Saturday, 19 July 2014

Alternative X-Men - David Yardin

There are times in the life of every comic book artist when they are confronted with a script that is guaranteed to provoke disbelief and, let's be honest, a moment, however transitory, of deep hatred for the writer. Here's what David Yardin was faced with when he illustrated my script for Marvel's What If...? X-Men: Deadly Genesis.

Page 14-15

Cue neat double-page pin-up of the two teams of mutants: Storm Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Banshee, Sunspot etc. The idea here is to get David to produce a neat visual of a whole bunch of mutants in new variations of their uniforms. We won’t label anyone so it will be fun for the readers to identify all their favourite heroes. In fact we can use Hunt Kerman’s voice-over giving the challenge: “So how many of these mutant heroes can you name?”

Apart from the X-Men team of Vulcan, Darwin, Sway and Petra, who have the costumes they wore in Deadly Genesisall other characters have brand new uniforms.

(I have given up on finding new team-names – I thought X-patriots and Cadre-X were new, but both have been used at some point. I’m reduced to names like X-Crescence, the X-Foliators or the Jimi Hendrix X-Perience.)

David, I want you to have fun with this, throw in as many characters as you like and make this a real classic alternative universe pin-up.

Here’s a suggested list of characters you could use: Banshee, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Storm, Colossus, Thunderbird, Sunspot, Kitty Pryde, Dazzler, Longshot, Psylocke, Forge, Jubilee, Chamber, Gambit, Rogue, Cannonball, Shard, Bishop, Hecate, Northstar, Sage, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Jamie Madrox, Multiple Man, Micromax, Captain Britain, Sabra. Add to these if you want…

Foremost in the shot should be the main X-Men team of Darwin, Sway and Petra with Vulcan standing at the front in prominent position.

Basically I asked David to come up with a gazillion new X-Men costumes that would never be seen again!

As always, David rose to the challenge. Here's the result (Click on the image for full-size version)...

Pencils by David Yardin, inks by Kris Justice, colours by Guru eFX and letters by Dave Lanphear