Friday, May 30, 2008

Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men Cover Variants

Here is the incredible cover by John Cassaday for Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men #1.  First, the variant black and white edition:

John Cassaday's black and white cover to Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men

Seeing this without the color makes you appreciate the composition.  Colossus, Kitty, Cyclops, and Wolverine pop off the right hand side of the cover, the one that people will see on the rack.  I love the visual cue that Cassaday has added for Cyclops, that sideways beam that leaks horizontally from his visor.  Angel looks incredibly cool in his winged glory there, too.  On the right hand side, you get the non-mutant heroes, and I really dig Cassaday's Thing.

Now let's add the color:

John Cassaday's cover to Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men

Laura Martin is a freaking genius.  I don't need to tell you that, but every time I see her work, I am, well, astonished!  She complements Cassaday's beautiful line work perfectly.  Nuff said.

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