Note: Superheroing is a family business, and artist Luca Pizzari has reunited one of comics most under-rated and disfunctional families in his revamp of the mutant family the Cassidys. With the X-Man Banshee leading the way, his black sheep brother Black Tom and hisdaughter Siryn are given new duds that brings their Irish roots back to the forefront. – Chris A.
Luca’s thoughts on the group:
In the current Marvel Universe, Sean Cassidy is dead. Let’s imagine that for some mysterious reason, as often in comics these days, now he’s better ;)
Since he came back from the dead, though, he hasn’t quite been the same, avoiding the X-community and retiring back to his native Ireland, where he owns an old family castle. Here his cousin Black Tom approaches him asking his assistance in a quest that involves their family history and his estranged daughter Siryn gets involved too, flying all the way from the US… basically the idea is to turn Banshee into the Marvel Comics Indiana Jones, living all sorts of adventures that delve into the supernatural/folkloristic while giving him the “Scooby-Doo” treatment: as he fights trolls, fairies or evil druids, these are revealed to be actually mutants or other supervillains.
The first thing to consider when designing his costume was for me that Banshee doesn’t really fly, but glides thanks to his sonic scream. For this reason his costume is basically a functional paragliding suit with ornaments and lateral protective platings that carry the medieval lore of my concept. The color scheme is basically his classic one, that to me always screamed (pun completely intended) “Ireland” like nothing else.
Since Theresa even assumed her father’s namesake while he was presumed dead, it made sense to give them more or less matching outfits, with subtle changes in the pattern of the plating and color schemes. She basically wears a two-piece version of Banshee’s suit, with the hooded cape and boots added to reinforce the fantasy/folklore concept. I also tried to make her look more Irish, so yeah, she’s curly and freckled now ;)
If Banshee is the King Arthur of my story, his cousin is our Merlin. His powers always had an Earth-based nature that to me linked him perfectly to Celtic spirituality, and that is exactly what I tried to reflect in his costume: part Druid, part hermit, part hobo, since his new-found mysticism leaves little or no interest in his wardrobe. The idea is that he probably once had a superhero outfit but stopped caring and now wears a monk-like robe plus whatever he can find over it. He always carries around an irish shillelagh, a fighting stick, and wears on his chest the Celtic rune for the Earth.