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Month: January 2011 (Page 2 of 3)

Heroic Tarot Tuesday: Archangel

Archangel by Jim Lee

Greetings, dear reader! This post is the fifth in a series about my process regarding my X-Men Tarot.   Today we take a look at all of the cards featuring Archangel!

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, Gambit is all of the Sixes, Beast is all of the Sevens, Bishop is all of the Tens, etcetera.  Archangel is represented on the face of all of the Fives.   The number Five represents change, action and challenge.  Archangel certainly knows about change as he went from a billionaire playboy to X-Man to Horseman of Apocalypse (with membership in quite a few super-hero teams under his belt as well).  He is no stranger to action either.  When his original feathered wings manifested as a young adult, he posed as an angel in a wig and a dressing gown, and saved people from within a burning building.  He has been saving lives as Angel, and taking them as Archangel, ever since.   Alternating between his feathered winged form and his metallic winged form and the differences in personality that come with them is his challenge.  At the time this deck was sold, however, Warren Kenneth Worthington III was trapped as the blue-skinned warrior with metallic wings and his previous life as the ebullient Angel was over.  This is the man on whom we are focusing.

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Storm Sunday Extra Extra Extra: Stephane Roux

Storm by Stephane Roux

Stephane Roux is the regular artist for DC Comics’ Zatanna (a title I heartily recommend).  This image of Storm features her Alan Davis designed costume with a modified tiara that is a bit too Galactus for my taste.  Other than that nitpick (you knew I was going to say something, didn’t you?) this is an exemplary rendition of Ororo and I love it.  

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Storm Sunday Extra Extra: Chris Samnee

StormPantherGod by Chris Samnee

You may be familiar with Chris Samnee (rhymes with “Omni”) from his work on Thor: The Mighty Avenger with writer Roger Langridge and the graphic novel Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale with writers Joss and Zack Whedon.  If so, I am sure you love his amazing artwork as much as I do.  I wish he had had a longer run with the Thor series and I hope he gets a new title as soon as possible.  His work is too awesome to not have every month!

I love his take on Storm as she and the Panther God go adventuring.  It’s always cool to see artists show Storm grounded and the lighting effects from her lightning are dramatic and unique.  Storm looks stoic, powerful and ready to rumble!  Also, Samnee’s Storm has got some serious nails!

Click here for Samnee’s profile on DeviantArt.  Follow him on Twitter here.

Storm Sunday Extra: Adam Hughes, Part V

Invisible Woman by Adam Hughes

Susan Storm Richards, aka the Invisible Woman is my favorite member of the Fantastic Four and one of my favorite leading ladies of Marvel Comics (What’s that? You were expecting as different Storm?).  This original art piece by Adam Hughes does this powerful and beautiful super-heroine justice!  And I am loving that he used the old school Fantastic Four logo.  If everyone drew the FF costumes this wonderfully, there would be no need for redesigns.  Besides, there’s something more sexy about a female character dressed from head to toe.  It’s a nice departure from all of the midriff belly shirts out there which I find ridiculous (I’m looking at you, Supergirl!).  Seriously, retro is so post modern now that it’s positively fashion forward.  Let’s get back to basics!  Oh yeah, and Susan’s hair is looking fabulous!

Storm Sunday: John Romita, Jr.

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Happy Sunday, dear reader!  Today we take a look at the artistry of John Romita, Jr.!  Above we see the original artwork for the cover of Uncanny X-Men #185 in which former bad girl Rogue absorbs Storm’s powers.   This cover is misleading as the Storm actually allows Rogue to borrow her powers with her permission.  This issue was quite the shocker as Rogue’s criminal past catches up to her.  Storm saves Rogue from being shot by Henry Peter Gyrich who is armed with a power-nullifying gun (created by Forge).  Storm’s powers are stripped from her and she falls into the Mississippi River and is saved, interestingly enough, by Forge.  This begins one of the most unhealthy and codependent relationships in comics.  Romita has a great handle on fashion and his depiction of Storm’s punk look is on target.  Romita’s take on 1980’s fashion is evocative of the trends of those times, so one has to take that into consideration when judging Rogue’s costume.  However, one of the best looks Romita gave Storm predates this comic by 5 issues…

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White Queen Wednesday: L Rey Arzeno

An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel

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Welcome to White Queen Wednesday, gentle reader. This week I would like to spotlight some Emma Frost artwork drawn by L Rey Arzeno. I noticed these White Queen commissions on his DeviantArt gallery and felt compelled to share them with you.

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Storm Sunday: Mongolia X-Men Stamps

Mongolia X-Men Stamps

Like many X-Men fans, I have fond memories of the 90s era X-Men cartoon back when Jim Lee was given free reign with the comics under then Marvel Comics editor Bob Harras.  Readers of Heroic Tarot Tuesday know that I am still using the characters and designs from that era in my Heroic Tarot readings.  I don’t know how I managed to miss out on these Mongolia X-Men stamps from 1995, but many thanks to C. B. Cebulski for bringing them to my attention.  Looking at the artwork, I think the most successful images are the ones of Bishop and Gambit, but they all have a certain something to celebrate.  The descriptions are kind of funny in a not on purpose kind of way, but they serve their function.  I find it interesting that the worth of each stamp increases from 30 Togrug or Tugrik (I am not making this up) to 250, with Bishop being the lowest and Wolverine eclipsing Professor X as the highest.  This sheet of eight is listed as Volume 1, but I am fairly certain there was never a Volume 2.  There was, however, a special edition sheet featuring Wolverine versus Magneto (below). 

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The Heroic Age: X-Men

Wolverine Heroic Age Profile

We’ve already looked at The Heroic Age: X-Men file cards of Storm and Emma Frost, and now we look at the rest of mutants who appear to be the official roster of the X-Men.  These mini-dossiers are “written” by former Captain America Steve Rogers as he assesses every super-powered individual on the planet.  Wolverine leads the pack.  I find Steve’s worries about Wolverine to be similarly expressed in his writeup about Storm and her loyalties to the X-Men and the Black Panther.  Hasn’t Steve been balancing his loyalties to S.H.I.E.L.D., the Avengers and his country all of these years?  Surely he knows people can belong to more than one organization and still fulfill their duties.  What I find rather hilarious (in a purely hypocritical way) is how the former Captain (and World War II veteran) professes to be against Wolverine’s killer ways (and acknowledges that having him on the Avengers is bad publicity) but he chooses to ignore it because he’s a “valuable resource.”  I suppose it would take a mind smarter than Steve’s to reconcile the paradox that is Wolverine. Wolvie is just one of the eighteen heroes (counting Storm and Emma)–who are considered active X-Men–looked at through the eyes of a super-soldier…

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White Queen Wednesday Extra: January Jones, Part III

An Emma Frost Update
by Ken Kneisel

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Hello again, gentle reader. It’s been a number of months since the initial announcement that January Jones would portray Emma Frost in the upcoming movie prequel X-Men: First Class. Since then we’ve seen a few photographs from the set in England, but now January Jones has spoken to the Los Angeles Times about Emma’s notoriously skimpy costumes. She also provided a few intriguing clues about what else we can expect from the film.

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White Queen Wednesday: Heroic Age X-Men

An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel

Emma Frost Heroic Age Profile

Welcome to White Queen Wednesday, gentle reader. This week we turn our attention to Emma Frost’s latest evaluation by former Captain America and current head of all things Avengers, Steve Rogers. Having previously scrutinized the entire super-powered community of the Marvel Universe at length, heroes and villains alike, Steve has now decided to specifically size up the remaining mutants among the X-Men and their affiliates and enemies. However, his new profile of Emma Frost leaves something to be desired.

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