Art Adams is one of my favorite artists and he certainly shaped my opinions about how certain Marvel mutants ought to be represented on the page. If you do a search for “Arthur Adams” on this blog you will come up with many posts celebrating his work. The fact that we’re on part seven of a series of posts featuring him ought to let you know how much we love his work here at stormantic. The above image of the poster he created featuring the 80s rosters of the X-Men and X-Factor is simply awe-inspiring. Click on the link to see more original art by a modern master.
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:
An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel
Welcome to White Queen Wednesday, gentle reader. Today I would like to spotlight this ebullient X-Babies commission drawn by Juvaun “JJ” Kirby featuring Emma Frost and lots of other mutants besides.
Even as a cute little moppet, Emma still has attitude to spare. I love her self-satisfied smirk.
Everything about this amazing commission is just adorable. From the wind-up Nimrod toy to Nightcrawler perched atop Colossus’s shoulder to pouty emo Rogue, even those disgusting space roaches the Brood manage to look downright cuddly!
Here is a comparison between the original black and white linework and finished color art.
Juvaun “JJ” Kirby is actually one of my very favorite artists, although he hasn’t drawn an awful lot of comics. He drew a couple of X-Babies one-shots for Marvel called Murderama and X-Babies Reborn, along with some Backlash and DV8 back in the 90s and more recently the New Dynamix miniseries for Wildstorm. His artwork is incredibly dynamic and expressive and I hope to see him draw more comics someday!
Thank you for joining me for this fun little lighthearted edition of White Queen Wednesday, gentle reader. I will be back next week with more to discuss.
CAN NOT WAIT!
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!
I 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.
Really 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!
Uncanny X-Men Annual #10 by Chris Claremont and Arthur Adams gave the world the X-Babies and merchandising was never the same! Extra-dimensional despot Mojo de-ages the the team and the New Mutants have to come to the rescue! Great fun and totally worth checking out!
The team at the time consisted of Rogue, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Shadowcat, Psylocke, Magneto, Dazzler, Havok and Longshot. This image unfortunately cuts off the upper half of Richochet Rita, but I liked the rich colors of the scan, so I included it. Gotta love the French word balloons in the lower right corner:)
The X-Babies return in Uncanny X-Men Annual #12 as their own entities separate from the regular X-Men (also by Chris Claremont and Arthur Adams). They return a few other times but they never seemed to recapture the youthful kineticism of the aforementioned annuals. Also, they weren’t drawn by Arthur Adams, who knew how to actually draw children and not just chibi amalgams of the X-Men (Not that there is anything wrong with chibi. I happen to love them, but the X-Babies debuted as something completely different). I haven’t given the X-Babies much thought until I saw that….
The X-Babies are back ! It’s an interesting lineup, in terms of members and costumes. From left to right we have Kitty Pryde (in the old school X-uniform), Colossus, Wolverine in his brown costume, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Rogue (in her debut costume) and Storm (with modified tiara and more modern costume). I wish we had one more girl to even things up a bit, but it’s a good mix of characters.
I have to admit, even without Arthur Adams’ pencils, I am so going to get this! The poster of the even younger X-Babies is really funny and reminds me of the Marvel Super Hero Squad toys. I love how infant Storm looks like Maggie Simpson!
The X-Babies have inspired many a fan to make their own versions of the pint-sized mutie cuties! To wit, the X-baby Storm was beautifully created by CBR Message Board poster and DeviantART member Chizel Man! Be sure to check out his other X-Babies! I really love his Jubilee and Professor X.