Storm Arcana

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Month: November 2010 (Page 2 of 2)

New X-Men by Cameron Stewart

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Cameron Stewart is the creator of multiple award-winning online comic Sin Titulo and co-creator, with Karl Kerschl, of  the recently released Assassin’s Creed:  The Fall.  His Wikipedia page has a great bibliography of the work he’s done, but topping my list of his comics would definitely be The Other Side (written by Jason Aaron and drawn by Stewart).  Of course, his run on Catwoman (with Ed Brubaker) and his issues of Sea Guy (with Grant Morrison) are awesome as well.  There’s also Apocalypstix (with Ray Fawkes) and a few issues of a little title called Batman and Robin out there for you to enjoy.

When I came across Stewart’s take on the New X-Men (above), I was astounded!  Each character has a great expression, totally revealing their core attributes.  Well, except for Xorn (center), but having “a star for a brain” or whatever is a good excuse I suppose (or if he’s not all he appears to be).  Seriously though, Wolverine looks a bit agitated, Cyclops is stoic, Emma’s snobbery is on display, Beast has a dignified air about him despite his feline exterior, and Professor X looks downright menacing (as the most powerful telepath in the world should).  The only person missing is Jean Grey, whose omission is a bit puzzling considering her expanded presence during this time of X-Men stories (written by Grant Morrison).  Nonetheless, these are beautiful portraits and their mastery makes me wish we could see Stewart on something mutant-centric in the future.   At least Stewart was kind enough to draw me punk rock Storm at Comic Con 2008.  I will always be grateful to him for that.

Storm Sunday: Alan Davis, Part IV

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Today we look at a great selection of  X-Men artwork by the legendary Alan Davis.  Previously we have looked at his work here, here and here.

I recall finding Uncanny X-Men Annual #11 at a book trader (when it was new on the stands) and jumping up in glee at the image.  Alan Davis was already a favorite illustrator of mine and seeing Wolverine, Storm and Psylocke featured so prominently made me squeal.  I had a similar reaction a week ago when I discovered that the art for this Annual actually had separate pieces!  So cool to find this out years later.  Above, we witness our heroes fighting Horde, an alien warlord who made the X-Men travel to the Citadel of Light and Shadow where they had to fight against their hearts’ desires. However, this is not the complete cover.  The background artwork was drawn separately and is featured below.

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Polaris by Joshua Middleton


Joshua Middleton is an artist mostly known for his cover illustrations, and his linework is breathtakingly delicate and ethereal.  I’ve posted a sketch he did for me in 2008, and an amazing drawing of Death (from the Sandman series).

White Queen Wednesday: Invisible Woman

An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel


Welcome, gentle reader. The subject of this week’s White Queen Wednesday was brought to my attention by my buddy RJ Danvers. Before he pointed it out, I had no idea that Emma Frost appeared in last week’s Fantastic Four #584, written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Steve Epting. But after I read this issue I felt like her interaction with Susan Richards, the Fantastic Four’s Invisible Woman, was worth sharing with you as well. Although brief, their little moment drips with hidden meaning and subtle characterization.

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Heroic Tarot Tuesday: Jean Grey

Jean Grey

Greetings, dear reader! This post is the eigth in a series revealing my Heroic Tarot process.  Today we take a look at all of the cards featuring Jean Grey!

The X-Men playing card deck is adorned with images of Marvel’s Merry Mutants.  I have created a system combining traditional Minor Arcana meaning with my vast knowledge of X-Men comic book stories.  The archetypal roles the X-Men represent bring the energy of the missing Major Arcana to the overall calculation.  I reveal the superheroic tales relevant to your path.   This dual reading is amplified by the elemental nature of whatever suit is pulled in addition to the numeralogical/feudal court energy contained therein.

One of the interesting aspects of the X-Men cards that I use is that every character gets to be represented four times.  For example, Cyclops is all of the Kings, Storm is all of the Queens, Wolverine is all of the Jacks, etcetera.  Jean Grey is represented on the face of all of the nines, which makes a lot of sense since the number nine symbolizes wisdom, spirituality and enlightenment.  Who better than the former wielder of the cosmic Phoenix Force to give us insight about these concepts?

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Remembering Mike Wieringo, Part III


The amazing Mike Wieringo passed away in 2007, but his artistic legacy lives on!  I’ve written about how Wieringo’s death affected me, and how much I miss his individual take on comics, but I still think about him from time to time and think about how much poorer the industry is without him.

Check out this amazing sketch of X-Men from days gone by.  I’ve included the above image because it contains a fresh take on Storm.  I’ve never seen an artist cross her hands like this before to represent her controlling the weather.  It is a bit reminiscent of Doctor Strange casting spells to me.  I love his take on Colossus and Nightcrawler, but I think all of the characters benefit from his interpretation.  I mean, who would have thought anyone could make Marrow look interesting?  Here’s two more images from Wieringo, displaying his unique brand of adventure and whimsy.

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Storm Sunday: Steve Lightle, Part II

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From The Legion of Super-Heroes to Classic X-Men, the artwork of Steve Lightle has always captivated me.  I remember poring over his designs on Marvel’s trading cards.  My favorite was his rendition of the X-Men versus the Marauders.  Now that is how you draw a battle, especially such a milestone in the X-Men’s history!  It was with great excitement that I came across the images of Storm and Colossus from today’s post.

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Original Archival Art for Hearth & Heart!


Crouching atop a bookshelf of magical tomes, Replica, the shape-shifting super-spy of the planet Cerulan remains undetected from the destructive intentions of a powerful sorcerer!  This 13 x 19 Archival Pigment Print features original artwork from STORM’s memoir fantasy comic book Princess Witch Boy!  Only five of these prints were printed with archival ink on watercolor paper by the photographer Eartha L. Goodwin, so make sure to get yours today! Your print will be mailed flat to protect it properly.

You can also obtain your own copy of the comic in which Replica appears in stormantic’s etsy shop!

Heroic Tarot with STORM

This 13 x 19 Archival Pigment Print features Heroic Tarot reader STORM as he selects cards for the future!  STORM was awarded an SF Weekly Best Of Award 2010 for his unique brand of tarot readings with X-Men cards.  This stunning Art Nouveau image was designed by artist Matt Silady (creator of the Eisner-nominated graphic novel, The Homeless Channel).  Only five of these prints were printed with archival ink on watercolor paper by the photographer Eartha L. Goodwin, so make sure to get yours today! Your print will be mailed flat to protect it properly!

These prints make great gifts for your self or for someone you love!  Don’t let these collector’s pieces get away!

Young Avengers: Children’s Crusade


It is my assertion that Young Avengers is the best written super-hero team comic book on the market right now.  Fans of the title have had to wait quite a bit for the creators to return (and even now the current title is only a mini-series lasting 9 issues published bi-monthly) but Allan Heinberg has proven he is worth the wait (At least Marvel thinks so).  When a title is drawn and written well, I would rather wait as long as it takes than be disappointed by an inferior result.  Fortunately, artist Jim Cheung always brings the goods.  His collaboration with Heinberg is the modern day equivalent of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and worthy enough to stand on the shoulders of the legacy they maintain.  Young Avengers builds on the tapestry of yesteryear with solid stories featuring interesting characters looking toward the future.

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White Queen Wednesday: Firestar, Part II

An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel


Thank you for joining me this White Queen Wednesday, gentle reader. This week I would like to discuss Emma Frost’s guest appearance and interaction with her former student Firestar in the just released Young Allies #6, written by Sean McKeever with art by David Baldeon. This reunion has been a long time coming, since the last time they encountered each other was back when Emma was still running her Massachusetts Academy under the auspices of Professor Xavier, and her mutant stock has risen considerably over the intervening years to the point that she is now co-leader of the X-Men. It’s somewhat unusual to see Emma so fully clothed, although she still manages to draw attention to her décolletage with a tasteful jeweled necklace.

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