The X-Men always complain that they're loathed by society, but they never think to stop it's because they're so damned good-looking. And barring a few select team members, the X-Men are more Olympic water polo team pin-up calendar, less genetically quirky superhero squad. But what if the comeliest of X-Men couldn't blend in with the normals?
The below piece is by Berlin artist Anjin Anhut. Anhut posted it on Project Rooftop, a blog devoted to the finer aspects of superhero costume design (you may remember their remodeled Avengers villains). Here's Anhut's description of his aesthetic recombination:
Mutants are outcasts of society finding solace, company and purpose in Xavier's school for gifted youngsters. So my goal was to make their mutations not only very visible, but to a certain degree disfiguring. Something that renders them to be freaks on the surface, so that they can show their humanity in their deeds.
Cyclops doesn't wear the cool as hell glasses, but has his face tissue damaged by the force of his eye blasts and his head is illuminated from within, rendering his skull visible.
Marvel Girl's telepathic and telekinetic powers manifest in a deformed head containing an oversized mutated brain. She is shown as a young and fragile girl to illustrate the non-physical aspects of her power.
Iceman, since he can create any shape from water particles in the air, I felt like he could have any form he likes.
Angel always confused me. He was often used to illustrate the desire of becoming normal, in the movie,in the comics. He always was the one wanting to look normal, while being the one xmen, who actually mutated into something that many people would worship and find beautiful. So I made him appear more bird like, and turned his name "Angel" into less of an accurate description and more into a nickname.
I really like Cyclops' They Live face and how Beast is now the most normal-looking of the bunch — a regular Zangief in board shorts! You can find more of Anhut's artwork at his site.