A website called Project Rooftop holds these annual contests where they challenge amateur artists to redesign a comic book character’s costume/appearance. They’ve already done the likes of Batman, Iron Man, and Superman to name a few. The latest contest was for the most popular mutant EVER, Wolverine. To be honest, I’m not too impressed with the winner; it’s basically your everyday “what if… like, Wolverine was, like, ya know… Solid Snake.. ish??”. It’s pretty boring, typical, predictable and lame. So I’ll post some of my favorites (hint: all but ONE didn’t win shit). Either I’ve got bad taste for redesign originality, or their judges do…
Out of the three I’m putting up, this is my least favorite. But it is still awesome. This also was the one which got ranked by the judges. I dig the samurai style Wolvie, brings me back to the Miller/Claremont days. I hear the sequel script is taking a trip to lovely Japan. Nothing much could be cooler than that in a solo Logan story. No mutant overload this time, please. Oh yeah, the drawing. Click onto it and zoom into his back, great detail work there. Lose the cigar, though.
Wow. Just wow. This is my favorite of all the redesigns. The “J-E-A-N” across the knuckles is a wonderful little touch. Along with “X”s marking where dude’s claws pop. Love the no shoes and the haircut. But perhaps the best part of this new Wolverine is the posture. The way he’s sitting. One gets a sense of what kind of person this guy is, something sorely lacking in lots of mainstream comic artists’ bag-o-tricks. If there were a Wolvie solo comic about THIS Wolvie, I’d read it for sure.
This one really impressed me quite a bit just because no one ever designs Wolverine as anything but a complete and utter badass. I guess that’s perhaps his essence, but an X-Men fan would like to believe there’s more than that. Here we see the outdoorsman/hippie side of Wolverine in gorgeous rendering. And it only makes sense that Jubilee is tagging along to bitch about the bugs, the weather, the hiking. Good characterization here again.