Monet represents a rare example of a Muslim superhero in American superhero comic books; in 2011 X-Factor comics by Peter David, for example, this has been used to explore issues of anti-Muslim hate in contemporary American culture. Monet’s faith adds Muslims to the list of minority groups that X-Men stories and characters are interpreted to allegorize.
Monet is superhuman in essentially all aspects, possessing superhuman strength capable of lifting automobiles and snapping street lights with ease, as well as superhuman physical attributes like invulnerability, agility, dexterity, speed, reflexes & reactions, coordination, and balance. (X)
“We’re the X-men, we are some of the most powerful beings to ever exist. We are elite and one of our own is being held and threatened understand? We’re going to go off like nothing you’ve seen before. We just need to know where to aim.”
as it was shown yesterday to the cover of X-men #10, Monet is getting a new costume.
and this is the new design.
now, ill be frank this one was tough in the fact that the concept was incredibly vague on many levels.
the first, when i was doing my research and looking at all of her old costumes, there weren’t any common visual themes that ran through them. her costume would change drastically with each incarnation, and even with each of them, there was never an iconic element to them.
the second was that brian wood, jeanine schaeffer and i all really liked the implantation of white into the costume with her most recent costume. so that was something we definitely wanted to keep.
this book now marks a new chapter for monet, so we thought a new costume was in order. I wanted to keep it simple as well.
I increased the amount of white in the costume to sort of show a “fresh/rejuvenation” to her. i kind of wanted this to read as a clean start. but the black and red tubing was a really good look from her last costume, so i didn’t want to get rid of that.
I also really wanted to hammer the point home that she’s coming to the X-men, so what better than to make a costume that joins side by side with the storm and psylocke costume i also designed, who are also on the same team as her now, than to throw a giant X on her haha. Plus I liked where the cut between the black and white happen. I wanted to keep it away from a penguin-y look (which i kept remember the mara costume that ming doyle design which is fabulous and i really didn’t want to step on her toes).
I wanted her to look athletic as well. She’s generally a brawler, so I wanted to show that. not a lot of fuss on the costume. and i went with something different for the boots just to not have standard looking boots. a lot of what decided the direction i was gonna go was simply not trying to be standard; the boots, the sleeve length, the gloves etc.
also, i should make note because both brian and jeanine called me out on it, is to how weird it is to see monet smile so much. but hey, what i can i say, i like my heroes happy haha.
Innocents. Yeah, right, Jubilee. Just like the ‘innocents’ that are responsible for Ev’s death. The same 'innocents’ that have us hiding out like rejects from society. And on the one day we try to live like normal people and go shopping, we end up having to defend our lives – just for being born the way we were born. Well, I’m sorry, Jubilee, but the 'innocents’ will just have to deal with it.
“I said I wanted your head, and now I have it. The inside. I could never do this if you hadn't willingly let me in the first time. But since I’ve walked your neural pathways, I could find my way back in. Your body will recover from physical damage, but not all the healing factor in the world will save you from this. … What, ‘can’t’? Go ahead. Tell me I can’t. It will be funny. I will laugh, like this: Ha ha.”