Storm Arcana

Intuitive Visionary Coach & Founder of Arcana Academy

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I ♥ The Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe

Black Queen by Mark Beachum

I used to pore over copies of The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe for hours at a time as a youth.  To tell the truth, I still do.  However, the new updates are not quite as special to me as the original handbooks.  The art featuring the characters in the new books is rarely actually new and if it is, then it is the same artist featuring most of the characters.  Older handbooks had some of the best artists selected from Marvel’s Bullpen and often featured the characters the artists were associated with at the time.  Comic book panels depicting key scenes or costumes were accompanied by text that detailed at length the history, powers and skill sets of each character.  Nowadays, the text has to abbreviate so many years of continuity that the narratives often lose a sense of wonder (becoming mere lists of pivotal moments instead of a soap opera-like story) and the accompanying art in the character’s biography is shrunk to the point of being ridiculous.  All that said, I still adore the art from many of the Handbooks back in the day and wanted to share some of my favorites in all of their black and white glory!

First up is the decadent and diabolic Black Queen Selene of the Hellfire Club.  Energy vampire, sorceress and manipulator of inorganic matter (she could animate the very floor to wrap itself around a victim), she possessed a wit and cunning only matched by very few (I would count White Queen Emma Frost and the Enchantress among them).  Mark Beachum drew this amazing image and my adolescent self will always be indebted to him for the wild places my imagination took me upon its repeated viewing.

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Mutant Watch: I Can’t Wait For These Comics!

The Scarlet Witch is one of my favorite Marvel Super-Heroes and I am so excited about her return being written by the creator of the Young Avengers Allan Heinberg and drawn by Jim Cheung!  I am in a highly excited state of anticipation for this story!
Wolfsbane returns to X-Factor! There’s gonna be drama! ‘Nuff said!
Wolverine must complete a task set forth in Nightcrawler’s will.   I am curious at to what it might be.  Ought to be interesting (RIP Kurt).
Uh oh. Are Emma and Namor gonna get together? It is a fascinating prospect and could shake up the X-Men leadership status quo.
Milo Manara's X-Women
Words cannot express how amped I am to read Milo Manara‘s adaptation of a Chris Claremont script featuring the women of the X.
I am loving the New Mutants title and am excited about what’s next on the horizon for Xavier’s gifted youngsters.  Part nostalgia for sure, but also very fresh and current in relation to what’s going on in the X-titles.  The X-Men are in it deep these days and the New Mutants are front and center.  Good stuff.
The junior X-Men get their own Forever title! I am so excited about Selene being featured in this title! She’s my favorite Hellfire Club member and one of my favorite Marvel baddies! I look forward to her leadership of the New Mutants!  This cover by Bill Sienkiewicz is amazing!
Another cover variant of New Mutants Forever #1 (by Al Rio).

What’s this? Spider-Man is not a mutant! So true, but I couldn’t pass up sharing this amazing cover from Amazing Spider-Man #641 with you, dear reader!  What an inventive use of color and negative space!

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