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Storm Sunday: Chris Bachalo, Part II

Storm and Gambit Variant 1I’ve blogged about him once before, but news about the upcoming X-Men: Curse of the Mutants – Storm and Gambit One-Shot has me so excited for more Chris Bachalo goodness that I had to share!  Thanks to Comic Book Resources for the preview!  The image you see above is the Variant Cover. The regular cover can be viewed here. I don’t much care for it  because the characters seem a bit static and there’s too much focus on the vampires and not Storm and Gambit.  I am, however, loving Bachalo’s Storm posing as Buffy the Vampire Slayer (does that make Gambit Spike or Xander?).  The vamps are all skulls in the background, and the image squarely featuring our lead characters.  The extra touch of our heroes’ names in blood below is a final crowning achievement!  This cover is simply bad ass!
Storm and Gambit 3 It’s great to see Storm and Gambit together again on their own adventure. Of course, it was Storm who brought Gambit to the X-Men after he met her when she was regressed to adolescence by Nanny and the Orphanmaker (Uncanny X-Men #266). So, sending the X-Men’s thieves on a mission to steal Dracula’s headless body is pretty smart writing, in my humble opinion. Add to that mix the fact that Storm was once under Dracula’s thrall (and Gambit hasn’t been exactly himself lately either) and this comic has the makings of a potentially very interesting story.

Storm and Gambit 2

Bachalo’s depiction of Storm (and Valkryrie) lead me to think he likes his women to wear hoop earrings!  That’s just an observation, not a criticism.  He certainly draws them well enough!  I do miss Storm’s lightning bolt earrings a little bit though.  Aside from that picayune detail, I am captivated by the sizes that Bachalo is choosing to make his panels from page to page.  There is a cinematic quality going on here that really grabs me and prepares me for upcoming action.
Storm and Gambit 4Like this scene, in which another X-Plane bites the dust, much to Storm’s chagrin. Surely she knows by now that such an occurrence is a tradition for the X-Men.  It wouldn’t be a real adventure if the transport didn’t get demolished!
Storm and Gambit 5Judging from this page alone, it looks like Gambit will be playing the comedic partner to Storm’s more serious role.  He has that luxury as he is not the leader.  Also, he met her when she was a child and his perspective of her will always be tinged by that.  I would think it would be hard for Gambit to reconcile the grimmer aspects of Storm with the younger amnesiac version of her self.  I do like this relationship that Gambit has with Storm because I think  it brings out her more human side.  We get to see Gambit crack the sometimes stoic veneer of Storm and glimpse the woman Ororo.Storm and Gambit 6

And the game’s afoot!  I love how Bachalo’s version of Gambit has not a hint of fuchsia on him (the all black outfit is fitting for a thief) and Bachalo’s Storm is still rockin’ the one piece bathing suit while covering her legs and wearing very sensible all-terrain shoes!  I am very much looking forward to this One-Shot!

Stormwatch: Variants, Vampires & Origins

X-Men Coipel Variant
I was all agog when Comic Book Resources unveiled this gorgeous Olivier Coipel variant for the first issue of the upcoming X-Men series.  Storm looks like her old supermodel self, while it is nice to see Jubilee on a cover again (even if she is most likely doomed to become a vampire).  Emma looks positively joyous which is an interesting contrast to Pixie’s apparent bewilderment.  I could really take or leave Wolverine and Cyclops (in this image and in general).  I would love to see more of Coipel’s X-Men and I hope that Storm is as featured within the pages of this issue as she is on the cover.
origins of Marvel Comics: X-Men #1
The cover to The Origins of Marvel Comics: X-Men #1 is hella aggro.  Magneto, Wolverine and Cyclops look out for blood, while Storm just looks like she’s troubled about something.  That said, at least she is on the frickin’ cover.  Seems that Marvel only puts Magneto, Cyclops, Emma Frost, and Namor on the covers these days. This is a nice respite.
X-Men: Curse of the Mutants

This, however, is a prime example of Be Careful What You Wish For.  When I said I wanted more Storm on the covers of my comics, this is not what I was imagining.  I’m glad that Marvel is referencing Storm’s past involvement with Dracula, but this cover doesn’t make me want to open the issue.  Don’t worry, I will.  And I will let you know what I think about it.

Storm Sunday: Jubilee

Jubilee by Jim Lee Jubilation Lee, or Jubilee as she is more commonly known, was quite the X-Men member back in the 90s.  Created by Chris Claremont and Marc Silvestri, she debuted in Uncanny X-Men #244 and quickly became an unofficial sidekick to Wolverine.  Her pyrotechnic fireworks powers combined with her brash mall rat attitude made her an unforgettable addition to the team.  She became the youngest X-Men member at the time (continuing the tradition that Kitty “Shadowcat” Pryde created).  Jim Lee’s kinetic depictions of Jubilee secured her place in X-history.  She  may be depowered in current continuity (thanks to the the Scarlet Witch’s “No More Mutants” spell), but she’s still a character near and dear to many X-Men readers’ hearts.  Above image of Jubilee is by Jim Lee from his 1992 Impel X-Men Trading Card Series. Jubilee sketch Here’s an awesome Jim Lee sketch rendering Jubilee down to her most basic design.  Jubes is definitely a product of her time, with her large glasses (which were more often than not used more as a headband than shades), her large earrings (with her codename printed across the bar) and her bright yellow trench coat. xmen271pg3 JUBILEEA page of Jim Lee artwork from Uncanny X-Men #271 depicting Jubilee kicking major butt and still getting a lecture from Wolverine.  Jubilee has the habit of trash talking most of the time.  A trait that endeared her to some fans and repelled others.  I happen to enjoy her motormouth tendencies, especially if she’s popping  bubblegum while doing it. UXM275P8s More Jim Lee artwork, this time from Uncanny X-Men #275.  You gotta love that Jubes  is willing to chase down the deadly Deathbird even after getting blasted and seeing the evil woman stab Wolverine in the back.  Classic Jubilee never backs down from a fight, even if she’s not really too excited about it. xmen4cover Jim Lee’s cover of X-Men #4 features Jubilee with Wolverine and fellow trench coat wearing teammate Gambit as they combat Omega Red.  Check out Jubilee’s super arched eyebrow and gritted teeth.  That’s attitude! Jubilee_Cel Jubilee’s success in the comics definitely influenced the awesome 90s X-Men cartoon.  Instead of answering in the affirmative, Jubilee would often ask,  “Does a mall babe eat chile fries?” Other times, she would whine about how unfair it was to be hunted by Sentinels. “I’m just a kid!” she’d cry (many many times).  This animation cel and the ones below are taken from the wildly successful cartoon which led to many toys and merchandise.  Check out this storybook in which you could pretend you were fighting alongside the X-Men.  Marvel also published a comic based on the cartoon called X-Men Adventures.  The cover of issue #1 by Steve Lightle is awesome! Large_XM_Animation_25 Animation cel of Jubilee losing a fight against a robotic tentacle.  Jubilee was included in a made for television Generation X movie and was in all three X-Men movies for, like, a total of ten minutes combined.  Did you know that Michael Chabon wrote a script for a proposed X-Men movie? It featured quite a lot of Jubilee!  There’s a weird list of Jubilee and Gen X “cameos” here.  Jubilee was also a minor character in the X-Men: Evolution cartoon. Large_XM_Animation_20 Animation cel featuring Wolverine, Jubilee, Beast and Cyclops.  You can make your own Papercraft Jubilee here! Large_XM_Animation_12 Animation cel depicting Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Rogue and Jubilee. Large_XM_Animation_11 Animation cel depicting Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Rogue and Jubilee. Large_XM_Animation_5 Jubilee did a lot of running in the X-Men cartoon as this animation cel shows.

Storm & Jubilee Animated I always liked the brief interactions that Jubilee and Storm had in the cartoon.  Storm was very protective of Jubilee in a very mothering kind of way (much like she was to Kitty Pryde in the comics).  In the storybooks based on the cartoon, Storm was the one who explained everything about the X-Men, the school and their credo. Storm & Jubilee Animated Another animation cel with Storm and Jubilee. Art Adams Jubilee Fan favorite Arthur Adams captures Jubilee’s sassy too cool for school demeanor in this sketch.  Another amazing Jubilee by Art is here. mahfood-genxundrgrnd-detail Jim Mahfood illustrates a page from Jubilee’s Scrapbook in Generation X Underground.  I haven’t included any Generation X images, but you can check out this cover gallery of that series.  Just don’t go order this outfit. jubilee leaves Joe Madureira‘s awesome cover to Uncanny X-Men #318.  I like Jubilee’s more toned down outfit here, although the colorist was wise to keep her traditional costume colors.  I did not choose to cover any costumesstorylines or art regarding Jubilee’s time as a New Warrior.  Do so at your own discretion. X-Man & Jubilee After sitting on the sidelines, Jubilee may be making a comeback…as a vampire?  It certainly looks that way.  In these preview pages from this week’s upcoming X-Men #1, Jubes is hanging out with Pixie and some…stuff happens.  Is Jubilee going to trade in her bubblegum for blood?  Quite the opposite of what I want for Jubilee, but I shall wait and see what happens.

Is Gambit Out For Blood?

Evil Seduces Gambit

It looks like the ragin’ Cajun might sink his teeth into the X-Men’s Southern belle. Anyone else out there looking at this image (by Mike Mayhew) and picturing Anna Paquin (who played Rogue in the movies) as her True Blood character instead of Rogue? It’s totally got me chuckling how derivative pop culture entertainment can be sometimes. The parallels are fascinating to be sure, but I just don’t think I am sold on this whole X-Men versus Vampires thing.

Gambit and Storm have their own One-Shot wherein they are charged with stealing something from the vampires.    Does Gambit turn vampy on this mission, run away from Storm only to stalk Rogue later?  Goddess, I hope not.  Seriously, let “Anna” and Remy do something else than pine over each other for a change.  And what’s with this teaser and the one featuring Emma all vamped out focusing on couples?  Should we be expecting a Black Panther and Storm teaser?  That most likely won’t happen because T’Challa doesn’t show up in X-Men books as wallpaper even though Storm is relegated to background status in his book.  Heck, I’m sure T’Challa has an anti-vampire suit lying around somewhere or maybe his new mystical sigil powers would be helpful.  Anyway, I digress.  I’m sure we’ll see what the next teaser has to offer soon enough.  Thanks to Comic Book Resources for this teaser.

X-Men Versus Vampires

X-Men You know what the world needs?  Another X-Men title.  Well, no, I really don’t think so.  However, someone at Marvel did and they’ve got a new adjectiveless title featuring Marvel’s mutants coming out in July by novelist Victor Gischler and artist Paco Medina.  The reason for the new title?  Vampires.
X-Men VampiresIn this image, the X-Men have all been turned into the vampiric undead.  Okay.  I’ll bite (pun intended).  What does this title have to offer me other than seeing my favorite characters turn evil?  Aren’t we supposed to be entering the Heroic Age?  Hasn’t this story already been told?
X-Men I am excited about the team of X-Men being featured here, however (Artwork by Adi Granov).  Okay, I’ll admit I’m mostly just excited to have Storm be featured in the title.  I do hope they throw us continuity queens a bone though and reference Ororo’s battle with vampirism.  It’s the least they could do.
X-Man & JubileeIt appears that X-Man is going to feature prominently in this storyline (fresh from his rebirth and torture at the hands of Norman Osborn in Dark X-Men. Poor powerless Jubilee is pictured here as a vampire.  That is not how I want to see dear Jubilation.  She’s the embodiment of light and joy (or at least she was before she lost her powers) and having her become a vampire is neither clever nor ironic.
Hope & BladeLet me be clear:  I despise Hope.  I know, I know, how can I hate a character that is basically a tabula rasa?  Why can’t I wait for some development before I judge her?  I’ve read every appearance of Hope (including those two years of Tom & Jerry issues of Cable) and she has yet to do or be anything.  Sometimes Marvel holds their cards too long and I grow uninterested.  I don’t care if she turns into the Phoenix Force itself at this point.  I’m bored with her.  Another character with guns?  No thanks.  As for Blade, I wish Paul Cornell was still writing him.  That was the most interesting he’s ever been.
Spider-Man & Psylocke Let’s pretend that these characters are actually going to team-up for a second and that Marvel just isn’t tossing pairs of super-heroes around willy-nilly.  The idea of Spider-Man and Psylocke fighting together just writes itself.  He makes some quips about her scantily clad outfit and she silently slices and dices.  I think the contrast in their personalities would be a fun story.
Magneto & Savage She-Hulk I wish Magneto had really died a long time ago and I wish this version of a Savage She-Hulk had never been created.  Neither character holds any appeal for me.  Magneto was played out when Chris Claremont killed him in X-Men #2 and I need no other She-Hulk besides Jennifer Walters.  I really don’t enjoy alternate reality characters.
Gambit & Elektra Now this is a pairing that might even have some sparks of romance.  Am I alone in thinking that Gambit and Elektra might make a good couple?  I can see Gambit immediately hitting on Marvel’s most celebrated assassin, and while getting emotion out of Elektra might be like trying to get blood out of a stone…I think that if she let her guard down, Ms. Natchios andy Mr. LeBeau might have some chemistry.

Well, this new X-Men promotional push for the new series certainly has me thinking about it, so kudos to Marvel’s marketing department.  I look forward to seeing where this whole vampire thing goes.

Hey!  Where’s Iceman and Cable in these team promos?!

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