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Storm Sunday: “No, Scott, I Am Terrified! But I Shall Cope.”

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“That’s the spirit.”

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Once upon a time, Marvel and DC Comics used to play well together (or at least well enough to produce some amazing comics).  One of the comics they made together showcased the X-Men and the Teen Titans in a crossover that made history!  The Uncanny X-Men and the New Teen Titans was written by X-scribe Chris Claremont, drawn by Walt Simonson (a page of his excellent linework is above) and inked by Terry Austin.  Both titles were in their prime, being very popular at the time due to their excellent scripting and artwork.  The parallels between the two teams was amazing!  Both teams had cool level-headed leaders (Cyclops and Robin), larger than life women with big hair (Storm and Starfire) and young naive members (Kitty Pryde and Changeling).  The story combined the best that both comic companies had to offer and the stakes were high for both teams.

The plot consisted of Darkseid resurrecting Dark Phoenix for his own nefarioys power-hungry purposes and the team-up between comicdom’s most popular heroes (well, at least at the time) is a milestone for the ages.  I love the panel between Storm and Cyclops in which Scott asks about Ororo’s claustrophobia.  I loved it so much I made it today’s subject heading.  The line speaks to me because I am seeing many people around me right now looking truly terrified (myself included) and yet, I see them working with their challenges as best as they can.  This is a time to anticipate challenge rather than avoid it.  It is a time for heroes and the universe is asking for nothing less than our best.  This page celebrates the nature of Storm being able to move ahead in a strenuous time and rise above her fears.  We can do no less.

Today we look at the original artwork of many artists, including Rick Leonardi, Leinil Francis Yu, Chris Bachalo, Salvador Larroca, Phil Jimenez, Sal Buscema and more!

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New X-Men by Cameron Stewart

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Cameron Stewart is the creator of multiple award-winning online comic Sin Titulo and co-creator, with Karl Kerschl, of  the recently released Assassin’s Creed:  The Fall.  His Wikipedia page has a great bibliography of the work he’s done, but topping my list of his comics would definitely be The Other Side (written by Jason Aaron and drawn by Stewart).  Of course, his run on Catwoman (with Ed Brubaker) and his issues of Sea Guy (with Grant Morrison) are awesome as well.  There’s also Apocalypstix (with Ray Fawkes) and a few issues of a little title called Batman and Robin out there for you to enjoy.

When I came across Stewart’s take on the New X-Men (above), I was astounded!  Each character has a great expression, totally revealing their core attributes.  Well, except for Xorn (center), but having “a star for a brain” or whatever is a good excuse I suppose (or if he’s not all he appears to be).  Seriously though, Wolverine looks a bit agitated, Cyclops is stoic, Emma’s snobbery is on display, Beast has a dignified air about him despite his feline exterior, and Professor X looks downright menacing (as the most powerful telepath in the world should).  The only person missing is Jean Grey, whose omission is a bit puzzling considering her expanded presence during this time of X-Men stories (written by Grant Morrison).  Nonetheless, these are beautiful portraits and their mastery makes me wish we could see Stewart on something mutant-centric in the future.   At least Stewart was kind enough to draw me punk rock Storm at Comic Con 2008.  I will always be grateful to him for that.

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