There’s a Storm Coming

Stormhawk

Storm in Mohawk Glory

Storm has always been one of my favorite X-Men. She’s a respected leader, a cunning fighter, and controls the damn weather. Hell, at one point in her life she was worshipped as a goddess! Storm has such a regality to her, yet she’s not afraid to get down and dirty when the situation calls for it. She’s one of the most important characters in the Marvel Universe.

We talk about the importance of diversity and representation in media, and Storm was, for the longest time, one of the few examples of a minority character that achieved major success and status among comic book superheroes. Storm is one of if not the most recognized black superheroes ever created. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until 2014 that Storm received her first solo ongoing series, which has since ended. You can find her currently once again leading the X-Men in the series Extraordinary X-Men by Jeff Lemire and Humberto Ramos.

One of Storm’s most iconic looks comes from the 1980s, where she donned black leather and a striking mohawk. It was during this period of time that she temporarily lost her mutant powers, but she wasn’t going to let that stop her from being the hero and leader she could be. This look was a reflection of Storm’s attitude, and everyone took notice. In honor of 1980s mohawk Storm, I have a new Storm art print in my Etsy shop. This piece was originally a commission, but making it reminded me just how much I love Storm, and now it is available to all my fellow Storm fans. Enjoy!

Ms. Marvel in the Making (also, Diversity)

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I truly believe Ms. Marvel is one of the most important new comic book series to come around in a while. The more different kinds of stories there are featuring different characters with diverse backgrounds (made by diverse creators) means there are richer stories that even more people can relate to. This is a good thing.

So many different people read comic books, and everyone wants to feel like they can see themselves in them. I know that when I was a kid (and even still now) I got super excited whenever an asian superhero showed up in the book I was reading. The world, and more specifically the United States, has never been just one kind of people. This has never been a more important or relevant issue because diversity is growing, and the media we consume and enjoy must reflect that. If you’ve got a problem with that, evolve. Comics are for everyone.

So my enthusiasm for the new Ms. Marvel of course means I must draw the new Ms. Marvel, as  you can see. Expect a full color print sometime soon, too. #KamalaKorps

Winter (Soldier) Is Coming

Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is an amazing movie. Yes, you’ve heard all the praise before, but really, it’s that good. It’s not just a super-hero movie; it is also a wonderful spy-action-political-thriller very much in the vein of the Bourne films. What the Phase 2 Marvel movies are showing us is that super-heroes can be used to tell excellent stories in other genres, which is also very much true in the comic books they were born from. I mean, who would think that a movie about a man with super-powers from the 1940s, would have much to say about the state of surveillance, national security, and preemptive warfare today. I haven’t even mentioned how awesome Black Widow and Falcon were, both of whom need solo movies. In the end, The Winter Soldier leaves me very excited for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Bring on the Guardians of the Galaxy!

I was so excited, in fact, that as you can see above I drew the Winter Soldier himself. He is just the most badass badass ever, no hyperbole. This will eventually by a finished print available in my Etsy shop, so be on the lookout for it!