P:R Approved: P:R Regular Kris Anka Hired To Redesign Marvel’s Uncanny X-Force!

Note: After making his debut on Project: Rooftop last year, artist Kris Anka has become a hot talent in the halls of comics with Marvel relying on him more and more as a cover artist. And now Marvel seems to have come around to Anka’s awesome redesign skills we here at P:R have known all along. Anka was just revealed as the person redesigning various X-Men for an all-new itteration of X-Force for Uncanny X-Force. Below is a glimpse at one of the designs, but head over to our friends at ComicsAlliance to see all the designs in full and an interview with Anka and series writer Sam Humphries. Kris, we’re proud of you! – Chris A.

23 comments on “P:R Approved: P:R Regular Kris Anka Hired To Redesign Marvel’s Uncanny X-Force!
  1. Wow, I hate to say it but these do nothing for me.

    Lady Phantomex: I hate it, plain and simple. A hodgepodge of ninja, assassin, storm trooper and Spider-man?

    Storm: Not the worst look, but nothing exciting either – points for the mohawk.

    Puck: looks like G. Gordon Liddy which made me smile, otherwise forgettable. I liked the big P – it made a statement.

    Psylocke: The best of the group, but still pretty generic.

    Bishop: OK, but not enough contrast. With this dark skin, black hair & beard and charcoal suit – the red/brown elements should be more striking. At least show some color in his eyes.

    Spiral: as with Storm, not the worst look, but nothing exciting either.

  2. I like Spiral and Puck, but I’m afraid none of the others appeal to me. I feel as if Kris kind of overdid it with the busy, segmented geometric patterns (a similar issue with his Spider-man 2.0 redesign). I do like the colour choices and Storm’s mohawk, though :)

  3. One thing I love about X-Men characters is being able to implement the wrap around X in the costume. When I designed my own X-Men character I also used the wrap around X. So fun. Wonderful art above.

  4. Major congrats to you, Chris! I was at NY ComicCon when your X-Force designs were revealed. I was thrilled that I recognized your name from P:R. Your designs are absolutely drool-worthy, especially Storm and Psylocke. Not just for sex appeal, but for your flawless and elegant execution. The bands around Betsy’s arms and legs pay homage to her iconic Jim Lee design, and who isn’t thrilled to see the return of Storm’s mohawk?! Bravo. -Mick-

  5. I didn’t know Puck was a mutant, Byrne’s origin for his stature was different. These are pretty vanilla redesigns.

  6. Of the bunch Storm is my favorite. Probably one of the best costumes she’s had in way too many years!!

  7. I LOVE the Storm redesign. The mohawk, of course, but the mohawk paired with coattails and regal and proud body language? Perfect. I also really like the bust design and the gold details.
    Anka talks about finding the perfect ‘Psylocke’ color for her sash, and I think he nailed it. She was instantly recognizable. I don’t really understand the grey patterns or the arm cutouts, but whatever- she looks functional, I call it a win.
    Lady Fantomex looks like she’s wearing a gimp mask, and I think the extra lines on her coat look overworked.
    I like Bishop, especially the beard, dreads and scarf.
    I also like Puck- he looks like he could walk from a Guy Ritche movie to an X-film and back.
    Spiral also looks overworked, and already dated. I like the racerback on her but… that’s it. The busy look and Farrah hair are both something comics seem to love, but the shape of the heel and toe on her shoes is straight up ugly. And considering he said this about Psylocke’s redesign: “all the straps … I could never help but stare at them and just get frustrated figuring out how the hell youd get them on, or how they’d even stay up on her.”, arm pasties seem like an odd choice.
    4/6 is really pretty good!

  8. Man, I can’t believe these comments. I think these designs are really sweet. I feel like what’s throwing people off or making them feel like they’re “vanilla”, is that people expect comic character costumes to be really bold and vibrant, but they’re going for a very different approach here. These are costumes you could actually see people wearing without looking ridiculous in real life. If you don’t like it you don’t like it, but I think they successfully did exactly what they set out to do with these designs. The suits are believable and they set the tone for the book. This is a covert ops team, they’re not public heroes. I also don’t see how any of these are too busy? They look pretty simple to me.

    Well done Kris Anka.

  9. I think these designs are slick. They’re perfect for a covert team of mutant operatives. Their silhouettes work out great. Their designs are just enough to keep them interesting to draw and color without getting confused by weird armor-segmenting flotsam that’s rampant in things like the DCnU. It’s nice to see the women wearing clothes for once (not that I don’t mind skin, but that it’s not practical to be bare when you’re in the dirt and grit, unless you have impenetrable skin as a superpower). A nice compromise of this, which I LOVE, is the see-thru material present on Spiral’s costume.

    Speaking of Spiral, I have never liked her weird-ass costume. The helmet was the worst, like a cross between a samurai helmet and Galactus, spray-painted silver. GROSS. The blue spandex suit was bland as hell. The belt pouches served no purpose, as did the cargo pants pockets. And with all of that mashed together with the furry boots? SO terribly busy. What a clunker. Garish with a captial G.

    Her suit here is great, and the furry boots MAKE it what it is, adding to her flare, accentuating it, instead of detracting (because when you have SIX arms, you really don’t need a whole lot of other design elements).

    My friend pointed out that Kris got the finger count wrong on Spiral. That’s mostly a true statement, mostly because that’s not always true! She is drawn with 3 fingers and a thumb in the comics because she is from the Mojoverse (same as Mojo, Longshot, and Shatterstar), depending on what you’re reading/watching/playing, sometimes she has 3 fingers, sometimes 4.

    What makes that even more confusing is that Spiral technically is a human from Earth! She was the stuntwoman ‘Ricochet Rita’ Wayword in the original Longshot mini-series, who battled her future-Spiral-self on Earth when Spiral and Mojo chased Longshot there. Longshot & Rita defeated Mojo and Spiral (with help from Dr. Strange), then went to the Mojoverse to free Longshot’s fellow slaves, and I’m pretty sure that’s the last anyone ever hears of Richochet Rita. I think her transformation into Spiral was a retcon in later storylines (as well as being a straight up time paradox), saying Mojo transformed an alternate universe’s Rita into Spiral. EITHER WAY, she was human. So I guess we just have to assume that when Mojo genetically turned her into a six-armed magician-assassin, he took some of her fingers off in the process.

    What I also find interesting about this team roster including both Psylocke and Spiral (straying away from the designs for a second), is that Spiral was integral in the original Psylocke/Kwannon-Revanche body swap, which I guess was cool seeing as her British body had those bogus Mojo-made cybernetic eyes and the Legacy Virus, but still, I imagine Betsy should harbor some weird feelings toward Spiral for that (I’m not even going to get into the tangled web of Betsy’s additional deaths and body swaps). I imagine a British woman who woke to find herself in a Japanese body, having her original body die of a terrible disease, then dying herself, only to have her consciousness zapped into a newly conjured Japanese body by her brother has got to mess with your head.

    Superhero comics are goddamn weird.

    Sometimes I’m glad I don’t bother with most of them, and other times I just marvel at how much useless stuff I have stored in my head, then curse that characters in serialized books don’t ever really get to change as characters. I could read a whole independently-created, self-contained comic book about Psylocke and Spiral just living their lives and trying to get along. Those ladies have identity issues. “Tonight a brand new episode of ‘Betsy & Rita’ 9PM PST! Don’t miss it!”

  10. I’m not a reader of the comics, but I think these are great, with the exception of Bishop, who just looks muddy and indistinct (though his clothes do look appropriately from a different time period).

    Psylocke is awesome and dynamic looking, Storm looks regal but capable of action.

    And that cover image is great – they actually all cohere really well in a group image.

  11. These seem to be pretty polarizing, but I’m falling happily into the “dig it” camp. I think that’s the best Spiral has ever looked, and suddenly I’m interested in reading a book with her as a major character. Loving the return of Storm’s mohawk. Looks like they’re trying to make Puck into this team’s Wolvie, but it’s not like he holds the patent on “rugged” characters, so there’s no harm there. Best Bishop has looked too, in my humble opinion.

  12. When I first heard that, I wasn’t sure I was reading right. One of our artists is making an official redesign? Is it for real? But yeah! It is! It’s awesome, someone’s finally learning to do things right! (Design wise, the thing I find more fascinating is that all women are completely covered head to toe [except Storm, but even her is classy])

  13. About Bishop looking muddy, I think people should understand that coloring is going obviously look different in the comics when shading and highlights are in play. I think he looks great personally.

  14. I like the outfits, Although i find a bit less could be a little more.
    The only problem is that no weapon was taken in consideration, yet they are such integral part of the characters…

  15. Should have said before, I’m also in the dig category. Storm’s heels are a bit concerning, but she is tall and regal and proud. She can also fly so… take from that what you will. I’m a little sad she got divorced. I feel like comic marriage is so cheap, just something a writer will dissolve so they can pair up a hero with someone else. Ororo splitting her time with this team and her role as Queen would have been about as good as when T’challa did it. Still, she’s back in the Mohawk and X-gear again. Hoorah

  16. I actully really like it. It’s functional as a battle suit, sleek enough for a ninja, form fitting enough to accentuate her curves and she just looks badass!!

  17. Jay: Wow, I hate to say it but these do nothing for me.Lady Phantomex: I hate it, plain and simple. A hodgepodge of ninja, assassin,storm trooper and Spider-man?
    Storm: Not the worst look, but nothing exciting either – points for the mohawk.Puck: looks like G. Gordon Liddy which made me smile, otherwise forgettable. I liked the big P – it made a statement.Psylocke: The best of the group, but still pretty generic.Bishop: OK, but not enough contrast. With this dark skin, black hair & beard and charcoal suit – the red/brown elements should be more striking. At least show some color in his eyes.Spiral: as with Storm, not the worst look, but nothing exciting either.

    I think this is more of a case of face value rather than the actual context.
    Cluster’s (Lady Fantomex) outfit is simply a variation on Fantomex’s, so it’s not really his design.
    However, for Fantomex, an arrogant French art thief, the outfit and design actually work well towards his character.

    The rest of X-Force on the other hand, is meant to be a more stealth, fixer-type task force. They’re not meant to be flashy, hence the subdued white.

    Puck’s actually works as well in terms of his character. Womanizer, wise ass, sure if you’re thinking in terms of super heroics the big flashy P and headwear can be fitting, but if you’re thinking in terms of ‘guy there trying to get things done’, the open jacket look is quite fitting.

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