Note: Last month’s redesign of Green Lantern by Shawn Yap proved to be one of our more popular posts in recent memory, and we’re thankful to have Shawn back for a return visit with this simple yet evocative glimpses at his rendition of Marvel’s Generation X. Keeping in the tradition of unified costume designs with unique touches of flair for each character, Yap’s take on this teen team are a lot to take in. And just wait for part 2 later this year as Yap takes on the rest of Gen-X squad. – Chris A.
Yap’s thoughts on Chamber:
Definitely the powerhouse of the group, next to M. I’ve always seen him as a character that’s about control – to really try and reign it in, despite the consequences that came with his mutant powers. I’ve also always loved the aesthetic design for Chamber – the half hidden face and all, and decided to keep that with the high-collar trench coat. Threw in some power inhibitors/indicators and gave him pistols that can tap into the vast psionic energy in his body. Gives the codename Chamber a double meaning as well.
Yap on Jubilee:
As the most out-spoken member of the team, Jubilee got the flashiest version of the uniform – with more highlights than the other members. I also wanted it to reflect her personality, brash, loud and sure of herself – like fireworks. (Given her power-set, she could also act as the teams default “bait” character) On a more practical aspect, gave her goggles to shield her eyes from all that light, and threw in headphones – figured she probably would want music as she’s beating the crap out of bad guys. She also has a lot more X-symbols on her – to commemorate her stint in the main X-team. :)
Yap on Skin:
Like Chamber, Skin is one of those characters that have to live with the physical transformations caused by his mutation. However, I see him as a character who is torn between being confident of himself but yet needing to hide from the world, hence the hoodie – short sleeve mash-up. Visualised him as a assassin-type character as well, with him being able to use his extended skin to swing around and change to various weapons. His shoes can mesh together or break into individual toes – figured his skin is still pretty vulnerable so shoes would help.