Concept artist and illustrator Nate Hallinan loves the X-Men - and clearly loves fantasy tropes as well. While the X-Men and most of the Marvel Universe have been placed in all sorts of times and worlds in the past by Marvel Comics, rarely has it been done with this level of detail.
Borrowing from properties like Game of Thrones, Brave, and Lord of the Rings, Hallinan has re-imagined the team of mutant heroes in a fantasy medieval setting as "The Order of X." He continues to roll-out his digital paintings of the fully realized concepts, including extensive backstories like this one for Nightcrawler:
"(Kyrt V’wagnyr roughly translates from elven as Nightcrawler.) Kyrt never knew his real parents. He was found by a band of elves as an infant. They were on a twilight march, celebrating the new moon, when they found him crawling next to his basket on a riverbank. They happily adopted him seeing that he was part elf. His enchanting midnight appearance and mysterious abilities makes him highly regarded among elves. Magic runs deep in the race of elves but Kyrt’s abilities are more potent than most."
Check out his homepage for links to all the other backstories, and his facebook fan page for more concept art and illustrations, and leaf through here for Cyclops, "Lady Grey," Colossus, Storm, and more from The Order of X.
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