Artist Felipe Massafera created this wonderful painting which features many classic X-Men heroes and villains. Sharing center stage are Storm and Dark (!) Phoenix and just look at all of that hair! I’m a bit baffled as to why Storm is wearing her classic costume while folks like Psylocke and Bishop are in their 90s era costumes. And then there’s Phoenix in her red costume (which means she’s evil) instead of her green one (which means she’s good) just floating in the midst of the good guys. It’s a bit jarring but every time I start to continuity nitpick, the sheer beauty of this artwork shuts me up my inner critic.
Tag: 90s X-Men
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?
Uncanny X-Men #276, page 22
Jim Lee may be Co-Publisher of DC Comics now, but his work on Marvel’s mutants in the 90s propelled him to prominence in the industry. In the first panel above, Deathbird, Storm and Banshee listen to Forge (second panel) as he questions the death and destruction on a world the X-Men had hoped to save. One might say that Forge has always possessed a pessimistic outlook. His attitudes resulted in his recent madness and subsequent demise in Astonishing X-Men #30. Many of Jim Lee’s X-Men redesigns are among my favorites, especially the short hairstyle he gave Storm. I like how the cut frames Ororo’s eyes and gives her a new wave/punk look. It’s a shame it didn’t last very long.