Note: Showing that fashion isn’t just limited to their working clothes, Kevin Wada returns to P:R to show off renditions of Marvel’s new X-Men team. The X-Men never looked this good. My question– where can I get Kitty Pryde’s shirt for my wife? – Chris A.
Kevin Wada on his illustration:
When the new X-men lineup was announced I, of course, thought it was amazing and refreshing and about damn time. It wasn’t until a friend of mine brought the new team up again that the idea for another X-fashion developed. It really was a “duh” moment for me – they’re ripe for a fashion piece, and not just because they’re women but because they are some of THE biggest female names of the X-men. So I went for it. Wanted something a little more dynamic than X-fashions of the past. My main thought going in was more pants, less dresses and frippery. Of course there’s still bling and heels – you can’t take away all the fun – but I wanted fashion that was a bit more street, more real, a little more badass.
Rachel is grunge. Love her jacket, not so happy with her shirt.
Psylocke is NYC fashionista tomboy. Dip dyed hair (so trendy) and a butterfly print blouse.
I’m really happy with Kitty’s dragon t-shirt and bad ass heels. Had to get a shoe in there somewhere, people.
Storm is my 80s executive realness. Her earring is fashioned after the one Willi Ninja bought (he has the receipt) in Paris is Burning.
My southern belle is in a loud print and hose – she’s the only one in a dress. I wanted her in printed leggings but she was already such a patterned mess I decided against it.
And Jubes is just all over the place. Bikini and hot pants and a bedazzled jacket.
Note: P:R regular Jemma Salume makes a much-welcome return to the site today and dusts off an admittedly “wacky” redesign of the Marvel mutant Storm. – Chris A.
Note: Konnichiwa. P:R readers. Artist Alex Mitchell returns to us today with another Asian-inspired redesign series, this time of Marvel’s X-Men. This time out he transports our heroes to the Edo period, dreaming up wholesale redesigns as well as reinterpreting the character’s origins to fit the time. Go below the jump to see close-ups of each individual character as well as a write-up by Mitchell. – Chris A.
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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.
Note: Did you know that before Frank Quitely re-envisioned the X-Men for his run on New X-Men with Grant Morrison another artist got a chance but was turned down? That’s right, Alex Ross was asked by Marvel to come up with his take on the X-Men in 2000. Although Ross’ designs where never used, Wizard Magazine published them soon after. We’re spotlighting that magazine spread and a few additional pieces from the project to remind people what could have been. Quitely’s designs were perfect for the time, but imagine an alternate world where Ross’ designs took the center stage. – Chris A.
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Note: After his win in our Aquaman: Sea Change contest and his excellent New Mutants and Justice Society collections, artist Daniel Govar has a permanent place here at P:R. Govar’s kept himself busy doing commissions, and this phenomenal piece he shared with us features a mix of classic costumes, alt-reality versions and some new designs by Govar himself. The X-Men’ s”Days Of Future Past” really set the framework for alternate reality tales in comics, and I’m glad to be taken back in this powerful pin-up! – Chris A.
Here’s what Daniel told us about this stunning illustration:
It’s a commission from Heroes Con – This one of the X-men is a revisit on a Kitty Pryde and Lockheed redesign piece I did about a year ago, set in the “Days of Future Past” storyline that was one of my first introductions to the X-men and comics. He wanted a depiction of the X-men that were left with Kitty and a grown up Lockheed, breaking out some of the heroes captured and detained by the sentinels and escaping via Magik with Hellhound Rachel tracking them. I was going for a plain-clothes/resistance style for most of them, with a few exceptions, and the “X” motif established with the New Mutants redesigns. To approach the designs I wanted them each to have a story – How did they get this way or in some cases revert back to former looks? I figure Storm in particular returned to where she was mentally when she first donned the leather and went with a mohawk (also who doesn’t LOVE mohawk Storm?!). Kitty, trained in survival by Wolverine, atop a massive fire-breathing Lockheed, is the mastermind rescuer of the scene – busting Colossus, Storm, Wolverine, and Polaris out with the help of Magik and Havoc.
Note: Most of the designs we show here are intended to fit inside existing continue, but some artists push the boundaries and re-create an entire character/title/team from the ground up. Today, popular P:R featured artist Aaron Diaz returns showing off his diverse and in-depth designs for an all-new, all-different take on the X-Men. We’re showing all the art here, and you can head over to his site to read his detailed pitch of the story surrounding his new take. That Apocalypse at the bottom is particularly impressive! – Chris A.
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Note: Marvel’s X-Men have made their way to the animated world on numerous occasions with varied styles and subject matters, but artist Matthew Humphreys has single-handedly created, for me at least, the measuring stick of what X-Men cartoons should be. Below you’ll see the inspired takes on 20 of the X-Men’s top characters, taking each character’s styles over the years and distilling them down to a fun overall design with an energetic, bouncy style. I’m usually not one for fan-driven campaigns, but this makes me re-think that. Who’s with me? – Chris A.
Note: Artist Stefan Tosheff makes a great debut today with his tribute to the “All-New, All-Different” era of the X-Men by taking Dave Cockrum’s ideas and giving them a new spin. These costumes, largely created by picking and choosing from each character’s designs over the years, has some interesting elements and a great cohesiveness that’s lost in many superhero teams today. – Chris A.
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Note: She’s owner of some of the most diverse outfits in comics, and today at P:R artist Mark Bello takes Storm down a new route. Seemingly borrowing items from Wolverine and Jubilee’s closet, Ororo Monroe is rocking a new hairstyle as well as some new duds. It may not be practical for fighting super villains, but what about for a classic X-Men baseball game? – Chris A.