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The Uncanny Edo-Period X-Men


I thought about making this a roundup of the craziest Hurricane Sandy pictures, but after a night spent listening to the pipes gurgle and the wind howl, punctuated by occasional flickers of the lights, I’m going for some cool X-Men redesigns. As many of you may have gathered, the editorial staff of The Mary Sue are New York City based. Jill and I are both fine, although I’ve evacuated out of the low-lying Zone A, and am not, at this point, sure when I’ll be able to return to my apartment, as flooded subway tunnels, streets, and power outages stand in my way (Rebecca hasn’t checked in, but as this is usually her day off, that is not unusual and I expect she is okay as well). Our backend site function is a bit spotty today, so we hope you’ll excuse us if posts are late or less numerous than normal.

And so without further ado, Alex Mitchell‘s Edo period X-Men redesigns, steeped in the history and folklore of post-feudal Japan. Mitchell has redesigned (in order of appearance) Storm, Wolverine, Jean Grey, Professor X, Cyclops, Rogue, Beast, Jubilee, and Gambit. For the reasoning behind the designs, and the specific historical or folkloriffic figures and trends involved in the characters (like that Beast suffers not from a mutation but from leprosy, that Rogue is the ghost of a courtesan, or the Jubilee is the heir to a fireworks guild), see Project Rooftop.

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