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Storm Sunday: Jimenez, Cruz & Dodson

Storm by Phil Jimenez

Astonishing X-Men #31 hit last week and it is made of awesome! You can tell by the art of Phil Jimenez that he is a huge Storm fan! He’s simplified the Simone Bianchi costume while still honoring it.  I’m not sure that I really like Storm in white.  I think it washes her out since her hair is the same color as her costume but I can handle it since those awful black lines at her crotch are gone.  I’m also not missing those clunky double boots.  It’s great to see her back in her original thigh boots.  Warren Ellis writes a commanding and capable Storm and gets her into the action right off the bat!  I continue to enjoy his characterization of everyone else in this book as well.  Hands down, this is currently my favorite X-Title!  However, X-Babies #1 was also an immensely enjoyable read and definitely worth checking out!  And I would be remiss if I didn’t reference the amazing spot on characterization in Jeff Parker’s  X-Men Vs. Agents of Atlas #1.  That mini is superheroes done right!  Too bad it is only two issues!
Uncanny X-Men: First Class #5

Upcoming artwork from Uncanny X-Men: First Class #5 by Roger Cruz.  Old school fun with today’s flair.  I wish this wasn’t a mini-series.  I totally miss Banshee in current continuity.  Jean too. 


This page is from an issue of Wizard magazine.  I thought it would be fun to share since it has some tidbits about Storm’s behind the scenes origin.  The legacy of Dave Cockrum lives on!


Lush lines by Terry Dodson from Uncanny X-Men #505.  The interaction between Ororo and Emma is one of the most interesting aspects of the X-Men franchise these days and we don’t get nearly enough of it  I chose three pages to illustrate my fascination with these two queens.  


Terry Dodson’s versions of Storm and Emma are among my all time favorites.  He gives both women a solid sense of strength and elegance. 


All of those White Queen costumes are to die for.  And for some reason, this page has me recanting my earlier opinion about Storm dressing in white.  I’m totally loving it here.  

Stormwatch: X-Titles Solicitations for Marvel Comics, October 2009


Seriously, I think this is amazing.  Dynamic, expressive, fun, kinetic, cute, I could go on and on….thanks to Comic Book Resources for October’s Advance X-Solicitations for this gem.   This cover is by Skottie Young and it’s so fabulous I wish he were doing the interiors, but I will most definitely give Jacob Chabot a chance to win me over as well!

108_UNCANNY_X_MEN__FIRST_CLI have been meaning to blog about this new title, but it keeps slipping my mind.  I like it okay enough so far.  It’s weird for me to read retro stories that fit in between the classics, but this is the only comic in which you can read about Banshee and Phoenix, so I will be following it slavishly.  Cover by Roger Cruz.

119_X_FACTOR_50Really looking forward to celebrating X-Factor’s fiftieth issue!  Look at this yummy cover art by David Yardin!  This is the most motley group of mutants in the titles these days, but I love the disparity of powers and personalities at work here.  And despite what Rob Liefeld may feel, it looks like Shatterstar will be continuing his relationship with Rictor.  Many thanks to scribe Peter David!

Also shipping in October is Astonishing X-Men #31 which brings superstar artist Phil Jimenez on board with writer Warren Ellis for a six issue arc!

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