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Heroic Tarot Tuesday: Major Arcana X-Men, Part VII

Paul Smith Wolverine

6 The Chariot: Wolverine

“It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required.” ~Winston Churchill

Today we continue our look at the Major Arcana of the Tarot through the lens of Marvel’s X-Men comic book characters! Thus far we have discussed Professor X as the MagicianStorm as the High PriestessJean Grey as the EmpressCyclops as the EmperorNightcrawler as the Hierophant, and Rogue as the Lovers! This week we shine the spotlight on Wolverine as the Chariot!

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Storm Sunday: Marvel Adventures Avengers

10 Reasons Why I Love Marvel Adventures Avengers:
1.   Since it is an All Ages title, I can give the comic to the kids I know.
2.   Captain America is Steve Rogers and not dead.
3.   Storm is finally an Avenger (!), still single and co-leads the team with Captain America (in a well-designed costume that stays true to all her past fashions).
4.   Writer Jeff Parker brings the funny.  Seriously.  
5.   Giant-Girl rocks! (You might know her as the Wasp in regular Marvel continuity.)
6.   The MODOC issue.  It was strange, unsettling and super entertaining!
7.   Spider-Man is angst free.
8.   Iron Man is not a fascist.
9.   Hulk is not a gladiator.
10. There have been no skrulls (yet).
 The first three covers I have shared with you, dear reader, are by Aaron Lopresti. The last two are by Leonard Kirk. They both have great styles and do a great job rendering all the different characters unique (dare I say Iconic) looks!  
Yeah, the storylines are sometimes rather silly and a little bit like a sitcom, but I find myself laughing out loud at many of the fun character interactions.  This is the Spider-Man I know and love quipping wisecracks with gruff Wolverine and irascible Hulk.  Where else can you see Hulk wearing giant headphones listening to a story cd so he doesn’t destroy the Quinjet in route to a bad guy confrontation?  Giant-Girl adds so much to the mix as a visible female presence on a very testosterone laden lineup. And with her bubbly personality, she’s a great contrast to Storm’s grounded regal presence (but even Storm is portrayed in a more likable fashion;  she’s more like a princess than a Queen).  I only wish they had added the Scarlet Witch to the mix or given us another female besides the two (Although I think I read somewhere that Jeff had to insist on getting Storm and Giant-Girl in the first place).

The heroes in Marvel Adventures Avengers are truly heroic.  There’s a real sense of camaraderie among them.  They aren’t embroiled in secret cabals (The Illuminati), divisive skirmishes (Civil War) or paranoid wars (Secret Invasion).  The stories are contained in one issue (sometimes there’s two stories) and are a satisfying read.  This title goes to the top of my comics pile each month.  

A bird’s eye view of our marketable heroes.
Giant-Girl looms large over our top tier heroes!  Vote for your favorite Marvel Adventures Avenger on my new poll!

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Storm Sunday: Jerome, Gray & Anime

This piece just sizzles with kinetic flair! I love the use of the cape as a dark visual element and the wave on top of her hair as well as her thin fingers. She looks powerful and cute thanks to the dramatic use of lines and the cartoon style of her face. I also really like how he’s depicted her classic costume and tiara. I would love to see more of this artist, but all I have is the signature to go by. So if you know this artist’s first name, please drop me a line! I’d love to promote their work!

I remember seeing this piece published in Wizard magazine alongside an article about the X-Men movies, but I don’t know the artist’s full name. I like this alternate reality where the X-Men could actually win an Oscar!

And finally, because I love this image, but have nothing else to go with it, I thought I’d share one of my favorite eras of Marvel’s Merry Mutants from the Marvel versus Capcom video game. This is not my favorite outfit of Rogue’s (I prefer the all black bodysuit with green thong and torn t-shirt top), but this is classic Gambit and a very nice version of the Jim Lee Storm costume (except those shoulder pads are outrageous. I like how her hair is reminiscent of the cloud-like form John Byrne used to draw her with.

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