Last week, Marvel Comics announced the debut of MARVEL’S STORMBREAKERS, its latest preeminent talent distinction program to spotlight the next generation of elite artists in the industry.
This new class is comprised of eight artists from all over the world. The artists will hold a two year spot and be working on different Marvel Universe projects over this time.
“Named after Beta Ray Bill’s enchanted hammer, Stormbreakers is a new evolution of Marvel’s previous Young Guns program,” according to IGN, “which ran from 2004 to 2019 and celebrated a number of then up-and-coming artists like Steve McNiven, Russell Dauterman and Sara Pichelli.”
The eight STORMBREAKERS already have an extensive resume in the Marvel world and will become an even part of the franchise’s artist team.
ComicBook.com reveals that, “As a group, they are already responsible for leading some of Marvel’s most popular titles, including Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Venom, and others, shaping Marvel’s shared storytelling universe.”
Today, Marvel is excited to reveal that local comic shops will receive a collection of variant covers featuring the extraordinary artwork of the inaugural class which includes Josh Cassara (X-Force), Patrick Gleason (Amazing Spider-Man), Peach Momoko (known for her best-selling covers), Natacha Bustos (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur), Iban Coello (Venom), Carmen Carnero (Hellions), Juann Cabal (Guardians of the Galaxy), and R.B. Silva (Fantastic Four, Powers of X).
These groundbreaking artists will unleash their creative talents to bring some of Marvel’s most beloved heroes to life in brand-new artwork. These stunning character portraits in each Stormbreaker’s iconic style will be available as variant covers on issues of your favorite ongoing titles starting this December.
According to Marvel, “The mythical Stormbreaker is an iconic symbol that debuted during one of many trailblazing eras of the Marvel Universe – bringing change within the pages of THOR, for legendary creators like Walter Simonson, and for Marvel fans everywhere. During this era, Marvel grew to embrace bold new initiatives, deeper character-driven stories, and unique new art styles.”
It is no surprise they used this to symbolize these eight artists. Each artist brings a new and unique style to the Marvel franchise and are already tastemakers in the Universe.
Art by Iban Coello courtesy of Marvel Comics