostly groan about how the Silver Surfer talks like a stereotypical surfer dude.   I haven’t seen it yet, but I’d like to see any of the episodes with Storm or the Enchantress.  Have you seen it yet? What did you think?

Astonishing X-Men #31 by Phil JimenezAstonishing X-Men #31 by Phil Jimenez

I cannot properly explain just how excited I am about the upcoming run on Astonishing X-Men by Phil Jimenez and Warren Ellis!  I have faith that Jimenez will deliver all that Ellis asked of him in the script and more!  Jimenez is a huge Storm fan and I cannot wait to see what his rendition does for her! Feast your eyes on his cover to  Astonishing X-Men #31.  I’m already happy that 1. Storm’s costume is streamlined from Simone Bianchi’s design (but keeping the white color as a nod to it), 2. Hisako has a hairstyle that differentiates her from Illyana “Magik” Rasputin (I know their color is different, but still, this is a step in the right direction for our girl Armor). 3. Beast looks ferocious again! (No more sad and dopey cat face). 4.  His renditions of Scott, Logan and Emma are spot on too, but I’m used to his versions of these characters from his run on New X-Men with Grant Morrison.

Astonishing X-Men #31 by Phil Jimenez

This is the sketch variant.  Love how the art really stands up without all the lovely color!  Strong expressive lines and an eye-straining amount of detail!  Yes!
Astonishing X-Men #31 Alternate Cover

And here’s an Astonishing X-Men #31 Variant Cover by Travis Charest.  It’s so awesome to have Angel and Nightcrawler on this cover.  How did Wolverine get so high in the air?  I would have guessed a fastball special, but Colossus is right below him.  I just hope ‘ol Logan doesn’t slip a Adamantium disc with that move.  Really, I’m just nitpicking, I think this cover has a nice clean expression to it.  Wonder if Charest will get a chance to do more alternate covers during the run?  I’d be cool with it.  As for the writing, I’m hoping that Ellis uses a lot more than just his regular cast, but I will be happy enough with lots more Storm front and center!  Also, any interaction that Ellis writes between Storm and Emma Frost is pure gold.  Those women are so different in personality and ethics that conflict always seems unavoidable.
X-Men & Agents of Atlas

Artist Carlo Pagulayan and writer Jeff Parker bring the team spirit to the 2 issue mini-series X-Men Vs. Agents of Atlas!  No, make that two teams spirit!  I cannot wait for this superteam explosion!  So much potential for amazing showdowns!
X-Men & Agents of Atlas

That quite the X-Men roster!  I hope the Agents of Atlas are prepared!  Then again, they have a dragon on their side (But since you’ve been reading Agents of Atlas, you already knew that, right?).  On a side note, I am really loving the inclusion of Cloak and Dagger to the X-Men!  Cloak, Pixie, Magik and Nightcrawler are all teleporters but none seem redundant to me as their powers do differ quite a bit.

X-Men Vs. Agents of Atlas Variant Covers

These dynamic alternate covers are by fan favorite Humberto Ramos and I hope to get my hands on copies of these beauties!  Yay Storm is on the cover (and fighting Namora)!  I love the Cyclops versus Jimmy Woo moment and how angry Colossus looks!  Go get ’em Petey!  It’s funny to say that, because no matter which team wins, we can all expect to feel like champions.  I have complete faith in the writing mastery of Jeff Parker to know that this will be a book that is talked about for a long time!  I hope it gains many more readers of the new Agents of Atlas ongoing!

Whew!  Who knew that our Windrider was going to be featured so much?!  I think the tide has turned, true believers!  It looks like Marvel is really going out of their way to give our goddess her due!

Storm Sunday: Brent Anderson

Every Sunday, I celebrate my favorite character ever by focusing on an artist, an era or aspect of Ororo Munroe, aka Storm, of the X-Men!  Today we look at the work of Brent Anderson!  As always, click on the images if  you’d like to see them larger!!

X-Men Index

The first time I saw the cover of the Official Marvel Index #9A  I was mesmerized!  I was in awe of the sheer amount of characters who fill up the page and spill around to the back cover!  I was inspired by how the personality of each character shines off the page!  Nightcrawler is playfully hanging from the X-Men logo and tweaking Wolverine’s mask, Kitty Pryde is kneeling oh so cutely in front of everyone, Cyclops has his hand placed firmly on Professor X’s shoulders reassuringly, and Colossus stands proud and confident.  It’s a great change of pace to see Wolverine being annoyed on a cover instead of posing menacingly.  There’s more to Logan than kicking butt and this image is proof!  I was also impressed at how lithe Storm looks.  There’s more than a hint of John Byrne‘s style in the image, but Brent Anderson makes it his own by physically elongating the characters with a soft, perhaps one could say lush, linework.  Byrne’s figures at this time were a bit more rounded, his Storm and Phoenix more bubbly in their babeness (Not a word, I know, but roll with me here).  I think it really helps that Terry Austin (longtime collaborator with John Byrne) inked this image.  The slender Storm figure in this image is not at odds with Byrne’s style.

God Loves, Man Kills

Brent Anderson is perhaps best known among X-Fans for penciling the X-Men graphic novel, God Loves, Man Kills. This book is a great example of the themes of prejudice and persecution that Chris Claremont made famous in the X-Men.  Anderson’s art depicts the human side of Marvel’s mutants brilliantly.  His facial and figure work give the story’s philosophical underpinnings emotional depth.  This is a classic for many reasons and make no mistake, Anderson’s art is equally as important as Claremont’s writing.
Uncanny X-Men Annual #5
You probably already know that the Skrulls are scapegoats for everything evil in the Marvel Universe, but there was also a time when the Badoon were used as the “We can kill them ’cause they’re evil” bad guy standin (The Badoon are actually older than the Skrulls!).  I don’t believe any Badoon were killed in this issue, but they were a great plot device to bring the X-Men and the Fantastic Four together, so that’s good.  I’m super into how Anderson drew Storm on this X-Men Annual #5.  Her gestures are regal and strong and her hair just goes on and on like it should.  The unstable molecules of her costume are working overtime to make her cape stretch that large!  That’s a mighty Colossus paired up with Mr. Fantastic’s giant fist and Anderson’s  Wolverine looks ferocious!  I think that many fans of Anderson’s work are partial to his rendition of Nightcrawler and from this cover it is easy to see why!  Kurt looks simply dynamic!

Uncanny X-Men 160In issue Uncanny X-Men #160 the demon lord Belasco shows up to menace Colossus’ little sister Illyana.  He kidnaps her and she ages seven years into the teleporting demon sorceress we know and love today as Magik!  I never grow tired of covers with a giant hand attacking a team of heroes and this cover is no exception!

Brent AndersonI found this image of a recent Kitty Pryde commission floating around the internet and was happy to see that the date is so recent! I bet Brent gets a lot of requests for his work from this era! If you are unfamiliar with Brent Anderson, check out his website which has a great gallery of his work from Astro City, Green Lantern: Legacy, Strikeforce Morituri, Batman and Gen13! There’s also a great sketchbook you can order from his site as well!

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