Epic new fan art by artist Gray on Twitter reimagines lesser-known X-Men heroes in an anime art style, showing how well the two mesh together.
The X-Men aren’t strangers to unique style changes and different creative ventures. In fact, an X-Men comic is synonymous with creativity. Now, some of the most iconic female X-Men characters have been given an anime twist in new fan art from artist Gray.
When it comes to the world of comics, few franchises are as iconic as the X-Men. Since their debut in 1963, the team of super-powered mutants has enthralled readers with their stories of struggle and triumph. Now, one fan has taken things one step further by re-imagining these beloved characters as anime heroes. The artist features Gabrielle “Honey Badger” Kinney, Laura Kinney’s Wolverine, Illyana Rasputin (AKA “Magik”), and Jubilee in this piece. At first glance, it may seem like these four (incorrectly) have nothing in common. All four characters have a connection to Wolverine, are from Earth-616, and have a resistance to telepathy through their biological modifications or due to the mystical nature of their powers. While these characters rarely have the same recognition as somebody like Cyclops or Logan’s Wolverine, these women have still captured fans’ attention with their skills and solidified themselves as fan favorites. Now, artist Gray pays tribute to these heroes with a unique anime twist.
The art, shared by Gray on Twitter (@ThEJG_), features Wolverine, Illyana Rasputin, Honey Badger, and Jubilee in their own stylish poster. Laura Kinney’s Wolverine in particular looks incredibly regal as she lives up to her name. Each woman is rocking a new look that combines their comic uniforms with classic anime artwork, and the warm and sunny background tones push the heroes to the forefront. The quartet of characters make direct eye contact with the viewer, each looking ready to take down any enemy. Anime’s vibrant colors and exaggerated facial features pair surprisingly well with the X-Men’s illustrative character style, bringing a unique aesthetic to some of the X-Men’s interesting heroes that unites fans of both anime and the X-Men.
The anime-inspired artwork has been met with positive reception from fans, who appreciate the new take on familiar characters. Gray’s artwork perfectly captures the strength and determination of these iconic characters. This fan art does a great job of giving each woman her own unique style. Gray’s art style is reminiscent of classic anime Voltron or Dragon Ball Z, but with a modern twist that gives them an updated look. Each character is instantly recognizable, but they all have a unique flair that makes them stand out in this new setting. Whether you’re a fan of the X-Men or simply appreciate great anime artwork, this is sure to impress and spark joy in any fan.
The X-Men series is constantly evolving and producing new series-defining events like Judgment Day, with the creative teams focused on evolution through stories and not art styles. While it remains to be seen if the X-Men will ever get an anime makeover in official media, this fan art is a fun way to imagine what they might look like. The results are nothing short of amazing, and will leave no doubt X-Men fans eager for more.
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