Freelance comic artist Mike Becker offers an experimental take on The New Mutants, bringing together two generations of the team.
The former super-powered students in training known as the New Mutants receive a set of flashy new designs in fan-made artwork from freelance comic book artist Mike Becker. Although simply fan art, Becker ultimately gets straight to the heart of what the New Mutants are about and what differentiates them from several other superhero teams within Marvel Comics, including their mutant contemporaries.
Following the X-Men’s untimely disappearance into deep space, team founder and headmaster Professor Charles Xavier sought out a new group of mutants to help defend the Earth. These “New Mutants” are initially composed of international mutants: Danielle Moonstar (Psyche), Sam Guthrie (Cannonball), Rahne Sinclair (Wolfsbane), Roberto Da Costa (Sunspot), and X’ian Coy Manh (Karma). Fellow mutants Illyana Rasputin (Magik), Doug Ramsey (Cypher), Amara Aquilla (Magma), and the friendly tech-based alien Warlock would join the team soon afterwards. Once the X-Men inevitably made their return trip home, Xavier’s New Mutants would remain on active duty, with some even graduating from “minor” league missions to join the ranks of the X-Men themselves.
Freelance comic artist and superhero fan Mike Becker offers a unique take on the New Mutants and their most iconic members. Featured in Becker’s fan art are founding New Mutants Cannonball, Psyche, Sunspot, Wolfsbane, and Karma alongside late additions Magik, Cypher, Magma, and Warlock. While the New Mutants wore the black and yellow uniforms of the original X-Men during their training period as teenagers, each member of the team came with a distinctive set of powers and personalities which helped to differentiate everyone involved. Each member of the team depicted within the fan art is displaying their various abilities in some form or fashion. However, the connective tissue between each mutant turns out to be the gold and bright blue patterns within their respective costumes. It is a clever meld of both the classic New Mutants black and yellow tied in with a new blue X for their famous predecessors and friendly rivals.
Prior to this post, Mike previously showcased fan art of the New Mutants as youngsters, which was drawn in a more humorous style. Alongside a faithful yet modern rendition of The New Mutants, Becker’s Twitter page is home to a plethora of other X-Men-related characters within the Marvel Universe. Becker’s additional X-Men art offerings include but are not limited to Cable, Marrow, Gambit, Jubilee, and Bishop.
The New Mutants may often find themselves in the shadow of the X-Men, but Mike Becker’s epic fan art proves that they are a team that still offers plenty of unique talent and style all on their own.
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