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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: Coming Attractions

There’s a lot of Storm on the horizon!  Let’s see what’s coming up!  As always, click on any image to see it larger!

Uncanny X-Men First Class #6

Uncanny X-Men: First Class has been quite the enjoyable mini-series.  One issue focused on Nightcrawler interacting with the Inhumans and another showcased Banshee (who is dead in current continuity *snif*).  These stories were so character driven and so full of excitement that they made me wish that the series was an ongoing!  Besides, this is the group of X-Men that most interests me.  However, I have much love for the original roster ( Angel, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Beast and Cyclops) and was really enjoying Jeff Parker’s take on them in the First Class comics preceding this series.  In a perfect world, we’d have both.  Speaking of First Class comics, if you are not reading Wolverine: First Class, you are missing out on some great stories told by the amazing Peter David.  The stories are meant to take place in between the back issues of  Uncanny X-Men when Kitty first joined the X-Men.  So some time has passed after the new stories of Uncanny X-Men: First Class.  I’ll leave that math to someone else who enjoys fitting stories into continuous timelines.  It’s not my thing these days, but best of luck to those who like it.  I hope you’ll share the results of your research with me here on stormantic.  The above image was drawn by Paul Pelletier and I love seeing Storm and Phoenix cutting loose!


The cover of Nation X #1 showcases most of Marvel’s Merry Mutants ready to defend their new island home!  It seems that between Magneto, the Black Queen and the Agents of Atlas, they they will be busy indeed!  I think Dustin Weaver did a great job communicating the intensity of this new status quo for the X-Men.  You can practically smell the desperation and defiance as Cyclops strikes the Utopia flag in the ground.  I’m really looking forward to see where Simon Spurrier (writer of Nation X) and Matt Fraction (writer of Uncanny X-Men) take this storyline!

superhero squad storm

I’ve been hearing a lot about the new Marvel Super Hero Squad Show lately.  Seems that people really find it to be amusing or revolting.  The people who found it amusing liked the cutesy squashed physiognomy (the show is based on a toy line of the same name.  You can play the game online).  The folks who don’t like it seem to mostly groan about how the Silver Surfer talks like a stereotypical surfer dude.   I haven’t seen it yet, but I’d like to see any of the episodes with Storm or the Enchantress.  Have you seen it yet? What did you think?

Astonishing X-Men #31 by Phil JimenezAstonishing X-Men #31 by Phil Jimenez

I cannot properly explain just how excited I am about the upcoming run on Astonishing X-Men by Phil Jimenez and Warren Ellis!  I have faith that Jimenez will deliver all that Ellis asked of him in the script and more!  Jimenez is a huge Storm fan and I cannot wait to see what his rendition does for her! Feast your eyes on his cover to  Astonishing X-Men #31.  I’m already happy that 1. Storm’s costume is streamlined from Simone Bianchi’s design (but keeping the white color as a nod to it), 2. Hisako has a hairstyle that differentiates her from Illyana “Magik” Rasputin (I know their color is different, but still, this is a step in the right direction for our girl Armor). 3. Beast looks ferocious again! (No more sad and dopey cat face). 4.  His renditions of Scott, Logan and Emma are spot on too, but I’m used to his versions of these characters from his run on New X-Men with Grant Morrison.

Astonishing X-Men #31 by Phil Jimenez

This is the sketch variant.  Love how the art really stands up without all the lovely color!  Strong expressive lines and an eye-straining amount of detail!  Yes!
Astonishing X-Men #31 Alternate Cover

And here’s an Astonishing X-Men #31 Variant Cover by Travis Charest.  It’s so awesome to have Angel and Nightcrawler on this cover.  How did Wolverine get so high in the air?  I would have guessed a fastball special, but Colossus is right below him.  I just hope ‘ol Logan doesn’t slip a Adamantium disc with that move.  Really, I’m just nitpicking, I think this cover has a nice clean expression to it.  Wonder if Charest will get a chance to do more alternate covers during the run?  I’d be cool with it.  As for the writing, I’m hoping that Ellis uses a lot more than just his regular cast, but I will be happy enough with lots more Storm front and center!  Also, any interaction that Ellis writes between Storm and Emma Frost is pure gold.  Those women are so different in personality and ethics that conflict always seems unavoidable.
X-Men & Agents of Atlas

Artist Carlo Pagulayan and writer Jeff Parker bring the team spirit to the 2 issue mini-series X-Men Vs. Agents of Atlas!  No, make that two teams spirit!  I cannot wait for this superteam explosion!  So much potential for amazing showdowns!
X-Men & Agents of Atlas

That quite the X-Men roster!  I hope the Agents of Atlas are prepared!  Then again, they have a dragon on their side (But since you’ve been reading Agents of Atlas, you already knew that, right?).  On a side note, I am really loving the inclusion of Cloak and Dagger to the X-Men!  Cloak, Pixie, Magik and Nightcrawler are all teleporters but none seem redundant to me as their powers do differ quite a bit.

X-Men Vs. Agents of Atlas Variant Covers

These dynamic alternate covers are by fan favorite Humberto Ramos and I hope to get my hands on copies of these beauties!  Yay Storm is on the cover (and fighting Namora)!  I love the Cyclops versus Jimmy Woo moment and how angry Colossus looks!  Go get ’em Petey!  It’s funny to say that, because no matter which team wins, we can all expect to feel like champions.  I have complete faith in the writing mastery of Jeff Parker to know that this will be a book that is talked about for a long time!  I hope it gains many more readers of the new Agents of Atlas ongoing!

Whew!  Who knew that our Windrider was going to be featured so much?!  I think the tide has turned, true believers!  It looks like Marvel is really going out of their way to give our goddess her due!

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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