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…
I was a bit surprised to realize that I have not dedicated a Storm Sunday to the amazing linework of Olivier Coipel, an omission that will be corrected today! You’ve seen this variant cover of X-Men #1 (Volume 2)in all of its colored glory, now feast your eyes on the original pencils featuring Storm, Pixie, Wolverine, Emma Frost, Jubilee and Cyclops. Coipel never fails to make Storm look like a supermodel!
What’s coming up for Marvel’s mutants? Something called the “Age of X.” Writer Mike Carey spoke with Comic Book Resources a little bit about the roster and what the crossover (running through X-Men: Legacy and New Mutants) might or might not be. Details were hard to come by, and the creators were especially coy, but this information is interesting:
This Storm Sunday we look at three awesome images by three awesome artists! First up, we have Olivier Coipel (who also drew an amazing gatefold image for the House of M series). This commission from this year’s Toronto convention is simply stunning! Storm does look a lot younger than I am accustomed to seeing her portrayed and she is supermodel runway thin, but I think it all works. Love the white highlights depicting lighting (lightning?). I looked for a definitive website for this superstar artist, but didn’t come across anything substantial (even his Wikipedia entry needs massive updating). I enjoyed his early work on Legion Lost and his most recent run on Thor.
Bob McLeod is no stranger to comics, having worked on a number of projects since the early 1970s. I learned about him from his work on the New Mutants graphic novel and first three issues of the ongoing series. His version of Storm (above) is classic curvy Ororo (a la John Byrne).
Marko Djurdjević has been creating covers for Marvel for years after gaining recognition and notoriety for his redesigns of the X-Men. Now he is known for creating definitive X-Men images like the giant poster above (click on it for a much larger view).
In 2009, he published a book detailing his Marvel art. Comic Should Be Good has some great examples of Djurdjević’s pencils and painted work. Djurdjević has drawing videos on YouTube and his art DVD, Character Ideation, is now available as a download. I love his Warlock redesign.
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.
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.
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.
The next big X-Men event will feature former New Mutant and fan favorite Magik, aka Illyana Rasputin, aka the Darkchylde. The teleporting Russian sorceress/ruler of demonic dimension Limbo (and little sister of X-Man Colossus) will star in her own mini-series titled “Ex Infernus.” On MySpace Comicbooks, writer C. B. Cebulski announced that artist Giuseppe “Cammo” Camuncoli will be drawing the series (covers will be drawn by David Finch). Below are the sketches he posted for the sequel to 1989’s fondly remembered crossover, Inferno. Comic Book Resources has a great interview with C. B. Cebulski here.
Magik’s got a lot goin’ on here. She looks a bit Red Sonia and Conan with some Dungeons & Dragons thrown in. Which is to say, I love it! The really large tail is the only thing I’m not really into. I prefer Illyana with a thinner demon tail, the thick one reminds me too much of tail-slinging Whiplash from He-Man.
Illyana in her demure form, just trying to be a regular girl. I like the wistfulness conveyed in her expression and her uncertain stance. The skirt portion of the classic New Mutant costume gives it a bit more sword & sorcery aspect. This design debuted in Magik’s issue of the Mystic Arcana mini-series and I’m glad to see it continued here.
Following in the tradition of Kitty Pryde, Jubilee, and Armor, Pixie brings a youthful optimism and a gutsy can do attitude to the X-Men. Cebulski says Pixie has a large part to play in “Ex Infernus.”
Cebulski calls Nightcrawler, Colossus and Wolverine the X-Men’s “trinity” and promises that they all play a large part in the mini-series. This image really gets their personalities across. I especially like Nightcrawler’s crossed arms. I’m really looking forward to this mini-series!