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Hi all!

The holidays are upon us as 2014 draws to a close. November proved to be a slow but mildly productive month for me. I started writing a new book and have written quite a few blog entries. In regards to my blog, I've actually started a new project where I'll be detailing the 15 greatest stories for each of the five X-Women you ranked highest according to the informal poll I posted (found here: The Women of the X-Men Poll). If you still haven't cast your vote via a ranking, I encourage you to do so now to have your voice heard. These reading lists will also go hand-in-hand with a series of character sheets portraying the winning X-Women in a variety of looks (civilian clothes, X-Men uniforms, swimsuits and evening wear). To kick things off, I started with one of my favourites -- the divalicious Dazzler! I realize many of you are unfamiliar with the character and her history, so I highly suggest checking out my blog entry on her as a starting point. Trust me, she's worth it!

Without further delays, you can check out my latest blog entries by visiting the links below.

Comics:
X-Men 101: The Essential Dazzler Stories
Review: Batgirl Vol. 3 - Death of the Family
Review: Catwoman Vol. 2 - Dollhouse
Review: Catwoman Vol. 3 - Death of the Family
Review: Justice League Dark Vol. 1 - In the Dark
Review: Ms. Marvel Vol. 1 - No Normal

Television:
Top 10: Best Sailor Moon Villains
Review: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal - Episode 10

As always I appreciate comments, so feel free to leave a comment below or on my blog. :)
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X-Men - Storm Redesign Character Sheet by Femmes-Fatales
X-Men - Storm Redesign Character Sheet
In my piece The Women of the X-Men Poll, I asked you all to rank your top ten favourite women of the X-Men. You all were wonderful and turned out to provide a diverse array of choices. After upwards of 20 votes, Storm was the X-Woman who pulled most frequently and most often landed within people's top five choices. To honour that, she earned her place in a series I'm working on of redesigns. On top of this, I also wrote a blog entry highlighting Storm's twenty greatest stories from the comics. You can view that blog entry by clicking on the link at the bottom of this comment box.

As with my X-Men - Dazzler Redesign Character Sheet, I provided five looks for Storm. When it came to her overall appearance, I loosely based her off of Nadine Coyle from Girls Aloud. For her field uniform, I ended up doing a modern take on her retro costume from the '70s. It's also partly inspired by the mid-'90s uniform you all loved so much. I realize the midriff is likely to be controversial, but Storm's been prone to showing a little skin. Her training uniform is similar to Dazzler's, except I based its colour scheme off of her iconic Jim Lee look. For her casual clothes, I put her in Versace circa 2013. The evening look I came up with for her is a simple mermaid gown in royal blue with a silvery white tail and glittering trim around the bust. Lastly, the bathing suit is a simple black bikini with gold rings.

Within this redesign series, which is intended to be some kind of reboot of the X-Men, Storm is the acting field leader of the X-Men and is one of the teachers at the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning. Recognized for her compassion and patience, Storm is fiercely protective of her teammates and students. As an Omega-level mutant, she's also one of the most powerful beings on Earth and uses her abilities judiciously to fight for mutant rights. It's really no secret that Storm is my favourite Marvel heroine and so I'm really glad she pulled as high as she did.

In addition to my X-Men poll, I also have two ongoing ones titled The Women of the DC Universe Poll and The Women of Marvel Poll. You can vote on them by clicking those links.

As promised you can find my list of essential Storm stories by clicking on the blog entry below.

divas-femmes-fatales.blogspot.…

As always, I love getting comments from you all so feel free to drop a thoughtful comment below. Enjoy!
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The Women of Marvel Poll by Femmes-Fatales
The Women of Marvel Poll
After getting so many rankings with The Women of the X-Men Poll and The Women of the DC Universe Poll, I completed this piece as the final part in a three-part series of polls. On each poll, I've been using the rankings you all have provided to keep a tally that will determine the line-up of a project I'll be working on. If you have yet to provide rankings for the aforementioned polls, please click on the links above to do so. The task here is simple, out of the 30 ladies featured in this piece rank them as a top ten.

This piece here features 30 women from the Marvel Universe proper, excluding the X-Women (who were obviously the subject of another poll). Given the fact that Marvel has so many female characters in its stable, I couldn't possibly feature them all. As such, I ask you all to avoid writing any comments that are along the lines of "You forgot so-and-so" or including any characters who aren't featured here in your rankings. I put a lot of time and effort into this piece, so I would really appreciate it if you'd respect the choices made here. Should you choose to ignore this, I'm afraid I'll be hiding your comment and the ranking will be considered null and void. That said, I will issue a reply to make you aware of this on the occasion that you didn't happen to read this.

The characters you have to choose from to create your top ten are: Black Widow, Wasp, She-Hulk, Captain Marvel, Scarlet Witch, Invisible Woman, Elektra, Spider-Woman, Mockingbird, Gamora, Black Cat, Hellcat, Spectrum, Firestar, Tigra, Valkyrie, Misty Knight, Colleen Wing, Lady Sif, Angela, Medusa, Ms. Marvel, Spider-Girl, Namorita, Songbird, Mystique, Viper, Enchantress, Moonstone and Titania.

When it comes to the Marvel ladies outside of the X-Men family, I really tend to love D-listers and those who most would consider underdogs. That's not to say some A-listers don't make it onto my list either. You can check out my top ten list below.

10. Lady Sif
09. Misty Knight
08. Spider-Woman
07. Black Cat
06. Hellcat
05. Spectrum
04. Black Widow
03. Elektra
02. Mockingbird
01. Captain Marvel

I really look forward to seeing your rankings! As always, feel free to provide feedback on the art as well. :)
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Gothicthundra Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome to :iconx-men-mania:
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for rolling out the welcome mat! :)
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death-tribble Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Next time you do a poll with DC women can I please make a request ? The Legion of Superheroes has many women that could go on a poll. I have a vested interest in Shadow Lass but I do prefer her to be more clothed than some artists draw her.
You could also add Big Barda but her association with the Female Furies and Granny Goodness can be seen as a detriment.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
There are so many great female characters in the Legion and they've obviously appeared in my gallery in the past. It would be difficult to include them, one because they tend to be within their own continuities and two because once you include one or two there will inevitably be people getting bent out of shape because their preferred character isn't present. Big Barda, while an awesome character, doesn't play much of a role in the New 52. Since the poll was New 52-centric, I wanted to concentrate on those 30 amazing female characters that deserve love from the New 52. There won't be another poll in the foreseeable future for DC ladies, but a Marvel one is planned.
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Owl-Eye-2010 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I notice our conversation on your Aurora image got hidden.

I wanted to apologize for even sparking up that whole thing. I wasn't intending to do that in the first place. :P
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed and there's no need to apologize at all! I've noted you about it. :D
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ei9 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
awesome stuff on both the DC and MARVEL universes my man and you are indeed an amazing artist. Hope that you don't mind putting you on my DEV WATCH and look forward seeing more from you in the future. keep it up homie and Godspeed!
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much, I really appreciate that. :)
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ParisNJones Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As someone who draws both Mockingbird and Black Canary quite often, what are your thoughts on the TV versions of those characters? Especially now that promo pictures of Katie Cassidy in costume on "Arrow" were recently released.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Given the fact that I don't watch either show, I don't really have much of an opinion.
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