new x men: academy x

I’m still a little in shock over this nerdy thing . . .

Because after an extensive inventory of characters, it turns out that Marvel comics has had more teenaged heroes and villains than DC Comics. 

Possible because of the Teen Titans being so successful and the lineup being relatively stable for over a decade, while Marvel had Teen team after Teen team with all new casts. 

Conversely, there are more teen villains in DC by about the same margin. 

Probably for the same reason.


[ updated fan-cast ]
I made some changes and adds to the cast I posted a few years ago, and added the Five Lights team. I still have to add some new x-men kids (dust, trance, etc) the W&TXM cast, the  Special Class, the Hellions and the Revolution kids (Triage, Goldball, Tempus, etc.)… yeah so I’m pretty much only halfway through all the teams I want to showcase…
man… a fanboy’s work is never done!


By request (and gracious permission of Luis) here’s the first of the New X-Men stories we did a while back.

I’m not going to lie, I loved most of these kids up until Wolverine and the X-Men hit. They had a fantastic growing-up arc that was derailed and then aborted just shy of the final step – leaving the X-Men to find their own way. Then they became regressed wallpaper because Marvel thinks that “continuity” is a dirty word. They’re (arguably, of course) the generation of students worst served by Xavier’s dream, and there were a hundred stories that could have come out of that conflict. Ugh. So much wasted potential…

But at least there are always back-issues.


New X-Men: Academy X #22 (2006)
Written by Craig Kyle and Chris Yost, penciled by Mark Brooks, inked by Jay Liesten and Jaime Mendoza, and colored by Brian Reber and Dave McCraig.

Surge is a young mutant with electricity-based powers that also give her super speed. She wears metallic gauntlets developed by fellow mutant Forge to regulate her electricity output so that she can control her powers. Born in Tokyo, Noriko Ashida left her home at the age of 13 after her powers began to manifest. She found her way to the United States and was discovered living on the streets of Salem Center, New York. After a minor debacle with other young mutants, Noriko was welcomed into the Xavier Institute of Higher Learning. Considered to be one of the natural leaders of the young mutants, she now resides at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. And no, her blue hair is not apart of her mutation, “it came in a bottle.”

Required Reading: New Mutants Vol. 2, New X-men: Academy X, New X-men: Childhood’s End


Noriko Ashida  + Kim Alleyne in New X-Men: Haunted

“That’s awesome hair. Is it part of your mutant power?”

“Nah, it came in a bottle. It’s called electric blue. How could I resist?”  


My art for @zovinar as part of @xmenxmasxchange! (I entered with my normal blog, halos-hollow, but I wanted to upload this to my art blog)

I am so so happy that I got this prompt because Academy X is probably my favorite X-kids team, and this was a blast to draw!!

Merry Christmas!