X-Men Archives | Robot 6 | The Comics Culture Blog

Watch: The importance of color and costumes in the X-Men

x-men-costumes

Nearly 16 years after the release of Bryan Singer’s X-Men, fans still have strong opinions about the filmmakers’ decision to ditch the brightly colored costumes of the comics in favor of black leather, which continued through 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand. However, with the revival of the film franchise in 2011’s X-Men: First Class and the success of Deadpool, Kristian Williams has hopes for a brighter big-screen future for Marvel’s mutants.

In his latest YouTube video, he lays out a passionate yet well-reasoned case for the importance of color and costumes within the X-Men mythos, across comics, animation and film.

Continue Reading »

Wolverine goes claws out with new Marvel Now! ARTFX+ statue

wolverine7-social

Because no X-Men lineup would be complete without Wolverine, Kotobukiya has unveiled the final statue in its ARTFX+ series inspired by the mutants of Marvel Now!

Sculpted by Junnosuke Abe from concept art by Adi Granov, this diminutive 1/10th-scale Wolverine statue stands just 7.5 inches tall (compared, say, to Cyclops, at 8 inches). Sporting his black-and-yellow costume, Logan joins the previously released Cyclops, Emma Frost, Magneto, Magik, Beast and Rogue.

Continue Reading »

X-Men meet ‘Rainbow Brite’ in this magical mashup

rainbow1-social

Although the X-Men and Rainbow Brite wouldn’t appear to have much in common beyond a propensity for vividly colored costumes and occasionally chunky boots, they find cheerful common ground in this series of mashup illustrations by Rage Gear Studios.

Continue Reading »

Watch: X-Men fight to stop the coming Trumpocalypse

trump-apocalypse

While Marvel’s mutants have been employed as metaphors for several groups and social movements over the past five decades, this parody of the trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse is probably the first time they could be viewed as stand-ins for the Republican establishment.

Created by Max Goodrich, “Trump: Apocalypse” reimagines the teaser for the upcoming Fox film with GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump as the primary antagonist.

Continue Reading »

Artist illustrates the X-Men Women, ‘Street Style’

XSHOT1social

X-Men can’t live on blue-and-white jumpsuits alone. Artist Tom Kennedy has illustrated a dozen of the X-Men’s women members in his unofficial “Street Style” print, featuring fashionable civilian looks for Jean Grey, Storm, Jubilee, Kitty Pryde, Polaris, Mystique, Rogue, Dazzler, Psylocke, Emma Frost, X-23 and Magik.

Continue Reading »

Artist transforms Disney Princesses into iconic X-Men

Snow White as Jubliee

Snow White as Jubliee

If there isn’t an animated television special or Marvel miniseries already in development recasting the Disney Princesses as X-Men, then someone’s not doing their jobs.

San Francisco-based illustrator Diego Gómez has done just that, transforming movie images of such beloved Disney characters as Cinderella, Pocahontas and Snow White into such iconic Marvel mutants as Emma Frost, Psylocke and Jubilee.

Continue Reading »

Jim Lee returns to the X-Men … for Geoff Johns’ birthday present

colossus-social

DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee, who rocketed to stardom in the early 1990s with his runs on Marvel’s X-Men comics, has returned to the franchise — if only for a birthday present.

This morning Geoff Johns revealed an illustration of Colossus, a gift from Lee to the DC chief creative officer for his 43rd birthday. The drawing depicts the X-Man in his classic uniform, standing in front of the hammer and sickle symbol; it’s signed “For Tovarish Geoff!” Johns wrote on Instagram that Colossus is his favorite Marvel character.

Continue Reading »

‘X-Men: Danger Room Protocols’ shut down after one episode

danger-room-social

“X-Men: Danger Room Protocols,” a fan-made animated tribute to the 1990s cartoon and comics, has ended after just one episode, purportedly due to legal pressure from Marvel.

“When I set out to make this project, I never really thought this was going to be an issue,” creator Joel Furtado said in a video posted this morning. “I didn’t think that Marvel was going to react this way, and this outcome, for me, is a little bit shocking.”

When contacted by ROBOT 6, Marvel declined comment.

Continue Reading »

Fan-made ‘X-Men: Danger Room Protocols’ calls in the Sentinels

danger-room

Wolverine and Jean Grey team up against the Sentinels in the premiere episode of the animated web series X-Men: Danger Room Protocols, a fan tribute to the 1990s cartoon and comics.

Announced earlier this month, the biweekly project by Joel Furtado is exactly as advertised: Classic X-Men are placed by Professor X into teams of two and put through their paces in the Danger Room.

Continue Reading »

Animated ‘X-Men: Danger Room Protocols’ will take you back to the ’90s

danger-room-social

If you’re a bit nostalgic for the 1990s X-Men cartoon, you may want to brace yourself, because you’re about to be transported back to your childhood.

Joel Furtado has debuted the introduction to X-Men: Danger Room Protocols, a new animated web series that’s about as ’90s as you can get without involving Mayim Bialik. A tribute to the ’90s cartoons and comics, the biweekly series features a cast of mutants that’ll be instantly familiar to fans of the era.

Continue Reading »

Surprised Stan Lee asks, ‘Is Iceman really gay?’

stan lee

Although the revelation that Marvel’s Iceman is gay has been widely covered in the mainstream media, it came as a surprise to the character’s co-creator Stan Lee.

“Is Iceman really gay?,” the 92-year-old writer asked BBC Radio 4 presenter Sarah Montague, who broke the news to him this morning.

Continue Reading »

This Jem/X-Men mashup cosplay is gloriously outrageous, sugah

x-jem1

Sure, the live-action Jem and the Holograms crashed and burned at the box office, but fans will always have the cartoon and, now, this pretty spectacular cosplay that mashes together the 1980s original and some classic X-Men.

Based on art by Rage Gear Studios“Jaz and the Hardlight Projections” is the work of the Skirts and Swords cosplay team and Greg De Stefano Photography, who deliver the most spectacularly ’80s display you’re likely to see this week.

Continue Reading »

The Beast leaps into the Marvel Now! ARTFX+ statue series

beast1-social

Kotobukiya has recruited the Beast to join its line of ARTFX+ statues inspired by the X-Men of Marvel Now!

Based on a design by artist Adi Granov, the 1/10th-scale Hank McCoy is so highly detailed, you can practically count the strands of blue fur on his crouching blue body (if that’s the kind of thing you want to do; no judgments).

Continue Reading »

X-Men, Power Rangers and more become hieroglyphics in art series

xmenheroglyphscrop

Egyptian hieroglyphics can accurately be considered an early form of the type of sequential art storytelling seen in comic strips and comic books, and artist Josh Ln has drawn a very straight line between the two in his “Hero-Glyphics” series. Ln has taken some of the biggest pop cultural icons — including Spider-Man, Darth Vader and Wolverine — and interpreted them in the style of hieroglyphics; retaining the recognizable qualities of the characters but placing them in a considerably different context.

Continue Reading »

Amazing X-Men playing cards are better than any in Gambit’s deck

uncanny-cards1-social

Although the exclusion of Gambit seems like a missed opportunity, it’s difficult to find any other fault with these incredible X-Men playing cards designed by illustration Mark Eastwood. Well, beyond that they’re not readily available for purchase.

Continue Reading »


Browse the Robot 6 Archives