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X-Women - Claremont Milo Manara

Written by Arion on Thursday, July 03 2014 and posted in Blog
X-Women - Claremont Milo Manara
When I was in high school I loved summer vacations. It was a real pleasure to simply wake up late and read comic books for hours, without a care in the world. Back then, most of the comics I used to read were European publications. I was familiar with the work of legendary artists such as Milo Manara, Esteban Maroto, Horacio Altuna, Moebius, Eleuteri Serpieri, José Ortiz, Sergio Toppi, Vicente Segrelles, Tanino Liberatore, etc. All of them were truly magnificent and incredibly talented; in fact, their pages were so beautiful and attractive that no reader could resist being seduced.

Perhaps, one of the most famous artists of this list is the Italian Milo Manara, a man who became famous for his voluptuous women, for his lascivious paintings and for the unbridled sexual energy that seemed to permeate every one of his drawings. As an illustrator, only a few can rival against him, as a master of the erotic art, even fewer can compare to him.

So I was absolutely delighted when I heard Manara would be providing pencils and inks for X-Men, or rather for an X-Women one shot. I knew I had to buy it and so I did. Veteran writer Chris Claremont concocted a fun story, with slightly silly plot twists that are naïve enough to be entertaining. The Claremont of 2009 couldn’t be further away from the Claremont of the late 70s and early 80s, but maybe there is something refreshing in this unpretentious approach, in this lack of grandiloquence, in this methodology of amusement that seeks only to elicit a complicit smile from the readers. 

X-Women - Claremont Milo Manara
Sexy outfits for Kitty Pride & Rachel Summers /
trajes sexy para Kitty Pride y Rachel Summers
“X-Women” starts with Rogue, Storm, Kitty Pride, Psylocke and Rachel Summers going to Greece for a much needed week of rest and relaxation. It’s such a joy to see these women, perhaps the most beautiful and powerful of the Marvel Universe, getting drunk and partying like there is no tomorrow. 

It seems to me that Claremont was comfortable enough with Manara that he simply left the driving seat to him and tagged along for the rest of the journey as a courteous copilot. And possibly that’s why we get to see some sequences that would be unthinkable in a regular X-Men comic. I’m talking about the constant presence of lesbian undertones and homoerotic elements. We have gay couples in bed, in a deluxe Mediterranean cruise; or openly lesbian couples lovingly fondling each other in the cosmopolite parties attended by the young mutants.

I think it’s evident that the star here is Manara, so I’d like to share with you some of my opinions. The cover is a wonderful example of visual attractiveness, and in addition to the sexy poses of the X-Women there is also a horror element (the skull), something that disturbs this otherwise paradisiac scenery.

Of course, just like so many of his predecessors, Manara takes every chance he has to redesign the uniform of the heroines. Rachel Summers and Kitty Pride exude sensuality in their new outfits; in the waterfall scene, we get a delightful dance that shows the best attributes of Kitty Pride, Rogue and Storm. Manara is also amazing when it comes to depicting lighthearted moments, Kitty’s incursion through the cruise is priceless. However, one of my favorite compositions is the double page spread in which the X-Women are captured and taken to an “airplane graveyard”. The final page is an extraordinary illustration that mixes pin-up sensibilities with an inimitable joie de vivre. Rogue, Storm, Kitty Pride, Psylocke, Rachel Summers and Emma Frost look hotter than ever. 
X-Women - Claremont Milo Manara
Extraordinary erotic choreography / extraordinaria coreografía erótica

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X-Women - Claremont Milo Manara
Kitty Pride invading the privacy of a gay couple /
Kitty Pride invadiendo la privacidad de una pareja gay

Cuando estaba en secundaria me encantaban las vacaciones de verano. Era un verdadero placer simplemente levantarme tarde y leer cómics por horas, sin ninguna preocupación. En ese entonces, la mayoría de cómics que leía eran publicaciones europeas. Estaba familiarizado con la obra de artistas legendarios como Milo Manara, Esteban Maroto, Horacio Altuna, Moebius, Eleuteri Serpieri, José Ortiz, Sergio Toppi, Vicente Segrelles, Tanino Liberatore, etc. Todos ellos eran verdaderamente magníficos e increíblemente talentosos; de hecho, sus páginas eran tan hermosas y atractivas que ningún lector podría resistirse a ser seducido.

Tal vez uno de los artistas más famosos de esta lista es el italiano Milo Manara, un hombre que se volvió famoso por sus mujeres voluptuosas, sus pinturas lascivas y por la energía sexual desatada que parecía permear cada uno de sus dibujos. Como ilustrador, sólo unos pocos pueden rivalizar con él, como maestro del arte erótico, son incluso menos los que pueden compararse a él.

Así que quedé encantado cuando escuché que Manara proporcionaría lápices y tintas a los X-Men, o más bien a las X-Women. Sabía que tenía que comprarlo y así lo hice. El veterano escritor Chris Claremont ensambla una divertida historia, con giros argumentales ligeramente tontos pero que tienen la ingenuidad necesaria para ser entretenidos. El Claremont de 2009 no podría estar más alejado del Claremont de fines de los 70s y principios de los 80s, pero quizás hay algo refrescante en este enfoque sin pretensiones, en esta ausencia de grandilocuencia, en esta metodología de lo ameno que busca únicamente provocar una sonrisa cómplice en los lectores.
X-Women - Claremont Milo Manara
X-Women captured / las Mujeres X capturadas

“X-Women” empieza con Rogue, Storm, Kitty Pride, Psylocke y Rachel Summers, quienes van a Grecia para una muy merecida semana de descanso y relajo. Es todo un disfrute ver a estas mujeres, tal vez las más bellas y poderosas del Universo Marvel, emborrachándose y yendo a fiestas sin parar.
X-Women - Claremont Milo Manara
joie de vivre

Me parece que Claremont estaba lo suficientemente cómodo con Manara como para dejarle el asiento del conductor y acompañarlo durante el resto del viaje como un cortés copiloto. Y posiblemente por eso es que vemos algunas secuencias que serían impensables en un cómic habitual de X-Men. Hablo de la constante presencia de tonos lésbicos y elementos homoeróticos. Tenemos parejas gay en cama, en un crucero mediterráneo de lujo; o parejas abiertamente lesbianas que se acarician entre sí amorosamente en las fiestas cosmopolitas a las que asisten las jóvenes mutantes. 

Creo que es evidente que la estrella aquí es Manara, así que me gustaría compartir con vosotros algunas de mis opiniones. La portada es un maravilloso ejemplo de atractivo visual, y además de las poses sexy de las Mujeres X, también hay un elemento de terror (el cráneo), algo que perturba este escenario paradisíaco.

Desde luego, al igual que muchos de sus predecesores, Manara aprovecha todas las oportunidades para rediseñar el uniforme de las heroínas. Rachel Summers y Kitty Pride exudan sensualidad en sus nuevos trajes; en la escena de la cascada, tenemos una deliciosa danza que muestra los mejores atributos de Kitty Pride, Rogue y Storm. Manara también es asombroso en los momentos más desenfadados, la incursión de Kitty a través del crucero es inmejorable. Sin embargo, una de mis composiciones favoritas es la página doble en la que las Mujeres X son capturadas y llevadas a un "cementerio de aviones". La página final es una ilustración extraordinaria que mezcla sensibilidades de pin-up con un inimitable joie de vivre. Rogue, Storm, Kitty Pride, Psylocke, Rachel Summers y Emma Frost se ven más candentes que nunca.

Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2014/07/x-women-claremont-milo-manara.html


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