Over on Google+ I’m a member of a community of independent comic artists. Each week we do Fanart Friday, with a different theme. Since this week’s challenge is X-Men, I decided to sketch X-Man himself (no really, for some reason his codename is X-Man). This is Nate Grey, possibly my favorite character in the Marvel Universe. I don’t know how many people know about him. He was pretty popular in the 90s but he faded into obscurity over the last decade or so.
A lot of people call him an “alternate Cable” but I feel like that’s doing both characters a disservice. Nate is from the Age of Apocalypse mini-series that ran in the 90s. He was created by Sinister from DNA taken from Scott Summers and Jean Grey. Sinister hoped to use Nate as a weapon against Apocalypse in some future coup. It almost worked because Nate ended up fighting Apocalypse later on. But Nate also killed Sinister, so I’m not sure it worked out the way Sinister planned. Anyway, through M’Kraan Crystal shenanigans, Nate ended up on 616 and went through a bunch of crazy, bizarre, and sometimes hilarious madcap adventures. He ends up befriending Spidey, the Fantastic Four (especially Franklin), and a number of other mainstream characters.
As you’d expect from the kid of Jean and Scott, Nate’s powers are (or were, long story) off the charts. When Moira analyzed his power output, she said the only thing that compares is the Dark Phoenix. The problem is that Nate is not smart. So he gets himself into a lot of trouble despite being the most powerful mutant on the planet. It’s pretty funny how he screws himself over sometimes.
I did this with LayerPaint HD on my Cintiq Companion Hybrid. It took roughly 30 minutes on my lunch break. I really like how it’s been coming along so I might polish this off and make a cleaner piece when I get home later.