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Kris Anka offers limited-edition ‘Ladies of X’ print

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Marvel’s X-Men titles have by far the highest number of iconic female characters in all of comics — whether it be the superhero genre or elsewhere. It’s thanks in no small part to the work of writer Chris Claremont and artists like John Byrne and Paul Smith, but man others followed, and added to the ensemble, including Joss Whedon and John Cassaday, who created Abigail Brand. And now artist Kris Anka is paying tribute to these X-Men in an expansive, limited-edition print called “Ladies of X 2.”

The title isn’t a nod to the second X-Men film, but rather a reference to a less-populated version of this piece created last summer. Both pieces were inspired by Adam Hughes’ “Women of DC” from 2008, but Anka takes the cake in this new illustration by featuring 19 women affiliated with the X-Men titles, all wearing haute-couture fashions reflecting their personalities.

Going beyond Anka’s illustration, it’s interesting to try to name all of the characters listed here without googling — but also to note the number of female X-Men not featured here, showing just how large Marvel’s mutant bench is.

Anka produced just 39 prints of “Ladies of X 2,” but says online that if he sells out, he’ll consider making more. See the full image blow, and visit his blog for ordering details.

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Whose third from the right on the big one? Armor?

Not sure either. She’s either Karma or Armor…

I’m pretty sure it’s armor due to the glowing pink bands on her hands and wrist.

My questions who are : 1 The person at the very end
2. After Agent Brand and 3. after Rogue

1. I believe X-23 but could be wrong
2. Either Sage or Scarlet Witch
3. Psylocke

Just my guess

Monet, Dani Moonstar, Dust, Jean Grey, Polaris, Scarlet Witch, Kitty Pryde, Rachel Summers, Jubilee, Storm, Rogue, Psylocke, Magik, Emma Frost, Dazzler, Domino, Armor, Surge, X-23

Of couse, Why didn’t I think of Psylocke.

I did think that might be the Scarlet witch but I didn’t think she was really considered a Lady of X

Kang the Conqueror

July 31, 2014 at 2:05 pm

I think Xavier has them all right, with the exception of Polaris. When I clicked on the link, I went straight to the picture, and came up with the same list as Xavier. After reading the post, however, I think its Abigail Brand. The sunglasses are what pushes it in favor of Brand over Lorna in my mind…

I’m not 100% sold on Scarlet Witch, as she has very little connection to the X-Men (outside of her being a mutant, she is really an Avengers character through and through), but I can’t think of anyone who fits the color- scheme/look of the character except for Wanda.

Its definitely Polaris… she’s wearing glasses in All New X-Factor right now… and she’d be considered a Lady of X more so than Brand… Wanda’s on it because she A) is a mutant, B) was brother hood, and C) was responsible for the decimation of the mutants…

Kang the Conqueror

July 31, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Nope, Erik, I’m going to stick to Abigail Brand. Polaris didn’t really wear shades until the new X-Factor whereas Brand has had them all along. Polaris’s new glasses are colored yellow/orange, whereas Brand’s have always been green. Brand debuted in Astonishing X-Men and is also a mutant (flame powers, I think). Polaris would have been a nice addition, she definitely belongs there, but as the article said, Marvel’s mutant bench is quite large.

I agree that it’s probably Wanda, but the connections you make (and likely Anka as well) are tenuous. Yeah, she’s a mutant, but so is Justice (Vance Astrovik), but you wouldn’t see him plastered on an X-Men poster. Yeah she was Brotherhood, but for all of two seconds, then became an Avenger. Yeah, she decimated the mutants, but is that really a reason to “honor” her on a poster celebrating the X-Women?!? I would have rather seen Husk, or Pixie, or Karma, but hey, I am a stick-figure artist at best, so I’ll just enjoy looking at this one.

The lady in red is probably Dark Phoenix to contrast with Phoenix/Jean in green. The large cutout on her chest could be echoing the larger Phoenix emblem off DP.

The names I posted are the names Anka himself ascribed to the image in that order when he posted it on his tumblr. They may look like other people (Polaris/Brand) but that’s who he says it is.

No Pixie? fail.

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