|NEW MUTANTS art by Leonard Kirk|
After the cataclysmic events of Second Coming, the New Mutants deserve a special treat. How about accomplished artist Leonard Kirk of DARK X-MEN and CAPTAIN BRITAIN & MI 13 fame to take Cannonball and friends into a bold and visually stunning new era?
Consider it done! And consider Kirk a NEW MUTANTS fan from way back.
"I followed the series for a couple of years through [artist] Bill Sienkiewicz' run on the book," he says. "That's probably one of my fondest memories right there. Seeing Sienkiewicz' artwork in the 1980's was a bit jarring but it was such a wonderful blend of realism and surrealism that I just fell in love.
"Which brings me right up to the introduction of my favorite character,
Working with NEW MUTANTS writer Zeb Well and setting the tone for the book also qualify as fun for the artist.
|The New Mutants by Bill Sienkiewicz|
All your favorite team members will be present, but what might the acclimated eye of illustrator Kirk see in them for possible visual tweaks and updates?
"I didn't really want to change too much when I got the title," he notes. "However, I did feel the need to bring back a bit of a classic look to Sam, [aka] Cannonball, by trimming down both his muscles and his hair. Also, I'm playing a bit with Magma's look in the inks, trying to make her look a little more 'magma-ish.' Oh, and there will be one rather noticeable alteration with Karma, but I don't think I'm allowed to mention that just yet. Let's just say that the change begins in the issues preceding my debut with NEW MUTANTS #15 and then I finalize it."
Also seeking to finalize our intrepid New Mutants will be their many foes, some of them itching to make their debut and show off their fetching Leonard Kirk looks.
|CAPTAIN BRITAIN & MI 13 by Leonard Kirk|
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