Note: It looks like this week is becoming X-men week at Project: Rooftop. Today we have an updated design for the X-Men leader Cyclops by Thunderbolts artist Declan Shalvey. This design incorporates several elements to Cyke’s wardrobe over the years for this unifying design, and the artist pays special note to his unique power and how it could add to the character’s look. – Chris A.
Declan has a special affinity for the X-men and confesses to redesigning them as far back as his childhood years. Here’s what he had to say about this piece:
I can’t say i really like any of his designs over the years… I grew up with the Jim Lee design so i have a certain affinity for that one and i think the Frank Quitely design was really good, but kinda over-leathery looking. A common design for Cyclops is the ‘dome’ look, but i always thought he looked stiff and awkward whenever using his powers.
It seems to me, he could use a more iconic costume, one that mixed all the previous designs, so i came up with this. It’s got the military trousers/gloves that remind me of the Jim Lee ‘pouches’ design, and the ‘jacket’ aspect of the Quitely degign with one added aspect; a hood. With a hood, you have something that is reminiscent of the ‘dome’, but more contemporary. Plus; it gives you an opportunity to black out his face in shadow and just draw the glow from his optic blast, making him much more graphically interesting to look at. This guy is the leader of the X-Men. He should look cool. This is my *attempt* at doing so.